What are the best books you suggest me about:

  • web design

  • HCI for web applications / websites


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Jakob Neilson's Don't make me think is a good primer; after that it depends on what you want to achieve.

For instance Toby Segaran's Programming Collective Intelligence and Leonard Richardson's RESTful Web Services have helped deliver HCI benefits and "the feel good factor" far more on projects than any usability book I've read so far (be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, they are still useful).

If you've not seen anything on eye-tracking results, its certainly worth a look (many books offer you a free chapter on-line and some reports are available for free).

Afterwards it is worth having:

  • reference books of good website design (there are hundreds)
  • RSS feeds from prominent designers
  • a "snippets" system with common code

Try to use reporting to find the weak chinks in terms of user interactivity (books like Landing Page Optimisation help to make design choices more militant), then find approaches to tackle them.

  • Don't mean to be jerky, but "Don't Make Me Think" is by Krug... just to eliminate confusion.
    – digit1001
    Dec 28, 2010 at 16:18
  • Not Jerky, my bad.
    – Metalshark
    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:05

There's a similar question on the UI SE site. Not about the web specifically, but probably pretty relevant. Some good responses there.

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