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Clout, 12/11/2011

CMS

Digging Into Wordpress, 02/19/2011

Digging into Wordpress is an excellent guide for anyone who needs to get up to speed with Wordpress quickly and (relatively) painlessly.

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Textpattern Solutions, 02/22/2008

Worth buying if you’re new or somewhat new to Textpattern.

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Color

Color Design Workbook, 12/19/2009

Worth picking up a cheap copy to flip through, but this book won’t provide an education in color.

CSS

CSS3 for Web Designers, 12/13/2010

Dan Cederholm’s A Book Apart book will inspire you to use new CSS3 features to add creative details to “surprise and delight”.

CSS Mastery, 01/28/2010

This is an essential book for those learning CSS who want to get up to speed quickly, and is useful for experienced developers as well.

Handcrafted CSS, 11/28/2009

This compact volume on CSS is an excellent addition to a web designer’s library.

Design

The New Big Book of Layouts, 10/29/2010

This book is nicely laid out, and contains generally high quality design examples from all over the world, but it’s better for print than the web.

Designers

Design Dialogues, 05/31/2007

Fascinating interviews with a wide range of designers.

Findability/SEO

Building Findable Websites, 09/23/2009

An extremely useful book which I recommend to web developers as well as site owners and web content writers.

Graphic Design

The Information Design Handbook, 05/15/2010

This book is a decent introduction to information design, but shouldn’t be purchased as a manual or reference volume.

The Big Book of Green Design, 11/29/2009

A broad survey of designs, variously qualified as being “green.”

Blue Note: Album Cover Art, 10/15/2008

An invaluable source of inspiration.

HTML

HTML5 For Web Designers, 07/13/2010

Jeremy Keith takes us on a whirlwind tour of the history and features of HTML5. An excellent introduction for designers/developers.

Microformats Made Simple, 03/27/2010

If you prefer to read a book rather than sift through info on Microformats online, this is the one to buy.

Microformats, 03/27/2010

This book is bulkier than it needs to be, and some information is outdated, but it does reference many useful resources.

HTML Mastery, 05/09/2009

An excellent book, worth reading and reference for even the jaded html junkie.

Javascript

JavaScript Patterns, 03/10/2013

JavaScript Patterns is a straightforward, densely packed book of patterns for writing maintainable, extensible, and performant JavaScript.

Javascript: The Good Parts, 02/18/2013

Javascript: The Good Parts is an excellent book on Javascript for certain audiences.

Bulletproof AJAX, 06/16/2007

This is a short book, and should be considered a primer to be read before diving in to more project-oriented books on AJAX.

DOM Scripting, 03/25/2007

Essential reading for anyone getting started using javascript (library or not).

JQuery

jQuery Fundamentals, 10/20/2011

A well-presented online introduction to javascript and jQuery that may reveal the shape of code books to come.

JQuery: Novice to Ninja, 10/24/2010

This book, which takes a project-based approach, is recommended for front-end developers who want to start using JQuery in their website projects.

JQuery Enlightenment, 09/06/2010

Cody Lindley’s JQuery Enlightenment is recommended reading for any designer/developer who finds himself enhancing sites or web apps with JQuery on a regular basis.

jQuery Cookbook, 02/10/2010

A concisely-written companion to the JQuery library, excellent for learning and reference.

Learning JQuery, 01/04/2010

The better of two books I’ve read on JQuery.

JQuery in Action, 12/07/2009

I have two books on jQuery, my javascript library of choice. In this post, I review jQuery in Action, by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz.

Mobile Development

Mobile Usability, 03/25/2013

Mobile Usability by Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu is a disappointing book with few real insights and some usability problems of its own.

The Mobile Frontier, 02/04/2013

I would recommend Rachel Hinman’s The Mobile Frontier to anyone planning a mobile user experience in the near future.

Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, Third Edition, 11/24/2012

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to get start building web and native-like apps with jQuery Mobile.

Responsive Web Design, 12/11/2011

The most useful nuggets in this book can be gleaned by reading up on media queries and mobile-first design online, then experimenting on your own.

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Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, 09/11/2011

This book is well worth the money for any developers who want to get started quickly with jQuery mobile, but also go beyond the built-in look and functionality.

Performance

High Performance Web Sites, 02/17/2010

Essentially Yahoo!‘s Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site, in handy book format.

Photography

Photography for the Web, 10/03/2010

While Photography for the Web provides clear explanations of photo fundamentals, it offers little or nothing specifically for the web designer.

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Software

Sams Teach Yourself Google Analytics in 10 Minutes, 12/06/2010

For many web designers who need to be able to advise clients knowledgeably, this book will be sufficient to get up to speed with Google Analytics.

