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writes on November 24, 2009

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting at the back of “Handcrafted CSS“, a workshop led by Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte. The workshop was based on their recently published book of the same name, if you don’t own a copy definitely add it to your holiday shopping list.

As attendees leafed through the book during the breaks I realised how much of I have relied on and enjoyed learning about web design and development from books. Funnily enough Dan’s first book, “Web Standard Solutions“, released in 2004 was the the first book I ever bought on CSS. It turns out it was the first CSS book for many designers I know. It taught me a lot and is still very relevant.

It got me thinking about the most inspiring web related books I have on my shelf. Here in no particular order are my personal top five. Some of them have been updated and superseded but all remain great reference material.

What are your favourites? Link up your must have’s in the comments, I have an Amazon voucher I need to spend and love a good read.

0 Responses to “Books that Inspire”

  1. Peachpit/New Riders usually doesn’t disappoint me with their releases, especially Handcrafted CSS. Great list, great resources.

  2. I’ve really enjoyed reading Design Patterns in Ruby. Very inspiring book, I’ve read it several times.

  3. The book that really inspires me when I was first venturing into web standards is “The Art & Science of Web Design” by Jeffrey Veen .

    It’s an oldie but goodie.

  4. A couple:

    “Don’t make me think” by Steve Krug:

    And if you programme – and absolute classic: Domain Driven Design by Eric Evans… a big one, but surely a must read:

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  6. css mastery (vol 2), good to have a refresh of best practices.

  7. For JavaScript: Douglas Crockford’s “the good parts” is invaluable

    It provides a concise but infinitely useful insight into how the language works and should be used (JS needs to be taken more seriously and this books is a great start point and reference)

  8. I’d strongly suggest checking out “CouchDB: The Definitive Guide” by J. Chris Anderson; Jan Lehnardt and Noah Slater.

    If you can’t wait for the print version to become available it’s already available to read for free online

  9. surprised no one has added this yet – the one & only :)

    Designing with webstandards – Jeffrey Zeldman

    First book I bought on webdesign – was the one which changed my view and made me *want* to learn handcoding. This book, Jeffrey and Eric gave me my career :)

  10. Its my birthday next Friday so have emailed these titles to ‘da’ missus as gentle reminders of what she should be buying me, and not a pair of joke socks.

    The wench.

  11. billygoat on November 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm said:

    I learned standards-compliant design from this book:

    Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics by Jennifer Niederst Robbins and Aaron Gustafson

    I was just tooling around with tag soup before this book. It really drove home the reasons for using standards and weaned me away from Dreamweaver to hand-coding as well. It may be a little bit on the dry side, but makes up for it by being very clear and logically thought-out. I still go to this book as a reference.

  12. I would recommend Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It!. But I think you guys are crushing it already really.

  13. I second the CSS Mastery recommendation, and Bulletproof CSS. I’m currently reading the Sitepoint JavaScript book and like it so far.

    I happen to think my book, Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS, is quite good. :-) Andy Clarke and Jeremy Keith, both authors on your top-five, have read my book and recommended it on their blogs/Twitter.

  14. Putting my vote in for CSS: The Missing Manual by David McFarland. It’s the one book that really gave me my “a-ha” breakthrough moment in understanding CSS.

  15. Mark Jackson on November 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm said:

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  17. You have a very nice title “think vitamin”. Really sounds good as well as your description is also very informative.

  18. simply love reading it so inspiring….

  19. i love reading inspirational books. thanks for the great info guys

  20. inspirational books are amazing

  21. i love inspiring books

  22. wanna try all ur suggestions. i really love and enjoy reading inspirational books

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  24. reading an inspirational books is not a waste of time but its a learning and help us motivates in life.

  25. love old inspirational books

  26. reading an inspirational book is a good hobby

  27. i like inspiring books

  28. i become more motivated and inspired in doing things with the help of inspirational books

  29. inspiring books are amazing

  30. i love collecting inspirational books

  31. im planning to buy a new inspirational books this weekend : )

  32. Ya, I’m interesting about the cost

  33. I Love Web Standard Solutions witten by Dan Cederholm

  34. I havent read those books, i prefer to read novel actually. I’m not a IT type person

  35. Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

  36. Can you recommend a great book for those of us with little HTML and no CSS?

  37. For CSS my favourite is “{ speaking in style }” -> After read this book the other CSS books don’t add to much(Not cover CSS3).

    Is really good.

  38. For CSS my favourite is “{ speaking in style }” -> After read this book the other CSS books don’t add to much(Not cover CSS3).

    Is really good.

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