Having the right resources can make all the difference when you’re getting your start in web design. Instead of having a million tabs at your disposal, it’s better to find a couple great resources that can tell you everything you need to know.
Adda from SkillCrush; stockpiles 13 excellent free ebooks that provide resources, examples, and advice for how to become the best web designer ever:
1. Web Field Manual
The Web Field Manual is a very visual and well-organized guide for your web design career. It gives general do’s and don’ts while also showing you the best places to get more information you need for virtually anything web design-related.
For example, don’t know anything about grids and typography? Instead of spending hours googling until your fingers bleed (I hope that’s not an actual thing!), you can get basic tips (like not over-extending measure) and places to get more help and resources.
2. The Ultimate HTML Guide for Beginners
If you’re building in HTML, this ebook breaks down everything you could possibly ever want to know and how to do it.
3. The Magic of CSS
Think CSS is kind of dull? Think again; The Magic of CSS is a fun guide that allows you learn about CSS in an interactive way.
5. The UX Reader
MailChimp’s successful ebook is a series of long-form essays by the members of the company’s User Experience team, who weigh in on how to successfully collaborate on creative projects. Chances are at some point you’ll be working with others and this is a helpful guide on how to do that effectively.
6. Getting Real
This no-nonsense book is a favorite amongst web designers because it dives into everyday problems that come up when designing a website and offers practical, easy-to-implement solutions for how to deal, covering everything from common design challenges to handling difficult staffing situations.
No matter what you’re trying to do with your web design skills, I guarantee you’ll find a treasure trove of useful info.
7. How to Be Creative
When you’re a new web designer, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the technical aspects and simple functionality over building beautiful products that do interesting things. Hugh Mac Leod offers unique angles for thinking about what you’re designing and why. This ebook will definitely become your best friend.
8. The Guide to Mockups
Sure, you could just try the whole free-hand approach to web design, but that’d be a mess. The Guide to Mockups provides tons of information for creating stunning mockups, wireframes, and prototypes, which can not only guide you through the design process but also make your vision clear to others.
9. Time Management for Creative People
While this book isn’t web design-specific, it’s a fantastic read for people working in more creative fields who are getting used to working on projects in a timely manner and how to be as efficient as possible. When you’re first starting out, you may feel like you have so much to do but no way to keep track of it. Mark McGuinness’ ebook allows you to figure out which tricks and hacks will make you the most productive and organized.
10. Designing for the Web
If you go to any list, website, or roundup about life-changing resources for web design, Mark Boulton’s ebook Designing for the Web is always there. Boulton does a great job of breaking down basic design principles and showing how those translate to the internet. He also goes into great detail about web design as a business and everything you need to get started when it comes to bringing in the big bucks.
11. Web Designer’s Success Guide
This ebook has less to do with the actual design process and more to do with turning it into a business. For instance, what’s the price point for your services, and do you charge by hour, project, feature, or a combination of all three? How do you keep clients happy and coming back time and time again for your help? You can get all the answers with a single ebook.
12. 50 Ways to Please Your Customers
Nowadays, web designers are up against a new challenge that didn’t exist even 15 years ago: Mobile design. This amazing ebook gives you the lowdown on how to design with the mobile experience in mind and create stunning websites that look great on any phone.
13. Pixel Perfect Precision
Pixel Perfect Precision is all around a fantastic ebook. It breaks down basic design and user experience principles, and even better, it practices what it preaches: The ebook itself is ridiculously aesthetically pleasing and incorporates the design techniques it recommends.