5 Awesome Books to Read When Learning Web Design

Web design is a field that is continually changing. There are always new trends coming out to ensure a fantastic user experience. It is essential to be hungry to learn more about your industry if you want to stay on top of your game and ahead of the pack.

Designing a site is a learning process that will take up a lot of your time, patience, effort and constant practice. There are times when you will create a not so pleasing website, but once you understand why it turned out that way, you will start improving and correcting your mistakes.

The methods of learning how to design a site have drastically changed over the years. Although there are plenty of resources available online from blogs, YouTube and digital books, they still can’t stop the popularity of a physical web design book.

So if you want to sharpen your skills even more, here are five of the best web design books we have chosen out for you.


Learning Web Design:
A Beginner’s Guide to Html, CSS, Javascript, and Web Graphics

If you are starting your web design career or have no previous experience at building web pages, this is an excellent book to pick up. Learning Web Design provides a friendly guide where you will learn how the Web and websites work. You will also learn about the various elements of customizing online layouts technically and artistically.

Aside from HTML and CSS, the author also covers updates on how to create a responsive website, SVG image files, and Flexbox. Once you are done reading this revised edition, you will acquire all the skills you need to make a simple and responsive website with multi-column pages.

The book is ideal for pros, beginners and students of all design skill levels and backgrounds.

Author: Jennifer Niederst Robbins


Make It Now!: Creative Inspiration and the Art of Getting Things Done

Make It Now is a fun, uplifting, and unique book jam-packed with expert advice and inspiration. It is clever and simple, but profoundly knowledgeable by profession characterized by bold simplicity.

As what you would expect from one of UK’s best graphic artists, this book is filled with the seminal typographic technique from start to finish. It contains Burril’s experiences and a candid exploration of his work beliefs combined with very relevant and honest advice. Moreover, this amazing read will give you the confidence you need to bring out your creativity and finish things.

Author: Anthony Burrill


Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement

There is more to creating a site that is both elegant and functional than knowing the ins and outs of coding. The second edition of Adaptive Web Design will work you through building websites that will work anywhere, can be accessed by everyone, designed to work with all types of devices and will not break by utilizing progressive enhancement.

It covers everything from how HTML, UX, CSS, content strategy, JavaScript, performance optimization, server-side programming and responsive web design. All of these work together in the user’s service on whatever kind of device they use in accessing the Web.

The book was written in a friendly and warm manner. It is one of the web design books out there that explains the progressive enhancement in the most beautiful and clearest way possible. It also balances practice and theory perfectly.

Gustafson shows that producing a web experience that is both engaging and accessible can be achieved by anyone without the need to sacrifice their goals.

Author: Aaron Gustafson


Design Is A Job

The main purpose of Mike Monteiro on this book is to help readers be the best at what they do. The book may be brief but it covers some of the most significant aspects of web design as a job. From selling your designs and contracts to working with your clients and co-existing together. It is jammed with information that you should not miss out on.

Design Is A Job has received great reviews online, and once you have read the first few pages, it will surpass your expectations. Reassurance and confidence are the fundamental things you will take away from it. The book will remind you that there are times when you need to stop what you are doing for a while and look at it to see what you are doing and how you are doing it.

Monteiro also pointed out that your clients are the fuel that will keep you and your business going. The book is not just applicable for web designers but for project managers, web developers, and anyone working in the industry.

Author: Mike Monteiro


Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

The first edition of Don’t Make Me Think published in 2000 was a massive hit with around 400,000 copies sold across the globe. In 2014, it was revisited as it is highly useful for web designers and developers alike. They rely on the guides provided by Krug to further help them grasp the principles of information design and intuitive navigation.

The book which is highly suggested for UX designers details the insights, examples, and important points you need to understand about site usability. This Revisited edition will provide you with a new perspective to reconsider the principles which made the first edition a classic. If you have read the previous one, you will find this book just as funny and informative.

Author: Steve Krug

As a web designer, you will see yourself spending hours and hours each day glued to your computer screen. There is nothing more relaxing than reading a good web design book while sitting comfortably on your favourite chair and sipping a cup of coffee. Do you have a favourite web design book not listed here? Share it on the comment section below and let us know what makes it so awesome!

Aileen Cuaresma

Aileen Cuaresma

Aileen is a Technical and Creative writer with an extensive knowledge of WordPress and Shopify. She works with companies on building their brand and optimizing their website. She also runs a local travel agency with her family. On her free time, she loves reading books, exploring the unknown, playing with her two adorable dogs, and listening to K-pop.

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  1. Nosunelanube

    Thanks Aileen. Will try to learn a little more.
    For all aspects of design and SEO is necessary.

    • ailcua

      Always welcome Nosunelanube…never stop learning even bit by bit…seo and web design are constantly changing..even I’m having a hard time keeping up at times 😀

  2. Zaynn Bilziss

    Thanks a lot Aileen, it’s written very well and descriptive. I have read one book which is listed here, rest I’ll surely refer. Thanks once again.

    • Aileen Cuaresma

      You’re welcome Zaynn and thank you as well.


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