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15+ Best Books on Web Design

IrfanSiddiqui Inspiration May 30, 2012

Good design is like making other designers feel like idiots, because that idea wasn’t theirs.”

This catchy quote by Frank Chimero puts light on the passion among the web designers concerning their business. It’s all about striking competition. The visitor can only visit one website at a time, and if the design of the website is appealing, you can be sure of making a fortune out of it.

Best books on web design

Web designing has come a long way from simple HTML or Wordpress websites to extremely modernized ones. It has a lot to offer for everyone from beginners to professionals. However, at any stage of expertise one needs some useful resources in the form of e-books, tutorials or professional help in order to add to his or her knowledge of designing.

Web design is rather a broader concept. When I talk of this term, a number of questions may pop-up in your mind, like: ‘What is the best designing software?’, ‘What scripting language should I prefer?’, ‘How could I learn HTML and CSS, if I am a beginner?’ and so on. There’s no end to it. To answer all these questions, a number of boos and tutorials exist in the market, and are being introduced every day. In the write-up ahead, we will be discussing exactly the same.

W3 Schools

W3 Schools

As the name suggests, W3 has detailed tutorials on complete web-designing concepts. Now, you may question, why did I mentioned w3schools under the title: best books. It is because there you can download free e-books, which is a recently added feature for the convenience of visitors. I personally feel that once you start going through the tutorials given, you wouldn’t like leaving your computer for hours.

Designing with Web Standards

Designing with Web Standards

Topping the Amazon best selling books list most of the time, this extremely engaging and useful book by Jeffrey Zeldman is a perfect recipe to success for professional web-designers.

Getting things done

Getting things done

An inspiring book on how to maintain a balance in life, Getting things done surely comes as a stress-bursting package for not only the web-designers, but those in other online professions too.

Weaving the Web

Weaving the Web

This interesting book takes the reader to the time, when World Wide Web was created. It would surely give a great time to you, once you take it in your lap and start reading.

Seductive Interaction Design

Seductive Interaction Design

There is a lot of psychology hidden behind the fact that why people like a certain kind of design and dislike the other. This book deals with an important concept, which will help you become a better web-designer.

Don’t Make Me Think

Dont Make Me Think

This book serves well for all the freelancing kinds: be it designers, writers or affiliate marketers. A visitor loves to visit a website that delivers clean and clear idea, which is well explained in this book in an engaging manner.

Learning Web-Design

Learning Web-Design

An extensive and comprehensive book, covering a majority of concepts of web-design, learning web-design comes as a complete package for those, who seek to start from scratch and prosper in this field in short time.

Unusually Useful Web Book

Unusually Useful Web Book

The hard-work done by the author pays June Cohen off, as the book contains almost every imaginable topic of web design from HTML, search engines, website optimization and many more.

Content Strategy for the Web

Content Strategy for the Web

Content is the king, and this book deals with content strategy to make you a successful web designer. It is much more than a book, a complete guide for the passionate designers.

HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites

Design and Build Web Sites

These two fundamental parts of web design: HTML and CSS are dealt in detail in this book, and will give you goose bumps, the way the book is written with such simplicity and coherence.

Bulletproof Web Design

Bulletproof Web Design

A nice book on how to make designs, that caters to a variety of situations and strongly deliver you a large visitor base. It is a must read for every web designer, who wants to excel.

The Design of Sites: Pattern for Creating Winning Web sites

Pattern for Creating Winning Web sites

Visitors want an easy-to-browse-through design and a user friendly creation. This book teaches you exactly the same.

DOM Scripting

DOM Scripting

Make your website trendier and make valuable additions to it. Have a look at this book to forever change the way you look at web designing.

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

You need to have fundamental knowledge of some common issues, if you want to engage your customers. This book is meant for people who think versatile, who think different.

JavaScript Enlightenment

JavaScript Enlightenment

Meant for beginners in programming and JavasScript, this book is extremely useful to learn an integral part of web design: Java Script

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

As businessmen, we need to follow the passion and determination with which Steve Jobs lived his life. This book will instill the basic traits of a businessman in the reader and is highly recommendable. Steve Jobs is a real-time hero and his strategies & mindset can take anyone to success.

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Yet another inspirational book, which boasts of changing lives of people and giving them more satisfaction to make them at ease while working and in any sphere of their life.

Online Web-Design Forums for Discussion

Online Web-Design Forums for Discussion

At last, one of the most appealing ways to seek an accurate answer to whatsoever query one many have, online forums are a perfect platform for designers. They are no less than a book, where you get the topic of your choice in details.

Please note that these are personal recommendations based on a thorough research and years of reading. You may like to add or remove some of these books from your wish-list. The benefit of books over online tutorials and videos is that they are your companion, even if Internet cuts off, and you need to study and practice. So, what are you waiting for? The success is waiting out there for you? All you need to do is take out your credit card and do some online shopping for these marvelous books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Irfan Siddiqui

Irfan Siddiqui owner of RealTimeTricks where he helps others with blogging tips, tech news, gadget tips and other great updates. Follow him on twitter via @RealTimeTricks to keep in touch with him or catch him on Facebook.

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