Huge Books Giveaway: Comment and Win!

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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

Yannick Lefebvre
Book No. 2 – Learning jQuery – Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg

Chetan Sachdev
Book No. 3 – Designing the moment – Robert Hoekman, jr.

Book No. 4 – Store Front – James T. & Karla L. Murray

Kim Andersen
Book No. 5 – Bulletproof Web Design – Dan Cederholm

Book No. 6 – WordPress 2.7 Cookbook – Jean-Baptiste Jung

Nathan R.
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

shlomi asaf
Book No. 10 – The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams

Anca G
Book No. 11 – Classroom in a book: Adobe Illustrator CS3

Nathalie van Heijningen
Book No. 12 – 1000 Graphic Elements – Wilson Harvey

José Vittone
Book No. 13 – Designing interfaces – Jennifer Tidwell

Virginia Moura
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.


2) Learning jQuery – Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg – Better Interaction Design and Web. 444 pages. Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques.


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.


Good luck!


Noupe Editorial Team

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Book #2 or #9. I would like a post about how to add online credit card processing in either rails or PHP. I can’t seem to find a tutorial about this anywhere!

Monzani Jean-Sebastien

Here we go! :) thanks for the contest!


Thanks for the great content. I’d like to see more about OO Php. #13


Book #2 or #9. I would like to read more about design and jquery :)


#5, #12, #14
A post on E-commerce from scratch.. for all the php open source..


Book nr2.
And something about how to pick fonts that look good together and typography in general would be greatly appreciated:)


Book #1 or #4
Thanks for the content :D

Parker Whitney

Definitely book #11 as I am currently embarking on my quest to learn illustrator CS3 (can’t afford to upgrade to 4 atm) and this book absolutely fits the bill of what I need.

I have just begun reading here at so what I would like to see may have already been done. Regardless, I would like to see as much content as possible that is accessible for the novice web designer. I am just now learning HTML/CSS and the Adobe CS software so some integrated information would be awesome.

Edgar Leijs

Number 12! 1000 Graphic Elements.
( ;-)))

WOW! I’m really into understanding graphical elements right now… especially combined with GUI.

I’d like to read more on HTML5 vs XHTML, the development of CSS3 and about the death of IE6!

Also the thin line between webdesign, Typo and Art are excellent subject to discuss and to learn…

Keep up the good works!


Would like to read about integration of open-source tools to cover the full spectrum of online interaction…


i’d like to have one of the following books:
#1, #2, #5, #7, #9, #11, #13 or #14

At the moment I’m working on some Website Redesigns.
So one of the books would be nice =)

Sam K

#13 or #14: I’d love to see the content management articles go beyond Joomla! and Drupal, maybe looking at CMS principles or alternative systems.


A.) How about:
5) Bulletproof Web Design
7) Andy Clark’s Transcending CSS
14) The Designer’s complete index

B.) “What do you want to read in future posts here at Noupe?”
How about more articles on typography for the web.



Id love to learn more about WordPress. I use it every day for my blogs, but I have to use a theme that was designed for me.

I am a graphic designer, so I would prefer to work with a tool that also uses my own designs!

#2 or #13 I would like to see more things about the backend as well as what you already do for the front. There is loads of great stuff about js and good web design, but the things you post on php seem mainly superficial, like the php frameworks thing you did a while back. Maybe some actual tutorials of little things done in php or something like that. I realise that php is a large topic and that there are many ways to do one thing, and that some things maybe impossible to implement (depending on version or a… Read more »
Jacob Yap

Book #14.
I would like more post about WordPress design.


Book number:

1) Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

“What do you want to read in future posts here at Noupe?”

MORE Joomla, WordPress: tips, tricks, tuts.

MORE giveaway for peoples start in websites: hosting, themes contests.

More photoshop “HOW TO…”, icons tuts.

Joomla & WordPress extensions/plugins tuts, template/ theme tuts.

Cinema 4d tuts.

Thanks for this giveaway. Good luck for all.


It Wolud be great if I could get a copy of any of these books #2,#5,#9,#13 Thank You.

I’d like to see more Web Design Posts in Noupe!


I’d like to see more article geared towards the “Beginning Developer” — it’s hard to catch up without a good foundation. I also agree with the comment above about integrating Adobe software into posts. It’s ubiquitous and the best.

Books #9, #14, #6 would be great – Thanks!

Alexandru Pitea

I’d love #7!
I’m hoping on more articles about e-commerce systems and paypal payment integrated in website!

Thanks for the contest!


Book #3 or #13.
I really like the mix of tutorials that covers both web server configurations and design ideas/concepts. I would like to see, though, more hands-on best-practicies solutions for backend programming. Snippets that deals with authorization, authentication, sessions, html templating. How to structure a good site with templates etc.

