Rachel Andrew

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Rachel Andrew
in 2015
Alma materOpen University
Web Developer
Known forCSS expertise

Rachel Andrew is a British web developer, author and speaker. She is an Invited Expert to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CSS Working Group,[1] Google Developer Expert,[1] and a former member of the Web Standards Project.[2] She is the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine.[1]


Andrew took online courses at Open University.[3]


Andrew began working as a web developer in 1996[1] at a .com company that folded during the Dot-com bubble burst.[4] She said that she became self-employed afterward because it was more stable.[4]

In 2001, she founded edgeofmyseat.com,[5][6] the web development company behind Perch CMS, a content management system, and Notist, an application for building public speaking portfolios.[6]

Andrew is a Technical Writer at Google,[7] and works on MDN Web Docs on behalf of Google and Mozilla.[6]

Andrew has authored or co-authored more than twenty books about web development.[8][5] She is also a regular contributor to A List Apart,[9] and speaker (notably at An Event Apart).[10]


  • Rachel Andrew. The New CSS Layout. A Book Apart. Published:Oct 10, 2017. ISBN 978-1-937557-68-3
  • Jeremy Keith, Rachel Andrew. HTML5 for Web Designers. A Book Apart. Published:First Ed. May 4, 2010; Second Ed. Feb 17, 2016. ISBN 978-1-9375572-4-9
  • Rachel Andrew. Get Ready For CSS Grid Layout. A Book Apart. Published:Jan 7, 2016. ISBN 978-1-937557-26-3
  • Rachel Andrew. The Profitable Side Project Handbook. Publication date: January 2014. Author website.
  • Rachel Andrew. CSS3 Layout Modules. Publication date: August 2014. Author website.
  • Harry Roberts, Nicholas C. Zakas, Christian Heilmann, Tim Kadlec, Mat Marquis, Addy Osmani, Aaron Gustafson, Paul Tero, Rachel Andrew, Nishant Kothary, Christopher Murphy. Perspectives on Web Design. Publication date: November 2013. ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454060-3. ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454058-0. ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454059-7. ISBN (Print): 978-3-94454057-3
  • Rachel Andrew. The CSS3 Anthology (4th Edition). SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: March 2012
  • Elliot Jay Stocks, Paul Boag, Rachel Andrew, Ben Schwarz, Lea Verou, David Storey, Christian Heilmann, Dmitry Fadeyev, Marc Edwards, Aaron Walter, Aral Balkan, Stephen Hay, Andy Clarke. The Smashing Book 3 - Redesign the Web. Published by Smashing Magazine. Publication date: May 2012
  • Rachel Andrew. The CSS Anthology (3rd Edition). SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: August 2009
  • Rachel Andrew, Kevin Yank. Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong. SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: October 2008
  • Rachel Andrew, Dan Shafer. HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS (2nd Edition). SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: April 2006
  • Rachel Andrew. Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8. SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: September 2005
  • Rachel Andrew. The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks (2nd Edition). SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: August 2007
  • Rachel Andrew. The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks (1st Edition). SitePoint Pty Ltd. Publication date: August 2004
  • Costas Hadjisotiriou, Kevin Marshall, Rachel Andrew. ASP.NET Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. Apress. Publication date: April 2004
  • Rachel Andrew, Rob Turnbull, Alan Foley, Drew McLellan. ASP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. Apress. Publication date: February 2004
  • Rachel Andrew, Allan Kent, David Powers. PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. Apress. Publication date: July 2004
  • Rachel Andrew, Craig Grannell, Allan Kent, Christopher Schmitt. Dreamweaver MX 2004 Design Projects. Friends of Ed (Publisher). Publication date: October 2004
  • Rachel Andrew, Gareth Downes-Powell, Nancy Gill, Kevin Marshall, Drew McLellan. The Dreamweaver Developer’s Instant Troubleshooter. Apress. Publication date: July 2003
  • Rachel Andrew, Christopher Schmitt, Allan Kent, Craig Grannell. Dreamweaver MX Design Projects. Glasshaus (Publisher). Publication date: January 2003
  • Rachel Andrew, Crystal Waters, Chris Ullman. Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills. Glasshaus (Publisher). Publication date: September 2003
  • Rachel Andrew, Alan Foley, Omar Elbaga, Rob Turnbull, Bob Regan. Dynamic Dreamweaver MX. Glasshaus (Publisher). Publication date: July 2002

Personal life[edit]

Andrew left school at age 16, reporting that her General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) were "dreadful".[5] She originally trained to be a dancer and choreographer, and worked backstage in the theatre as a carpenter.[5] At age 22, Andrew became pregnant and started freelancing as a typist, processing documents like Curriculum Vitaes (CVs).[5]

During her time as a typist, Andrew spent time on internet forums to connect with other parents, and learned HTML from the other participants.[5] She later taught herself other programming languages and started working as a web developer.[5]

Andrew lives in Bristol, United Kingdom[11] and has a daughter.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "We've Got A Lil' Announcement To Make: Rachel Andrew Is SmashingMag's New Editor-In-Chief". Smashing Magazine. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  2. ^ "Rachel Andrew - The Web Standards Project". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  3. ^ "Open University Results". The site of Rachel Andrew, writer, speaker and web developer. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  4. ^ a b "Rachel Andrew". startingandsustaining.com. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Interview with Rachel Andrew: a Woman's Vision of the Web". Awwwards. Retrieved 2021-11-28.
  6. ^ a b c "StackPath". www.deque.com. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  7. ^ "Deque Systems Adds Renowned Speakers to Axe-con 2022 Line-up". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-11-28.
  8. ^ "The New CSS Layout by Rachel Andrew". A Book Apart. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  9. ^ "An Event Apart: Rachel Andrew Speaker Profile". aneventapart.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  10. ^ An Event Apart
  11. ^ "about web developer, writer and speaker Rachel Andrew". Rachel Andrew official website. Retrieved 2018-01-10.