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Jun 11, 2014

Essential Reading for Web Designers?

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Some of the principles used in Web design are based on very solid foundations. Here are a few of my favourites:

Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

This should be compulsory reading for anybody who is involved in producing or maintaining a Website. http://amzn.to/9O7BYj

 

The Non Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams

If you come from a coding rather than a graphic design background then quickly get up to speed with design basics in this excellent publication. http://amzn.to/hEHDqL

 

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment For The Web by Dave Shea & Molly E. Holzschlag

Still the best book ever for demonstrating and explaining the power of Cascading Style Sheets. CSS has improved dramatically since this book was published, but the principles remain the same. http://amzn.to/gzXfEY

 

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield

Do you know your Serifs from your sans serifs or your scripts from your blackletters? This is probably the most accessible and dare I say; entertaining book about fonts and typography you will find. http://amzn.to/g1FgXR

 

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type by Kimberley Elam

To produce effective page layouts you need to understand how to work with grids. Pages that are in proportion and organised effectively are almost always based on a grid system. http://amzn.to/hdfWGG

 

Search Engine Optimization All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies by Bruce Clay & Susan Esparza

Every Web designer should have some knowledge of SEO and none more so than the freelancer working directly with business customers. Search Engine Optimization is constantly changing, but this is a pretty good place to start. http://bit.ly/euVUzT

 

The Web Designer’s Idea Book by Patrick McNeil

For those occasions when inspiration is lacking. I’m not advocating simply copying the ideas here, but I always find that 10 or 15 minutes browsing through this excellent book very quickly sparks ideas that can form the basis for a new design. Whether it is a colour scheme, layout, or a particular theme it’s all here. http://amzn.to/g0laBl

 

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Tony Williams

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