Typography

Typewise, 04/17/2010

Typewise illuminates some of the fundamental differences between print design and web design.

Thinking with Type, 11/28/2009

A thought-provoking and well-written book, but not a complete manual of typography.

The Complete Manual of Typography, 05/14/2009

This book is an excellent read and reference volume for any designer, print or web.

Typography Now: The Next Wave, 03/29/2009

Worth having for the pieces that still look fresh and interesting today, and those that decidedly don’t.

Pioneers of Modern Typography, 08/01/2007

This book shows striking examples of European avant-garde typography from between the wars.

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, 07/15/2007

There is little useful information this “unique and lively guidebook”.

Usability

Eyetracking Web Usability, 05/20/2012

This book shows that, for the most part, it’s difficult to abstract away from specific users tackling specific tasks on specific websites to draw useful, general conclusions from eyetracking data.

Forms that Work, 02/26/2012

Anyone who builds forms on the web can benefit from this book, especially developers working on long, complex forms.

Rocket Surgery Made Easy, 02/25/2010

Steve Krug’s new book will convince you that you should and can do usability testing on the websites you build.

User Interface Design

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 04/21/2013

Theresa Neil’s Mobile Design Pattern Gallery is an excellent resource for designers solving creating mobile user interfaces.

Designing with the Mind in Mind, 10/14/2012

This is a solid primer on design guidelines and their basis in human perception and cognition, but for experienced designers it covers mostly familiar territory.

User Experience Design

Seductive Interaction Design, 05/20/2014

Interviewing Users, 11/25/2013

Steve Portigal’s Interviewing Users is an in-depth look at out-in-the-field, interview-based user research.

The User Experience Team of One, 11/02/2013

Leah Buley provides a collection of useful, relatively low-budget tools for the fledgling UX team of one.

A Project Guide to UX Design, 04/29/2010

This book is an excellent introduction to the field of user experience design, and provides a wealth of references for further reading.

Web Content

Content Strategy for the Web, 03/04/2011

Recommended for those who want become “Content Strategists” or have landed in that role within large organization, not for the small-scale website owner.

Web Design

Designing for Emotion, 05/14/2012

This book convinced me that if you aren’t designing for emotion, you aren’t designing for humans. Appealing to users’ human psyche fuels and communicates usability, reliability, and functionality.

Ordering Disorder, 01/10/2011

If you aren’t familiar with grid principles or applying them to the web, this book is a good starting point, but look elsewhere for help with implementation.

Web Standards Solutions, 05/08/2010

Unless you or someone you love has not yet embraced the basics of standards-based web development, you can safely skip this book.

Web Standards Creativity, 05/09/2009

Interesting insight into various web designers’ approaches, hampered by awful design.

Web Development

HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions, 03/19/2011

HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions is a superb starting point for anyone needing to learn (or teach) web design from the very beginning.

Hardboiled Web Design, 01/25/2011

Whether or not you agree with the “hardboiled” methodology, this book is a good resource on HTML5 markup, ARIA roles, and CSS3, and will make you re-examine conventional web design wisdom.

Database Design for Mere Mortals, 07/12/2010

Essential reading for anyone needing to design, build, or interact with a relational database, regardless of specific software.

Website Owner's Manual, 06/21/2010

Website designers and website owners alike will benefit from reading this book.

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Designing with Progressive Enhancement, 03/20/2010

A must-read for developers of online applications or other sites with significant user interaction.

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Seductive Interaction Design, 05/20/2014

Clout, 12/11/2011

Fuggedaboudit

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, 07/15/2007

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Mobile Usability, 03/25/2013

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Eyetracking Web Usability, 05/20/2012

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Web Standards Solutions, 05/08/2010

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Microformats, 03/27/2010

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The Mobile Frontier, 02/04/2013

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Designing with the Mind in Mind, 10/14/2012

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Responsive Web Design, 12/11/2011

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Content Strategy for the Web, 03/04/2011

Ordering Disorder, 01/10/2011

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Photography for the Web, 10/03/2010

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The Information Design Handbook, 05/15/2010

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Typewise, 04/17/2010

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Microformats Made Simple, 03/27/2010

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Color Design Workbook, 12/19/2009

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JQuery in Action, 12/07/2009

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Textpattern Solutions, 02/22/2008

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The User Experience Team of One, 11/02/2013

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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 04/21/2013

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JavaScript Patterns, 03/10/2013

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Javascript: The Good Parts, 02/18/2013

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Designing for Emotion, 05/14/2012

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Forms that Work, 02/26/2012

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jQuery Fundamentals, 10/20/2011

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HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions, 03/19/2011

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Hardboiled Web Design, 01/25/2011

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CSS3 for Web Designers, 12/13/2010

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Sams Teach Yourself Google Analytics in 10 Minutes, 12/06/2010

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The New Big Book of Layouts, 10/29/2010

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JQuery Enlightenment, 09/06/2010

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Website Owner's Manual, 06/21/2010

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A Project Guide to UX Design, 04/29/2010

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Designing with Progressive Enhancement, 03/20/2010

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High Performance Web Sites, 02/17/2010

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CSS Mastery, 01/28/2010

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The Big Book of Green Design, 11/29/2009

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Thinking with Type, 11/28/2009

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Web Standards Creativity, 05/09/2009

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Typography Now: The Next Wave, 03/29/2009

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Bulletproof AJAX, 06/16/2007

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Design Dialogues, 05/31/2007

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Buy it now!

