If you’re a web designer or developer, you know that this field is one of the fastest growing and most innovative industry in the world. If you want to keep yourself updated and stay ahead of your competitors, you must learn new things all the time and follow the latest trends.
Although the Internet is the best place for the creatives to learn anything for free, you might need to spend a few bucks and get some design and development books. There are a lot of experts who have encountered problems and found solutions which they share with us in the books, so why not take advantage of their best practices and smart approaches to problems?
These books will definitely help you become a better web designer, developer or both. You’ll gain a lot of useful and practical knowledge in design psychology, user experience, branding, storytelling, programming, business, and more. Hopefully, our list of some of the most informative and useful books will help you choose the next book to read during your spare time.
CSS3 for Web Designers [$9 – $18]
From advanced selectors to generated content to the return of web fonts, and from gradients, shadows, and rounded corners to full-blown animations, CSS3 is a vast world of creative possibilities. And nobody else can guide you through this world than celebrated designer, author, and CSS superstar Dan Cederholm. In his book, you’ll learn what works, how it works, and how to work around browsers where it doesn’t work.
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? [$16.35]
This books employs “neuro-marketing” concepts, which lies in between psychology and user experience. It’s scientific, yet you’ll find it accessible, easy to read, and easy to comprehend. By applying the concepts and samples in this book, you’ll be able to dramatically increase the effectiveness and conversion rates of your own website.
Storytelling: Branding In Practice [$39.25]
Storytelling: Branding In Practice is written for practitioners, by practitioners. Through real life examples, simple guidelines and practical tools, this books aims to inspire companies to use storytelling as a means of building their brand, both internally and externally.
jQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2nd Edition [$23.97]
Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS [$20]
Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS (SMACSS) is more of a style guide than a rigid framework. There are no libraries within for you to download or install. SMACSS is a way to examine your design process and a way to fit those rigid frameworks into a flexible thought process. You’ll learn how to structure your CSS to allow for flexibility and maintainability as you project and your team grows.
The Unlimited Freelancer [$19]
Freelancing doesn’t have to be a daily struggle. You too can build your dream business – the business that you wanted to have in the first place. Sure, it takes hard work, but you’re probably already used to that, anyway. By using the proven strategies and techniques in this book, you’ll be running a successful business in less time than you thought possible.
Design Is A Job [$9 – $23]
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder of Mule Design and a raconteur, and he’s here to help you do your job better. From contacts to selling design, to working with clients and working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford to not know.
Decoding HTML5 [$19]
In this book, Jeffrey Way dives straight in and delivers something that the everyday designer and developer can immediately pick up and understand. This book focuses less on the politics of HTML5 and more on the ways to immediately integrate HTML5 and its friends into your web projects.
Client Centric Web Design [$13.79]
The client-centric web design methodology addresses the negative attitude that exists towards client work and has the potential to transform your business. For the client-designer relationship to work, both parties need to respect the other. In this book, you’ll explore how to move the clients’ perception of you as a pixel pusher to that of an expert.