We are giving away 14 Web design-related books to the Noupe Community. The winners will be selected randomly among all commenters to this post. The winners will be announced this Friday, 23rd of October 2009 in this post.
To participate, just pick the number of the book you are interested in and answer the question “What do you want to read in future posts here at Noupe?” in the comments to this post. Thank you and good luck!
Please don’t forget to enter your valid e-mail so we can contact the winners of the books! Hopefully, the winners of the books will be able to widen their horizon in web development and create more effective, more user-friendly and more beautiful web designs. CLOSED
Update Oct/23 2009
We genuinely appreciate our community and respect our readers for reading us, and now we wanted to give something back. Over 1,161 readers participated in the giveaway. And the winners are:
Book No. 1 – Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers – Martin Evening
Book No. 2 – Learning jQuery – Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg
Book No. 3 – Designing the moment – Robert Hoekman, jr.
Book No. 4 – Store Front – James T. & Karla L. Murray
Book No. 5 – Bulletproof Web Design – Dan Cederholm
Book No. 6 – WordPress 2.7 Cookbook – Jean-Baptiste Jung
Book No. 7 – transcending CSS – Andy Clark
Book No. 8 – slide:ology – The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
Book No. 9 – Designing for the social web – Joshua Porter
Book No. 10 – The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams
Book No. 11 – Classroom in a book: Adobe Illustrator CS3
Nathalie van Heijningen
Book No. 12 – 1000 Graphic Elements – Wilson Harvey
Book No. 13 – Designing interfaces – Jennifer Tidwell
Book No. 14 – The Designer’s complete index – Jim Krause
Congratulations to the winners! All winners have already been contacted.
The Books You Can Win
1) Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers – Martin Evening – A professional image editor’s guide. 704 pages. Martin Evening’s Adobe Photoshop for Photographers titles have become classic reference sources for photographers at all skill levels. Whether you are an accomplished user or just starting out, the Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers book contains a wealth of practical advice, hints and tips to help you achieve professional-looking results.
3) Designing the moment – Robert Hoekman, jr. – web interface design concepts in action. 256 pages. Have you ever wondered how the teams behind the most popular sites get so many people to sign up for their products and services? With so many great applications out there, how does someone choose one over another?
4) Store Front – James T. & Karla L. Murray – The disappearing face of New York. 224 pages. Expensive hardcover. A visual guide to New York City’s timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied.
5) Bulletproof Web Design – Dan Cederholm – Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS. 280 pages. A book by Dan Cederholm, showing web designers how to inject flexibility into their designs. Bulletproof Web Design contains several guidelines to help prepare compelling designs for worst-case scenarios, increasing user control and readability for varying text sizes and amounts of content.
6) WordPress 2.7 Cookbook – Jean-Baptiste Jung – 100 simple but incredibly recipes to take control of your WordPress blog layout. About 120,000 blogs are created every day. Most of them quickly die, but a few stay, grow up, and then become well known and respected places on the Web. If you are seriously interested in being in the top league, you will need to learn all the tricks of the trade. WordPress 2.7 Cookbook focuses on providing solutions to common WordPress problems, to make sure that your blog will be one of the ones that stay.
7) Andy Clark’s Transcending CSS : A manifesto to transcend the web of today. 384 pages. In this groundbreaking book, you’ll discover how to implement highly original designs through visual demonstrations of the creative possibilities using markup and CSS. You’ll learn to use a new design workflow, build prototypes that work well for designers and all team members, use grids effectively, visualize markup, and discover every phase of the transcendent design process, from working with the latest browsers to incorporating CSS3 to collaborating with team members effectively.
8) slide:ology – The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. 294 pages. No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you’ve delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs.
9) Designing for the social web – Joshua Porter – 192 pages. No matter what type of web site or application you’re building, social interaction among the people who use it will be key to its success. They will talk about it, invite their friends, complain, sing its high praises, and dissect it in countless ways. With the right design strategy you can use this social interaction to get people signing up, coming back regularly, and bringing others into the fold. With tons of examples from real-world interfaces and a touch of the underlying social psychology theory, Joshua Porter shows you how to design your next great social web application.
10) The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams – Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice – 208 pages. This book is for the secretary laying out an office newsletter, the entrepreneur designing her own advertising, the student wanting a better-looking term paper, or the professional creating a lasting impression with a new client. As a book of general design principles, it doesn’t matter what computer one is using, or whether one is using a computer at all – the principles and terminology of good design remain the same.
11) Classroom in a book: Adobe Illustrator CS3 – The official training workbook form Adobe Systems. 368 pages. This thorough guide to Adobe Illustrator CS3 is ideal for beginning users who want to master the key features of Adobe’s powerful vector drawing software. Using clear, step-by-step lessons, each chapter contains a project that builds upon the reader’s growing knowledge of the software, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce key concepts and skills.
12) 1000 Graphic Elements – Wilson Harvey – Details for distictive designs – 320 pages. Often, the small, delightful details make a piece shine, similar to the way unique buttons on a white shirt can give it an entirely new look. This book explores 1,000 of these embellishments available to graphic designers across all kinds of projects, from books to brochures, invitations to menus, CDs to annual reports. This book invites designers to literally shop for ideas. Content is organized by type; if you?re in the market for an unusual binding, turn to the bindings section to see a wide collection of fresh ideas.
13) Designing interfaces – Jennifer Tidwell – Patterns for effective interaction design. 352 pages. This book is an intermediate-level book about interface and interaction design, structured as a pattern language. It features real-live examples from desktop applications, web sites, web applications, mobile devices, and everything in between. This site contains excerpts from some of the book’s patterns. The book has more, of course — more introductory material, more patterns, and more examples. Naturally, I’d like you to buy it! But this material has been on the Web for a while, and I’d like to keep it here.
14) The Designer’s complete index – Jim Krause – 3 books in a box. The Designer’s Complete Index. It’s creative, powerful, inspiring and real – providing all the insight and problem-solving muscle a designer needs to produce the best work of their life. This super-cool boxed set contains all three of Jim Krause’s best-selling “Index” books, including Idea Index (graphic effects and typographic treatments), Layout Index (your secret weapon for effective, dynamic layouts) and Color Index (over 1100 color combinations with CMYK and RGB formulas). Each volume is packed with hundreds of stimulating ideas, creative solutions and practical instructions.
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