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Just dropping this here — until we have a more official list.

You can often get these used for cheap.

What else you lookin for?

Except for a few books that felt outdated pretty quickly (HTML5 / CSS3 / Sass etc)  – these are all great:

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We we recommend people read first…

  1. Don’t Make Me Think

  2. The Elements of User Experience

  3. Badass: Making Users Awesome

  4. Letting Go of the Words

  5. Just Enough Research


This is going to sound rude… but we don’t really love any of the HTML and CSS books.

We prefer the way we teach it – and think that even the best ones – can create less than ideal mental models.

We’ll note this one as more of a history book about The Web featuring a solid HTML and CSS foundation

  1. Designing with Web Standards


This depends what you are trying to do. We’re going to assume you want to build web applications. If you’re learning PHP, then just use the official docs. If you’re learning JS, use the MDN docs and both of these.

  1. Exercises for Programmers

  2. Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, Second Edition

  3. Grokking Algorithms

Next steps

Are you going to be freelancing while you continue to learn?

  1. Design is a Job

  2. Just Enough Research

  3. You’re My Favorite Client


These are easy entry points

  1. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

  2. Thinking with Type, 2nd edition

  3. On Web Typography


These require a higher resolution

  1. The Design of Everyday Things

  2. The Pragmatic Programmer

  3. Design for the Real World

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