There are hundred of useful free web design ebooks released in 2015. These ebooks are covered basic to advanced design skills and the latest trend in the web industry. If you are new learner or pro web designer, you need to study what type of web layout and design elements most popular in last year and what website trend will dominate the field in 2016.
In this article, I have explored ten of the best free ebooks for web designers. These are including topics range from web design trends to CSS best practices.
01. Web Design Book of Trends 2015 & 2016
UXPin analyzed current websites trends such as card layouts, long scrolling, animated interactions, and full-screen backgrounds and the best practices for each topic.
This book contains 100 online resources and demonstrates its points with screenshots from 166 websites like Apple, Google, Dropbox, and Spotify. DOWNLOAD
02. Inbound Marketing’s Most Wanted: 33 Website Design Crimes to Avoid at All Cost
Created by SmartBug Media, Inbound Marketing’s Most Wanted compiles 33 all-to-common web design mistakes when trying to attract new business, and explains how to avoid them.
The so-called “crimes” are categorized by planning, execution, and after the launch, but also includes individual subsections on homepages, internal pages, and landing pages. Think of this book as a list of 33 best practices that any designer could learn from. DOWNLOAD
03. Web UI Design Best Practices
Web UI Design Best Practices merges the fields of UX, UI, and visual design, with visuals and analysis of UI design from 33 companies including LivingSocial, Spotify, Apple, Skullcandy, and more besides. DOWNLOAD
04. SEO Myths to leave behind in 2015
17 SEO Myths You Should Leave Behind in 2015 shines a light on the SEO practices that have become obsolete, even though a few years ago we thought them best.
This e-book by Hubspot understands the rapidly changing nature of web design, and accompanies each myth with helpful advice in its place. DOWNLOAD
05. Learn from great design
Learn from Great Design, collects three of the best case studies. The best part is that he examines the sites on different devices, so readers can learn about multi-device methods as well. The current book’s lineup examines Avis Car Hire, Harry’s, and Orangina. DOWNLOAD
06. Magic of CSS
The Magic of CSS by Adam Schwartz tackles the guidelines for using CSS most effectively, and the book is completely online. Author Adam Schwartz presents both the theory and practical advice, including data reference charts and templates to smooth over the more confusing aspects. DOWNLOAD
07. Building Web Apps with Go
Building Web Apps with Go by Jeremy Saenz gives a comprehensive guide to using this new open-source language (though it recommends first knowing the basics of Go and Heroku). While not yet fully complete, there is still more-than-enough content to get you started. DOWNLOAD
08. The Essential WordPress Website Launch Checklist
This WordPress guide shows you how to make your own checklist based on the unique needs of your project, with suggested items. If you use WordPress often, this ebook — and the others in iThemes library — is worth checking out. DOWNLOAD
09. Interaction Design Best Practices (Volumes 1 and 2)
The two-volume series Interaction Design Best Practices from UXPin gathers all the information you need to know about interaction design, especially useful for its best practices and examples from over 50 companies like Netflix, MailChimp, Facebook, AirBnB, and more. Volume 1 covers the “tangibles,” elements like spacing, typography, size, contrast, and visual consistency. Volume 2 dives into the “intangibles,” such as timing/pacing, reducing friction, and user behavioral patterns. DOWNLOAD
10. Web Design is Dead
Last but not least, Ben Hunt’s controversial Web Design Is Dead takes a fatalistic perspective on the always-changing industry of web design.
While his title is extreme, the content within has merit, taking an honest look at how the old methods of web design are no longer relevant in today’s landscape. The practices he outlines can help you stay in front of the curve. DOWNLOAD