If you’re a web designer with a thirst for knowledge, you’re in luck. We’ve just partnered with Smashing Magazine and A Book Apart to bring you dozens of eBooks from some of the leading names in the industry, like CodePen co-founder Chris Coyier and typography guru Jason Santa Maria.
New eBooks Available for Subscribers
You can read as many of them as you want when you take out a combined subscription to ThemeKeeper Tuts+ and ThemeKeeper Elements—which also gives you access to hundreds of Tuts+ video courses and the huge ThemeKeeper Elements library of 200,000+ photos and 26,000+ design assets and templates.
Our Latest Selection of eBooks
Here’s a selection of the new eBooks and what you can learn from them.
If you want to learn about web typography, this book is the go-to resource. Jason Santa Maria shows you how to use typography as your design’s voice and the most powerful tool you have to communicate with your readers. Learn how to evaluate typefaces, consider technical constraints, create flexible typographic systems, and put together your own collection of favorite faces. Author Frank Chimero said: “Fortunately, with On Web Typography, designing with type for screens finally has the clear, wise, and affable introduction the practice deserves.”
Touch introduces physicality to designs that were once strictly virtual, and puts forth a new test: How does this design feel in the hand? Josh Clark guides you through the touchscreen frontier.
Learn about ergonomic demands (and rules of thumb), layout and sizing for all gadgets, an emerging gestural toolkit, and tactics to speed up interactions and keep gestures discoverable. Get the know-how to design for interfaces that let you touch—stretch, crumple, drag, flick—information itself. It’s in your hands.
Let’s face it: CSS is hard. Our stylesheets are more complex than they used to be, and we’re bending the spec to do as much as it can. Can Sass help?
A reluctant convert to Sass, Dan Cederholm shares how he came around to the popular CSS pre-processor, and provides a clear-cut path to taking better control of your code (all the while working the way you always have). From getting started to advanced techniques, Dan will help you level up your stylesheets and instantly start taking advantage of the power of Sass.
We design with viewports in mind, keep track of loading times, and hunt down even the smallest browser bugs—all to create the best possible user experience. But despite all these efforts to constantly improve our products, there’s still one aspect that, unfortunately, comes up short quite often: accessibility.
With the help of this eBook, you will gain a deeper understanding of common accessibility pitfalls and learn to circumvent them to create a better experience for everyone. As you will see, with accessibility in mind, we can serve many more people than we already do. It’s about time to finally remove the existing barriers and build a more inclusive web. The effort is reasonable, and all our users will benefit from it.
If you’re designing a website for a client, the topic of conversion is going to come up. Whether the goal is to accumulate subscribers, sell products or build an email list, most websites these days are designed with some form of conversion in mind.
This book will teach you to become a better designer, with a focus on results: how to use design to increase conversions for your business or your clients. You’ll become an expert designer/marketer in no time! Learn about how to optimise signup forms, lead capture, social proof, pricing pages, calls to action, navigation, and more.
No matter how good your design is, people won’t stick around to see it if the page loads too slowly. This book will teach you to identify performance bottlenecks and improve loading times, resulting in a much snappier experience and a higher user engagement.
You’ll see real-life examples, such as how Smashing Magazine itself achieved performance improvements and a 97–99 Google PageSpeed score, as well as Pinterest’s paint performance case study. With the help of this eBook, you’ll be ready to improve the performance of all your sites.
Start Reading With a Combined Subscription
This is just a small selection of the dozens of books available. You can start reading straight away with asubscription to ThemeKeeper Elements. For a single low monthly fee, you get access not only to these eBooks, but also to our growing library of over 1,000 video courses on ThemeKeeper Tuts+.
Plus you now get unlimited downloads from the huge ThemeKeeper Elements library of 200,000+ photos and 26,000+ design assets and templates. Create with unique fonts, photos, graphics and templates, and deliver better projects faster.
Or, if you’re looking for some shortcuts, check out the thousands of professional website templates and themes on ThemeKeeper Market. In some cases, starting with a well-built template and customizing it can be much faster and more effective than starting from scratch.