Forgive me for the late entry – I confess I have been away from the laptop for a little over a week but I have not kept my nose out of a book! Here is a portion of my reading list so far, 5 great additions for anyone (starting out) in the web industry.
A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web – Mark Boulton
This has been my favourite so far. There is something so effortless yet personal about Mark’s writing that makes this book so easy to digest – you can almost feel him in the room as you read it. It does focus on the basics, but that is perhaps what makes it work – not too much emphasis on current trends, hence allowing it to remain on the bookshelves for a longer time. I enjoyed the focus on typography (my font obsession is only in its beginnings).
Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design – Brian Miller
Miller’s book has some similarities as Boulton’s in that it covers some of the same topics, but perhaps not quite with the same effective style. I found much of it to be too basic, even as a junior level developer. Nevertheless, it is a well laid out book with good examples and some inspiring ideas. I won’t be putting it away just yet.
HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today (Pragmatic Programmers) – Brian P Hogan
Yet to be read… watch this space.
I am not a fan of books that combine too many different subjects but unfortunately beggars sometimes can’t be choosers (I am on a budget after all). Anyway I would be able to tell you more about this book but alas either Amazon.co.uk or the postman spoiled it in the post. I have sent for a new one.
The Web Designer’s Idea Book, The Ultimate Guide to Themes, Trends and Styles – Patrick McNeil
For inspiration. Works well for me as I can’t bare spend my entire time staring at the screen in my work – I need to be able to hold something in my hands.