Web design trends are constantly changing and so is the way information is shared over the web. There are plenty of free e-books that web designers can download to sharpen their skills and stay on top of their game.
So, instead of paying for hardcover books, you should first take a look at the free resources available on the web. You might be surprised of how useful these e-books are and of how much great information you can find inside.
Since there are a lot of free e-books available on the Internet, here’s a list of the top 10 free e-books that think all web designers should download and read.
1. Introduction to Good Usability by Peter Pixel
An accessible guide to good usability and design for beginners and intermediates. These 21 pages include some classic problems of usability that you might encounter and the solutions to handle them.
2. Web Designer’s Success Guide
If you’re planning to start your own freelance web design business, then you should definitely go through Kevin Airgid’s start-up steps. His e-book offers insights into the business and you’ll find out how to go from having a full-time job to being a freelancer, how to promote your services, how to manage projects and, very important, how to set the right price for your services.
3. Design Your Imagination
This guide is very useful for beginner web designers that want to learn how to get started and how to feed their creativity. It includes 28 chapters of information ranging from web design principles to planning a layout, and much more. Every tip is illustrated by practical examples.
4. Integrating Accessibility Through Design
Find out how to improve the design of your website by keeping an eye on accessibility. What makes this resource great is the fact that the author, Shawn Henry, is a promoter of web accessibility for users with disabilities.
5. Faster and More Secure WebFonts
Great e-book to find examples of fonts you should use on the web to make a website more secure and to improve its loading time.
6. A Practical Guide To Web Typography
This guide is a must-have for any web designer that respects himself. It’s a classic! It walks you through all the web design principles and the available techniques that can help you design a better website.
7. Why Design?
“Why Design?” is a booklet that explains the role of web design in a business strategy. You will learn why strategy in designing is so important and how you can add more value to your projects when working for clients.
8. The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design
The author of the e-book – Stephen Hay – explains how there is a process that can help you get into the mind of the clients and figure out what exactly they want their designs to look like, even if what they tell you is not so clear for you.
9. Access by Design Online
Being a web designer means to create thinking of users at all times. The goal is to make the site as accessible and easy to use as possible. This e-book explains the process of usability and the principles of a web that works for all users.
10. Building Accessible Websites
Accessibility is the keyword to design nowadays. This e-book shares some insights on how to design a site so that’s it’s easier to access and use by all visitors.
If I missed any great resource, don’t hesitate to mention it in a comment below. Thanks.
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