Resourceful Free E-Books for Designers and Developers
You can never have too much knowledge of your chosen subject, and they say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
In the current climate, designers and developers are sought-after jobs, both freelance and employed.
It is always a good idea, in a swamped market particularly, to stay on top of the game and to continue learning and keeping up with the ever-changing trends and implementation methods.
One of the best ways to do that is through books. There are many, many free e-books available for just about any topic you could think of.
Here is a collection of very useful and resourceful free e-books aimed at designers and developers.
The text accompanying each title is an excerpt from the website or introduction.
Free E-Books for Designers and Developers
Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton
A web designer has to be adaptable. Willing to learn, and ready to embrace change. A web designer has to be willing to shed previously high–held design sensibilities and start from scratch. They have to accept, challenge and manipulate the constraints of the web. They must do all of this whilst keeping one eye firmly on their own personal design journey; where they've come from, and where they're going.
jQuery Fundamentals by Rebecca Murphey
Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design is an intermediate-level book about interface and interaction design, structured as a pattern language. It features real-live examples from desktop applications, web sites, web applications, mobile devices, and everything in between. This site contains excerpts from some of the book's patterns.
The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web by Robert Bringhurst
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.
Access by Design by Sarah Horton
We build Web sites for many reasons, but one reason trumps all others: We build Web sites so people can use them. They are to be looked at, watched, listened to, skimmed, read, printed, clicked, input into, and operated by different people using different access devices. If the result of design is that someone cannot load a page or activate a link or read a paragraph or interpret an image, then design is no longer a means to an end—design is an impediment.
Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton
For the beginner, this book teaches the fundamentals of interface design, information architecture, and usability without unnecessary complexity or jargon. It’s the clearest, most practical guide to Web design you’ll find.
Experts will savor this book differently. In an age of specialization, we often get stuck in a rut. Web Style Guide invites us once again to see the whole and to learn the latest techniques from related disciplines and communities of practice.
Web Designer’s Success Guide by Kevin Airgid
An indispensable book for the first timer and a good read also for somebody with a bit of experience already on those paths, as everybody can learn from other peoples’ experiences. Let your journey to the top of that mountain be a challenging and fruitful one and don’t forget to take a camera with you!
HTML5 Quick Learning Guide from FreeHTMLTemplates
There are lots of great resources for getting comprehensive information on HTML5, so instead of creating another one of those, I decided instead to create a short “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.
Dive Into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim
Dive Into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine standards.
Pocket Guide to SEO by Forty
Our Pocket Guide to SEO contains everything you could want to know about SEO from your friends at Forty. Buried deep inside its pages you’ll find tips, tricks, general information about search engines, and how you can make them work for you - in a completely ethical way, of course.
How To Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod
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.
Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness
Time Management for Creative People is subtitled ‘Manage the Mundane – Create the Extraordinary’ as it’s designed to help you maintain your creative focus while dealing with your other commitments.
The Design Funnel by Stephen Hay
Are you a professional designer? Would you like a process to create more consistently creative work which distinguishes itself from the work of your peers?
Would you like a process which would help translate the often vague, unclear wishes of your clients (and yourself for that matter) into a clear and solid basis for your design?
This manifesto will show you how
Type Classification by Jacob Cass
This book goes through the 10 type classifications with a brief history as well as the key characteristics of each. This book has been made to come back to for easy referencing
I hope you have discovered some books of interest and help to you in this list.
Do you read books to keep in touch and up to date with the changes, or do you just read blog/website articles and seek out tutorials for your needs?
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