It’s better to learn web design from actual video tutorials, the latest books, or from your own experience, as knowledge quickly becomes outdated in this profession. Even so, there are some old books that are strong on theory, and can be useful in a couple of decades. Thanks to them, you can create fantastic sites that can be compared to www.betamo.com or Netflix. Here are 9 books about web design that will help you enter the profession.
Designing for Emotion
Aaron Walter, lead designer at Resolve to Save Lives and creator of the Design Better podcast, wrote this book when he was still the lead designer for MailChimp. He pointed out that most online stores and websites look monotonous, and designers’ attempts to change that often fail because they don’t have a key idea.
Walter suggests that the rule of thumb is that a site must necessarily bring emotion: joy, surprise and anticipation. In this book, he describes ways to give the user the right mood, talks about the basic mechanisms, and gives practical advice, along with a collection of offbeat examples from developers around the world.
The book is small, but it enhances your understanding of what to aim for when creating a memorable web design.
Mobile First was written by Luke Wroblewski, author of the popular Web From Design. He was one of the first to realize that the parallel development of the Internet and smartphones would lead users year after year to view more and more content on their phones rather than on their laptops.
In this book, he advises first of all to design a site with a mobile version, describes in detail how the design of mobile applications differs from the design of traditional sites and what you should get rid of first. He also describes what features are important to consider when designing the interface for mobile devices and how to do this correctly.
Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited
Steve Krug, one of the leading usability specialists, wrote this book in 2000 and since then he updated and modified it many times since it has become a classic. In this book, he tells web designers in simple and clear language how to create websites and applications to make them maximally usable and informative for users.
Many readers compare this book to Donald Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things, both of which talk a lot about functionality and usability in product development.
About Face. The Essentials of Interaction Design
Another classic work with a twenty-year history of reprints from Alan Cooper. His book at one time urged developers to step up to the users and start writing programs that they will like.
The book gives a detailed description of interaction design, which is a human-centered approach to interface development. Within it, the author pays a lot of attention to designing user behavior and focusing on user goals, expectations, inclinations, and worldview.
The Best Interface is No Interface. The Simple Path to Brilliant Technology
Golden Krishna takes a critical look at the annoying screen world and demonstrates how advanced technology can be created without digital interfaces. He suggests ideas for moving out of the screen plane and achieving fruitful innovation with just three principles.
Web-design for ROI
It is important for a web designer not only to be able to create a beautiful and user-friendly website – ideally, it should bring the customer new customers. Lance Loveday wrote the book on how to use design to increase conversion rates so that users don’t leave the site and companies get traffic and spend less money on targeting ads.
The book is mostly basic, so it will be suitable primarily for those novice web designers who have a very vague idea of conversions and the economics of profitable sites.
Storytelling for User Experience. Crafting Stories for Better Design
In interface design and interaction, stories help us understand our users, learn about their goals, present our findings, and demonstrate design choices. In the book, the authors teach you how to create and tell your own stories that help improve your product.
Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat. A Handbook of Methods
The book will be useful to anyone whose daily activities require active design thinking. The book offers a set of 60 methods and techniques applicable to any innovative project. For each technique, the book provides simple and straightforward exercises, as well as ready-made templates and tools, case studies, and design challenges.
Change by Design. How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Design thinking is the foundation of a truly innovative company and the most important business quality of its leader. Without this book, you as a designer need to know how to develop a new product, how to work with it next.