Top 5 books on web design by Resource Techniques
05 November, 2009 | Web design
Are you interested in web design? Resource Techniques has complied our top 5 web design books for estate agents. The books listed are tailored to different skill and knowledge levels, so don't worry if you have no idea about XHTML or CSS!
1. Learning Web Design: A beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and web Graphics - Jennifer Niederst Robbins
We thought we'd start off with a book for estate agents that are interested in web design but have no knowledge or experience. Ideally, this book has been described as 'Everything you need to know to create professional web sites is right here.' The book covers the basics of web design including; creating an (X)HTML page, CSS, web graphics, to getting your created pages onto the web. There are plenty of exercises to strengthen the skills that you have learnt.
Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS (2nd Edition) - Dan Cederholm
Bulletproof web design is perfect for the estate agent that has slightly more knowledge about XHTML and CSS. The book covers key strategies for building designs that make a successful website including; readability, flexibility, and user-control. It has been described as 'the best for showing real, working techniques.'
The Principles of Beautiful Web Design - Jason Beaird
'The principles of Beautiful Web Design' is a fantastic book that does exactly what it says on the tin; it outlines the steps to creating 'beautiful web design.' With many raving reviews, this book seems to be a great summary for creating aesthetically pleasing designs.
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition - Steve Krug
Whereas appearance is one of the four basic elements of web design, this book covers an area that seems to be overlooked by many - usability. The website covers these areas; user patterns, scanning designs, copy uses, designing website navigations, home page, and testing usability. An instant classic, selling over 100,000 copies
Designing Web Usability - Jakob Nielsen
Jakob Nielsen, a world renowned expert on usability, has published this extremely useful book on eye-tracking studies. In 1.5million cases, Nielsen looked at the various ways that humans look at web design. These findings confirm that users scan, not read, web pages and therefore affecting web design. A must have for any estate agent who wants to understand the usability of design.