In the past, a man was only considered to be wise if he had a large library filled with old books, scrolls, and manuscripts. Nowadays, personal libraries seem to be obsolete as we can store thousands of books on a device that is barely the size of a thumb. However, we believe it is just the medium that has changed. Books, both paper and digital, hold the same amount of precious knowledge that one can gain simply by reading them.
So here is a huge list of 40 awesome e-books on interface and experience design, web, and typography as well as creativity, psychology, and marketing. Most of them available for download for free either online, or as a PDF file. You can read them on your e-book reader, tablet, or phone.
Feel free to download as many books as you like. It won't take much to read them and when you're done, you'll be surprised to find out how much you've learned. Enjoy!
Introduction To Good Usability
by Peter Pixel
Usability is essential when it comes to design. This book will tell you how to manage space, layout, typography, and content to create great websites.
Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook
A handbook on digital design written by the specialists from PixelPerfect. Precious knowledge, illustrated.
Mobile Book Of Trends 2014
by Marcin Treder
With this handy book, you'll learn about 10 of the latests trends in mobile design.
by Seth Godin
A guide to building websites that work written by a man who is often described as “America’s Greatest Marketer”.
Designing Interfaces – Patterns for Effective Interaction Design
by Jenifer Tidwell
A collection of patterns for effective interaction design. When in doubt, reach out for this book for reference.
50 Ways To Please Your Customers
Designing for mobile is a difficult task, but with help of this book and 50 great tips it contains, you will master it in no time.
20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web
by Google Chrome Team
Very few know more about Internet browsers than the team behind Chrome. Now, through this short, but extremely interesting book, they're sharing their knowledge with everyone. You'll learn a lot about how the browsers have evolved over the years, how they work, and how they have changed the way we surf the web.
Search User Interfaces
by Marti A. Hearst
If you want to design functional search user interfaces, you need this book.
Web Style Guide
by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton
This book was written in 1999, but remains valid as one of the best style guide for web interfaces.
Designing Mobile Interfaces
by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman
This book contains more than 40 proven UI patterns for mobile apps and websites. It's a must have for every designer.
Building Accessible Websites
by Joe Clark
Accessbility is important, but don't take our word for it. Read Clark's book to learn how to integrate it into your next design project and what how it will benefit your clients and users.
Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
by Shawn L. Henry
A great book on integrating accessibility throughout the entire design process.
The Woork Handbook
by Antonio Lupetti
This e-book is a collection of articles written by a web designer.
Converting The Believers
Learn how to use various analytics tools to increase your website's populairty and maximize its potential.
User-Centred Design – The Fable of the User-Centered Designer
by David Travis
Learn how to apply the framework of user-centred design to your own project.
234 Tips and Tricks for Recruiting Users as Participants in Usability Studies
by Deborah Hinderer Sova and Jacob Nielsen
If you cannot find an usability study you need for your project, conduct your own. This book will tell you how.
Connecting The Dots
by 42 UX masterminds
How exciting is the life of an UX professional? Find out by reading this great book written by the masterminds from UX Storytellers.
Get an in-depth understanding of functionality in modern web platforms.
Task-Centered User Interface Design
by Clayton Lewis and John Rieman
Based on 8 usability studies conducted in 4 countries, this huge report will tell you how people actually use websites and apps.
Designing the Mobile User Experience
by Barbara Ballard
Learn how to create compelling mobile phone applications and websites as well as design experience that bonds with the users.
Research Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
If you're new to web design, you should know the basics. This book has them all, along with best practices for every phase of the design process and great research papers on usability.
Design Your Imagination
by WebGuru Infosystems
Written for both newbies and seasoned professionals, this book explains and exemplifies every aspect of web design.
Taking Your Talent To The Web
by Jeffrey Zeldman
Everything goes digital these days and so should your works. If you're in print, this book will tell you how to become a web designer and deepen your knowledge and skills.
by 37 Signals
With this value-packed book, you will learn how to build successful web applications.
One Thing I Know
by Creative Leaders
A collection of insights from creative entrepreneurs from the UK. In their articles, they share their experience, knowledge, and tips. This book is a great source of motivation.
Creative Suite Printing Guide
Written by Adobe themselves, this book contains all the information you will ever need when printing from Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
How to be Creative
by Hugh MacLeod
Even if you consider yourself to be creative, there's always room for improvement. With this book you will learn how to maximize your creativity and potential to get better results at work.
Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations
by Vignelli and Peter Laundry
A book focused on graphic design for non-profit organisations. Surprisingly, there's a lot more to it than one could think. In case your next project will be for such company, read this book and explore the topic beforehand.
The Design Funnel
A book that teaches how to convert client input into an effective design approach. The author offers a personal insight into the process and demonstrates its value.
The Creative Aid Handbook
by Kooroo Kooroo
When in need of inspiration, read the book. Filled with beautiful design examples, Kooroo Kooroo's book will become your first aid resource for your creative projects.
Meet Your Type: A Field Guide To Typography
Filled with illustrations and bright examples, this short book will tell you more about tyopgraphy than you could imagine.
Butterick's Practical Typography
by Matthew Butterick
Everything you've ever wanted to know about tyopgraphy, but were afraid to ask + personal insights and suggestions from the author. This great volume is a must-have for every typography lover.
A 27-page book on typography classifications. It will provide you with better understanding what you're dealing with in your projects.
by Font Shop
A compilation of tips and techniques from Font Shop. It should help you improve your typography or at least learn the basics.
Web Designer's Success Guide
by Kevin Airgid
This book is a great resource for starting your own web design freelance business. It contains many useful tips and step-by-step instructions how to become a successful and independent web designer.
Guide To Guerrilla Freelancing
by Mike Smith
Whether you're a freelancer, or you're looking to start your own design business from a scratch, get this awesome book. It is a collection of articles published on the Guerrilla freelancing website.
Time Management For Creative People
by Mark McGuinness
Learn how to maximize your time and productivity to archieve better results and embrace your creativity.
Breaking The Time Barrier
by Mike McDerment And Donald Cowper
This book was not written specifically for designers, but will teach you a lot about the value of time, productivity, and effective economy.
Psychology and Industrial Efficiency
by Hugo Münsterberg
An in-depth look at the role of psychology in an industrial society.
Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction
by John M. Carroll and Judith Reitman Olson
To design a functional interface, you need to know how humans interact with computers. This book might have been published in 1987, but research issues you will find inside can make your next project fly.
If you recommend any other great e-books for designers, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.