10 Free Online Books for Web Designers

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There’s a never ending supply of information out there for us web designers. If there’s something we need to learn, we can find it in one form or another. Sometimes it may be on a blog or it could be in a book. While you may have to shell our some money for a good web design book, there are a number of them out that have online versions that are totally free. Here are 10 you should find very useful.

A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web

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A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design. Featuring five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout.

Getting Real

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Getting Real is the business, design, programming, and marketing philosophies of 37signals — a developer of web-based software used by over 1 million people and businesses in 70 countries.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

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In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, is structured to step through the principles found in Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS.

jQuery Fundamentals

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jQuery Fundamentals was written to help you understand the fundamentals of this JavaScript library and teach you how to complete basic tasks with jQuery.

Web Style Guide, 3rd Edition

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Consistently praised as the best volume on classic elements of web site design, Web Style Guide, now in its third edition, maintains an emphasis on fundamentals while bringing every chapter topic up-to-date.

Access by Design

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Access by Design offers guidelines for universal usability, and the online version includes examples and links to related articles and tutorials.

Web Designer’s Success Guide

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Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business. This book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do things like transition from full-time to self-employment and how to price your services appropriately.

The Web Book

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The Web Book contains all the information you need to create a Web site from scratch. It covers everything from registering a domain name and renting some hosting space, to creating your first HTML page, to building full online database applications with PHP and MySQL. It also tells you how to market and promote your site, and how to make money from it.

Dive Into HTML 5

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This book seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.

http://www.uiaccess.com/accessucd/index.html

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This book will help you understand and apply principles to make your products more accessible.

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.

55 Comments

  1. Ravikumar V.
    July 26, 2010

    thanks for the books

    Reply
  2. Theo
    July 26, 2010

    Awesome thanks !

    Reply
  3. Tony
    July 26, 2010

    The jQuery Fundamentals link is incorrect.

    Reply
    • raym
      July 26, 2010

      try this link instead

      http://jqfundamentals.com/book/

      Reply
  4. Dallas SEO Web Design
    July 26, 2010

    Yup, looks like the jQuery Fundamentals link is dead.

    Reply
  5. Monika
    July 26, 2010

    Good list thanks

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  6. naoXens
    July 26, 2010

    Yeah !! Thanks !!

    Reply
  7. Share and like
    July 26, 2010

    What are the best 3 to read?

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  8. Eko Setiawan
    July 26, 2010

    Theser resources really useful for me, thanks for share

    Reply
  9. Greg Babula
    July 26, 2010

    Great collection, thanks!

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  10. Ejaz
    July 26, 2010

    Good post Henry, Please correct the jQuery Fundamentals link. i.e. “l” is extra in the link.

    Reply
  11. IceTheme
    July 26, 2010

    They should be able to serve us!
    Thanks!

    Reply
  12. Mohan
    July 26, 2010

    Very informative

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  13. BlogyMate
    July 26, 2010

    It is a nice collection

    Reply
  14. leaflette
    July 26, 2010

    wow, thanks for sharing!! :D

    Reply
  15. Franco
    July 26, 2010

    Great list, I´ll read them all, ASAP! Thanks!

    Reply
  16. Maxime De Greve
    July 26, 2010

    Time to get an iPad and read this stuff in pdf to make my webdesign of http://www.smokingcow.com even better! I like the atmosphere of this one “Web Designer’s Success Guide” ! Nice list Henry!

    Reply
  17. Ivo Bosma
    July 26, 2010

    The list includes a few interesting books, so I will have a look. Thanks!

    Reply
  18. Chris Dizon
    July 26, 2010

    Thanks for the resource! Too bad they aren’t in PDF form, but I’ll take it.

    Reply
  19. Ryan
    July 26, 2010

    Awesome college and resource

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  20. Scentsy
    July 26, 2010

    It looks like I have my homework cut out for me.

    Reply
  21. Teylor Feliz
    July 26, 2010

    Very good list!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  22. AJ
    July 26, 2010

    THANK YOU!!

    Reply
  23. Dano Manion
    July 26, 2010

    Great Valuable Collection!

