Web design and development book reviews

Reading a good book related to web design or development can be very inspiring. To help you decide what to read, I have written brief reviews of books that are of interest to web professionals.

Adaptive Web Design (Book review)

In this brief and easy-to-read book, Aaron Gustafson does an excellent job of explaining what progressive enhancement is and how to apply it in your daily work.

Posted on June 17, 2011

AdvancED DOM Scripting (Book review)

Jeffrey Sambells and Aaron Gustafson explain the best practices of DOM scripting in an easy-to-read and straightforward way.

Posted on November 29, 2007

Beginning CSS Web Development (Book review)

Simon Collison shares his experiences from working with the Web in the hopes that it will help readers avoid some confusion and frustration.

Posted on November 30, 2006

Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax (Book review)

Chris Heilmann explains how to write modern, unobtrusive, and accessible JavaScript.

Posted on February 23, 2007

Blog Design Solutions

A great help to anyone who is about to set up a blog and wants to know which blogging engine to use (or how to build their own).

Posted on April 26, 2006

Build Your Own Ruby on Rails Web Applications (Book review)

A great introduction to Ruby on Rails, the framework everyone is talking about.

Posted on June 28, 2007

Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way (Book review)

Finally a book that teaches beginners how to build websites with modern methods. Highly recommended.

Posted on July 15, 2006

Building Accessible Websites

Web accessibility is something that the vast majority of all web professionals know little to nothing about. Some believe that…

Posted on July 1, 2004

Bulletproof Ajax (Book review)

Jeremy Keith explains how to use Ajax in an unobtrusive manner, minimising the negative impact it can have on accessibility.

Posted on May 31, 2007

Bulletproof Web Design (Book review)

Dan Cederholm provides a great reference to modern, flexible, and responsible web design techniques.

Posted on July 28, 2006

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

A book that is a great guide to CSS tips, tricks, and techniques, and contains extensive coverage of browser bugs, hacks, and filters.

Posted on April 19, 2006

DHTML Utopia (Book review)

A very helpful book for anyone looking to improve and modernise their DOM scripting skills.

Posted on August 18, 2006

DOM Scripting (Book review)

Learn how to write unobtrusive JavaScript with progressive enhancement and graceful degradation in mind.

Posted on August 28, 2006

Defensive Design For the Web

If there is one single rule that always holds within web design and development, it’s that something will go wrong…

Posted on July 14, 2004

Design Accessible Web Sites (Book review)

Jeremy Sydik explains how to design accessible websites without focusing too much on guidelines and ticking checkboxes, choosing a more pragmatic approach instead.

Posted on February 19, 2008

Designing Interfaces (Book review)

Jenifer Tidwell explains design patterns that solve common problems encountered when designing user interfaces for websites as well as web and desktop applications.

Posted on September 26, 2007

Designing Web Navigation (Book review)

Learn the fundamentals of navigation design and design better navigation systems for large and small sites as well as for web based applications.

Posted on March 19, 2008

Designing Web Usability

My review of this must-have book by Jakob Nielsen.

Posted on September 18, 2004

Designing with Progressive Enhancement (Book review)

An absolute must read for any web designer or developer, even if you think you know everything about progressive enhancement already.

Posted on April 15, 2010

Designing with Web Standards

I waited for a long time before buying this book, thinking it wouldn’t contain much new to me. When I…

Posted on July 1, 2004

Designing with Web Standards, 2nd Edition (Book review)

Jeffrey Zeldman updates his excellent introduction to Web standards. A must read for anyone serious about Web design.

Posted on January 30, 2007

Don’t Make Me Think

My review of an excellent book on usability.

Posted on September 15, 2004

Eric Meyer on CSS

I had been advocating the use of web standards for a long time before I bought this book, but it…

Posted on July 1, 2004

Getting Things Done (Book review)

Learn how to reduce stress and improve productivity by getting things out of your brain and into a trustworthy system of folders and lists.

