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A collections of books and tools I find useful. Follow the links to find out more. This list is a tad stale.


Typographic Design: Form and Communication

Typographic Design: Form and Communication

Carter, Day, Meggs

An interesting text on the history of type and the study of letterforms. The last third is, depending on how you look at it, either a useful or useless visual guide of common typefaces. (more)

Designing With Web Standards

Designing With Web Standards

Jeffrey Zeldman

Zeldman’s opus not only makes a strong case for using web standards in your work, it clearly explains how to do so. Equal parts manifesto and how-to, it's a well-written and knowledgeable read. (my complete review) (more)

Don’t Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think

Steve Krug

A common sense approach to designing usable web sites. Short, easy read that packs a punch. Krug is a usability expert grounded in the real world. (my complete review) (more)

Eric Meyer on CSS

Eric Meyer on CSS

Eric Meyer

Learn CSS from the best. Eric Meyer has been a standards evangelist for Netscape communications and an invited expert to the W3C’s CSS Working Group. Step through Eric’s example sites for an in-depth look into the process of designing with CSS. (more)

Building Accessible Websites

Building Accessible Websites

Joe Clark

Every self-respecting designer needs a copy of this book on his or her desk. A well-written and informative look at designing web accessibility. (more)

No Logo

No Logo

Naomi Klein

An eye-opening look at the pervasiveness of brand. Thoroughly researched, and an interesting commentary on today’s culture. No Logo will change the way you envision your world. (more)

The Elements of Typographic Style

The Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst

A dry and academic look at typography, but absolutely indispensible. Bringhurst’s guide is a practical look at the history and use of type. (more)

StyleMaster

StyleMaster

WestCiv

A handy little CSS editor for Windows and OS X both, brought to you by the good folks at WestCiv. (more)

More Eric Meyer on CSS

More Eric Meyer on CSS

Eric Meyer

Liked the first one? Here’s a whole new volume of the good stuff. Eric walks us through 10 unique CSS-based projects. I was involved as a tech editor on this book, so I may be biased, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Click through for the Amazon feedback. (my complete review and disclosure) (more)

TopStyle Pro

TopStyle Pro

Nick Bradbury

One of the best CSS editors out there, with great support for XHTML. Windows-only. (more)

Commercial Photoshop

Commercial Photoshop

Bert Monroy

Where do you go once you’ve learned Photoshop’s basic tools? Commercial illustrator Bert Monroy offers the answer: taking a project-based approach to guide you through various effects, you’ll learn how to achieve some amazingly practical output. Montroy’s style is a bit too dominant, and some of the end results look more like illustrations than photographs. The techniques are definitely not for advanced Photoshop users, but this is a great beginner- to novice-level guide to pushing your skills further. (more)

Web Standards Solutions

Web Standards Solutions

Dan Cederholm

An excellent guide to making the right decisions and understanding why you made them. Full of real-world examples and practical advice. 9 out of 10, which on my scale means you should have it on your desk, no questions asked. (my complete review) (more)