Web Design Foundations

Web Design WireframeThere 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.

Many thanks to avogadrospimp for asking the question and to materialdesigner and Luchian for the awesome answers.


Typography Intro
Typographic History
Typographic Terminology
Typographic Hierarchy
Mixing Fonts
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 Typography
Web Typographic Guidelines and Techniques
Choosing the Right Font
On Web Typography

Design Theory

Web Design Theory
Principles of Design
The Lost Principles of Design
Principles of Good Web Design
Design Principles
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

Figure Ground Relationships
Proximity, Uniform Connectedness, and Good Continuation
Common Fate

Design History

Design Is History
Design History


Designing With The Grid
Outside the Grid
Visual Hierarchy


The Importance of Wireframes In Web Design
Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing
The Importance of Wireframing
Get Wireframing: The All-In-One Guide
35 Excellent Wireframing Resources


Colour Theory in Web Design
The Meaning of Colour
Colour Contrast
Colour Lovers
Kuler Theme Generator
0 to 255 Colour Variations for Web Designers

Art Direction

Art Direction and Design
Print Design
Logo Design

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5 thoughts on “Web Design Foundations”

    1. Thanks! I’m really glad the links are useful. This list makes me think about doing a similar list for Web Development and Usability/Accessibility. Would you happen to have any more awesome lists hanging around on those topics?

      1. Sorry for the delay in the comments – I have them on some super-paranoid setting. I need to loosed them up.

        I’d love to collaborate and thanks for the extra links.

        See you on Twitter.

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