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Design research books

What is a designer: things, places, messages

Norman Potter.
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Models and Constructs

Norman Potter.
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Design Research: Methods and Perspectives

Brenda Laurel Ed.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

Design Writing Research

Abbott Miller, Ellen Lupton.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

Screen

Jessica Helfand.
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Interaction design books

Pink = highly recommended!

Information Appliances and Beyond

Eric Bergman ed. One of the best interaction design books to date. With case-studies on various design problems from Palm OS usability to Nokia contextual design issues. Just enough detail and anecdotes to get a good sense of design process.
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The Humane Interface

Jef Raskin. An absolutely essential book for anyone developing an interactive product. Raskin explains some excellent ideas for usable interfaces that are better suited to large file systems and the internet.
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Designing Visual Interfaces

Kevin Mullet, Darrell Sano. A useful book with plenty of visual examples on how to simplify and enhance desktop interfaces.
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Dust or Magic: Secrets of Successful Multimedia Design

Bob Hughes. Somehow forgotten, this book gives a great overview for successfully designing rich multimedia interfaces.
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Reinventing the Wheel

Jessica Helfand. Plotting the history and design of information wheels, those interactive tools that can tell you the cooking time of an egg to the blast radius of a nuclear bomb.
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The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design

Brenda Laurel ed. A collection of dated (early 80s) essays that begin to see interface as a design discipline. Complex and theoretical.
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Designing the User Interface

Ben Shneiderman. Really thorough book, concentrating heavily on software interface design from a programming perspective.
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Bringing Design to Software

Terry Winograd. A dialogue around the design process in software development.
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Plans and Situated Actions

Lucy A. Suchman. A new approach to interaction design using new social science models.
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GUI Bloopers

Jeff Johnson. A lighthearted book highlighting common interface mistakes.
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The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

Alan Cooper. Really good ideas to solve common interface design issues. Cooper shows that the biggest problem in interaction design is that it is controlled by the developers and programmers, and advocates the need for interaction designers at every level of software production.
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Apple Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop Interface

Apple Computer. The original guidelines for developing MacOS GUI interfaces. The version for MacOS X can be downloaded from apple.
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Adaptive design books

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Christopher Alexander.
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The Nature of Order

Christopher Alexander.
amazon.com

The Oregon Experiment

Christopher Alexander.
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A Pattern Language

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

The Timeless Way of Building

Christopher Alexander.
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How Buildings Learn

Stewart Brand.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

Mitchel Resnick.
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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Steven Johnson.
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The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell.
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Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web

David Weinberger.
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Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

Howard Rheingold.
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs.
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Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo

Vanessa Colella, Eric Klopfer, Mitchel Resnick.
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A New Kind of Science

Stephen Wolfram.
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The Control Revolution

Andrew L. Shapiro.
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Society of Mind

Marvin Minsky.
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The Electric Meme

Robert Aunger.
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Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

Sherry Turkle.
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The Virtual Community

Howard Rheingold.
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Design for Community

Derek M. Powazek.
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Community Building on the Web

Amy Jo Kim.
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Online Communities

Jenny Preece.
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Architecture theory books

City of Collective Memory

M. Christine Boyer.
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Breathing Cities: Visualizing Urban Movement

Nick Barley.
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Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture

Manuel Gausa.
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Rebuilding the Reichstag

Norman Foster.
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Towards a New Architecture

Le Corbusier.
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Architecture and Disjunction

Bernard Tschumi.
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Manhattan Transcripts

Bernard Tschumi.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

The Logic of Architecture

William J. Mitchell.
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Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture

Jennifer Siegal ed.
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City of Bits

William J. Mitchell.
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E-topia

William J. Mitchell.
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Strangely Familiar

Iain Borden, Joe Kerr, Alicia Pivaro, Jane Rendell.
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Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino.
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The Poetics of Space

Gaston Bachelard, Etienne Gilson, John Stilgoe.
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De Stijl

Paul Overy.
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Fragments of Utopia

David Wild.
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Architects in Cyberspace

Neil Spiller, Martin Pearce.
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Design management books

Mastering the Requirements Process

Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson.
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Software Requirements

Karl E. Wiegers.
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Collaborative Web Development

Jessica Burdman.
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Web Redesign: Workflow that Works

Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler.
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Rapid Application Development

Steve McConnell.
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Information design books

Visual Function: An Introduction to Information Design

Paul Mijksenaar. A small, beautiful and polemical book full of fine examples of good information design, read this before tackling Tufte.
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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Edward Tufte.
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Envisioning Information

Edward Tufte.
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Visual Explanations

Edward Tufte.
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Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Nicholson Baker.
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Digital Diagrams

Trevor Bounford, Alastair Campbell.
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Open Here

Paul Mijksenaar and Piet Westendorp.
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Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference

Robert L. Harris.
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Information Design

Robert E. Jacobsen.
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How to Lie With Statistics

Darrel Huff, Irving Geis.
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Information Visualization

Colin Ware.
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Readings in Information Visualization

Stuart Card, Jock Mackinlay, Ben Schneiderman.
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The Global Media Atlas

Mark Balnaves, James Donald, Donald Stephanie Hemelryk.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com / myriad editions

The Atlas of the Future

Ian Pearson.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com / myriad editions

The State of the World Atlas

Dan Smith.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com / myriad editions

How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization and Design

Alan M. MacEachren.
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Usability books

The Design of Everyday Things

Donald Norman.
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Things That Make Us Smart

Donald Norman.
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The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience

Douglas K. Van Duyne, James Landay, Jason I. Hong.
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User-Centred Web Design

John Cato.
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Contextual Design: A Customer-Centered Approach to Systems Designs

Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt.
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User and Task Analysis for Interface Design

Joann Hackos, Janice Redish.
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Shaping Web Usability: Interaction Design in Context

Albert N. Badre.
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Submit Now: Designing Persuasive Websites

Andrew Chak.
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Handheld Usability

Scott Weiss.
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Web Accessibility for People With Disabilities

Michael G. Paciello.
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Design by People for People: Essays on Usability

Russell Branaghan.
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Designing Web Usability

Jakob Nielsen.
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Usability Engineering

Jakob Neilsen.
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Web Site Usability

Jared M. Spool.
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Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Steve Krug.
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Game design books

Rules of Play : Game Design Fundamentals

Katie Salen, Eric Zimmerman.
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Game Design

Bob Bates.
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Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design

Andrew Rollings, Ernest Adams.
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Game Architecture and Design

Andrew Rollings, Dave Morris.
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Game On

Lucien King.
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RE:Play

Liz Faber.
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Electronic Plastic

Jaro Gielens, Robert Klanten.
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Trigger Happy

Steven Poole.
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Brand and communication books

No Logo

Naomi Klein.
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The Guide to Identity

Wally Olins.
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Principles of Corporate Communication

Cees van Riel, Wally Olins.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com

Brand New

Jane Pavitt ed.
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Strategic Brand Management

Jean-Noel Kapferer.
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Brand Manners

Hamish Pringle, William Gordon.
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Business and strategy books

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from Ideo

Tom Kelley.
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The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clayton M. Christensen.
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The Dream Society

Rolf Jensen.
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The Experience Economy

B. Joseph Pine.
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Experiential Marketing

Bernd H. Schmitt.
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