Getting into the world of web design requires a keen intellect and lots of free time. I say this coming from experience after recognizing my slumps of creativity which directly affect my workflow. The more you can stay in tune with new skills and techniques, the more you can develop a passion for one specific area. Other designers are often willing to share techniques and tips related to dozens of topics from iconography to typography.

This rule applies even more so to freelancers who don’t always have new projects coming onto their desk from a studio. You need to keep your skills relevant and the following books are a great place to start. All of them are available for digital download while some also offer a print version. Take a look over these titles and see if anything catches your attention.

Hardboiled Web Design

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Digital Adaptation

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Inside Creative Minds: Workflows, Habits And Strategies

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Clients: Friends You Never Had

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Navigation & Interaction

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Mobile Design for iPhone & iPad

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Design is a Job

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Designing for Emotion

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Responsive Web Design

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Web Design Book of Trends 2013-2014

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UX Design for Startups

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The App Design Handbook

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Designing Web Applications

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Authority

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Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS

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How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer

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Freelance Confidential

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Web Design Confidential

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Rockstar Icon Designer

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The Freelance Business Funnel

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Contracts for Creatives

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50 Ways to Please Your Customers

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Your Freelance Guide

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Designing for the Web

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Taking your Talent to the Web

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Student’s Guide to Web Design

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The Designer’s Guide to Freelancing

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The Nature of Code

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The Woork Handbook[PDF]

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The Icon Handbook

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Posted by Jake Rocheleau

Jake is a writer & digital designer/illustrator. He writes about all things web and creative. Check out his website for work samples and follow his latest updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.

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