Books about web design

If you are thinking about beginning your own website it's always a good idea to prepare yourself and do a bit of reading before you start out. Even if you are planning to hire someone to design a website for you. After all, you don't want to end up in the list of worst websites ever here on Ugliest Site In The World. A good suggestion here is to develop your site with WordPress, free, professional and relatively secure because of its automatic updates feature: check out some books about WordPress to get you started. If you don't have any web design or programming skills you can always get help at Fiverr to get professional help starting at $5 (for WordPress services click on Programming & Tech > WordPress).

If you think you need a more advanced CMS, check out some books about Drupal to find more about a CMS that might deliver what you need.

You can find some of the current bestsellers about web design here:

Web Design Book Bestsellers

Product picture for The Personal Internet Address & Password Log Bookby Peter Pauper Press
Book › Hardcover-spiral
Are you tired of losing track of those login/usernames and passwords you create every time you visit a new website? Now you can keep important website addresses, usernames, and passwords in one convenient place! Lots of space: 144 pages, including tabbed alphabetical pagesPlenty of room for all those Web site addresses, usernames, passwords, and additional notesA spiral binding that allows pages to lie flat for ease of useHandy elastic band closurePages in the back on which to record additional...
Book cover from HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websitesby Jon Duckett
Book › Paperback
A full-color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox!  Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which...
Book cover from The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Editionby Don Norman
Book › Paperback
Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other...
Book cover from Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creativeby Austin Kleon
Book › Paperback
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech...
Book cover from Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Setby Jon Duckett
Book › Paperback
A two-book set for web designers and front-end developers This two-book set combines the titles HTML & CSS: Designing and Building Web Sites and JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Development. Together these two books form an ideal platform for anyone who wants to master HTML and CSS before stepping up to JavaScript and jQuery. HTML & CSS covers structure, text, links, images, tables, forms, useful options, adding style with CSS, fonts, colors, thinking in boxes, styling lists and...
Book cover from Dont Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter)by Steve Krug
Book › Paperback
Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated...
Book cover from Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lastsby Ryan Holiday
Book › Hardcover
The book that Inc. says "every entrepreneur should read" and an FT Book of the Month selection... How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic? How did The 48 Laws of Power miss the bestseller lists for more than a decade and still sell more than a million copies? How is Iron Maiden still filling stadiums worldwide without radio or TV exposure forty years after the band was founded? Bestselling author and...
Book cover from The Non-Designers Design Book (4th Edition)by Robin Williams
Book › Paperback
For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fourth edition, The Non-Designer’s Design Book offers even more practical design advice, including a new chapter on the fundamentals of typography,...
Book cover from Web Development and Design Foundations with HTML5 (8th Edition)by Terry Felke-Morris
Book › Paperback
For courses in web development and design.   A Comprehensive, Well-Rounded Intro to Web Development and Design Updated and expanded in this Eighth Edition, Web Development and Design Foundations with HTML5 presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of effective web sites. Intended for beginning web developers, the text relates both the necessary hard skills (such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript) and soft skills (design, e-commerce, and promotion strategies) considered...
Book cover from Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Productsby Nir Eyal
Book › Hardcover
How do successful companies create products people can’t put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model—a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive “hook cycles,” these...

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