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.
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.
Jeffrey Sambells and Aaron Gustafson explain the best practices of DOM scripting in an easy-to-read and straightforward way.
Simon Collison shares his experiences from working with the Web in the hopes that it will help readers avoid some confusion and frustration.
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).
A great introduction to Ruby on Rails, the framework everyone is talking about.
Finally a book that teaches beginners how to build websites with modern methods. Highly recommended.
Web accessibility is something that the vast majority of all web professionals know little to nothing about. Some believe that…
Jeremy Keith explains how to use Ajax in an unobtrusive manner, minimising the negative impact it can have on accessibility.
Dan Cederholm provides a great reference to modern, flexible, and responsible web design techniques.
A book that is a great guide to CSS tips, tricks, and techniques, and contains extensive coverage of browser bugs, hacks, and filters.
A very helpful book for anyone looking to improve and modernise their DOM scripting skills.
If there is one single rule that always holds within web design and development, it’s that something will go wrong…
Jeremy Sydik explains how to design accessible websites without focusing too much on guidelines and ticking checkboxes, choosing a more pragmatic approach instead.
Jenifer Tidwell explains design patterns that solve common problems encountered when designing user interfaces for websites as well as web and desktop applications.
Learn the fundamentals of navigation design and design better navigation systems for large and small sites as well as for web based applications.
My review of this must-have book by Jakob Nielsen.
An absolute must read for any web designer or developer, even if you think you know everything about progressive enhancement already.
I waited for a long time before buying this book, thinking it wouldn’t contain much new to me. When I…
Jeffrey Zeldman updates his excellent introduction to Web standards. A must read for anyone serious about Web design.
My review of an excellent book on usability.
I had been advocating the use of web standards for a long time before I bought this book, but it…
Learn how to reduce stress and improve productivity by getting things out of your brain and into a trustworthy system of folders and lists.
Patrick Griffiths transforms the HTML Dog website into a book promoting best practice XHTML and CSS.
Paul Haine explains how to use the elements and attributes available in HTML to create structured, valid, and semantic markup.
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.
Virginia DeBolt teaches beginners and designers and developers who need to update their skills how to write standards-based HTML and CSS.
John Allsopp explains what microformats are and how to use them to enhance the semantics of your markup.
Cameron Moll explains how to design and develop websites for the incredible amount of people accessing the Web from their mobile phones.
This follow-up to Eric Meyer on CSS has more of the same, and is just as good as the first…
Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger revisit usability guidelines from the 1990s and reapply them to the Web of today.
Jeff Croft, Ian Lloyd, and Dan Rubin explain solid, practical CSS techniques that you can use in real, professional Web projects.
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.
A review of Andrew King’s book on website optimisation. Learn how to make your site faster.
Cameron Adams, Jina Bolton, David Johnson, Steve Smith, and Jonathan Snook get together to deliver some good tips on implementing design elements with CSS.
The Book of CSS3 is a great developer companion - a no-nonsense, well-written guide to the various specifications that make up CSS3.
A review of Robert Bringhurst’s classic book on typography.
Alan Cooper describes how lack of interaction design makes software and high-tech products hard to use.
Jason Beaird explains the principles of graphic design for the Web in a way that people who aren’t graphic designers can understand.
Andy Clarke combines technical know-how and wicked graphic design skills to create a fantastic, forward-looking book on CSS.
An excellent and very well-written book that explains the various aspects of Web accessibility in depth.
Ten well-known Web professionals explain their approach to solving a specific problem each, all with web standards and accessibility in mind.
A review of Dan Cederholm’s excellent book on practical web standards.