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Today, Web site Design is a very important part of current Graphic Design. To keep up with the fast-paced web design industry you must look out self education sources, such as books, 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. Books are widely available everywhere as there are non-stop supply of information out there for us web designers.
Books are keen to assist you indesigning for today’s landscape, rather than rooting you in the past. 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. Here are the list of free eBooks which you should find very useful.
Meet Your Type: A Field Guide to Typography
Why settle for casual flirtation when looking for a long-lasting relationship? Finding the perfect match is easy if you know the rules. MEET YOUR TYPE will help you overcome common obstacles, and keep your heart thumping for your one true love.
20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web
What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
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.
Introduction to Good Usability
One of the most important things to remember when designing a site is that the wheel has already been invented. Odds are, even as an experienced designer, you will not be able to design a new sort of interface that actually works well. Not to say that it isn’t possible, but it highly unlikely. Being unique and standing out when it comes to interfaces are not always a good thing.
This guide is especially handy if you haven’t done a lot of webdesign yet or if you are involved in webdesign but don’t do any of the real work. It shed some light on some common interface elements and mistakes people often make with them.
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.
Taking Your Talent to the Web
This book was written for print designers whose clients want websites, print art directors who’d like to move into full–time web and interaction design, homepage creators who are ready to turn pro, and professionals who seek to deepen their web skills and understanding.
Time Management for Creative People
This 32 page eBook offers a lot if you really want to know how to manage time. It give good insight on finding the method in your creative madness, Identifying and prioritising your most important work, Getting in the right state of mind for focused work, How to minimise interruptions and distractions. and much more.
Designing for the Web
Designing for the web is different than designing for any other medium. The breadth of skills required is sometimes daunting. The depth of experience required, seemingly unobtainable. Yet, the medium attracts designers from all spheres of design practice: from engineering and architecture, to product and graphic design.
This book aims to provide a snapshot of the current state of the medium, and our role as practitioners working within it.
This book written by Jacob Cass from Just Creative Design. This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type with a brief history as well as the key characteristics of each. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.
The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design
Salespeople have a roadmap of the sales process, often called the Sales Funnel. The Sales Funnel is a metaphor for the typical process, from contact with many potential customers to the eventual payment of a single customer. The same idea is behind The Design Funnel.
The Design Funnel doesn’t introduce any new tools. It’s simply a roadmap of when a designer can use which tools to stimulate better work. As a matter of fact, many successful creatives use similar processes on a daily basis.
Want to build a successful web app? Then it’s time to Get Real. Getting Real is a smaller, faster, better way to build software. Getting Real is about skipping all the stuff that represents real (charts, graphs, boxes, arrows, schematics, wireframes, etc.) and actually building the real thing.
Web Designer’s Success Guide
is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business. In this book he gives designers step-by-step instructions on how to achieve Transition from full-time to self-employment, Freelance on the side to make additional income, Find new clients and keep them coming back for more, Market your freelance business, Manage your projects professionally, and Price your services appropriately.
Principles of Web Design
Joel Sklar has written the definitive text for Web site design, PRINCIPLES OF WEB DESIGN, Fifth Edition guiding readers through the entire Web site creation process, while developing and enhancing your HTML, CSS, and visual design skills along the way. Now updated to include the latest Web design technologies and trends, this Fifth Edition features all-new sections on HTML5, CSS3, CSS page layouts, and enhanced navigation as well as technical updates and new screen shots throughout.
Bulletproof Web Design
No matter how visually appealing or content packed a web site may be, if it doesn’t reach the widest possible audience, it isn’t truly successful. In Bulletproof Web Design, Third Edition, bestselling author and web designer Dan Cederholm outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that can accommodate the myriad ways users choose to view the content. Each chapter starts out with an example of an unbulletproof approach–one that employs traditional HTML-based techniques–which Dan deconstructs, pointing out its limitations.
A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers
Archiving is not the same as keeping. It is about identifying items of lasting value. This guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections.
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML
With Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of thinking web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you’ll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won’t put you to sleep. If you’ve read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. 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.
Access by Design
Access by Design Online offers guidelines for universal usability, along with examples and links to related articles and tutorials. Resources provides general information about universal usability resources and practitioners.
Design Your Imagination
Design Your Imagination is a complete and comprehensive guide on website design suitable for freshers and expert web designers. The book has been written by some of most seasoned professionals and is divided into 28 comprehensive chapters. Each chapter is on a specific topic with a number of examples for better understanding. The language is lucid, to-the-point and easy to understand.
Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. This ebook provides The basics of including accessibility in design projects, Details on accessibility in each phase of the user-centered design process.
Practical PHP Programming
This book aimes of making the task of learning PHP something fun that you don’t have to worry about. As such, you will find lots of information for newcomers, even those who have not programmed much before. On the other end of the scale, This book had lots of information on advanced functionality in PHP – if you’re a veteran user looking to take your PHP skills above and beyond where they are right now.
The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be “a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.”
The Woork Handbook
The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design directly from Woork! This book is a miscellanea of articles woork wrote on his blog in the period form January to December 2008.
How To Be Creative
MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.
If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.
HTML & XHTML: the definitive guide
About.com Put everthing you need to know about HTML & XHTML at your fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of thousands of web developers have turned to HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide to master standards-based web development.
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. You’ll also find detailed discussions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), which is intricately related to web page development.
Web Style Guide
“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. The guide also shows how these principles apply in web design projects whose primary concerns are information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation.
Faster, and More Secure Webfonts
Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times?
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.
Some of the concepts covered (closures, prototypal inheritance) will assume a level of basic prior knowledge and understanding. If you find yourself needing to read further about these topics, a list of suggested titles is provided for convenience.
From Simon Schoeters, the author: Yet another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5. How does it look like? What are the milestones?
A Dialect of Our Own Design
Note & Point alumni Simon Collison has created a simple and striking slide deck that aided his talk at the 2011 Interlink Conference held in Vancouver. Elegant black slides, simple illustrations and clean type are used to teach designers at the conference about making informed design decisions while being creative.
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. Assuming you already know how to install and bring a standard installation online,John K. VanDykgives you everything else you need to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit.Pro Drupal Development, Second Editiondelves deep into Drupal internals, showing you how to take full advantage of its powerful architecture.
Seth Godin’s incomplete guide to building a web site that works.
HTML5 Quick Learning Guide
This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.
The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, compiled through an extensive process of research and review, bring you those best practices.
This book includes all the guidelines, the Background and Methodology, the Glossary, Appendices, Sources, and the Author Index.
Ruby Best Practices
This book introduces a map of best practices of the language as of 2009 written by Gregory Brown. Greg Brown compiled his knowledge into this book. he is an experienced Ruby developer who has contributed a lot of projects to the language, such as Ruport and Prawn.
Web Design in a Nutshell
Ajax Design Patterns
“Ajax Design Patterns” shows you best practices that can dramatically improve your web development projects. It investigates how others have successfully dealt with conflicting design principles in the past and then relays that information directly to you.
This book will also get you up to speed with core Ajax technologies, such as XMLHttpRequest, the DOM, and JSON. Technical discussions are followed by code examples so you can see for yourself just what is-and isn’t-possible with Ajax. This handy reference will help you to produce high-quality Ajax architectures, streamline web application performance, and improve the user experience.
Web Design Reference Guide
this guide provides a snapshot of everything Web design. The information in this guide includes reference, news, and access to the Web design community. All articles, except where noted, have been written by Meryl Evans, who now maintains the Web Design blog. The Guide is broken into several sections, like, Web Design Reference Guide, Articles and Sample Chapters, Books and E-books, and Online Resources.
The Web Design Reference Guide also has a series of articles that introduce you to markup, Web graphics, accessibility, legal issues, and more. You may see crossovers to other guides, in which you can get in-depth information on the topics of interest to you. This guide provides the 30,000-foot view of Web design topics, whereas others—such as Photoshop, XML, and Flash—give you the 100-foot view.
Mobile Design and Development
This book was written to have something for everyone interested in designing in developing for mobile devices, regardless of experience and regardless of the application. The first half is a crash course in the mobile ecosystem: how to develop a strategy, address the mobile context—even how to decide which of the multiple mobile application types is best for you, and finally, how to create a user experience for it. The second half is focused on using these principles to make a mobile website or web app.
RSS and Atom: Understanding and Implementing Content Feeds and Syndication
RSS and Atom are the most widely used of many content syndication formats that have developed over the last few years to address the need to distribute and receive streams of content from websites and applications. Sites syndicate content for a broad variety of reasons, from replacing email as a medium for outbound contact to updating satellite sites. Each format has evolved to meet the changing needs of its driving community. All the common formats use a specific XML vocabulary to structure a stream of content in an easily consumable format.
The book starts by analyzing the need to distribute content that RSS emerged to meet. It outlines in development of the various formats as way of understanding how the technology map of today came about. The current status of the leading formats is summarized succinctly.