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10 Useful Web Design and Development Books

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Web designers often go through various books and magazines to find out about various new designing tips and techniques. It is very important for a web designer to stay updated with the latest trends. With so many new books coming up each day, many people get confused as to what to read and what not.

To help you out, we bring you 10 must-have books for Web Designers.

1. The Complete Manual of Typography – The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici is a beautiful, concise book that provides you everything that you need to produce great typography. It explains how to use today’s computerized tools to achieve well-set typography. It is an essential reference for anyone who work with type.

2. Web Design : Navigation – This book by Julius Wiedemann focuses on carefully crafted navigation systems, where usability and narrative are taken into consideration in the development of a website. It illustrates the ingenious solutions to one of the most difficult and important aspects of web design – Navigation.

3. Bulletproof Web Design – Bulletproof Web Design is a book by Dan Cederholm that outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability and user control that are the major aspects of a successful website. In each chapter, he shows an example of a website that is not coded well, points out it’s limitations and also shows how to make it better.

4. Speaking in StylesSpeaking in Styles by Jason Cranford Teague is a book that aims to help web designers learn the language that will be used to take their vision from static comp to the live internet. The book teaches designers the fundamentals of CSS, how to optimize their code, make it accessible, optimize for search engines, mix with Flash and much more.

5. Advanced CSS – Advanced CSS by Joe Lewis and Meitar Moscovitz is a book that helps intermediate CSS developers take their CSS skills to a completely different level. It goes beyond the basics of CSS to give you an expert’s understanding of CSS concepts and practices such as CSS Optimization, techniques for managing complexity, and much more. It helps you utilize the full power and flexibility of CSS.

6. Color Design Workbook – Color Design Workbook is a useful book that presents readers with the fundamentals of graphic design and helps explore color through language of professionals. It showcases the work of some top designers and the brilliant and inspiring use of color in their design work.

7. Beginning Javascript and CSS Development with JQuery – This book by Richard York demonstrates how to use jQuery to reduce the amount of code you need to write and amount of testing required. It shows you how separation of presentation, markup and script in web pages is crucial in web development for creating an easily maintainable, accessible and cost-effective web site.

8. Sexy Web Design : Creative Interfaces that Work – Sexy Web Design by Elliot Jay Stocks is a book that helps you create your own breathtaking web interfaces from scratch. It guides you through the entire process of creating a gorgeous, usable web interace by applying the timeless principles of user-centered design.

9. Web Application ArchitectureWeb Application Architecture by Leon Schlar and Rich Rosen is a book that provides an in-depth examination of the core concepts and general principles associated with web application development. This conceptual knowledge is essential when designing, developing and debugging complex systems and also makes it easier to learn new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

10. Freelance Design in Practice – Freelance Design in Practice by Cathy Fishel is a book that provides readers various tips for becoming successful as a freelance designer. It addresses various issues as well as explains exactly as to what it takes to create a full-time freelance business. For both active freelancers as well as those who aspire it, this book is a must-have.

We hope you really liked our compilation of some must-have books for web designers. If you have come across any other books that you would like to recommend, feel free to share it to us via the comments section.

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