Internet has made the world of knowledge and information so much open than it ever had before. With thousands of tutorials available online and proper standards in place, it just takes few days of study to master even the most complicated skills.
Designing community always require useful resources and new techniques to bring novelty in their designs. Here, we are showcasing an incredibly useful collection of 45+ free e-books that every designer and developer must read. We hope that you will learn some new techniques and get help in mastering your own area of expertise. Enjoy!
Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML
A learner’s guide to creating standards-based Web pages.
MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself. If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.
Web Designers Success Guide (PDF)
Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business.
WebGuru is glad to offer an ebook named “Design Your Imagination”; a one stop resource for the beginners and learners of website design. Though this e-book is mainly targeted for the beginners of website design, it might prove helpful for the experienced web designers as well.
From Simon Schoeters, the author: Yet another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5. How does it look like? What is sexy? What is sexy? This presentation, that’s what.
The definitive guide to HTML & XHTML.
For the Absolute Beginner, No Experience Required
Learn how to use the content management framework to create powerful customized web sites.
Completely revised for standards compliance, including CSS 2.1 and XHTML 1.0.
Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know. And small wonder, she has been working in the trenches herself for years.
Building a Successful Joomla, Powered Website
Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3
A presentation to Refresh DC about the emerging HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards, namely about aspects that are beginning to become applicable to web design and development.
Faster, and More Secure Webfonts
Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times?
Bram Pitoyo’s slide deck takes the top layer off font embedding and shows us how things work, and ultimately how to improve performance and make it more secure.
20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web
What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.
Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (HTML)
Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. Thus accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, and organizations that develop accessible products.
Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)
Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites
This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.
Time Management for Creative People
It’s subtitled ‘Manage the Mundane – Create the Extraordinary’ as it’s designed to help you maintain your creative focus while dealing with your other commitments.
Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.
Rated Five Stars at Amazon.com since the day it was published, “Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com
The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design
Are you a professional designer? Would you like a process to create more consistently creative work which distinguishes itself from the work of your peers?
Would you like a process which would help translate the often vague, unclear wishes of your clients (and yourself, for that matter) into a clear and solid basis for your design? This manifesto will show you how.
The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web (HTML)
A practical guide to web typography.
The booklet is written to provide some core messages for which we can create a common chorus. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.
The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork.
A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers
In 10 short chapters the guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections.
Discover the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web-based application. A book by 37 signals.
Freedom, Money, Time,Key to Creative Success
Dive Into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.
As fans of HTML5 and its possibilities for the web, it’s nice to see major sites like Scribd jump on board the train and push it forward. Your move, Slideshare.
A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.
This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.
This book answers two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.
This book presents the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.
A universal design approach to web usability.
Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, compiled through an extensive process of research and review, bring you those best practices.
In this eBook you’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss.
A Beginner’s Guide to HTML.
Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.
Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.
Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design
Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML (though not limited to these), cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.
Creating Web 2.0 Sites with Programming and Usability Patterns.
Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity
Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity.
Lighting Fast Web Development
Action Script 3.0 Programming Fundamentals.
The expert’s Voice in Web Development.