There was a request on Reddit today asking for some resources on how learn web design skills. The response was great. So great that I’m just going to copy it here. I really appreciate how the list starts with typography. This is very much about visual design and not code or other kinds of crunchy hackery.
The information is clearly in the context of web design, for the most part. However there is quite a bit of information here that is just about visual design in general. I’ve added a few books to the list that I find useful and continue to refer to, a couple of links that I like; in particular I added some links about wireframing.
If you have some links to share, please let me know. I’m think about how this might evolve into a resource page as opposed to a post.
The Elements of Typographic Style (Book)
Thinking With Type Revised Edition (Book)
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works (Book)
Typography on the Web
Web Design Theory
Principles of Design
The Lost Principles of Design
Principles of Good Web Design
50 Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory
Teach Yourself Graphic Design
Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated (Book)
The Design of Everyday Things (Book)
Gestalt Design Theory
“I believe Andy Rutledge’s Gestalt series is the best way to grasp the fundamental principles of design. Reading these articles, and many others found on his site, helped me focus on the important aspects in a design and provided a clear understanding as to why elements on a webpage should, look, be positioned and behave in a certain way.” - Luchian