10 Free EBooks for Web Designers

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Several weeks ago we published a post that told you about 10 free online books for web designers. We received lots of positive feedback from many of our readers who appreciated the great information, but one common question was, “Is there a PDF version?”. It turns out people really like their PDF’s, but unfortunately, that group of free books only had online HTML versions. So I set out on a quest to find more free books for web designers, but this time I made sure each had a PDF version.

The following ten books contain a wide variety of valuable information for web designers, ranging from HTML5 to a guide for managing your time. There’s plenty here to keep you busy reading for a while. Enjoy!

Introduction to Good Usability

ebooks for designers

This guide is especially handy if you haven’t done a lot of webdesign yet or if you are involved in webdesign but don’t do any of the real work. I hope to shed some light on some common interface elements and mistakes people often make with them.

How To Be Creative

ebooks for designers

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. Hugh 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.

Why design?

ebooks for designers

What designers offer to clients is a way of thinking. The “Why design?” booklet outlines the role of design in business strategy. It seeks a common framework for why design adds value to clients’ interests.

The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

ebooks for designers

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.

HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

ebooks for designers

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.

Time Management for Creative People

ebooks for designers

Written by Mark McGuinness, this e-book serves as a guide for creative people to help them be more productive and better manage their time.

The Woork Handbook

ebooks for designers

The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork!

Eloquent JavaScript

ebooks for designers

Eloquent JavaScript is a digital book providing a comprehensive introduction (tutorial) to the JavaScript programming language. Apart from a bookful of text, it contains plenty of example programs, and an environment to try them out and play with them.

A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers

ebooks for designers

This guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections in 10 short chapters. The author, Karin van der Heiden, provided the translation.

Type Classification

ebooks for designers

This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

47 Comments

  1. Mario
    September 16, 2010

    cool stuff.. thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Tony
    September 16, 2010

    So much for buying design books on Amazon!

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  3. Nikunj
    September 16, 2010

    Wow Good resource did not know we could get such good design ebooks for free ;) Thanks for sharing

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  4. Win Htoo
    September 16, 2010

    Wow!! Thanks alot for sharing. Will download it one by one. :D

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  5. Warren Jerzyszek
    September 16, 2010

    Hey, thanks for taking the time to find these ebooks out and share them with us! I’ve been looking for a good book on HTML5 for some time and hopefully I don’t need to look anymore. I cant wait to get stuck in and get up to speed with the not to distant future for web designers/developers. Thanks once again for sharing.

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    • AnthonyE
      September 16, 2010

      Yes….agreed same here. Thanks for the share!

      Reply
  6. Chepi
    September 16, 2010

    Great list! Already RTed it. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Taufiq Pmreload
    September 16, 2010

    Gut!

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  8. Sourav Agarwal, Senior content writer
    September 16, 2010

    A great help for web designers from across the globe………..

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  9. Camille
    September 16, 2010

    Great collection! I checked out the previous list “10 Free Online Books” as well. Weird that it’s so timely. Just this morning, I was trying to think of ways I can buy a book on web design. This solves it.

    Reply
  10. Dzinepress
    September 16, 2010

    useful ebooks.

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  11. Greg Babula
    September 16, 2010

    Great list, thanks!

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  12. Codeorama
    September 16, 2010

    Very good, thanks!

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  13. Allen
    September 16, 2010

    Thanks for the share! I’ll be sure to read up on some of these ebooks on my spare time.

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  14. Franco
    September 16, 2010

    Great post, I hope I can make some time to read the all!

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  15. Ian Parker
    September 16, 2010

    A great selection of useful e-books. Thankyou.

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  16. Koren Berman
    September 16, 2010

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic list. So very useful, I’m definitely going to look into them.

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  17. Tyler Dow
    September 16, 2010

    Great list! Now to find enough time to read all of them… Thank you!

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  18. Zaeem Mirza
    September 16, 2010

    Awesome!

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  19. Web Designer, Leicester
    September 16, 2010

    The HTML 5 e-book is great, i’ve been meaning to learn the HTML5 basics for a while.

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  20. GradeAWebsites
    September 16, 2010

    Awesome list, thanks so much.

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  21. Spokane Web Designer
    September 16, 2010

    Great set of e-books, thanks for posting them. Time management always a problem for me.

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  22. BLU:72 Creative
    September 16, 2010

    Brilliant, some really good links there!

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  23. Youngstream
    September 17, 2010

    I’ll give the HTML 5 one a go!

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  24. div
    September 17, 2010

    Thanks a ton………… Hope to C many more additions to this post.

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  25. stoimen
    September 17, 2010

    wow! great collections thanks

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  26. Confused
    September 17, 2010

    What’s so great about the HTML5 book. It’s 6 pages long, which in my opinion, doesn’t qualify as a “book”. It doesn’t say much at all. I just don’t get why others are saying this is great.

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  27. ddeja
    September 17, 2010

    Thanks so much.

    My choice for today is: HTML5 Quick Learning Guide.

    I think it’s going to be a good way, to see what all that html5 is about.

    Cheers.

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  28. Lakeside Techies
    September 17, 2010

    Nice one, these books are really helpful… downloaded woork’s ebook now.

    Reply
  29. Jen
    September 17, 2010

    Great post,

    Check out my site, pdfgallery.net for more free pdf ebooks for creatives.

    Reply
  30. Vincent Hadi Wijaya
    September 18, 2010

    Thanks for sharing. It’s free and great! :D

    Reply
  31. Aneslin
    September 18, 2010

    many thanks for these books, gonna get print and start read. useful for biginers

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  32. Emerge Online
    September 18, 2010

    This stuff is gold.

    The only one i have already is the woork handbook. If the rest as as good as that i will be very happy.

    Downloading now :)

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  33. Arun
    September 19, 2010

    Thanks a lot for info about these free ebooks. Keep up the good work!

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  34. Craig
    September 19, 2010

    Wow! Great collection covering very important areas of Web Design, and free to boot, Thanks!

    Reply
  35. wm
    September 19, 2010

    Thanks for the tips.
    Sharing is Caring :)

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  36. Lisa Thomason
    September 20, 2010

    Fantastic collection of Ebooks for web designers! Will be looking at Eloquent JavaScript first, Thank you!

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  37. Arturo
    September 21, 2010

    Thanks! great good stuff!

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  38. rodrigo
    September 21, 2010

    Great list, thanks![+1]

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  39. Theo
    September 22, 2010

    Thanks for this ebook collection !

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  40. Jeff Jones
    September 22, 2010

    Heard about the 10 free ebooks, so had to check them out and I’m extremely impressed, Great collection! Cheers!

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  41. rob t
    September 28, 2010

    What an awesome post, thanks so much. Going to check a few of these out

    Reply
  42. Chris Hollands
    October 4, 2010

    Sweeeet, some epic links there! Does anyone know any good SEO Ebooks?

    peace

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  43. Vijay S Paul
    February 8, 2011

    Real Real Real good stuff…. Exactly what i was looking for… thanks

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  44. Dataca
    September 21, 2011

    Found the html5 and time management the most useful.

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  45. Digital Marketing Consultant
    March 13, 2012

    Time Management for Creative People – this suggests I am not the only one that is looking into project managing my creativity! A good start.

    Already reading the section on Prioritise ‘important but not urgent’ work.
    I’ll be interested to learn about how to select which priority is the priority.

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  46. Howard Steele
    June 24, 2013

    Great! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

    Reply

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