Essential Webdesign books for professional webdesigners and screendesigners
This is a selection of Webdesign books that we consider essential: on a philosophical, technical and design level. Reading makes you smarter, but having read these, you might feel enlightened. Well, at least you'll be a better webdesigner, that's for sure. Also, most of these are a really great read!
Designing With Web Standards
by Jeffrey Zeldman.Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations. Zeldman's approach is detailed, authoritative, and rich with historical context, as he is quick to explain how features of standards evolved. It's a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate.
The Zen of CSS Design
by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag. Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates.
by Eric Meyer. There are several other books on the market that serve as in-depth technical guides or reference books for CSS. None, however, take a more hands-on approach and use practical examples to teach readers how to solve the problems they face in designing with CSS - until now. Eric Meyer provides a variety of carefully crafted projects that teach how to use CSS and why particular methods were chosen. The web site includes all of the files needed to complete the tutorials in the book.
by Robert Klanten (editor). 72 dpi is a collection of revolutionary web designs in book form. The Internet's rapid development constantly demands new, ingenious web designs that bind the user to the website for as long as possible in order to provide him/ her with contents and information. This book shows a selection of the most successful solutions from all parts of the world appropriately presented in the same landscape format as a monitor. In order to give a most authentic lodown of what state-of-the-art web design is all about , 72dpi includes twenty texts on relevant aspects, written by experts like Matt Owens, David Lindermann, Josh Davies and PlanetPixel. Co-editors Vicky Tiegelkamp and Jan Rikus Hillmann from famous De:Bug magazine are responsible for the giving.
by Jakob Nielsen. While there is a plethora of books available that provide tips on Web design, most authors leave a significant gap between the theory and practice--a gap that is left up to the reader to fill. Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed boldly steps into that gap with specific observations and suggestions backed with solid quantitative analysis. This book focuses only on home page design as the most important point of presence for any Web site.-->