Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
This entertaining and inspiring book is a common sense manifesto for artists, designers (and everyone, really) on how to tap into their creative self. The idea behind it? “Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path”.
This book will enhance your creative life. By showing you how creativity is everywhere and that it is your task to tease it out of the everyday fabric of reality, you will find yourself learning immensely from this simple yet rich publication. Learn how to push your boundaries by borrowing inspiration every chance you can.
Here’s the TED talk that inspired the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB9rjgw
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman’s New York Times bestseller beautifully explores the psychology of decision-making. By examining our thought processes, we learn about why we make certain decisions. The cut-throat digital era demands that web designers get ahead of the competition by understanding what influences people and how to manipulate perceptions. Why are people more likely to believe text written in bold? Why do we tend to trust good-looking people? What goes on in our heads when we choose something over its alternative? Learning about the psychology behind decision making will improve your practice and generally enrich your life.
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Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Looking for a common-sense, wildly popular book on Web Usability? This bestseller is jam-packed with insight and practical advice for beginners and novices alike. Krug teaches you to see your website from the perspective of the person visiting your site while maintaining an approachable, fun and educational tone.
This book argues that great design and usability can be the best of friends and demonstrates just how to achieve that winning combination. “Anyone who designs, codes, writes, owns, or directs websites should read and memorize this book,” says author Jeffrey Zeldman. Don’t Make Me Think aims to revolutionize your understanding of Web Usability.
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by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
Crafted for beginners in web design, this great guide will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know. Firstly, you’ll begin by learning how the Web and web pages function.
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Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps by Josh Clark
Everybody has got an idea for an app. What’s going to set yours apart from the rest? Tasteful design, smooth interface, entertaining user experience… these are a handful of the ways that will make your app more tapworthy than the rest. But how to achieve that? This guide teaches you how to “think iPhone”. Learning is made fun with a collection of visual examples, exclusive insights from those who’ve made it big in the industry and a 360 degree understanding of what makes an app successful. Tapworthy will simplify the design process for you and help you create an exceptional user experience for the world at large.
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The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
A personal all-time favorite, I dare you to put this beast of a book down once you’ve peered inside it. Feast your eyes on this juicy compilation made by the legendary graphic designer Alan Fletcher which is guarantees to make your question a lot of your cherished beliefs about design. All from the mind-bending and tongue-twisting to the unconventionally brilliant is stashed within this publication. Jokes, riddles, quotations, doodles, cut-outs, poems, science, mythology and more… Pick this book up to give yourself a visual and intellectual journey. It has helped me out of creative blocks countless times. A must-have for creative aficionados who appreciate all that is strange and inspiring.
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Web Design Confidential by Amanda Hackwith
This well-researched expose of the web design industry is the result of 5,400 surveys from web designers around the world who share their experiences and insights. Better understanding the industry will help you better navigate your career path forward. How could you be making better career choices? Should you be juggling freelance jobs or settle for full-time employment instead? What essential skills are you missing to put you ahead of the game? Learn from the experiences, successes and failures of industry veterans. Let your itching questions be addressed by those who have ‘been there and done that’.
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