Reading should be second nature if you want to obtain new abilities and wisdom. Here is 10 design related ebooks that you should purchase and read. They will not only bring you a lot of new knowledge and wisdom, but they are books that you will be able to keep and reflect back on in a few years as well. I am sure you have heard about most these books, but I’m just stating that they are a must have. Check out the books below and fill your library with those you don’t have already.
In Rockstar Presentations, author Joseph Lewis shares tips, tricks and wisdom on public speaking with no fear, no cue cards and no worries! Whether you’re giving a blockbuster keynote or teaching a handful of co-workers how to do something cool, this book was written for you. This book also comes bundled with 3 great PowerPoint templates you can use in your own presentations.
How to Build a Successful Blog Business is a straight forward guide to building a publishing business online that covers everything from choosing a niche to hiring staff, registering a business to selling it, finding traffic to monetizing it. Whether you are interested in creating an additional income stream or building a fully-fledged business, this is an essential read for web entrepreneurs and online publishers.
In “Photoshop to HTML ”, Nettuts+ editor Jeffrey Way takes you through the entire process of converting a design from Photoshop into a complete HTML /CSS website! But this is NOT just an eBook. It also comes packed with extras! You also get a directory of Photoshop, HTML and CSS files for you to use as you work through the book AND a series of 14 screen casts covering the whole project from beginning to end.
There is much to learn about the World’s most popular publishing platform. Digging into WordPress is nearly 450 pages of taking you from your first steps of learning about WordPress all the way through maintaining a site throughout the years.
This book presents guidelines for professional Web development, including communicating with clients, creating a road map to a successful portfolio, rules for professional networking and tips on designing user interfaces for business Web applications. The book shares expert advice, and it also helps you learn how to respond effectively to design criticism, use storytelling for a better user experience and apply color theory to your professional designs.
Being a great Web designer or developer is one thing — running a successful freelance business another. Whether you already have work experience in companies or have just graduated from design school, being self-employed entails a number of tasks that you most likely haven’t had to deal with so far. The eBook is a summary of the best articles about professional freelancing that have been published on Smashing Magazine and Noupe in 2009 and 2010.
Mastering Photoshop is written for advanced and intermediate designers who want to brush up on their workflow and improve their Photoshop skills. The eBook contains 178 pages, explaining fundamental techniques that Web designers need to know to produce high-quality work in Photoshop. You won’t find any generic step-by-step tutorials or learn random effects. You will gain a profound understanding of what you can do with Photoshop and how to use it effectively in your work.
In Theme Tumblr Like a Pro, Nettuts+ manager Jeffrey Way shows you just how much you can do with Tumblr, while still maintaining its core principle: simplicity. Tumblr’s ease-of-use and streamlined approach has allowed its popularity to skyrocket, becoming one of the top blogging platforms around!
Rockstar Business is a special collection of inspirational stories, thought-provoking reflections, and take-it-from-me advice from author and self-described “rockstar,” Adriaan Pienaar. For the first time since launching several popular entrepreneurial ventures based in his home country of South Africa, Adii Rockstar opens up to share his principles for living a happier life and reveals rare business insight with readers – many of whom will certainly be customers of the 25-year-old Pienaar’s popular online design companies, WooThemes and Radiiate.
(Offer expires on the 19th of October.) If you’ve ever thought about developing an iPhone app (or even if you already have), this book will be a fascinating read. It will provide you with all the knowledge and technique you need to spot a great opportunity, get the most from the App Store, make smart decisions about development, craft a stunning interface, and promote your app successfully. Drawing from the insights and experiences of 16 top-notch app developers, plus survey responses from over 1000 iPhone users, this book provides you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a successful iPhone App Entrepreneur!