Searching for Web Design Resources
Because web design and the technology it uses change so fast, finding valuable web design resources online can be a little daunting. I usually limit my search results by filtering information posted in the last year. For books, I usually choose ones that have been published in the last two years.
HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett
This is a book is a great introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and design. The information is clear, concise, and easy to understand. Even if you are familiar with HTML & CSS, it’s a valuable reference to have a part of your design library.
If you want to dig deeper into web design, this book is a must have. It is still a beginner book that provides you with all the basic information, but it builds from there providing you with pictures and text to explain the concepts. At the end of each chapter, she lists a few test questions to help you assimilate the information.
The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book by Robin Williams and John Tollett
I like this book because it has practical, everyday tips and techniques for using Photoshop. Other Photoshop books I have focus on creating art. This book teaches you use how to use Photoshop’s tools to do things like remove wrinkles from a photograph, fill in a background, and remove a subject from a picture.
Design tuts plus
I love the tutorials on this site! The name has gone through a couple of transformations; I used to access it under vectortuts+ and psdtuts+. There is plenty of free content on this site, but you can pay to upgrade to their premium version to access even more information. In addition, you can take courses for a minimal fee. For example, you can take Figure Drawing for Digital Comics for $25.