Can you recommend web design books/tutorials that teach specific design techniques?

Other questions that deal with book recommendations do not address my particular need. I’m looking for web design books that teach me how to design using specific techniques and elements. Such as background textures, tasteful buttons, ‘web 2.0’ design elements… etc…

I want a book that will show me the tricks I need to create such design elements. Something to show me how to design rather than teach design principles.

Can you recommend some titles? If not a book, can you recommend specific tutorials or websites that teach these tricks?

I would describe myself as a developer who is frustrated by his inability to leverage tools like Photoshop and others to create “pretty looking” designs, buttons, and web elements.

There are plenty of sources of inspiration out there, but they do me no good because I haven’t the foggiest idea how to create a stylish button, or a nice textured background, etc…

Answer

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to know how

to use Photoshop to design for the web.

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A growing trend and very modern technique is “Designing in the Browser”

Designing in the browser is using HTML and CSS markup to create your design.

  1. It saves time money and resources.

  2. It eliminates the problem and misunderstanding clients have when the finished website does not look the same as the static visuals you showed them.

I invite you to watch Andy Clark’s presentation that eventually became the basis of the book below.

If you want to learn some actual techniques on using CSS3 and HTML5, I recommend Andy Clark’s Hardboiled Web Design.

If you already have a developer background learning to make gradients, backgrounds and buttons using CSS3 will come much more natural to you.


The 2nd Book is Responsive Web Design from A Book Apart that is set to release in June.

Ethan Marcotte will explore CSS
techniques and design principles,
including fluid grids, flexible
images, and media queries,
demonstrating how you can deliver a
quality experience to your users no
matter how large (or small) their
display.

Technology moves very fast in Web design so be careful that you don’t buy any books that are out dated.

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