11 Free Online Books for Web Designers

By / Jul 31, 2012 / Freebies

Information about design, creativity, web and everything else that we can think of is available to everyone, you just need a fair amount of interest to look for it. Here at WDL we like to keep you inspired and updated with nice and interesting information. And that is why today we gathered 11 free online books to add to your library. From classics that you know to new presentations transformed in pdf files, we have 11 files for you. Choose the ones you like and read on.

Meet Your Type: A Field Guide to Typography

Why settle for casual flirtation when looking for a long-lasting relationship? Finding the perfect match is easy if you know the rules. Meet Your Type will help you overcome common obstacles, and keep your heart thumping for your one true love: typography.

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20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.

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Book Of Speed

No one likes to wait and we all hate slow pages. These are obvious, easily observable facts that don’t need any proof. This book gives you practical industry examples and studies which expose the effects of performance on the bottom line. If you’re not convinced that speed means money, read on.

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jQuery Succinctly

jQuery Succinctly is a 101 page free ebook from Syncfusion Inc. It was written by Cody Lindley who is the author of “jQuery Cookbook”. It expresses, in short-order, the concepts essential to intermediate and advanced jQuery development.

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Best of Smashing Magazine

The eBook contains the best articles that have been published on Smashing Magazine in the last five years — and by “best,” we mean the most useful, most interesting or most inspiring.

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Design Your Imagination

A complete and comprehensive guide on website design suitable for freshers and expert web designers.

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A Dialect of Our Own Design

Note & Point alumni Simon Collison has created a simple and striking slide deck that aided his talk at the 2011 Interlink Conference held in Vancouver. Elegant black slides, simple illustrations and clean type are used to teach designers at the conference about making informed design decisions while being creative.

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CMS’s For Designers

A short deck by Andy Field that caught my attention with the way he chose to include his screen shots. It ends up being a pitch for a certain CMS (though I don’t think he’s affiliated) but the humor in slide 8 should not go unnoticed. Simple, to the point, and not wordy; plus the circles that aren’t circles are visually interesting as well.

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In Defense of Mobile Diversity

Presented by Hervé Mischler at the Future of Wedesign London 2012, here are some quick tips for porting your iOS designs to Android.

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A Designer’s Guide to Webfonts

You already know @font-face and available JS/Flash options available. You’re a pro. We understand that. But what about terms like EOT Lite, WOFF and Comp Fonts? Yeah, we needed a little primer as well. Luckily FontShop is making it easy on us all.

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33 Things I Know About Art Direction

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the handwritten style done right but David Bell has really pulled it together on his presentation covering his ideas on art direction. It’s long but the content is engaging enough to keep you interested in every slide.

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About the Author

Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

  • algeriano

    nice love’em thank you

  • http://www.gleenk.com/ Davide De Maestri

    Great list of book to read during holidays! Thank you!

  • http://www.forixwebdesign.com/ Chris Devlin

    Useful list of online books for web designers. I like to download “Design Your Imagination” and “CMS’s For Designers”. Here is another collections which I found recently,

    Hope it helps for the newbies…..

  • https://twitter.com/uk_suzanne Suzanne

    Great book list, thank you!

  • http://www.aledesign.it/ad_adv.html aledesign.it – Creative Graphic

    Thanks for this important resources..so useful!!! Wonderful!!!!!!!!

  • http://skyblueoceanmedia.com Sky Blue

    How ironic is that I just got the CMS for Designers book :), I am going on vacation this month so I just got a couple of books to pass time on the beach. I heard so much about this book which is why I got it but hope it will help us and other fellow web designers out there in the hustle.

  • http://www.hutchhouse.com Annette

    Great list of titles – a must for any web designer. Thank you!

  • http://www.designturnpike.com Design Turnpike

    I def need brushing up on web fonts, so I’ll be reading “A Designer’s Guide to Webfonts.” Thanks!

  • http://www.derby-webdesign.co.uk Kevin

    Nice list, jQuery Succinctly looks sweeeet :)

  • http://www.chrisreihe.com Reihe

    Nice collection! Great reads.

  • http://www.skytechgeek.com Gagan Chhatwal

    worth post, useful online books I was looking for them definitely help me a lot for my designing and developing purposes. Thanks

  • http://www.paulohsms.com Paulo


  • http://www.authenticstyle.co.uk Will

    These looks like great resources – thanks!

    Will be sure to give them a read.

  • http://www.xavortm.com Alexander Dimitrov

    Great that you collect them :) I just love those that share for free.

  • http://www.paulund.co.uk Paul

    Awesome thanks for the list I’ll download them now.

  • http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com Jeremy Wong

    Great collection – looking forward to reading them. Any updates for 2013? Would love to get my hands on a few more of these resources. Thanks so much!