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Best Books for Web Designers (Updated for 2019)

By Rob Williams

As a freelance web designer, you have a lot on your plate. I’ve been there and these books have helped me build a successful business. These are the best books for web designers.

Best Books for Web Designers in General

How to Win Friends and Influence People Price: $15.29 One of my all-time favorite books. "Everyone claims to have read it, so few actually implement what's inside." – Amy Hoy. It's one of the biggest influences on my business and life in general. Must read 10/10. Buy Now from Amazon How to Win Friends and Influence People We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: December 11, 2019

Best Books on Designing for the Web

Getting Real by 37Signals Price: $21.95 This is a great book on how to build websites for the web. It taught me a ton about software UI/UX design and other super important topics like writing clearly. Still refer to it. Strongly recommended: 9.8/10 Buy Now from Amazon Getting Real by 37Signals We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: December 11, 2019

Don’t Make Me Think Price: $24.39 Awesome (now classic) book on designing for the web. In particular how to think about navigation, simplifying UI, and rewriting copy to be clear. Great read for web designers 9.5/10 Buy Now from Amazon Don’t Make Me Think We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: December 11, 2019

The Elements of Style Price: $6.98 This is the ultimate book on writing well. It's taught me a whole bunch about getting my thoughts across. "Great writing is great thinking." – Jason Fried. Must read if you're looking to improve your writing skills 10/10. Buy Now from Amazon The Elements of Style We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: December 11, 2019

Best Books on the Business of Design

Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro Price: $32.44 When I started working at a design agency, the founder of the company gifted me this book. It tells you everything you need to know about running a design business business in one handy package. Strongly recommended: 10/10. Buy Now from Amazon Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: December 11, 2019

That’s it! These are the must-read best books for web designers. Especially if you’re running your own freelance web design business. I’ll be adding to this list regularly, but my intention is to keep it really small, so maybe not too often.

About Rob Williams...

I run Folyo which helps freelance designers find the work they were meant to do. I also host Freelance a podcast about how to be more effective at independent work featuring remote companies like Disney, Basecamp, YNAB, ConvertKit and more.