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.
Designing for the Web

jQuery Fundamentals by Rebecca Murphey

jQuery is fast becoming a must-have skill for front-end developers. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the jQuery JavaScript library; when you're done with the book, you should be able to complete basic tasks using jQuery, and have a solid basis from which to continue your learning.
jQuery Fundamentals

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.
Designing Interfaces

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.
The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

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.
Access by Design

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 Style Guide

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!
Web Designer's Success Guide

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.
HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

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.
Dive Into HTML5

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.
Pocket Guide to SEO

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.
How to be Creative

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.
Time Management for Creative People

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
The Design Funnel

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
Type Classification


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?
Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.


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