Free Essential eBooks for Web Designers & Web Developers
by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.com — software documentation tool
There are thousands of books available for web designers and developers online. The great news is quite a lot of these books are available for free! And today I’ve collected my favorites for you!
CSS & HTML Essential Learning
This isn’t just another web design book. It’s an essential and missing piece of the canon. Our industry has long needed a compendium of best practices in adaptive, standards-based design. And with the rise of mobile, the recent significant improvements in desktop and phone browsers, and the new capabilities that come with HTML5, CSS3, and gestural interfaces, it is even more vital that we who make websites have a reliable resource that tells us how to take advantage of these new capabilities while creating content that works in browsers and devices of all sizes and widely differing capabilities. This book is that resource. (Adaptive Web Design by Aaron Gustafson, Foreword)
The material in this textbook is intermediate-to-advanced. It assumes an understanding of the CSS syntax, cascading and inheritance, and commonly used selectors. It also assumes you’ve had enough experience with CSS to have learned not to make these common mistakes anymore. (Magic of CSS by Adam Schwartz, Preface)
A Guide to HTML5 and CSS3 covers the basics of web development and it’s a great starting point whether your plan is to make websites, HTML5 mobile apps or games.
There are two sections in the book. First, there are reading portions where API is described with interactive examples. Then there lessons for building your own canvas apps.
The second edition of HTML5 Canvas is geared towards a wide range of developers, from those who have never seen a Canvas to those who want to learn some intermediate-to-advanced ways to make use of the Canvas.
Every chapter has been revised with updated code and optimizations, as well as updates to address browser compatibility and other issues that have arisen over the past two years. The free online version includes 53 interactive examples and exercises.
Let me quote the author:
Resilient Web Design, you might think that this is a handbook for designing robust websites. This is not a handbook. It’s more like a history book…
You won’t find any code in here to help you build better websites. But you will find ideas and approaches. Ideas are more resilient than code. I’ve tried to combine the most resilient ideas from the history of web design into an approach for building the websites of the future. (Resilent Web Design by Jeremy Keith, Introduction)
This guide is meant to provide a quick but thorough introduction to building SVG inline, and while it in no way covers all the available features, it should prove helpful in getting you started. It’s intended for designers and developers looking to add SVG to their workflow in the most accessible way possible. (Pocket Guide to Writing SVG by Joni Trythall, Introduction)
Who this book is for
This book has been written for programmers, by a programmer. So, in order to understand it, you should already know object-oriented programming, for example, via a mainstream programming language such as Java, PHP, C++, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, C#, or Perl…
How this book is organized
This book is divided into four parts, but the main two are:
The following topics are covered:
- Code organization, modularity, and reuse
- Separation of concerns on the client side (MVC, etc.)
- Communicating with servers and APIs
- Designing and programming RESTful APIs with Node.js
- Building, testing, collaboration, deployment, and scaling
- Expanding reach via internationalization
This website aims to introduce new PHP developers to some topics which they may not discover until it is too late, and aims to give seasoned pros some fresh ideas on those topics they’ve been doing for years without ever reconsidering. This website will also not tell you which tools to use, but instead offer suggestions for multiple options, when possible explaining the differences in approach and use-case. (PHP: The Right Way By Josh Lockhart)
In Locking Down WordPress, WordPress pros Rachel Baker, Brad Williams, and John Ford take you through everything you need to know to make sure you have WordPress security is under control.
In WordPress Meet Responsive Design, Chris Coyier, Ian Stewart and Sara Cannon give you the lowdown on their real world uses and strategies for designing WordPress responsively.
The Pro Git eBook, know in its second edition, covers basics of Git as well as advanced topics such as branching and running distributed Git.
As the name suggests, Git From the Bottom Up teaches you Git from basic to advanced levels. It is available as a PDF file, so you can easily download it and use it as per your convenience.
UX — User Experience Learning
Our perspective on user experience design is reflected in the
organization of the book. We start with an examination of
collaboration and teamwork. The troika of UX follows: research,
design, and development. We conclude with a selection of
articles on refinement and other processes that never really
end. (The UX Reader By MailChimp, Introduction)
The free e-book includes:
- Best practices from companies like Apple, MailChimp, Yahoo, DirecTV, Buffer, and more.
- Practical explanations and tips for 20 usability testing methods including hallway testing, card sorting, moderated & unmoderated testing, and much more.
- Advice from usability experts like Jakob Nielsen, Jeff Sauro, Dr. David Travis, and others.
- Define your hypothesis, pick several quantitative and qualitative methods, and get ready to go out of your comfort zone. Check out the e-book, and feel free to share if you find it helpful.
The 109-page guide includes:
- Advice from experts such as Luke Wroblewski, Jared Spool, Jakob Nielsen, Marcin Treder, and many others.
- In-depth discussion and practical tips for UI elements such as color, contrast, spacing, navigation, typography, input controls, and more.
- Explanation of preliminary steps such as creating user personas, prioritizing requirements, and creating visual hierarchies.
The 132-page guide answers questions such as:
- How do I build documentation into the design?
- What design processes are suitable for startups and enterprises?
- How can I draw insights from previous iterations to plan for future designs?
- When do I know a design is good enough for launch?
This free e-book features:
- Best practices for creating mockups in SketchApp & Photoshop.
- Practical advice from Marcin Treder, Luke Wroblewski, Ash Maurya, and other product design experts.
- Explanations of mockup fidelities, anatomies, and methods of creation.
- Analysis of different design processes for creating mockups based on our own experience and those of Fortune 500 companies.
With over 100 pages, this book covers what makes a great wireframing workshop. It’s wireframing from the big idea to details: digital and analog tools, web and mobile design patterns sources, all concluded with design principles for people who build products.
If you know any other free ebooks, please suggest and I’ll add them to the list.
Have a nice day!
Content Manager at ClickHelp.com — best online documentation tool for SaaS vendors