Thanks for a great service!


Book 2) Learning jQuery

I would like to see more tutorials – php, jquery, mootools, etc etc


Jon Wearne

More about developments on embedding fonts within websites.

Basics in CSS aimed at designers.

Usefully resources, royalty free images, icons, inspiration.

Look forward to the future of noupe

Books: 3 11 12 13 14


#4: Store Front
I love to see posts about designer’s process…from wireframes to finished product. I find that kind of insight so inspiring!


1 or 7
ExpressionEngine tutorials.


I’d like to read more about websites deployment :)
Book #14


The articles you wrote by now are great, but a bit more about usability, accessibility etc…
I have just read a book about navigation and design. Would be a great topic, wouldn’t it.

I’im intrested in book #12.


I’d be happy with either #13 or #14. I’d love to see more posts about html5, interface design and web typography. Thanks!


#1 or #9.

It would be nice to read something about using of power of Google Wave and possibilities of its integration (for example with Drupal or WordPress).
Thanks for the giveaway!

Alejandro Ñañez Ortiz
Alejandro Ñañez Ortiz

# 2,3,5,6,13 & 14

I’m a student and I’m really into web developing / designing. I would love to improve my knowledge on that fields

see ya!


Book #14

I’d love to see more tutorials as well. Especially ones on design and development.

Union Room

Number 5 please.

It’s quite an obvious one but I still enjoy your big lists more than anything else, your round-up posts are very high quality and not just cobbled together.


I would like to learn more about design, so : #3, #5 or #9 for me ^^

Thanks for the contest ^^

Brad Grabowski

Book #2. On a less technical area, I would like to see some articles or processes on creating critical workflow documents for freelancers. This is something I have neglected in the past. I would like to see recommendations on what documents are used, why they are important, and how to create or taylor your own to fit your business and niche. Thanks, and keep up the great work at Noupe!


I’d like book #1 or book #2, #3, or #5. I’d love to learn how to do more photoshop/photography techniques!

Fenson J.

I would love #14. Would like to see more tutorials on experts design process and how they conduct research for clients. Also, if there could be any tutorials on building web applications for dummies, that would be great!


2) Learning jQuery: just give us more ajax, programming tit-bits ;-)



I’d love to get my hands on the Bulletproof Web Design book. I’d love to read more about branding design, wordpress development, and social network development on this blog. Thanks; keep up the great work.


Wow, can I put my name in for all of these books LOL
If I had to choose it would be #6 I create WordPress templates all the time and I am sure there are some snippets that would come in handy


Book #13 or #2

I’d love to see more articles crossing the boundary between [you] designers and [me/us] developers.

Russell Cooper
I would love to have #14 because I’ve become obsessed with design lately but I feel like I need some direction and help. This set sounds very encompassing and helpful! Overall I think that Noupe is very well rounded, but I’d like to see some articles on how to get the word out about a personal website or designs. Maybe give some pointers and teach about outlets for designers to show off their work online (i.e. emptees for tshirt designers and such). I think this would help a lot of the freelance designers get their work seen and spread on… Read more »


I would like to see more posts on processes for commercial projects from start to finish: people involved, documents, time calculation, pricing..


I’d love to see more articles about interfaces, user interaction, and accessibility. Thanks!

Wladia Viviani

Book #14 ou #13.

I’d like to see a comprehensive tut on Canvas



Book #5, Bulletproof Web Design.
I would like to see posts on how to get protected against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS.
Pretty much like the book.. :P

Danny Carmical


More on jQuery & WordPress


12- 1000 Graphic Elements

Inspiration! I love seeing what other people are doing.


Book 2
I would like to see a good mix with good javascript scripts, ressources like icons and photography features!


Book #8. I want to see more on how to design great user interfaces for business, especially B2Bs

Ahmed El Gabri


I would like to see more about Typography in detail.



I’d like to see more freelance related articles, or even a forum where designers/developers can get together, discuss, exchange info.


#8 or #12

WordPress & general inspiration


Store Front – James T. & Karla L. Murray!


I’d love book #5. And I’d love it if Noupe could share some information on using opensource software for design (like GIMP).


Would love the #3 or #9…both are awesome


Book 2: Learning jQuery

I’d like to see more articles about working in the industry. Also, more tutorials.

Keep up the good work!

Gautam Chadha

#5 and #10


#2, 7, 13
Want to have more tuts on jquery and design beautiful interfaces :)

Gautam Chadha

I would like to have book #5 or #10.

And I like reading more about recent web trends and some article giving introduction to HTML5. Also, something on how integrate accessibility with beauty.

Vin Thomas


I love the concept of this book. I think it would be great to see some articles on incorporating aspects of social media in our designs.



I would like to have book #2, #10, or #13.


