15 Web Design Books of 2019

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https://voltomedia.com/fresh/wp-content/uploads/15-Web-Design-Books-of-2019-scaled.jpg If you’re unsure about the best books for web designers published this year, we’re here to help you. While there are a ton of beginner’s guides or very specialist titles on the market (covering particular frameworks, for example), we have chosen to round up the stand-out books of 2019 that more experienced designers, agencies and in-house teams should consider buying. Topics include design systems, information architecture, storytelling and art direction, psychology, ethics and inclusive design, collaboration and management, product strategy, career and business advice, the history of web design, as well as computation, which is used more and more for artificial intelligence, how it works and how it’s transformed the way that business gets done today. All the usual publishers, big and small, are represented on our handy list but there are also some self-published books, including a couple of free ones. Look carefully, and you’ll even find more than 15 titles. Happy reading! Design systems continued to be a hot topic this year, and so it’s no surprise that they feature more than once on our compilation. The first title, Laying the Foundations, is a practical book about creating design systems and digital brand guidelines, written by Andrew Couldwell, who’s led the design and creative direction of digital brands, products, and design systems for companies of all kinds of sizes. Jargon-free and full of down-to-earth advice, experience and practical tips, it’s a detailed look at how large organisations set up, document and maintain their design systems and how you can do the same. You’ll learn what design systems are, why they are important, how to get stakeholder buy-in and how design and engineering teams can collaborate better to create one. It also introduces you to a simple model, and two very different approaches to creating a design system. While Laying the Foundations is a very comprehensive guide, Expressive Design Systems is a guide specifically to integrating brand expression and range within a design system. Yesenia Perez-Cruz, senior UX manager at Shopify, where she is leading the Polaris design system team, addresses some common complaints: rigid systems that stifle creativity, overly specific systems that can’t be adapted to enough use cases, complicated systems that lead to fragmented user experiences. It doesn’t have to be that way. Yesenia demonstrates how to build useful, dependable, and cohesive systems that not only maintain harmony across products, but also leave room for inspiration and experimentation. For more on design systems and some free (!) reads, check out Programming Design Systems by Rune Madsen, a practical introduction to the new foundations of graphic design, Design Systems for Developers, which examines how the smartest teams engineer design systems at scale, and Heart Internet’s own Design Systems ebook.  A good companion to Expressive Design Systems, Lisa Maria Marquis’ guide gets you up to speed on information architecture’s most essential concepts. The managing editor of A Book Apart, the publisher of both titles, explains the principles and practices of information architecture you need to know to craft more thoughtful and effective digital products. Learn how to analyse your site’s content and structure, build clear, consistent and inclusive taxonomies, and develop more strategic and intentional sitemaps. Whether you’re a designer, developer or other web worker, whatever your experience, this book will help you make your website more usable and your content easier to find to create better experiences for everyone. This book by UX designer Anna Dahlström takes tried-and-tested storytelling principles from film, fiction and music and applies them to the context of design and business. You’ll learn why storytelling matters, what makes a great story, and how…

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