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11 Top eBooks to Boost Your Web Design Career

The best eBooks to help you reach the next level as a web designer.

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Do you want to learn about web typography? How about digital product management, or JavaScript for web designers?

You can now download eBooks on all these topics and more as part of a combined Envato Elements and Tuts+ subscription. We’ve partnered with Smashing Magazine and A Book Apart to bring you dozens of new eBooks from some of the leading names in the industry for you to download and read as part of your subscription.

Here’s a selection of 11 of the best eBooks to help you reach the next level as a web designer.

1. User Experience Revolution, by Paul Boag

User Experience Revolution

A lot of people talk about user experience, but fewer people really follow through on it. This book will show you the advantage of being truly committed to thinking about your design work from a user’s perspective. It will also help you to convince others in your organization to join the revolution. Read more about User Experience Revolution.

2. Practical SVG, by Chris Coyier

Practical SVG

Chris Coyier is well-known in the industry as the co-founder of CodePen and founder of CSS-Tricks. In this book, he gives you a comprehensive guide to working with SVG as a web designer. From creating icon systems to exploring sizing and animation, it’s all in here. Read more about Practical SVG.

3. On Web Typography, by Jason Santa Maria

On Web Typography

Typography is a crucial element of design, and there’s nobody better to teach you about it than Jason Santa Maria, an experienced graphic designer who is also the founder of Typedia, a shared online encyclopedia of typefaces. By the end of this book, you’ll understand the power of typography and be able to wield it effectively in your own design work. Read more about On Web Typography.

4. Smashing Book #5

Smashing Book 5

The “Smashing Book” series brings together leading figures from the web design industry to share their experiences and lessons learned from major real-world design projects. Number 5 in the series focuses on responsive web design and gives insight into Flexbox, responsive images, web fonts, and more. Read more about Smashing Book #5.

5. Responsive Web Design, by Ethan Marcotte

Responsive Design eBook

Responsive web design is standard across the industry these days, and this book from back in 2011 was a key factor in launching the responsive revolution. It’s still a go-to resource for any designer who wants a solid understanding of the design principles behind fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries. Read more about Responsive Design.

6. Design Is a Job, by Mike Monteiro

Design Is a Job

Maybe design already is your job, or maybe you’d like it to be. Either way, this book will give you an unbeatable insight into the day-to-day work of contracts, working with clients, selling your designs, and more. The author, Mike Monteiro, is co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. Read more about Design Is a Job.

7. Atomic Design, by Brad Frost

Atomic Design eBook

Do you use design systems? If not, you’ll want to read this book and get up to speed. Brad Frost details everything that goes into creating and maintaining robust design systems, helping you to transform your design workflow. Read more about Atomic Design.

8. JavaScript for Web Designers, by Mat Marquis

JavaScript for Web Designers

Some web designers love to get their hands dirty with code, while others prefer the visual side of design. If you’re in the latter camp but feel that you need to brush up on your JavaScript skills, this book is ideal for you. It gives a clear, approachable guide to this essential language, taking you through everything from syntax rules andthe fundamentals of scripting to handling data types and loops. Read more about JavaScript for Web Designers.

9. Making It Right: Product Management for A Startup World, by Rian van der Merwe

Making it Right eBook

Product management is an essential role in any startup, and this book gives a detailed introduction to what product managers do and how they can do it better. It’s a practical guide to help you build the right products, at the right time, for the right people, with just the right amount of process involved. Read more about Making It Right.

10. Hardboiled Web Design, by Andy Clarke

Hardboiled Web Design

Don’t be fooled by the pulp fiction cover—this book is all about the facts. It’s packed with detailed information about the latest technologies and techniques for web designers. Learn to work with new properties including Flexbox, background blends, and CSS filters, and see how they will change the way you design and develop for the web. Read more about Hardboiled Web Design.

11. The Revolutionary Brand Workbook, by Rachel Shillcock

Revolutionary Brand Workbook

OK, time to take a step back now. Many of the books in this list are about specific web design skills and technologies, but this one is all about the bigger questions. Why are you here, and what do you want to do in the world? The book guides you through these important questions and then shows you how to feed that information into creating your own personal brand. Read more about The Revolutionary Brand Workbook.

Access the Full eBook Library

You can get full access to the entire library of over 170 industry-leading eBooks by taking out a combined Envato Elements and Tuts+ subscription. For a single low monthly fee, you get access not only to the eBooks but also to the growing Tuts+ library of over 1,000 video courses, plus unlimited downloads from the huge Envato Elements library of 30,000+ design assets and templates.


Andrew Blackman

About the Author Andrew Blackman

Andrew Blackman is a copy editor for Envato Tuts+ and writes for the Business section. He's a former Wall Street Journal staff reporter, now travelling full-time while working as a freelance writer and editor.