20 top web design books for Christmas

11. Writing in Markdown

Writing in Markdown

This fast read goes through Markdown in just 30 minutes

In just half an hour you can get to grips with writing in Markdown with this fast read by Matt Gemmell. Designed to be digested quickly, this book will help readers write faster and more efficient documents using plain text formatting conventions.

As well as taking the time to examine why Markdown is so powerful, and covering syntax, editors and suggested styles, Matt's straightforward guide will also touch upon advanced usage scenarios that build upon previous chapters.

12. CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition

CSS The Missing Manual

This fourth edition covers the finer points of website building

Even for veteran web developers, learning the details behind CSS can be a daunting task. Luckily this fully updated edition brings you up to speed with the most effective tips, tricks and tutorial-based CSS instructions.

With the help of this manual you'll be able to build fast and attractive websites that run on any desktop or device. Starting out with basic CSS-friendly HTML guides, David Sawyer McFarland's book goes on to examine page layouts, efficient CSS code and Sass.

13. Using Build Tools

Using Build Tools

5 Simple Steps aim this guide at designers and front end developers

Designers and front end developers can learn all about build tools with this fast read by Gavin Davies. With the help of this book, readers will be able to automate their workflow and spend time on the more interesting parts of their job.

Instead of focussing on one tool in particular, this book establishes the principles behind build tools and looks at those tailored to HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

14. CSS Master

CSS Master

Tiffany Brown's book helps you create maintainable code

If you're looking to explore CSS beyond the basics, this is the book for you. With CSS having evolved over the years into a robust language for designing web applications, this book aims to give you mastery over the language.

Looking at everything from architecture and organization to SVG and beyond, Tiffany Brown's book also introduces readers to cutting-edge CSS features every front-end developer should be taking advantage of.

15. Design for Voice Interfaces

Design for Voice Interfaces

This O'Reilly book looks at how viable voice interfaces are

Are keyboards and input screens on the way out? With the internet of things on the rise and wearables slowly becoming a reality, it's time for developers to seriously consider voice interfaces as a viable alternative.

This report from O'Reilly looks at the recent advances in natural language processing, and explains the skills needed to create intuitive, discoverable voice interfaces.

16. Practical Web Development

Practical web development

Paul Wellens helps you explore the modern world of web development

Web development has spread into most aspects of human life, affecting how we work, learn and consume (you're reading this helpful list online, for example). But how do you stay creative and productive in a world of disruption and innovation?

With the help of this eBook by Paul Wellens, developers can get to grips wth the broader picture of contemporary web development. Exploring everything from the basics of website building principles to developing for multiple devices, readers will be able to navigate the choppy waters of ever-changing web development with ease.

17. Effective JavaScript

Effective JavaScript

This book is for programmers who want to get an in-depth understanding of JavaScript

Senior researcher at Mozilla Research David Herman has put together this eBook aimed at programmers wanting to get into JavaScript. Loaded with scenario-driven examples, this book (available as an eBook or print edition) brings together tips, techniques and realistic code examples to get novice programmers going with this popular tool.

18. Designing for Touch

Designing for touch

Josh Clark guides you through the touchscreen frontier

Information is getting more tactile, as Josh Clark explains in this guide through the touchscreen frontier. With touchscreen interfaces users can manipulate technology in a way that suits them, but for programmers this means learning a whole lot about ergonomic demands.

Available as both an eBook or printed edition, this guide is the in-depth manual designers have been waiting for. Covering sizing, gadgets and emerging gestural toolkits, everything you need to know about touch is contained in this straightforward book.

19. Design for a Perfect Screen

Design for a perfect screen

This free eBook will perfect the way you design for screens

Designing the perfect screen is an important step when it comes to influencing human behaviour on your site. However with a multitude of screens to cater to, it can be difficult to make the right choices.

That's why this book from Webydo teamed up with a designer to explain the visual priciniples programmers need to consider in order to achieve the perfect screen.

20. High Performance JavaScript

High Performance JavaScript

Eliminate performance bottlenecks during development with the help of this book

A team of six JavaScript experts have got together to compile this comprehensive book that shows you how to create high performance code.

In the pages of this invaluable guide they explain how to improve execution time and demonstrate the optimal ways to load code onto a page. Not only that, they'll equip you with the tools developers need to spot problems before a site goes live.

Words: Dom Carter

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