Hello, my friend and I are both pretty inexperienced with web design, and as we enjoy learning-by-doing, we have designed a small project for ourselves wherein we wish to design a bookshelf with a varying number of displayed books (think ios newsstand kind of layout).
However, we are rather unsatisfied with the table stylings available (pretty much anything which comes up at a google-search of “custom table css”). We were thinking that one way to get what we want would be if we were able to overlay images on top of the “table graphics” – meaning column and row dividers. We would also like to make the whole thing interactive, such that a hover over one book would enlarge it.
There is no particular reason why we would prefer tables, only that it seemed sensible, as the layout we are considering is tablesque. What is the alternative? Lots of div’s? Do you know of any examples, here or somewhere else, where we might see how to build a layout like this from the bottom?