“Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book

Taking Your Talent To The Web, a guide for the transitioning designer, by L. Jeffrey Zeldman. Hand model: Tim Brown.

RATED FIVE STARS at Amazon.com since the day it was published, Taking Your Talent to the Web (PDF) is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com:

I wrote this book in 2001 for print designers whose clients want websites, print art directors who’d like to move into full–time web and interaction design, homepage creators who are ready to turn pro, and professionals who seek to deepen their web skills and understanding.

Here we are in 2009, and print designers and art directors are scrambling to move into web and interaction design.

The dot-com crash killed this book. Now it lives again. While browser references and modem speeds may reek of 2001, much of the advice about transitioning to the web still holds true.

It’s yours. Enjoy.

Oh, yes, here’s that ancient Amazon page.

Short Link

Update – now with bookmarks

Attention, K-Mart shoppers. The PDF now includes proper Acrobat bookmarks, courtesy of Robert Black. Thanks, Robert!

150 thoughts on ““Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book

  1. Just thinking, there might be some value in open sourcing this book, and having people update some bits like screenshots, figures, bandwidth numbers, etc… As much as I love the content, it’s very hard to talk to visual people with 10-year old screenshots…

  2. Thanks Jeffrey. You make our lives richer in so many ways. Now my two copies will be worth more!

  3. Jeffrey, without having had Taking Your Talent to the Web’s influence I would not be the web designer, thinker, writer, nor person I am today.

    I know folks can say that about a lot of experiences in life, but this book is special. You obviously wrote it for more than a profit. For more than attention. Reading it instilled in me values that continue to make me happy, have changed the way I think and communicate with others, and encourage me to share my energies with others in similarly selfless ways.

    Plus, this book helped make possible my current and thriving career as a web designer and thinker. I can’t thank you enough.

  4. I bought this book in 2003, though strangely enough I didn’t start reading it until yesterday. I must admit I was a bit skeptical about it’s relevance eight years down the road…no more! I’m about 1/3 of the way through and can’t wait to finish it! Thanks so much for making it available to everyone!

  5. @Chris Harrison: Thanks! I’ve moved your cropped PDF to my server, and replaced my PDF with yours. All links in the blog post now point to the cropped version. You are awesome.

    @Manuel: A “Taking Your Talent to the Web” WIKI, allowing community members to annotate each page of the book with updated examples, screen shots, etc., would make a nice next step.

    Jenny Gray: How kind of you to say.

  6. I bought this book when it was first published. I was in design school in Dallas and my instructor turned us on to Jeffrey and web standards. I found my second career then. It took me all the way to Washington DC. Thanks Jeffrey!

  7. Thank you very much for releasing this book. After reading “Designing for Web Standards,” I went looking for “Taking Your Talent to the Web,” only to find it was out of print. I loved DWWS (so much that I own both editions), so I am looking forward to reading this.

    In the 14 years I’ve been doing web work, I find that a lot of older texts still have content relevant to today. There are a lot of underlying principles which we may have lost sight of in the process of switching to a new, shiny methodology.

    Thank you again!

  8. Thank you for making your book available for free/download. Great work can stay fresh and relevant for a long time. I’m sure it’s jam-packed with good stuff. Download completed, time to start reading…

  9. thanks J.

    i will be reading this book soon btw are u planning to put up some more free PDF books – just wondering!!!


    But thanks a lot.

  10. Sure, maybe modem speeds are outdated, but “People surfing on EDGE browsers on their iPhones” is very 2009.

    And if you think that 3G is better, take a look at AT&T’s 3G coverage map and guess how many people don’t have access to 3G.

    Just another datapoint.

  11. I remember when I bought the book, back in 2001. What a great source of inspiration, and so well written! My favorite one: “Every site should immediately engage its intended audience with compelling content that invites exploration.” (p. 70) Still true & true & true & true.

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  14. Thanks Jeff!

    Though I never did design for printed media, this will surely come in handy whenever I need to make associates with a background in print understand the basics of web think.

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  16. I just dl’d it, but when I tried to open it with Acrobat Reader, I got a message that the file is damaged, and cannot be repaired.

  17. Thanks Jeffrey! I’ve been looking forward to reading this but never got to see a copy available here in the Philippines. I’m sure this will be a worthy read. =)

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  21. Thank you so much for this. I already read ‘Designing with web standards’ 1 and 2 and they both brought me so much. Now this, how can you say you failed as a writer?? well, they read like a novel.

  22. Thank you!

    Yesterday I finally bought another great book: “Designing with Web Standards”. I consider this as a discount: buy one book and get another one for free! ;)

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  24. @jose cheung

    I also got that message when using my favorite (old) version of Acrobat. It opened fine in a newer version.

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  26. Thanks! Even though this isfrom 2001, I know it will be just as relevant and useful today (especially for someone with as much to learn as I do!) as the first Designing With Web Standards book still is. I mean, it’s from Zeldman! :P I eagerly await Designing With Web Standards third installment as well. Sincerely, ~Lauren

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  28. I bought your book from a local bookstore when I was just starting this web design gig, and it was the best book on web design. I still have it among the books on my table, and refer to it once in a while. Thanks for putting it up for download. God bless!

  29. Wow, this book is amazing, it’s nice to see that is free for download, I just took it no time to think about :)

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