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If you need a little assistance in delivering top-notch web sites, "The Web Designer's Roadmap" from Sitepoint can help. It's a full-color book about the creative process and the underlying principles that govern that process.
Other books cover the nuts 'n' bolts of how to design the elements that make up websites. So does "The Web Designer's Roadmap," but the non-academic book outlines how effective designers go about their work, illustrating the complete creative process from start to finish. It's a fun, easy read.
As well as how-to content, the book draws on interviews with a host of well-known design gurus, including Shaun Inman, Daniel Burka, Meagan Fisher, Donald Norman and Dan Rubin. Author Giovanni DiFeterici has a BA in studio art and is currently completing a degree in graphic design. He's also an accomplished illustrator and designer.
"The Web Designer's Roadmap" is available in print (US$39.95) and ebook ($29) formats. To download free sample chapters and view the table of contents, go to http://www.sitepoint.com/books/process1/ .