A Primer on Making Informative and Compelling Figures,
by Claus Wilke, O’Reilly, 2019
More people are working with data than ever before, and there is more need to understand the data using visualisations. But what type of graphic helps you understand the nature of the data? Bar or pie charts? Graphs or maps? Other plots? This book is a great introduction to graphic design, so you can make a pleasing figure which clarifies the trends and clusters hiding within data.
This book is not about the new tools we have for creating graphics; it is all about design.
The book is well written and has been edited to O’Reilly’s high standards, so it is a favourite book.
Learning Web Design
By Robbins, Jennifer Niederst
About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th edition
By Cooper, Alan
Book – 2014
Many years ago in the mid-’90s, Alan Cooper wrote the first edition of this leading UI design book. Its revelation for me was the concept of automatic save. When you are using, say, a word processor, you normally want to save before closing. So that is automatic, and if you want otherwise then you have to ask for it via some menu or control. There are never confirmation dialogs saying “are you sure you want to …”. Instead, there is an undo function which can reverse any action when you want to go back.
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Designing for Performance –
Weighing Aesthetics and Speed,
By Lara Callender Hogan, O’Reilly, 2014
Web designers will like this book written by a top designer at Etsy. You can read it online at
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Photoshop for Designers Book
By Barker, Corey
Book – 2016
This is a user guide for Adobe Photoshop. The racy style of this book will appeal to many people who learn visually and like Hollywood-style effects. Here is the author’s web site.
150 pages, with illustrations on most pages.
Lynda has video courses to help you learn web design. More recently they have added other learning topics, generally related to technology.
The OPL has a ‘proxy’ for Lynda, so OPL pays for you when you view the courses (otherwise you would pay $25 per month for the basic plan). You will have to register here at Lynda:
HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World By Goldstein, Alexis Book – 2015
Creating A Website – The Missing Manual By MacDonald, Matthew Book – 2015
Responsive Web Design by Example By Firdaus, Thoriq Book – 2014
Responsive Web Design With Adobe Photoshop By Rose, Dan Book – 2015
Photoshop CC contains many new features that help streamline the process of converting a static page design to a set of components for a responsive web page.
This book balances coverage of conceptual issues (how to fit tools like Photoshop to the design workflow) with practical design exercises.