These are some of the books that we've found particularly helpful in our work. You'll see that they all get at least four stars on Amazon. If you have any suggestions for books you've found especially helpful or interesting please let us know.
500 Simple Web Design Hints, Tips and Techniques
Written by our very own creative director Jamie Freeman, this essential reference for beginner and progressing web designers is available from Amazon
by Steve Krug and Roger Black
Subtitled 'A Common Sense Approach To Web Usability' this book is an illuminating read and is always kept close at hand - a constant resource during website design phases.
by Jakob Nielsen
Sorry to be so literal, but Jakob Nielsen pretty much wrote the book on the subject of usability. An essential read for anyone who doesn't understand why they should design their sites with the user in mind.
Programming and Technical
by Jeremy Keith
by Paul DuBois
Published by New Riders, this hefty book is a valuable technical reference.
by Welling and Thompson
For many people, PHP and MySQL go together like the proverbial horse and carriage. This book focuses on real-world applications, and the work-throughs make excellent jumping-off points for your own projects.
by Argerich et al
Aimed at those web professionals who need to take PHP to the next level. Over 900 pages of hard-core PHP action!
by Ashley Friedlein
Incredibly helpful in working out the strategies we use for producing web projects small and large.
by June Cohen
Like many of the books here, this one is just as useful for those on the client side as it is for us in planning, building and maintaining websites. This book is ideal for those who don't like to read too much and is full of hand-on practical tips, examples and reminder lists.
by Kelly Goto and Emily cotler
Another of the books which have influenced our web project processes, with contributions from Zeldman, Veen, Nielsen and more.
by Christopher Locke, et al
One of the most exciting books out there for anyone in business, internet-related or otherwise. If you get it, it will either change your whole outlook, or confirm what you suspected. And it's nice to know you're not alone!
by Martin Cutts
This could go under 'Accessibility' of course. Full of excellent advice like 'Many folk insist that putting a comma before 'and' is bad. Ignore them'. For anyone involved in creating text for web sites this is a must-have reference and an interesting dip-and-read.
Based on The Economist's house style manual, it's basic advice is 'Think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible'. Sobering reading for the verbose and an excellent manual for improving the quality of your site's content.