I received a question this morning from Andy that got me thinking about which books I would recommend for beginning and intermediate web designers. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of books when it comes to web development (generally) because it is something that changes so frequently, and is a really HUGE topic comprised of many other huge topics. That being said, if I had to recommend one web site it would be Smashing Magazine. They do a good job of covering it all as it changes while giving attention to the basics.
As far as books are concerned, if you had to have anything on your shelf right now, these MUST be there:
- HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites (Jon Duckett) – Hands down, the best neginner book for learning HTML and CSS. The book web site is http://htmlandcssbook.com
- Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works, 2nd Edition (Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler) – Manage your web projects and clients from start to finish.
- Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, 13th Edition (Graphic Artist’s Guild) – Price your work and services correctly.
- Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services (Kim Goodwin) – I do wish there were a newer edition.