When it comes to learning web design, there’s nothing better than sitting back with a good book. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to invest in the physical printed edition. There are a ton of great books available online to read for free; here are some of our top picks.
Authored by technical writer, web developer and programmer Ashley Menhennett, this free book covers the basics of web development and it’s a good starting point whether you wish to build websites, HTML5 mobile apps or games.
This guide provides designers and developers with the basic knowledge needed to get started with SVG. It will help you better understand its overall syntax and behaviour through clear examples, and quick descriptions of properties and attributes.
Written by Phil Sturgeon and Josh Lockhart, PHP: The Right Way is a regularly updated, easy-to-read, quick reference for popular PHP coding standards, links to authoritative tutorials around the web, and what the contributors consider to be best practices at the present time.
35. The UX Reader
The designers at MailChimp love to show their work, and so this ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from their UX Newsletter, along with some exclusive content.
Get to grips with UI design with this free ebook from the team at UXPin. It distills topics including UI design, interaction design and visual design into practical design advice.
This 214-page guide to digital design comes from leading web design studio studio UsTwo. Currently on volume 3, this latest version includes advice on how to get both sides working together more effectively, plus design techniques to ease the transition from pixels to code.
38. Data + Design
Data + Design is a simple introduction to preparing and visualising information. Crafted by more than 50 volunteers from 14 countries around the globe, this free book is a collaboration between Infoactive and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
This recent release by the makers of UXPin looks at the very latest trends in web design. It includes 61 examples showcasing the best web design techniques, dozens of visual case studies, and best practices from the top tech companies.
Web designers are mostly occupied by the here and now. But this free book by Jeremy Keith instead takes a look back, in an attempt to combine the most resilient ideas from the history of web design into an approach for building the websites of the future, In short, then, less a handbook and more a history book.