Awesome Web Design Books

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.

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites – Robin Nixon

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 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.

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