Friday, October 28, 2011

My SP 2010 Branding Book: Pre-Order Available!

9781430240266I wanted to share that my SharePoint 2010 Branding & Customization book is available for pre-order. You can click on this LINK to review and order my book. Or you can click on the link within the “My SharePoint Branding Book” element on the right side of My Blog.

The book will be available December 15th 2011 and will include many great branding and design topics.

Book Details:
With Practical SharePoint 2010 Branding and Customization, SharePoint branding expert Erik Swenson cuts through the fluff and discusses accessible, easy-to-understand consulting and processes to create aesthetically pleasing, highly usable branded and customized SharePoint websites, both internally and externally. Designed to be a quick reference, how-to guide that lets you dive straight into the task at hand, you'll find this book's attention to detail and pragmatism make it an attractive companion during your branding experience.

SharePoint 2010 deployments are more common than ever, as is the desire to make the environment branded and attractive to both internal and external clients. However, since SharePoint is more than just a collection of web pages, customizing the look and feel and completing the process of branding the platform itself is complex and requires a knowledge of web development, web design techniques, and a familiarity with SharePoint administration—a curious niche, to be sure. And sometimes, you just need to make quick fixes, while at other times, building an entirely customized and branded environment is a multi-step process with lots of stakeholder buy-in and development time required.

Whether you’re interested in applying just a touch of style to a team site, or you’re branding a public-facing Fortune 500 website based on SharePoint, Practical SharePoint 2010 Branding and Customization is the only book you'll need to quickly, easily, and efficiently brand and customize your environment.

Bonus:
Includes the SharePoint 2010 Branding Starter Kit! This kit has everything you need to jumpstart successful and compelling designs.

The kit includes:

  • A layered Adobe Photoshop file of a SharePoint 2010 site
  • Two pre-built visual design examples that each include
    • A layered Photoshop file
    • CSS
    • Images
    • Master Page
  • A Visual Studio solution you can use to deploy either of the designs included.

This starter kit is specifically prepared to save you substantial time kicking off your SharePoint branding project and to minimize potential roadblocks. These branding tools would cost you as much as $500 if purchased separately, but they're included with the purchase of this book at no additional charge!
Order the book today!

What you’ll learn:
Plan for branding projects, including creating wireframes and creative mockups as well as gathering requirements and estimation
Use cascading style sheets (CSS), master pages, page layouts, web parts and XSLT to customize branding
Deploy SharePoint branding to production servers using solution packages (WSP)

Who this book is for:
This book is for anyone who works within SharePoint sites and wants to make changes to how those sites look, whether they're minor changes or wholesale branding and customization efforts.

Author Bio:
ErikSwensonErik Swenson works for EMC Consulting as a Solutions Architect. He lives in Jaffrey, NH and received his bachelor degree in graphic design from Plymouth State University. Erik has been designing and developing SharePoint 2003, 2007, and 2010 sites for small to very large well-known companies over the past 7 years. His expertise is focused on SharePoint Information Architecture, Wireframes, Visual Branding, and CSS/Master Page Front End Development.

Thanks,
Erik Swenson

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I am now on Twitter!

twitter-logoI was living in the stone age and now finally got around to getting a twitter account. Follow me @ErikJSwenson