Books-supporters in web design learning process
People are dividing into two categories: those who don’t know anything about software and digital world, and those, who follow or pretend to know everything. Self-education is good thing, but sometimes you need more, than just intuitive way to learn program or application at you mobile.
Web design is about having basic knowledge and composing them with things, which you can just learn from experienced people. It doesn’t mean you can’t learn them through online forums or communication as well as within book.
There are numerous of books telling they are the best tools for beginners in web design, but we propose our own rating. Anyway decision is up to you.
- HTML AND CSS: DESIGN AND BUILD WEBSITES, BY JON DUCKETT
This book is talking itself about web design with its design decision. It’s not like most books dry and focused on exercises, it shows everything in examples and experienced situations. The info graphics and full size magazine style pictures make this book more understandable and easier.
Color’s decision in coding system explanation makes HTML and CSS available for understanding from basic knowledge to professional usage. Even it focuses on beginners level, book can be used as well by experienced designers to refresh their knowledge in some areas.
Jennifer Niederst Robbins is experienced author in web design topic. She has been writing book on it for 20 years and this one isn’t exception of brilliant knowledge shown by her.
One of the best things n this book is quizzes and tests, placed there to fix and keep in mind material, which you have just learnt within chapters.
- COMMUNICATING DESIGN: DEVELOPING WEB SITE DOCUMENTATION FOR DESIGN AND PLANNING, BY DAN M. BROWN
Web design consist of numerous processes linked often to different people doing each a part of webpage. This book show the optimal way f organizing web design process, so it’s clear to everyone involved into work and gives the best way to get needed result for all sides of work.
The main method used in book is explaining work on work sheets, using workflow charts or project briefs. Fixation of each stage in work can make it easier after to find failure if it appears as well.
Even if job is doe by single web designer it help to structure all processes and make it straight and easy to organize both time and job itself.
- UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN, REVISED AND UPDATED, BY WILLIAM LIDWELL, KRITINA HOLDEN & JILL BUTLER
This book is kind of encyclopedia created by authors, which shows different methods and ways of web design. Sometimes they might be not exclusive, but well organized and understandable. Each topic and method takes only 2 pages. But these pages include all basic and useful information, which is enough to learn the method and start using it.
The book is multi-disciplinary and sometimes shows thing, which might not have straight relation to web design, but can be used in working with this discipline.
Different concepts of web design, where you could use knowledge from other topics and tools are described here.
- DESIGN FOR HACKERS: REVERSE ENGINEERING BEAUTY, BY DAVID KADAVY
This book is on the border between web design and art, as it gives professionals solutions on good qualified design: where it comes from and how it can be produced. Also it gives you material to understand, how can you become a good designer.
Book touches different studies and theories such as: color, white space, proportion and composition.
The best thing that here author uses very simple language, so it’s understandable for beginners in web design and development.
With this book taste of style and design which you could feel is explained in the way how it could be used by web designers to create perfect website.