Recommended Web Design Books

iN8

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May 29, 2002
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Can anyone recommend the best books for web design, including XHTML, CSS, Javascript etc.

Thanks
 

Stampyhead

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michaelrjohnson said:
The Visual Quickstart Guide Series:
- HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS
- DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web
- JavaScript for the World Wide Web

I own older editions of all three of these books, and I used them to teach myself basic web programming 8 years ago. These are great books. I highly reccomend them.
Yep, those are great books. I have many of those myself. Also check out www.sitepoint.com. They have a lot of really good books dealing with all aspects of web site creation, from HTML to CSS to PHP to marketing yourself as a freelance web developer. They also have helpful online articles and forums on various web dev-related topics. I am a professional web designer/developer and I have several of their books which I use for reference.
 

Scooby_Doo

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Definitely a second for HTML For the World Wide Web (this book is a must for anyone using WSIWIG Editors or handcoding):

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321130073/qid=1122481922/sr=5-1/ref=cm_lm_asin/102-3200356-3338545?v=glance

and also Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability is a great guide written to be informal, but informative, and funny. I had a great time reading this book and learned a lot about design concepts.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789723107/qid=1042415699/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-3200356-3338545?v=glance&s=books

And finally I must give a quick note to the CSS Zen Garden Book... even though you can see a lot from www.csszengarden.com it helps to have it in print in front of you:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321303474/ref=ase_mezzoblue-20/102-3200356-3338545?v=glance&s=books
 

ham_man

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Speaking from a programming perspective, I swear by O'reilly. There books were concise, easy to read, and very well written. I am not too sure about their web design department, but if it anything near the quality of their programming, you cannot go wrong... :)
 

michaelklouda

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Aug 21, 2005
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There are several books I can recommend, but it depends on where you are coming from. There are short reviews here on my site: http://michaelklouda.com/recommended_web_design_books.shtml but the books are:

Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman - which is a great foundational book for understanding the principles and reasoning why you should be building sites in XHTML and CSS instead of the now depreciated HTML.

Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook by Dan Cederholm

and

Stylin' with CSS - A designers guide by Charles Wyke-Smith

Good luck!
 

mariahlullaby

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I really liked the "Teach Yourself Visually" books for jumping into basic HTML, etc. I used those one summer while in 7th grade to learn the basics. Very intuitive!