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Web Design reference guide update 2014

What are some mandatory references for Web Designers that are still relevant today?

I'm surrounding myself with books, documentaries, podcasts and websites. And I'm always looking for new sources of knowledge, but sometimes I feel some of them are outdated.

I'll list 10 books and podcasts that back up my knowledge to this day.


  1. 99% invisible
  2. The Boagworld Web Design Show
  3. Let's Make Mistakes
  4. Typeradio Podcast
  5. On the Grid
  6. Design Matters with Debbie Millman
  7. ShopTalk
  8. The Big Web Show
  9. Unfinished Business
  10. The Talk Show With John Gruber


  1. Don't Make Me Think. Steve Krug
  2. Universal Principles of Design. William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler
  3. The Design of Everyday Things. Donald Norman
  4. Thinking With Type. Ellen Lupton
  5. The Elements of Typographic Style
  6. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works. Erik Spiekermann
  7. Design is a Job. Mike Monteiro
  8. A Practical Guide to Information Architecture. Donna Spencer.
  9. Mobile First. Luke Wroblewski
  10. Rework. Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson



Treehouse is the best Web Design knowledge hub I've found so far. And it's always being updated, wich is awesome. But if you have more suggestions, please share them.

7 Answers

Try the Web Design Field Manual http://webfieldmanual.com/

Yes! Now I remember I've seen that website commented on a recent Treehouse show, but I totally forgot it. At a second glance, it looks exactly what I was talking about. Thanks!

Glad it was what you were looking for!

Thanks! Nice things on this list.

Thanks! Though I'm still trying to grasp it, it looks nice.

So, apparently I didn't mention one huge reference 'for people who make websites': A List Apart. Specially this article:

The Doctor Is In

And Mr. Zeldman just nailed it. My gosh, how great that article is. The Web reinvents itself incredibly fast, but at the same time we have so much to catch on. It's not easy being a Web Designer nowadays.

Amber Cookman
Amber Cookman
12,662 Points

I know this thread is a few days old, but I found some helpful additions to my list from it just now, so I'm adding a couple of my regular sites that have yet-to-be mentioned:



Thank you! Any tips until December, 31 would still be valid, I guess. And well remembered: css-tricks.com is a big source for me that I forgot to mention.

Mauricio Zambrano
Mauricio Zambrano
14,849 Points

Some nice books part of the a book apart collection

Just Enough Research by ERIKA HALL

Content Strategy for Mobile by KAREN MCGRANE

Design Is a Job by MIKE MONTEIRO


Designing for Emotion by AARRON WALTER

Responsive Web Design by ETHAN MARCOTTE

You’re My Favorite Client by MIKE MONTEIRO

Kirill Titov
Kirill Titov
12,119 Points

on grahpic design side of things www.linda.con is my favorite resource if somebody has got more resources on grahpic design, layout and composition topics, please add to this post