Please please :-)

Felipe Arima

Book #5 and I would like to read more about integrating other php based CMS like MediaWiki with WordPress.

Matthew Simmons


I’d like to see more tutorials for the beginner. Or the bare basics. Sometimes we miss simple solutions because we have gotten caught up in the more complex functions and solutions.

Ryan Hyde


I’d like to know more about how to design better experiences for the user. I’d also like to know more about how to use words and images to tell a story and not just make your site look good.


Hey guys!
Books #3 or #10 would be excellent!

Every article on jquery or php is welcome.



#1 – Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

->we need some topics on php

->and also i don’t like your footer. by the way everything is excellent.

Jimmy Marks

I would like to read more about the coming “Web 3.0” – what designers need to know about reader interaction, what people are looking for when they request “hip design”, and better ways to communicate (dialogue, not monologue) via video/audio and the web

Book #14


I’d love book #3!

I really enjoy reading about other designers experiences. I find it very difficult not to read an quality interview!


I’d love book #3!

I really enjoy reading about other designers experiences. I find it very difficult not to read an quality interview!


Definatly want book #1, and I would would like to see photography articles/tutorials.


Book #14

I would like more posts on Blogger! :)


Those should keep me going through the winter months!


i always wanted to get #13

it would be nice to read some of use and posibilities in google wave, have it and still dont get it all

Tony de Jesus

Hi everyone,

Books #5, #9, #13 or #14 will be great!

I would like to read about tips of how to improve web design and more tricks/tutorials/samples of javascript/ajax stuff.


Adam Souders

Awesome stuff. Would Love book #5 and #6. Thanks for the great opportunity.


Book 2, “Learning jQuery”.

I’d be interesting in more articles on integrating jQuery with WordPress themes & plugins.


#14, definitely



Would like to see more on user experience design.

Christopher Morris

#9 – and like to see more posts on the same subject (designing for the social web).


Chris Brunner


Would like to see Joomla, and JQuery.


I’d love book #7 or #9. :)

I’d like to read more books on designing for wordpress.

Thomas Offinga


I’d like some more webdesign trends topics.

Décio Fernandes

#9 or #11. More on PHP and Jquery ;). Thanks for the contest!


I’d like book #13.

I’d love some more posts about interface design for small interfaces, e.g iPhone or other mobile devices.
As I think mobile devices have the most overlooked interfaces at the moment..



What do you want to read in future posts here at Noupe? Interviews and discussions on people’s workflow, rapid prototyping, keeping things organized and moving in hectic schedules, etc.


Aaron McGowan

I would love to read book #14. The reason I would love to read this book as with a new startup that I am adventuring in, designing a quality and extremely effective user interface will be the key asset of it’s growth.

I personally would like to read more of User Interface Designing, the Dos and Donts of UIs along with usability testing here at Noupe. I look forwarded to seeing more of these topics here.

Keep up the great work I really enjoy reading the material here.

Best Regards,
Aaron McGowan


Book #8 slide:ology.

I’ve always wanted to improve my presentations, not only verbally also graphically.

I’d like to know how other people manage to create better presentations.

Steve Mullen

#2 Learning jQuery

I would like to see articles featuring the big web agencies. How they work, their process, their tools, office, etc.


#2, #6, #14, I always love learning new techniques in jquery (or any other javascript library) also photoshop tutorials from a trusted source are always great

Jamie Giberti

Some really good suggestions on here,

I’d like to see some articles on how some of the more creative people out there expand on some of their initial creative ideas, how they go from that first initial idea to a fantastic looking website. I can come up with good ideas, but getting them looking like that on a finished product is often easier said than done. I’d also second the suggestion that some more beginners articles would be very well received.

I’d be interested in any of #3, #7, #12 or #14


Book 14 or 4 would be great!

How about an article about design oriented iphone apps? Maybe other functional ways to integrate design into your life subtly.



Book #9!

I would love to see some more articles about the steps to get to a final webdesign, like wireframing, creating the final design from a wireframe, etcetera.



The jQuery stuff is interesting and it’d be nice to see some more info about the particular challenges to freelance starters.


I’d would get great joy out of #2 or #9
I would like to see more articles about JQuery and creating more “joyable” designs for users.

Piotr Nalepa

Well, I’d like to read about AJAX-based things applied to Joomla and WordPress templates. It could be very helpful.
The books I want to win are: #1 or #2 or #5 :)

Thaninrat Thanatharavat

#2 and #12 I away want to learn jquery and more design thank you.

Ashley G.

Books, 3,4,5,&9 would be of interest to me. So good to see that knowledge is winnable. :P I’d love to read more up on usability.



All kinds of tutorials. Like jQuery, php and HTML5.


#2 and #9 pls :)