Are you looking to gain a little experience in web design, coding or typography? There’s a never ending supply of information out there for us web designers. With thousands of tutorials available online and proper standards in place, it just takes few days of study to master even the most complicated skills.
Books are very important, helps us to build our spirit, give information, helps us to write and think better, help us to chose right or wrong. There are now plenty of good e-books available that will provide you with tips and examples to help you get into and flourish in web design.
With modern designers having to cater for mobile browsers, tablets, netbooks and also massive widescreen displays, the concept of design that anticipates and responds to your users’ needs is key.
This post highlights 36 of the Best Free Ebooks for Designers, with selections available as PDFs or in HTML.
1- Web Design Book of Trends
This is a very good e-book for those who want to keep themselves updated with the latest trends in web design. 11 current trends and 165 visually attractive examples are featured in this e-book.
2- Web Designer's Success Guide
Web Designer's Success Guide is the definitive resource for starting your own freelance web design business. the book offers step-by-step instructions on topics like transitioning from full-time to self-employment, marketing your freelance business, managing projects and pricing yourself appropriately.
3- Designing For The Web
A Practical Guide To Designing For The Web aims to teach core web development techniques based on the principles of graphic design. it is a stand-out amongst web design books with the right balance between practical and inspirational.
4- Getting Real
this book is an excellent guide for building web-based applications in a smarter, faster and easier way.
5- The Woork Handbook
The Woork Handbook is focused around web design and programming and primarily deals with CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design.
6- A Practical Guide To Web Typography
In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, this book has been structured as a walk through Bringhurst’s working principles, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS.
7- Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
This e-book is a practical guide with advice on how to improve your websites, software, hardware, and consumer products, all with an eye on accessibility and avoiding future snags.
8- Web Style Guide
The book explains established design principles and illustrates how they apply to projects whose primary concerns are information design and efficient search and navigation.
9- Taking Your Talent to the Web
Although this book was written in 2001, a lot of its suggestions and guidance on the topic of transitioning to the World Wide Web are still applicable today. The paperback version has a 5-star rating on Amazon.com.
10- How To Be Creative
This is a lighthearted e-book featuring 26 first-hand tips on how to harness the creativity in you. Each tip is accompanied with a cartoon illustration, making this a really delightful read.
11- Time Management for Creative People
In just 32 pages, this e-book will help you improve your time management and get the most out of your day.
12- Design Your Imagination
Although this e-book is mainly written for beginners that are still learning the ropes of web design, seasoned designers will also get some useful advice from it.
13- WordPress Meet Responsive Design
This e-book is about responsive web design in the context of WordPress design.
14- The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design
In just 12 pages, this e-book will show you how to understand the often ambiguous requests of your clients and build creative websites that will stand out from the crowd.
15- The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition
This 170-page book is very good for those who already have some experience in creating websites. It will equip you with the essential knowledge and techniques to make beautiful visual enhancements for your site.
16- Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML
Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML, CSS, and XHTML into your brain in a way that sticks.
17- HTML & XHTML
This edition guides you through every element of HTML and XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements.
18- Access by Design
This is another book written by Sarah Horton, published back in 2006, so, as you can imagine, a lot of the technical relevance is gone.
20- Using XHTML
Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know.
21- Pro Drupal Development
Widely praised for its in-depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestsellingPro Drupal Developmenthas been updated for Drupal 6 in this edition, and provides are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.
22- Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)
“Web Style Guide” written for web site designers in corporations, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, the book explains established design principles and covers all aspects of web design—from planning to production to maintenance.
23- Web design in a Nutshell
Web Design in a Nutshell, is one of the first books to capture this new web landscape with an edition that’s been completely rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art.
24- 20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web
For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, All of those answers you can find in this ebook.
25- Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO
Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.
28- Knock Knock
Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.
29- Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3
A presentation to Refresh DC about the emerging HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards, namely about aspects that are beginning to become applicable to web design and development.
30- Faster, and More Secure Webfonts
Bram Pitoyo’s slide deck takes the top layer off font embedding and shows us how things work, and ultimately how to improve performance and make it more secure.
31- Learning PHP 5
A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.
32- Search User Interfaces
This book presents the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.
33- CSS Cookbook
Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.
34- Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design
Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML, cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.
35- Ruby on Rails: Up and Running
Ruby on Rails is the super-productive new way to develop full-featured web applications. With Ruby on Rails, powerful web applications that once took weeks or months to develop can now be produced in a matter of days.
36- Foundations of Ajax
If you are an experienced web developer ready for a concise yet quality introduction to Ajax, then you have found your book.