20 Free eBooks for Web Designers


Web design, coding, and typography – these are some really important elements of a website that is meant for generating profits. If you one of those who are looking to gain knowledge and know-how regarding the aforementioned subjects you can do a Google search and sit down to read several web pages that would gladly ramble on about these things without getting to a real point. OR, you could search for eBooks written by experienced firms and people. That is the purpose of this very post. We scoured the internet for few of the best eBooks out there that cover these topics and so we present to you 20 free eBooks for web designers.

Most of the following books contain information that you probably will not find on any webpage as such. These books are first-hand accounts of professionals who have considerable experience and whose opinions are absolutely solid. While not all of the following eBooks will be available for download for free, but you would still be able to read them online without paying a single dime. Those that are available to download are presented in several formats including PDF. Let us know what you guys think in the comments below and whether or not these books were helpful at all.

How To Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod

17. How To Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod

This book is very small. It includes around 26 tips on how to connect with the creativity that you may have hidden in you somewhere and each one of those tips is accompanied by a cartoon figure. It is very delightful to read.

Web Designer’s Success Guide by Kevin Airgid

16. Web Designer’s Success Guide by Kevin Airgid

If you are a freelancer, chances are you want to earn a profit doing what you do and that is exactly what this book is all about. Topics covered in this book include but are not limited to project management, pricing decisions and even marketing.

Web Design and Mobile Trends for 2013 by Awwwards Team

15. Web Design and Mobile Trends for 2013 by Awwwards Team

Follow the latest trends in web design and mobile technologies with this collection of interviews taken from 28 of today’s leading figures in the industry.

Design Your Imagination by WebGuru Infosystems

14. Design Your Imagination by WebGuru Infosystems

This particular book is written for beginners but even professionals can get some useful advice reading this book. This book is all about web design; it includes 28 chapters with several examples.

Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness

13. Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness

This particular book was written in 2007, but as far as time management goes, the principles will not change and this book will tell you all about time management in exactly 32 pages.

UX Design for Startups by Marcin Treder

12. UX Design for Startups by Marcin Treder

This particular eBook is 127 pages in length with practical tips for UX designs and discussion of more than 60 tools.

WordPress Meet Responsive Design by Michael Pick

11. WordPress Meet Responsive Design by Michael Pick

Responsive design is all the craze these days and that is exactly the purpose of this eBook. It will explain to you all you need to know about this responsive design everyone is talking about.

Web Design Book of Trends, 2013-2014 by Marcin Treder

20. Web Design Book of Trends, 2013-2014 by Marcin Treder

If you are one of those who want to keep themselves updates with the latest trends in web design you might want to consider giving this book a thorough read.

Learning Web Design, 3rd Edition by Jennifer Niederst Robbins

19. Learning Web Design, 3rd Edition by Jennifer Niederst Robbins

This eBook is 480 pages long and it will teach you exactly how to build professional websites starting from scratch. You will learn the fundamentals of building a website including building CSS layouts.

Taking Your Talent to the Web by Jeffrey Zeldman

18. Taking Your Talent to the Web by Jeffrey Zeldman

This book was written in 2001 it still has very relevant suggestions and guidance when it comes to the World Wide Web. The paperback version of this book is still a five-star rating on Amazon. Beat that!

The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design by Stephen Hay

 

10. The Design Funnel

This book is only 12 pages long. It will help you understand what you clients want from you and help you build creative websites that will definitely standout.

The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

9. The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

This book, along with another one listed below, is all about the role typography places in web design and it is 49 pages long. You learn a lot.

Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook 2 by Gyppsy AKA Tony Dones

8. Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook 2 by Gyppsy AKA Tony Dones

This is 165-page handbook which should provide you with loads of useful quick tips and several illustrations to help you grasp the concept easily. The book is designed to help you design.

Designing for the Web

3. Designing for the Web

This book is written by the founder of Five Simple Step’s Mark Boulton and it is the perfect example of free approach to eBook marketing. You can pay to download a PDF version of this book otherwise there is a free one available to read online. The entire book is available for free, only you won’t be able to download it.

Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS

2. Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS

In short, this book can be called SMACSS which is pronounced ‘Smacks’. This is a way to examine your design process and helps you in fitting those rigid frameworks into a flexible though process. The book is available for free and is written by Jonathan Snook and it is written in very easy language.

HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

1. HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

If you are looking to learn HTMl5 quickly, you might want to read this one. It is written in simple language and you can cover the main elements of this language in no time.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition by Jason Beaird

7. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition by Jason Beaird

This 2nd Edition by Jason Beaird is 170 pages long and it is great for those who already have some experience in creating websites. It will give you all the essential knowledge you require to make your websites even more awesome.

Getting Real

6. Getting Real

This book explains how to build a web application, more specifically, how to go about it. It covers everything from the basic stuff to the advanced mechanics involved. It is written by 37Signals and they are known for their blunt blogging. You can download the free version of this book in the PDF format. Just click on the link.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

5. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

This is a readable manual on modern typography and it explores the art and history or this particular field. Yeah, you may have thought that typography isn’t all that big a science. Well, you will feel very different when you are done reading this particular eBook.

Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

4.  Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design is written by Shaun Henry and it covers the basics of including accessibility in different design projects. It also talks about different shortcuts to involve people with disabilities.

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