Interviewing Users, 11/25/2013

Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, Third Edition, 11/24/2012

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Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, 09/11/2011

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Digging Into Wordpress, 02/19/2011

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JQuery: Novice to Ninja, 10/24/2010

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HTML5 For Web Designers, 07/13/2010

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Database Design for Mere Mortals, 07/12/2010

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Rocket Surgery Made Easy, 02/25/2010

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jQuery Cookbook, 02/10/2010

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Learning JQuery, 01/04/2010

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Handcrafted CSS, 11/28/2009

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Building Findable Websites, 09/23/2009

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The Complete Manual of Typography, 05/14/2009

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HTML Mastery, 05/09/2009

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Blue Note: Album Cover Art, 10/15/2008

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Pioneers of Modern Typography, 08/01/2007

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DOM Scripting, 03/25/2007

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Archives by Date

May 2014

Seductive Interaction Design, 05/20/2014

November 2013

Interviewing Users, 11/25/2013

The User Experience Team of One, 11/02/2013

April 2013

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 04/21/2013

March 2013

Mobile Usability, 03/25/2013

JavaScript Patterns, 03/10/2013

February 2013

Javascript: The Good Parts, 02/18/2013

The Mobile Frontier, 02/04/2013

November 2012

Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, Third Edition, 11/24/2012

October 2012

Designing with the Mind in Mind, 10/14/2012

May 2012

Eyetracking Web Usability, 05/20/2012

Designing for Emotion, 05/14/2012

February 2012

Forms that Work, 02/26/2012

December 2011

Responsive Web Design, 12/11/2011

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Clout, 12/11/2011

October 2011

jQuery Fundamentals, 10/20/2011

September 2011

Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile, 09/11/2011

March 2011

HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions, 03/19/2011

Content Strategy for the Web, 03/04/2011

February 2011

Digging Into Wordpress, 02/19/2011

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January 2011

Hardboiled Web Design, 01/25/2011

Ordering Disorder, 01/10/2011

December 2010

CSS3 for Web Designers, 12/13/2010

Sams Teach Yourself Google Analytics in 10 Minutes, 12/06/2010

October 2010

The New Big Book of Layouts, 10/29/2010

JQuery: Novice to Ninja, 10/24/2010

Photography for the Web, 10/03/2010

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September 2010

JQuery Enlightenment, 09/06/2010

July 2010

HTML5 For Web Designers, 07/13/2010

Database Design for Mere Mortals, 07/12/2010

June 2010

Website Owner's Manual, 06/21/2010

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May 2010

The Information Design Handbook, 05/15/2010

Web Standards Solutions, 05/08/2010

April 2010

A Project Guide to UX Design, 04/29/2010

Typewise, 04/17/2010

March 2010

Microformats Made Simple, 03/27/2010

Microformats, 03/27/2010

Designing with Progressive Enhancement, 03/20/2010

February 2010

Rocket Surgery Made Easy, 02/25/2010

High Performance Web Sites, 02/17/2010

jQuery Cookbook, 02/10/2010

January 2010

CSS Mastery, 01/28/2010

Learning JQuery, 01/04/2010

December 2009

Color Design Workbook, 12/19/2009

JQuery in Action, 12/07/2009

November 2009

The Big Book of Green Design, 11/29/2009

Handcrafted CSS, 11/28/2009

Thinking with Type, 11/28/2009

September 2009

Building Findable Websites, 09/23/2009

May 2009

The Complete Manual of Typography, 05/14/2009

HTML Mastery, 05/09/2009

Web Standards Creativity, 05/09/2009

March 2009

Typography Now: The Next Wave, 03/29/2009

October 2008

Blue Note: Album Cover Art, 10/15/2008

February 2008

Textpattern Solutions, 02/22/2008

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August 2007

Pioneers of Modern Typography, 08/01/2007

July 2007

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, 07/15/2007

June 2007

Bulletproof AJAX, 06/16/2007

May 2007

Design Dialogues, 05/31/2007

March 2007

DOM Scripting, 03/25/2007