Web Site Design and Layout Books
The Web site design book recommendations below are each hand-picked for this listing. I personally own several of these popular Web design books, and the rest are top-selling books that are also highly praised by other professionals.
- Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists
By Shirley Kaiser. Published by SitePoint Books, July 2006. While the entire book is packed with helpful checklists and explanations, examples, and references to help with designing Web sites, several chapters are specifically devoted to various aspects of design for Web sites. For example, Chapter 6: Color - Preparing a Color-friendly Work Environment, Choosing a Color Scheme, Using Color to Enhance Functionality. Chapter 13: Design - Basic Design Principles, Effective Typography, Brainstorming, Finalizing the Design. Other chapters cover planning your Web site, initial questions to answer, preparing and managing Web site content, usability, information architecture, navigation, W3C Recommendations and standards, accessibility, Web site optimization, search engine optimization, testing, launching your Web site, post-launch follow-up and long-term maintenance, and much more. In addition, all those who purchase the book have special access to downloadable, printable checklists to use for all your projects. More information: Companion Site for Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, author's Web site: SKDesigns.
- Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, Second Edition
By Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton. Published by Yale University Press, March 2002. This best-selling book contains easy-to-understand theory and philosophy on designing, building, and implementing a Web site, along with helpful illustrations and resources. Some of the categories are Interface Design, Site Design, Page Design, Web Graphics, Web Multimedia and Animation, more. Excellent book. Also visit webstyleguide.com for an online version of the book and to learn more about this exceptional publication.