Posted on July 6, 2006

HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS (Book review)

Patrick Griffiths transforms the HTML Dog website into a book promoting best practice XHTML and CSS.

Posted on April 5, 2007

HTML Mastery (Book review)

Paul Haine explains how to use the elements and attributes available in HTML to create structured, valid, and semantic markup.

Posted on March 9, 2007

Just Ask - Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (Book review)

Shawn Lawton Henry’s book tells you how to improve the accessibility of your website or product by involving people with disabilities throughout your projects.

Posted on August 20, 2007

Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS (Book review)

Virginia DeBolt teaches beginners and designers and developers who need to update their skills how to write standards-based HTML and CSS.

Posted on July 30, 2007

Microformats (Book review)

John Allsopp explains what microformats are and how to use them to enhance the semantics of your markup.

Posted on August 13, 2007

Mobile Web Design (Book review)

Cameron Moll explains how to design and develop websites for the incredible amount of people accessing the Web from their mobile phones.

Posted on September 5, 2007

More Eric Meyer on CSS

This follow-up to Eric Meyer on CSS has more of the same, and is just as good as the first…

Posted on July 1, 2004

Prioritizing Web Usability (Book review)

Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger revisit usability guidelines from the 1990s and reapply them to the Web of today.

Posted on September 11, 2006

Pro CSS Techniques (Book review)

Jeff Croft, Ian Lloyd, and Dan Rubin explain solid, practical CSS techniques that you can use in real, professional Web projects.

Posted on March 26, 2007

Pro JavaScript Techniques (Book review)

John Resig dives into the deep end and explains really advanced JavaScript. The Pro in this book’s title is no joke.

Posted on June 13, 2007

Responsive Web Design (Book review)

Ethan Marcotte’s book on designing for an ever-increasing variety of browsers, resolutions and screen sizes is a must-read for all web professionals.

Posted on June 9, 2011

Simply JavaScript (Book review)

Kevin Yank and Cameron Adams get together and deliver a book that teaches how to write modern JavaScript.

Posted on January 17, 2008

Speed Up Your Site

A review of Andrew King’s book on website optimisation. Learn how to make your site faster.

Posted on September 21, 2004

The Art and Science of CSS (Book review)

Cameron Adams, Jina Bolton, David Johnson, Steve Smith, and Jonathan Snook get together to deliver some good tips on implementing design elements with CSS.

Posted on January 29, 2008

The Book of CSS3 (Book review)

The Book of CSS3 is a great developer companion - a no-nonsense, well-written guide to the various specifications that make up CSS3.

Posted on July 9, 2011

The Elements of Typographic Style

A review of Robert Bringhurst’s classic book on typography.

Posted on September 26, 2004

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum (Book review)

Alan Cooper describes how lack of interaction design makes software and high-tech products hard to use.

Posted on January 15, 2007

The JavaScript Anthology (Book review)

If you’re not a JavaScript enthusiast now, you will be by the time you finish reading this book. A must-have.

Posted on August 4, 2006

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design (Book review)

Jason Beaird explains the principles of graphic design for the Web in a way that people who aren’t graphic designers can understand.

Posted on May 9, 2007

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Book review)

Andy Clarke combines technical know-how and wicked graphic design skills to create a fantastic, forward-looking book on CSS.

Posted on April 20, 2007

Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance (Book review)

An excellent and very well-written book that explains the various aspects of Web accessibility in depth.

Posted on October 10, 2006

Web Standards Creativity (Book review)

Ten well-known Web professionals explain their approach to solving a specific problem each, all with web standards and accessibility in mind.

Posted on September 18, 2007

Web Standards Solutions

A review of Dan Cederholm’s excellent book on practical web standards.

Posted on October 25, 2004

ppk on JavaScript (Book review)

Peter-Paul Koch has taken his extensive knowledge and experience and condensed it into a book that explains modern, accessible, and unobtrusive JavaScript.

Posted on November 13, 2006