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Web Design Books

New and classic web design books from the top authors in user interface design, user experience design and design thinking

Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

by Steve Krug

Published in 2000

Basic and practical web usability advice to improve the user experience of your website and app designs

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

by Austin Kleon

Published in 2012

Learn how to look for, get inspiration from, and reuse work from other great creative minds

LinchPin: Are You Indispensable?

by Seth Godin

Published in 2010

This book is about your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

by Steven Johnson

Published in 2010

Book investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality

Everything I Know

by Paul Jarvis

Published in 2013

This book provides practical ideas and questions to help you validate your plans and most importantly, launch them

Mobile Design Book

by Paula Borowska, Tomas Laurinavicius

Published in 2014

Quick guide to help you get familiarized with how to design great apps

Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty

by David Kadavy

Published in 2011

Discover the techniques behind design by deconstructing designs to understand them

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

by Nir Eyal

Published in 2013

Four-step process embedded in the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior

The Smashing Book #4 - New Perspectives on Web Design

by Smashing Magazine

Published in 2013

Book for issues that keep following you in every project

Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions

by Bill Scott, Therese Neil

Published in 2009

More than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

by Jason Beaird

Published in 2007

Book for people who can build websites, but are seeking the skills and knowledge to visually enhance their sites

Universal Principles of Design

by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler

Published in 2003

Pairing clear explanations of the design concepts featured with visual examples of those concepts applied in practice

HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites

by Jon Duckett

Published in 2011

Introduces HTML and CSS in a way that makes them accessible to everyone, hobbyists, students, and professionals and it’s full-color throughout

The Elements of Typographic Style

by Robert Bringhurst

Published in 1992

Philosophy of design that also includes various appendices describing sorts & characters and glossary of terms

Responsive Design With WordPress

by Joseph Casabona

Published in 2013

Teaches you how to leverage WordPress to get the most out of responsive design, automate important processes and more

Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS

by Dan Cederholm

Published in 2005

Standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

by Susan Weinschenk

Published in 2011

This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs

Content Strategy for the Web

by Kristina Halvorson

Published in 2009

Explains how to create and deliver useful, usable content for your online audiences, when and where they need it most

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

by Steve Krug

Published in 2009

A streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product

Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices

by Dan Saffer

Published in 2009

This book will help you learn to create a design strategy, use design research to uncover people’s behaviors, motivations, and goals in order to design for them

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