If you have taken my class you have likely heard me say that I prefer to learn by doing not from books and I feel like tech books become outdated too quickly in this field . Well, I have read some good books on web design but they are on concepts that are more long-lasting. Since students have asked for recommendations, here goes:
DON’T MAKE ME THINK, REVISITED: A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO WEB USABILITY
This is a great book! It will make you see your work in a new way and sticks with you. Summary: People are lazy, build for them. It’s an easy read and entertaining too.
THE ELEMENTS OF CONTENT STRATEGY
(Brief Books for People Who Make Websites, No. 3) Paperback – 2010
by Erin Kissane
This book helped me to understand how to work with loads of content at just the right time.
DESIGN IS A JOB
Paperback – 2012
by Mike Monteiro
OMG, Mike Monteiro has the best dry wit, I saw him speak at An Event Apart and loved it.He made me see that bad clients are just poorly managed and scared and there is a lot that we (as web consultants) can do to fix that problem.
THE ELEMENTS OF USER EXPERIENCE: USER-CENTERED DESIGN FOR THE WEB AND BEYOND
(2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) 2nd Edition
by Jesse James Garrett
I enjoyed reading this is pieces, lots of good little nuggets to consider.
BULLETPROOF WEB DESIGN: IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY AND PROTECTING AGAINST WORST-CASE SCENARIOS WITH HTML5 AND CSS3
Ok, I have a short attention span… but I’ve read most of the sections in the previous version of this gem.