Best books for a beginning web designer?

by Bugud
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I would like to start learning web design and I wondered what books I should get.

I do know some HTML and CSS but would like to perfect them and learn XHTML as well. I'd like some books about these three subjects. In addition to that I'd like to get a book or two about actual web design that is more oriented on using those skills to create beautiful looking websites.


For anyone here that is a programmer as well I'd like to read some books on PHP, MySQL and general Internet security as well (check my thread in the programming subforum)

Thanks in advance,
Bugud.
#beginning #books #designer #web
  • Profile picture of the author dapirus
    I would recommend that you start off with some online tutorials first. Once you decide which direction you want to go, whether it's web design or php programming then you can go buy books.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bugud
      Originally Posted by dapirus View Post

      I would recommend that you start off with some online tutorials first. Once you decide which direction you want to go, whether it's web design or php programming then you can go buy books.
      I want to learn both programming and web design.
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      • Profile picture of the author ggnights
        In terms of a good basic book, when I first started I liked "Head First html with xhtml and css". It was super reader friendly. The internet has tons of free tutorials though so just search around.

        I would highly recommend lynda.com...there site is a great value for learning.

        Don't jump to fast into everything or you will be way overwhelmed, learn the basics of html and css before focusing on any programming languages.
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        • Profile picture of the author riveram269
          You can find all the information you need with a friendly google search. The internet and online tutorials are your friend, w3schools dot com can teach you everything from html, php, javascript, css, and more (for free). But if you prefer a physical medium, the "for dummies books" are always a good read.
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          • Profile picture of the author elizakirsten
            I agree with most of the people in this thread. Start online. Google is your bestfriend!

            14 years ago, I remember looking at website's source code and copied and pasted them over a WYSIWYG HTML editor i took out bits of code to find out what they were for (sort of reverse engineering) - back then, we didn't the have wealth information that we already have now online.

            If you're a hands on learner like me, you should follow tutorials and immediately apply what you've learned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amigo
    No need to download any book. I learnt all the HTML and PHP stuff from tizag.
    So i would recommend you to go to Tizag Tutorials and start reading their tutorials.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author bzd63
    Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS
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    Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS
    by sitepoint
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  • Profile picture of the author olakh
    You can use w3schools source.It will help to learn the CSS and HTML in the best way.
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    • Profile picture of the author jennydarke
      I'm finding CSS the missing manual really good. Explains all about the HTML you need as well.

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  • Profile picture of the author jennydarke
    I also bought Dreamweaver classroom in a book. It's ok but you can find better online tutorials with people like tutvid

    jd
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    • Profile picture of the author verneir
      I've only really started messing around with this stuff myself, but probably 90% of what I've needed and got to work for me thus far I've learned from w3schools.com
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  • Profile picture of the author wcardinal
    check out lynda.com -- tons of web design and program specific tutorial videos.
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    • Profile picture of the author avenir2011
      There are many online tutorials for beginners are available that helps you to learn and understand them easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author DivineWeb
    check out lynda tutorials for beginners... they r the best
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  • Profile picture of the author kapsystem
    HI

    I would like to suggest you go with starting level tutorials which are avail on net.Firstly,start with small things by creating sample page using what you learnt later implement new elements by step by,this is the way you create yourself as a designer.

    Anything else you want to know more,kindly let me know.
    All my wishes to you.


    With Best Regards
    Natarajan R (UI Designer)
    KAPSYSTEM (kapsystem.com/bulksmsservices.org)
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  • Profile picture of the author cherryberry
    as you need to learn website designing, you should not go for any types of book. Rather you can go for Google. I feel google is very good dictionary as well as teacher.
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  • Profile picture of the author PoignantPixels
    I used lynda tutorials. They were excellent!
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  • Profile picture of the author ngseosept
    Yes, an online tutorials are big help for beginners Goodluck.
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    Let them eat cake!

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    • Profile picture of the author sodredge
      You ever just come to a site and know that you are going to totally love it here. I am King Noob at times and with over a decade of tech behind me, everyone else here is totally on the money. Lynda is an easy to swallow buffet for your senses. Also the "Head First" series is made for people with short attention spans who like puffy images. (TOTALLY ME) This happens to be most geeks

      On the web I am not sure "book" is the best term. I would go more with online video tutorial
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  • Profile picture of the author pratap295
    For a best web design you must know about that software language and for it you are gathering information from books here some book name I mention for beginning a web design.
    1. Web Design For Dummies, 2nd Edition
    2. Learning Web Design: A Beginners Guide
    3. Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
    4. Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual
    5. HTML and CSS Easy Web Design with XHTML
    6. HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions
    7. Build Your Own Website the Right Way
    8. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Creating Web Pages
    9. HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition
    10. Professional Web Site Design from Start to Finish
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  • Profile picture of the author Abhishek Kundu
    Originally Posted by Bugud View Post

    I would like to start learning web design and I wondered what books I should get.

    I do know some HTML and CSS but would like to perfect them and learn XHTML as well. I'd like some books about these three subjects. In addition to that I'd like to get a book or two about actual web design that is more oriented on using those skills to create beautiful looking websites.


    For anyone here that is a programmer as well I'd like to read some books on PHP, MySQL and general Internet security as well (check my thread in the programming subforum)

    Thanks in advance,
    Bugud.
    hi Bugu,

    as you have mentioned that you want to learn both designing & programming then you should have a look at w3schools

    this is a great resource for beginners.
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  • Profile picture of the author amitaraja
    go to W3 Schools it will help you alot
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  • Profile picture of the author pronoun
    I got this book when I was going to TAFE, It is called 'Dynamic Web Application Development using PHP and MySQL' It is fairly good for learning the basics. I did use it to refresh myself on a few topics from time to time, and still do I suppose.
    Enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    1) "Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM". This book features innovative examples of beautiful and feature-rich web designs that are fully web standards compliant and includes entries by some of the world’s top web designers.
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  • Profile picture of the author gstalin
    Originally Posted by Bugud View Post

    I would like to start learning web design and I wondered what books I should get.

    I do know some HTML and CSS but would like to perfect them and learn XHTML as well. I'd like some books about these three subjects. In addition to that I'd like to get a book or two about actual web design that is more oriented on using those skills to create beautiful looking websites.


    For anyone here that is a programmer as well I'd like to read some books on PHP, MySQL and general Internet security as well (check my thread in the programming subforum)

    Thanks in advance,
    Bugud.
    try youtube . There are lot of info there as well
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  • Profile picture of the author Nate Simms
    I agree with basically the above statements.

    Forget about purchasing a book.

    Free -- and typically better -- information can be found through a simple Google search.

    Plus, there are tons and tons of YouTube videos that give you excellent over-the-shoulder lessons of basically any design lessons you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Testeds
    The best book I have EVER read was "Save the pixel" savethepixel.org

    It is hands down the best book to get into if you are just starting conceptual web design processes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Butz
    A great resource is Tutsplus.com They have everything from webdesign, photoshop, after effects, flash, etc. All sites dedicated to each one. With the option of joining a + membership for more advanced tutorials. As for books if you are still interested in books anything by Rockable Press. Rockablepress.com/our-products/

    On the other hand, I do agree with a lot of the others saying that the internet has a wealth of knowledge that books or a classroom can't teach. It's making the Design related degrees obsolete.
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