Free eBooks for Web Designers & Developers
There are thousands of free ebooks available for web designers and developers online. The great news is that quite a lot of these books are available for free! And today I’ve collected a list of my favorites for you!
CSS & HTML Essential Learning
This book 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. Please note: you need to signup to download this ebook.
Adaptive Web Design (HTML)
Magic of CSS (HTML)
This ebook introduces you to some of the trickiest aspects of CSS. It includes chapters on the box model, layout, tables, color, typography, transitions, and interactive examples.
HTML Canvas Deep Dive (HTML)
This one is an introduction to Canvas. The first part of the book describes how an API works (with interactive examples), and then there are the hands-on lessons that will walk you through the process of building your own canvas apps.
The second edition of HTML5 Canvas teaches you how to draw, render text, manipulate images, and create animation — all in the course of building several interactive web games throughout the book. The free online version includes 53 interactive examples and exercises.
Pocket Guide to Writing SVG (HTML)
This one offers a detailed introduction to building SVG online. It has been written for designers and developers that are looking to quickly add SVG to their workflow.
jQuery Fundamentals has been designed to get you comfortable working through common problems you’ll come across when using jQuery. Each chapter covers a concept and gives you the chance to try example code related to the concept.
PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web.
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 this one Chris Coyier, Ian Stewart and Sara Cannon give you the lowdown on their real world uses and strategies for designing WordPress responsively.
This ebook covers strategies and tips to start packaging and offering WordPress maintenance services to your clients.
In this introduction to WordPress security you will learn some straightforward tips, and best practices for keeping your site safe.
Pro Git 2nd Edition (HTML, PDF, ePub & Mobi)
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.
UX — User Experience Learning
The UX Reader (ePub, PDF & Mobi)
This ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from MailChimp’s UX Newsletter and also includes some exclusive content.
This one includes 109 pages of practical explanations and tips for 20 usability testing methods, some useful advice from usability experts, and also shares some best practices from companies like Apple, MailChimp, Yahoo, DirecTV, Buffer, and more.
Web UI Best Practices (PDF)
This free ebook explains techniques spanning visual design, interface design, and UX design.
This one looks at real-life examples of design processes from companies such as Apple, Amazon, Twitter, and more.
The Guide to Mockups (PDF)
72 pages of visual examples, explorations of fidelity, and best practices. You’ll also learn the differences between mockups, prototypes, and wireframes so you get a more practical understanding of where each fits into the design process.
Written by Marcin Treder, UX Design for Start-Ups is a must read for any startup or grown-up company that wishes to keep its startup spirit and conquer the world with stunning UX Design.
Miscellaneous Learning & Reading
Google Web Fundamentals (HTML)
Google Web Fundamentals is an essential collection of information about modern web design and development.
This one is a free, work-in-progress, open-source book that takes you through the application development lifecycle and introduces you to the world of tooling for modern web applications.
The Guide to Wireframing (PDF)
The Guide to Wireframing 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.
This ebook talks about the main mechanics for mobile game development, as well as “hidden game mechanics” you can use to stand out in the marketplace.
Building Web Apps with Go (HTML, ePub, MOBI & PDF)
Building Web Apps with Go is an ebook from Jeremy Saenz that will teach you how to quickly build we applications with the Go programming language.
Email Marketing Field Guide (ePub, PDF & Mobi)
The Email Marketing Field Guide covers the basics of HTML email and shares some tips and best practices you’ll need to keep in mind as you develop your own email marketing plan.
Older, Yet Always Relevant Free Ebooks
This eBook does not have the “fluff” that takes up unnecessary pages just to make it appear bigger than what it actually is. Each page is intentional and important regardless of what stage you are in on this online journey. This eBook will help you in simple English with actionable steps and insight that you can apply and not just read.
This usabilty guide sheds some light on some common interface elements and mistakes people often make with them. This is by no means a complete guide or solid set of rules, but it is definitely a good start.
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? This ebook shows you how things work, how to improve performance and make it more secure.
With the Web people with disabilities can do more things themselves, without having to rely on others. This book helps you to improve your websites to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers.
Getting Real is a smaller, faster, better way to build websites. Getting Real delivers better results because it forces you to deal with the actual problems you’re trying to solve instead of your ideas about those problems.
This book outlines the human side of the information seeking process, and focuses on the aspects of this process that can best be supported by the user interface. It describes the methods behind user interface design generally, and search interface design in particular.
This book explains established design principles and covers all aspects of web design — from planning to production to maintenance. The guide also shows how these principles apply in web design projects whose primary concerns are information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation.
This book has been written 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.
Written by HughMacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative. He offers his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative with each point being illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.
Who’s There is not an ebook about how to write better or how to follow the traditional conventions about formatting and building a blog. Instead, he talks about how building a blog asset can have a spectacular impact on you, your career, your organization and your ideas.