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The New Homes of Five Simple Steps Books

With the aquisition of Mark Boulton Design by Monotype, its publishing operation, Five Simple Steps, shut down and returned all the book rights to their respective authors. And then it was run for a little longer, by Craig & Amy, but then… sadly no more.

So should you want to buy these fonts of knowledge where should you go?

Authors are doing a variety of things with their books, some are freeing the content, some linking with distributors, some (like me) are selling them direct.

Here’s the list.

Practical Guides

A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton

A Practical Guide to Designing with Data by Brian Suda

A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer

A Practical Guide to Designing the Invisible by Robert Mills

A Practical Guide to Managing Web Projects by Brendan Knowlton

A Practical Guide to Web App Success by Dan Zambonini


Hardboiled Web Design by Andy Clarke

The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks

Pocket Guides

Creating symbol fonts by Brian Suda

Psychology for designers by Joe Leech

The craft of words: Macrocopy by The Standardistas

CSS3 layout modules by Rachel Andrew

HTML email by Andy Croll

Interviewing for research by Andrew Travers

Combining typefaces by Tim Brown

Usability of web photos by James Chudley

CSS animations by Val Head

The craft of words: Microcopy by The Standardistas

Colour accessibility by Geri Coady

Design evolution by Josh Long

Web Performance by Andy Davies

Experiments for Designers by Colin McFarland

International User Research by Chui Chui Tan

Front End Style Guides by Anna Debenham

There’s also Future Simple Steps.

As I write, authors are frantically sorting themselves out, so if more books appear… let me know @andycroll.

An aside, we’re trying to get google-juice-friendly redirects sorted from the old URLs to the new ones, for now… this’ll have to do.

Last updated on April 13th, 2014