Learning never ends. It’s a continuous process. No one ever becomes too old to learn. As a web designer, you may already know it. No matter in what level you are in with your skills, there is always room for learning. And there is one thing you must know that the web is changing and evolving all the time. You must keep yourself updated to keep up with it. Besides, developing your skills is not the only key to success. If you want to succeed, you must develop other aspects of your life as well.
To learn web designing, you will find numerous online courses on the internet. But we all know that nothing compares to a book. Books are not only for learning, but they work as an inspiration too.
Here we listed out 15 books for web designers that will help them to find the inspiration that leads to success as well as provide them with the principles of web designing.
The Truth About Getting Things Done by Mark Fritz
We all want something in our life, something special. In order to achieve what we want we have to get certain things done. But getting things done is not that easy. The book The Truth About Getting Things Done will provide you with all the “truths” that will help you to center your attention on what really is necessary to do.
Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Everybody is creative. That doesn’t mean you have to be original all the time. This book will tell you that you don’t have to be a genius to have creativity. You can always come up with new ideas if you know the art of combining existing ideas and finding inspiration everywhere.
Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug
Since the first publication of this book in the year of 2000, it has been loved by hundreds of thousands of web designers. This is one of most suggested book on web design. The book helps the designers to have a deep understanding of the main principles of web design. The guru Steve Krug has now returned with an updated version of this book where all the previously illustrated principles are re-examined.
Where Good Ideas Come from by Steven Johnson
This book is mind-bending. It will exhilarate your mind by asking the fundamental question of where good ideas come from. The writer tells you that being wrong is not wrong, it opens the doorway of exploration. He also tells you the seven key patterns of innovation.
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? By Susan Weinschenk
After reading this book, you will know exactly how you should design your website to attract the users. It will give you the insights of how a user’s brain actually works, and how they make their decision.
Seductive Interaction Design by Stephen Anderson
What if you built a great website, but did not get the response you want? It’s because you do not know how to make the proper interactions with your design. This book tells what really influence people to make the move.
Mobile Design Book by Paula Borowska and Tomas Laurinavicius
Are you into developing mobile app right now? If yes, then this is the book you are really looking for. Since web design is constantly evolving, responsive designs are being a must. This book will help you with the principles to make successful mobile apps and to create responsive designs.
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
As a web designer, most of the time you may end up making mistakes. But do not worry about it. Feel free to make any kind of mistakes. In this book, the writer emphasizes on your mistakes. He tells you that when you start choose yourself for success and you do not fear to make mistakes, then success will follow you.
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Although the book is quite old, which was written 25 years ago, still it holds some important insights for the web designers. The principles that were discussed in the book are very much relevant to the present day.
Creative Workshop by David Sherwin
Feeling down in the middle of your mission for success? This book will work for you as a tonic. The book is filled with lessons for practice and exploration that will help to find your own way.
Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler
Want to develop a better understanding of web design than what you already know? This is the ideal book for you. With explanation and images, this book will provide you the in depth knowledge of design principles.
The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
Technology comes with so many complexities. But without complexity, it cannot evolve. So, there should be a balance between simplicity and complexity. Because we all want the both. This book offers you ten laws of making a balance between the two.
Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
If you thinking of owning an agency or organization related to web design, you should read this book. Most organizations confuse visions and goals with strategy. Without a good strategy, an organization can’t thrive. Analyzing so many strategies, this book provides a clear way to build and execute a strong action-oriented strategy.
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
This is a must read if you want to know about typography. The book is written by the famous typographer Robert Bringhurst who provides you with his deep insights of the art of Typographic Style. This book presents the history and theory of typography with illustrated pragmatic examples.
Logo, Font & Lettering Bible by Leslie Cabarga
Why would you use logos and typefaces created by others when you can create your own? This is the question the author asks her readers. With the help of this book, you will be able to create own quality logos.
It’s always been said that books are your best companions who never betray. It is true! Read books, improve your life, and get what you want.