I have been looking for free e-books for web designers since it is a medium that can be a good way to pick up inspiration and new techniques. While buying new and fresh books from the large publishers may give you the latest releases free e-books still can be a great and completely free resource. With a tablet or e-book reader it actually works quite well and it also give you some time away from the computer to more easily focus on learning.
Sound too good to be true? Well its not, there are actually a lot of e-books available on the internet. In this post, I am showcasing a useful collection of free e-books that every designer and developer should consider reading. I hope that you will learn some new techniques and get help in mastering your own expertise and skills. Feel free to comment if I missed out some interesting free e-books. Enjoy!
Stephen Hay – explains how there is a process that can help you get into the mind of the clients and figure out what exactly they want their designs to look like, even if what they tell you is not so clear for you.
2. Why Design?
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. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.
Delivering time management training and coaching for hundreds of creative people has taught the author a lot about what it takes to get original work done in the midst of the demands and distractions of the 21st century workplace.
An accessible guide to good usability and design for beginners and intermediates. These 21 pages include some classic problems of usability that you might encounter and the solutions to handle them.
A learner’s guide to creating standards-based Web pages.
The book has been written by some of WebGuru India’s most seasoned professionals and is divided into 28 comprehensive chapters. Each chapter is on a specific topic with a number of examples for better understanding. The language is lucid, to-the-point and easy to understand.
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.
Find out how to improve the design of your website by keeping an eye on accessibility. What makes this resource great is the fact that the author, Shawn Henry, is a promoter of web accessibility for users with disabilities.Also, this book helps you improve your products—websites, software, hardware, and consumer products—to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers. One guiding principle is: just ask people with disabilities.
9. HTML & XHTML
The definitive guide to HTML & XHTML.
10. HTML5 WTF?
Another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5.
A must-have for any web designer that respects himself. It’s a classic! It walks you through all the web design principles and the available techniques that can help you design a better website.
Being a web designer means to create thinking of users at all times. The goal is to make the site as accessible and easy to use as possible. This e-book explains the process of usability and the principles of a web that works for all users.
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.
15. Using XHTML
Using XHTML, including comprehensive information that will help web professionals to get the most from XHTML. The book starts by explaining how XHTML differs from HTML, and why its necessary. It then covers the meat of XHTML, including syntax and document creation.
Widely praised for its in-depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestsellingPro Drupal Developmenthas been updated for Drupal 6 in this edition, and provides are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.
Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites
The author wrote this book in 2001 for print designers whose clients want websites, print art directors who’d like to move into full–time web and interaction design, homepage creators who are ready to turn pro, and professionals who seek to deepen their web skills and understanding. Rated 5 stars in amazon, it is now downloadable for free.
A very useful ebook about browsers and the web.
Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.
A practical guide to web typography.
23. Design Patterns
25. Dive Into HTML5
Dive Into HTML 5 is an ongoing book that seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards. The final manuscript will be eventually published on paper by O’Reilly, under the Google Press imprint.
The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design.This book is a miscellanea of articles written by Antonio Lupetti on his web design blogr. During the period form January to December 2008 “Woork” has been visited from over 4 millions visitors and has received a lot of requests to distribute a printable version of its contents.
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.
In this eBook you’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss.
30. Knock Knock
Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.
Ruby on Rails is the super-productive new way to develop full-featured web applications. With Ruby on Rails, powerful web applications that once took weeks or months to develop can now be produced in a matter of days. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. If you’re like a lot of web developers, you’ve probably considered kicking the tires on Rails – the framework of choice for the new generation of Web 2.0 developers.
“Ajax Design Patterns” shows you best practices that can dramatically improve your web development projects. It investigates how others have successfully dealt with conflicting design principles in the past and then relays that information directly to you.
If you are an experienced web developer ready for a concise yet quality introduction to Ajax, then you have found your book. Written in a friendly conversational tone by experienced web developers for experienced web developers, it would be hard to imagine a better introduction to XMLHttp Request and the related technologies needed to leverage its benefits.
Essential Actionscript 3.0 is a great book for beginners as well as intermediates with Actionscript 2.0 experiance. This book was completely re-hauled from the previous Essential Actionscript 2.0 book. It breaks down the very basics and leads programmers down the path to good effective.
Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML (though not limited to these), cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document. Cascading style sheets apply things such as borders, spacing between paragraphs, headings or images, control of font faces or font colors, background colors and images, textual effects such as underlined or strike-through text, layering, positioning, and a number of other presentational effects..