    Reply
  24. Robert Loomis
    July 26, 2010

    Fantastic. Just what I needed.

    Reply
  25. Raelin
    July 27, 2010

    Really important list of books. Thank you so much for the free downloads.

    Reply
  26. Warren Jerzyszek
    July 27, 2010

    Hey, thanks for sharing this amazing freebie! This seems to be a nice list of useful resources for me which I am looking forward to getting stuck into. The HTML5 book looks interesting, before I start reading any would you suggest any you enjoyed reading? Thanks again for sharing this with us.

    Reply
  27. Ben Daly Mohamed
    July 27, 2010

    Wow !! thanks for that collection

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  28. Exionyte
    July 27, 2010

    Thanks for sharing these freebies!

    Reply
  29. Bruce
    July 27, 2010

    I can’t seem to download “The Web Book”, their download link is stuffed, and yet it seems to always make it into all the “free ebook” articles! Doesn’t anyone check the resources out before publishing them in an article?

    Reply
  30. Zen Cart Shopping Cart Experts
    July 27, 2010

    Love this list! Have downloaded a few of them for some light reading on my iPad!

    Reply
  31. Reidable
    July 27, 2010

    Thanks for the list. I’ll read at least 1

    Reply
  32. TxRx
    July 28, 2010

    Sweet, specially liking the HTML5 book :)

    Reply
  33. loggersc2
    July 28, 2010

    Here is a link to the JQuery book in PDF – for those who don’t prefer to fumble through each page of html…. http://jqfundamentals.com/

    Choose PDF link from this page.

    Reply
  34. DreamWave
    July 28, 2010

    jquery book, I don’t see it as a necessary one.
    Prefer to avoid it actually.

    Reply
  35. Chad
    July 28, 2010

    Awesome… Thanks for putting this out there, some really great titles.

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  36. Patrick Dow
    July 28, 2010

    This is great!

    I have more time than money so I plan on doing all of my own web design. The only hitch is that I don’t know how to do web design, or html, or css. Is one or more of these books the place to start, or do you have other advice?

    Reply
  37. Igors
    July 29, 2010

    Thanks a lot! Good stuff!

    Reply
  38. sawgrassshack10
    July 31, 2010

    Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs, making the difference from a good design to a great one.

    If you’re a designer, developer, or content producer, reading A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web will enrich your website design and plug the holes in your design knowledge.

    Reply
  39. Toby James Creative
    August 1, 2010

    Good list – don’t forget about ‘Why Design?’ by AIGA: http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/why-design

    Reply
  40. Nauman Akhtar
    August 2, 2010

    Awesome collection, but I think Jquery is not a relevant post here.

    Reply
  41. man mohan
    August 2, 2010

    Really very useful books. thanks for this nice article, buddy

    Reply
  42. Jen
    August 10, 2010

    Awesome list of books.

    Reply
  43. Anything Graphic
    August 23, 2010

    Saved to my favorites :-)

    Thank you so much!

    Reply
  44. Craig
    August 26, 2010

    Great list thanks for the resource, amazon books here I come.

    Reply
  45. Lisa Thomason
    September 9, 2010

    Wow! What a valuable collection. Thank you! LT

    Reply
  46. Amanda Smit
    September 11, 2010

    Some really excellent titles!

    Reply
  47. Jeff Jones
    September 14, 2010

    Really important list of books. Great compilation, Cheers!

    Reply
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  49. Darshan Parihar
    September 16, 2010

    Wowwwww!

    Gud Job.

    Reply
  50. Jazza
    September 20, 2010

    God pdf… I hate that it costs money to encode, therefor putting a price on purchasing what it encodes.

    Thanks for the books though.

    Reply
  51. Jack
    October 6, 2011

    Thanks for sharing, great list :-)

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  52. Vickram
    November 16, 2011

    Thanks for sharing it…
    Good use to all beginners

    Reply
  53. I-Design
    July 29, 2012

    Very great article i mean perfect for all begginers…Thanks a lot!

    Reply
  54. Howard Steele
    July 9, 2013

    Great list, designers worth their salt should never cease learning

    Reply

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