Save the Pixel The Art of Simple Web Design, 2nd ed.
We’ll use this book to explore the basic principles and best practices of Web design.
Neuro Web Design What Makes Them Click?
Susan M. Weinschenk
New Riders, 2009
We’ll use this book to explore the psychological basis behind users’ experience of the Web.
Rocket Surgery Made Easy: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
New Riders, 2010
We’ll use this book to learn the hows and whys of usability testing for Web sites.
Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with HTML5 and CSS3, 3rd ed.
We’ll use this book to help us push our knowledge of CSS tools and techniques to the next level.
These are the only required textbooks for all students in this course. The Hunt book needs to be purchased directly from the associated Web site. The others should be available at the Durham Book Exchange and elsewhere. Some are also available within the library’s Safari database at no charge, though I would recommend that you purchase your own copies for future reference. We will be reading all four before mid-semester, in the order listed above. As such, you may delay your purchase of those toward the end of the list for a couple of weeks. However, don’t wait too long as the bookstore will likely return unsold books to the distributor at some point during the semester.
The Unusually Useful Web Book: Everything We’ve Learned About Why Sites Succeed
This book is an excellent resource for exploring the process of Web design from conceptualization through implementation and into maintenance. It will likely be a useful resource when working on your team projects.
It is not necessary for all students to purchase this book. However, each team will probably want access to at least one copy. Although I have not ordered it at either of the bookstores in Durham, it should be readily available online and at most well-stocked bookstores. It is also available within the library’s Safari database. I will leave it to each team to decide how they wish to handle the issue of gaining access to this book.
Additional online resources may be assigned for readings. I will announce these as necessary.