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Webdesign book and handbooks

List of subjects and recommended books/handbooks for a school curriculum in web design:


  • HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett
  • Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
  • CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, and Cameron Moll


  • JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development by Jon Duckett
  • Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming by Marijn Haverbeke
  • You Don't Know JS by Kyle Simpson

User Experience (UX) Design

  • Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond by Jesse James Garrett

Web Design Principles and Best Practices

  • Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte
  • Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices by Dan Saffer
  • Web Design for Developers: A Programmer's Guide to Design Tools and Techniques by Brian Hogan

Graphic Design for the Web

  • The Principles of Beautiful Web Design by Jason Beaird
  • Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities by David Airey
  • Web Typography: A Handbook for Graphic Designers by Richard Rutter

Web Development Frameworks and Tools

  • Learning React: A Hands-On Guide to Building Web Applications Using React and Redux by Kirupa Chinnathambi
  • Node.js in Action by Mike Cantelon, Marc Harter, T.J. Holowaychuk, and Nathan Rajlich
  • The Web Developer's Toolbox: Essentials for Modern JavaScript and CSS by Alex Libby

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization by Eric Enge, Stephan Spencer, Jessie Stricchiola, and Rand Fishkin
  • SEO Fitness Workbook: The Seven Steps to Search Engine Optimization Success on Google by Jason McDonald
  • Google AdWords for Beginners: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to PPC Advertising by Corey Rabazinski

Project Management and Client Communication

  • The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software by Jonathan Rasmusson
  • Don't Reply All: One Man's View on the World of Business Email and Other Assorted Hazards by Dave Delaney
  • Client Centric: The Secret to Success in a Digital World by Jonathan Markwell

This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers many of the key areas of web design and development. It's also worth noting that there are many online resources and courses available that can supplement these books and provide additional learning opportunities.