Last week we covered our seven favorite graphic design books. Today let’s look at books on web design:

WordPress for Beginners

Independently published but very up-to-date, WordPress for Beginners by Dr. Andy Williams promises to take anyone, even an absolute beginner, from zero to WordPress guru in a few short hours. Most people need to see what they are reading about so with more than 250 screenshots, this book shows you what you’ll see on your computer screen. Each chapter ends with a “Tasks to Complete” section. By completing these tasks, you’ll become proficient and confident using WordPress.

Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

If you’re wanting to learn more about building web pages but don’t know where to start, Learning Web Design by Jennifer Robbins is a good primer. Starting at the beginning with how the web and web pages work, each chapter provides exercises to help you learn techniques and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Steve Krug’s guide explains the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited shows readers how to create a website that will result in users staying on your site longer and clicking more elements.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design: Designing Great Web Sites is Not Rocket Science!

Many new website designers tend to overthink the process, and Jason Beaird is here to show you that designing a website is easier than you think. This easy-to-follow guide is illustrated with full-color examples and will lead you through the process of creating great designs from start to finish.

The Complete Website Planning Guide: A step-by-step guide for website owners and agencies on how to create a practical and successful scope of works for your next web design project

Darryl King’s book operates on the premise that having a detailed website brief saves you time, money and heartache. Learn the steps on what should be in the plan, how to create the plan and how to choose what you really need for your website, with templates and examples on each.

summer reading list web design books

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