Designers today have a whole array of elements to juggle from CSS and website to use of colour and typography. Below are outlined the top ten books every designer should have on their bookshelf.
The Elements of Typographic Style (Hartley & Marks Publishers (1 Sep 2004))
Author: Robert Bringhurst
Topics covered: Typography, Design style, Special Characters
Typography is an important element for designers, and this book is a must-have manual for designers who wish to work with and create beautiful typography. The author writes for professionals who regularly work with typographic designs, and includes sections on designing with the right typeface, choosing which fonts to use, combining different types, designing pages, and includes a section on special characters including punctuation. Combines practicality with other elements such as history, this edition is completely up to date and explores the newest innovations in typography. An essential read for anyone working in design, using either digital or traditional methods.
Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design (Rockport Publishers Inc, 2007)
Author: Kristin Cullen
Topics: Theory of Graphic Design, Layout
This book is the go to bible for all designers from students to professionals, including the best collection of examples of inspiring and innovative layout design. The author does an excellent job at showcasing the best layouts for job at hand. The Layout Workbook also outlines the step by step design process including the function of design, inspiration, structure and organisation, typography and design analysis.
Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design (Rockport Publishers Inc. (1 Mar 2008)
Author: Sean Adams , Noreen Morioka
Topics: Using colour in graphic design, colour theory
The authors, partners of AdamsMorioka, hold the honour of being named to the ID40, who cited them as two of the forty most important people to shape design internationally. This colour bible provides designers with tools and techniques to provide colour effectively to their designs, and includes important information as to how to talk to clients about colour and selling colour ideas.
The Art and Science of CSS (Sitepoint; 1st edition (1 Mar 2007))
Author: Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, David Johnson
Topics: CSS, HTML, Web-Standards
The Art & Science of CSS shows designers how to take the elements of their web sites design and bring them to life with standards-compliant CSS. A useful reference for any designer whether using it as a reference for specific techniques or as a general guide to CSS. CCS-based design brings together a collection of designers to showcase what can be done in an innovative way.
HTML, XHTML, and CSS Bible (Wiley Publishing Inc, 5th Edition, 2010)
Author: Steven M. Schafer
Topics: CSS, HTML, XHTML, Web-Design
This latest edition provides designers with essential coverage of HTML, XHTML and CSS. Within the book is explained the basic structure and formatting tools to create both a static (non-changing) and dynamic (changing) page on the Internet. This guide includes coverage of the new CSS3 and tricks to utilise its capabilities, and all of the tools and tips needed to excel at it. The designer’s bible and guide book to conquering the World Wide Web.
The Web Designer’s Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design (How Design Books, April 2013)
Author: Patrick Mcneil
Topics: Ideas, Design, Color
With more than 700 websites arranged by theme, this book is a Mecca for designers looking for inspiration on anything from typography and colour, to layout and design. This book is great for inspiration and when starting a new project, or brainstorming. The author also has more than 20,000 websites catalogued on his website if you don’t find what you are looking for in the book.
Sexy Web Design: Creating Interfaces That Work (Sitepoint, 2009)
Author: Elliot Jay Stocks
Topics: Web Design, CSS
Sexy Web Design is a great guide on how to build your own web interfaces. There is step by step instruction on the entire process which is useful for beginners, but also serves as a refresher for more advanced designers.
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities (Voices That Matter) (20 Dec 2009)
Author: David Airey
Topics: Logos, Typography
Logo Design Love is a fantastic guide for designers about what creating a logo is all about. It is packed with really interesting ideas and examples, and gives a really insightful perspective on the process of creating a logo and a brand identity.
Author: Callis Ta’eed, Cyan Ta’eed
Topics: Freelancing, Business
Every designer could use some tips on how to maximise their potential as a freelancer, and this book outlines some fantastic strategies. There is also a website which is a great site to follow for updates.
Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain (How Design Books (29 Dec 2006)
Author: Stefan Mumaw, Wendy Lee Oldfield
Topics: Inspiration, Creativity
This guide is a great guide for designers at any level who may find themselves in a bit of a slump, to get back their creative energy. Packed with helpful tips and 15-minute exercises, it is a great book to have on the shelf for those days where a block has set in. Better than caffeine, this book is a must-have.
These ten books cover quite a lot, from typography to colour to HTML to CSS to how to become a freelancer. Across the range of topics, these are the top ten books a designer should read.Tags: books, css3, design book, html books, html5