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20 Free EBooks For Web Designers

If you’re a web designer or developer looking for free ebooks to gain experience in web design will enhance your website design in your design knowledge. Here is a collection of 20 free web design ebooks (pdf) that are available on the Internet. Some of the e-books are also available in multiple formats, so you can download  and read them on your laptop, e-book reader, tablet, or smartphone.

1. Web Design Book of Trends, 2013-2014

Only serious design trends with carefully picked examples, amazing enough make their own title. A must-have companion for every designer! 11 current trends and 165 visually attractive examples are featured in this e-book. Web Design Book of Trends, 2013-2014 by Marcin Treder 

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2. Designing for the Web

A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design. Featuring five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout.

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3. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition by Jason Beaird, This 170-page book is very good for those who already have some experience in creating websites. It will equip you with the essential knowledge and techniques to make beautiful visual enhancements for your site.

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4. Learning Web Design, 3rd Edition

This 480-page e-book will teach you how to build professional websites from scratch. From learning the fundamentals of how web pages work to building CSS layouts with multiple columns, you can find it all here.

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5. Taking Your Talent to the Web

Although this book was written in 2001, a lot of its suggestions and guidance on the topic of transitioning to the World Wide Web are still applicable today.

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6. How To Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod

This is a lighthearted e-book featuring 26 first-hand tips on how to harness the creativity in you. Each tip is accompanied with a cartoon illustration, making this a really delightful read.

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7. Web Designer’s Success Guide by Kevin Airgid

This e-book is a guide on how to turn your freelance work into a source of profit. Topics covered in the book include project management, marketing, and pricing decisions.

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8. Web Design and Mobile Trends for 2013

Get an insight into the latest trends in web design and mobile technologies with this collection of interviews with 28 of today’s leading figures in the industry. It’s available in 4 formats: PDF, EPUB, MOBI and AZW3.

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9. Design Your Imagination

Although this e-book is mainly written for beginners that are still learning the ropes of web design, seasoned designers will also get some useful advice from it. There are 28 chapters with numerous backing examples.

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10. Time Management for Creative People

Although this e-book is a little old (written in 2007), I’m sure we would all agree that good time management principles will always stand the test of time. In just 32 pages, this e-book will help you improve your time management and get the most out of your day.

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11. UX Design for Startups

This 127-page e-book will provide you with practical tips and a list of more than 60 tools for UX design. Written in a large font for easier reading, this e-book is available in 3 formats: EPUB, MOBI and PDF.

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12. WordPress Meet Responsive Design

With so many different devices (with different screen resolutions) that we can use to surf the Net these days, responsive web design (RWD) is clearly an important topic to cover for web designers. This e-book is about RWD in the context of WordPress design. It’s available in 3 formats: PDF, Kindle, EPUB.

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13. The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

In just 12 pages, this e-book will show you how to understand the often ambiguous requests of your clients and build creative websites that will stand out from the crowd.

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14. The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

If you want to learn or understand more about the role of typography in web design, this 49-page e-book will help you do just that.

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15. Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook 2 by Gyppsy AKA Tony Dones

In this 165-page handbook, you will find useful quick tips and lots of illustrations on how to make sure your designs look good down to every pixel, so to speak.

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16. The elements of typographic style applied to the web

A practical guide to web typography, The free online version includes a new chapter on digital typography, plus expanded information on typefaces and designers.

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17. HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.

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18. Web Designer’s Success Guide

A designer’s ebook staple, Keven Airgid’s ‘Web Designer’s Success Guide’ is a comprehensive narrative on how to set up as a freelancer, and profit.

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19. 50+ Mobile Web Design Best Practices

This free e-book is a guide to mobile web design with over 50 proven tips to help you build amazing mobile websites. Here’s what it covers:2 major problems you need to consider when designing your mobile web experience, 5 strategic approaches to create successful multi-screen designs, and 50+ mobile web design best practice to take your mobile skills to the next level.

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20. The Woork Handbook

The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork!

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