+$There's always been a healthy market for design written by experts, and this isn't likely to change any time soon. Sometimes there's just no substitute for splashing your cash and getting high quality content in return.

+$That said, there's a growing movement towards free and 'freemium' content on the web. And the quality of the content is often on a par with the books you'd part with cash for. Clearly nobody can afford to print and distribute free physical books, but in this age of tablets, smartphones and laptops the electronic book offers a fantastic, and very cheap, way to spread this content. If you do have some cash to spare, take a minute to browse our guide to the best平面设计书籍+$– you can be sure you won't be wasting your money.

+$If you are inspired by these ebooks, and in need of other incredible freebies to get your project started, check out our selections of the best免费的图形设计软件+$and The Best免费字体对于设计师。

+$So, what content can you get for free in the field of design? A quick search on your favourite search engine will reveal hundreds of ebook offerings, making it difficult to sift the wheat from the chaff. But we've saved you the trouble, so here goes...

01. +$Pay Me or Else!

Free ebooks for designers: Pay Me or Else!

+$Don't let tight-fisted clients get away with it

+$Sooner or later, every designer is going to come up against a client who, for whatever reason, won't pay up come invoice time. Lior Frenkel fromNuSchool+$has been in this situation plenty of times, so he's written a book on how to deal with such clients. It's broken up into three parts: the first is about the best tactics for getting clients to pay up, the second looks into why clients don't pay, and the third part covers strategies for avoiding bad clients and working in a way that covers you in almost every situation.

02. +$Attention-Driven Design

Free ebooks for designers: Attention-Driven Design

+$Eliminate online distractions with this practical guide

+$Attention, says Oli Gardner, is a limited resource; every link and banner you add to a web page, while serving a purpose, also serves to distract your users and deplete their mental energy. If you want to eliminate unwanted distractions from your websites, this book hopes to help you out. Gardner outlines techniques for achieving visual simplicity through psychology and interaction design, with plenty of real-life examples to help you ramp up your conversion rate.

03. 设计的形状

Free ebooks for designers: The Shape of Design


作为2010年的演讲开始,Frank Chimero自我出版的The Shape of Design是早期设计社区Kickstarter的成功,在第一天获得资助,从此成为必不可少的基础阅读,不仅仅是设计教育,还有其他创作实践也是。


04. DesignBetter.co库

Free ebooks for designers: The DesignBetter.co library


为什么只有一本免费电子书可以满足三个? InVision的DesignBetter.co库旨在帮助您构建强大的设计实践。

这本权威书籍由Aarron Walter和Eli Woolery撰写,探讨了最佳公司如何处理产品设计,设计思维,设计领导等问题。

05. 50必须从设计师,设计师那里阅读提示

Free ebooks for designers: 50 Must Read Tips From Designers, To Designers


正如标题所示,这本来自Route One Print的免费电子书汇集了经验丰富的平面设计师的主要建议 - 包括Jacob Cass(又名只是创意)和布伦特加洛韦- 让你的生活更轻松“从客户管理到排版,品牌识别到在Photoshop中寻找替代纹理,这本电子书为设计师提供了实用技巧,并展示了思考设计的新方法,”简介说。

它还承诺揭示设计师从未使用过的字体。是Comic Sans吗?黑体?我们猜你必须这样做下载它+$to find out. Route 1 offers a whole range of ebooks for designers in fact, including The Freelancer’s Bible (below) and设计喜剧:如何应对客户地狱的9个阶段

06. 品牌屋书

Free ebooks for designers: Brand House Book

Brand House Book将品牌推广分为六个可管理的阶段

如果您在掌握品牌世界时遇到问题,Roger Lindeback的这本免费电子书可以通过删除所有术语并将其与日常体验联系起来帮助您解决问题。

+$In the Brand House Book, Lindeback aims to make branding tangible by comparing it to building a house. He breaks it down into six manageable stages – dreaming, planning, starting work, designing, building and finally getting the details right – with a branding summary at the end of each stage, setting out all the important issues to think through in your brand building process.

07. 实用交互设计包

Free ebooks for designers: The Practical Interaction Design Bundle



交互设计最佳实践的第1卷和第2卷将带您了解与交互设计的有形性相关的技术,理论和最佳实践 - 单词,视觉和空间 - 而第2卷则涉及无形资产:时间,响应和行为。

+$Topping off the bundle is Consistency in UI Design, covering how and when to maintain consistency in your design, and when to break it to draw attention to elements - without suffering the drawbacks.

08. Adobe Photoshop简介

Free ebooks for designers: An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop


如果您正在阅读初学者友好的Photoshop入门指南,那么Steve Bark的这本免费电子书将为您解释基本原理,从面板和工具到图层和基本打印。


09. Visual Hierarchy的构建块

Free ebooks for designers: The Building Blocks of Visual Hierarchy




10. 自由职业者的圣经

Free ebooks for designers: The Freelancer's Bible


+$Whether you're already freelance or thinking of making the jump, this ebook from Route One Print is full of useful freelance advice. It includes tips on how to market your business, find your USP, licence your work, manage client relationships, complete tax returns and much more.

11. 平面设计和颜色

Free ebooks for designers: Flat Design & Colors




12. 胡迪尼基金会

Free ebooks for designers: Houdini Foundations



13. 设计的铁拳

Free ebooks for designers: Design's Iron Fist


Jarrod Drysdale+$is a designer writer who focuses his articles on getting the best out of your work. This is a sort of continuation of his previous book Bootstrapping Design (now discontinued), in which he collects all of his previous essays into one, free ebook.


14. Pixel Perfect Precision手册

Free ebooks for designers: Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook

Pixel Perfect Precision电子书有一个重要的更新

领先的数字设计机构的Pixel Perfect Precision(PPP)手册Ustwo自从它首次发布以来已经走过了漫长的道路。最开始是一本108页的关于像素和Photoshop最佳实践的简单指南,已经发展成为第3册 - 一本高达214页的设计师圣经。

15. 创意援助手册

Free ebooks for designers: The Creative Aid Handbook


The Creative Aid由Kooroo Kooroo创作,是一本充满灵感的免费书籍封面,今天可以下载。



16. 类型分类电子书

Free ebooks for designers: Type Classification eBook


+$This excellent 27-page ebook details the 10 key classifications for typography, providing the basic understanding you'll need to gain a grasp of the fundamentals of type selection. The book covers a brief history for each of the classifications, as well as the core characteristics of the style.

17. Creative Suite印刷指南

Free ebooks for designers: Creative Suite Printing Guide




18. 非营利组织的平面设计

Free ebooks for designers: Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations



19. 设计漏斗

Free ebooks for designers: The Design Funnel


来自的另一个宣言ChangeThis.com网站,作者Stephen Hay提供的这种方法提供了一种方法,可以将客户输入(通常可能非常模糊!)转换为有意义的设计方法。与Hugh MacLeod的书一样,这个免费的PDF提供了对过程的个人见解,展示了它的价值。