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Interaction design Reading Research Technology

Technical books

Designing with Web Standards

Jeffrey Zeldman.
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Taking Your Talent to the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman. A fantastic how-to book for designers looking to get involved in web publishing and design. Takes the reader through writing, usability, architecture and technical tips.
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Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design

Eric Meyer. One of the leading proponents and practitioners of css on the web explains his ideas and techniques.
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Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation

Owen Briggs, Steve Champeon, Eric Costello, Matt Patterson
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Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web

Håkon Wium Lie. The inventor of CSS1 explains advanced w3c standard site design techniques.
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Database Design for Mere Mortals

Michael J. Hernandez. High level design guidelines for designing relational databases, covering categories, fields, relationships and the end-user.
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Building Accessible Websites

Joe Clark. Valuable work on the techniques for improving the accessibility of online media.
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Film Reading Television

Film books

Film Art

David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson. Classic textbook, required reading.
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Sculpting In Time

Andrey Tarkovsky.
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Time Within Time

Andrey Tarkovsky.
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Kieslowski on Kieslowski

Danusia Stok, Krysztof Kieslowski. A thorough insight into Kieslowski’s process, thinking and ideology. Wonderful.
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The Art and Science of Screenwriting

Philip Parker. Essential reading for screenwriting, not just the usual Hollywood basics.
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Film Architecture

Dietrich Neumann.
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Audio Vision

Michel Chion. Essential for anyone thinking about the interaction between audible and visible.
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Directing: (Screencraft Series)

Mike Goodridge.
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First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors

Gabriella Oldham.
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The Director’s Journey: The Creative Collaboration

Mark Travis.
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Making Movies

Sydney Lumet.
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Film Directing: Shot By Shot

Steven Katz.
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Directing the Film

Eric Sherman.
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Making Movies Work: Thinking Like a Filmmaker

Jon Boorstin.
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Art Photography Reading

Photography books

Another Way of Telling

John Berger, Jean Mohr.
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Ways of Seeing

John Berger.
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The Reconfigured Eye

William J. Mitchell.
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In Our Own Image

Fred Ritchin.
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Paul Graham

Paul Graham, Andrew Wilson.
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Andreas Gursky: Photographs from 1984 to the Present

Marie Luise Syring et al.
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Modernism Rediscovered

Pierluigi Serraino, Julius Shulman.
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Cameraworks

David Hockney.
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Lomo: Just Shoot

Fabian Monheim.
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Media Reading Technology

Media theory books

The Language of New Media

Lev Manovich.
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On the Internet: Thinking in Action

Hubert Dreyfus.
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The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

Lawrence Lessig.
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Hackers

Paul Taylor.
amazon.co.uk / amazon.com An extraordinary insight into hacker culture – academically rigorous but very readable and entertaining.

Affective Computing

Rosalind W. Picard.
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Abstracting Craft

Malcolm McCullough.
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Being Digital

Nicholas Negroponte.
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Interface Culture

Steven Johnson.
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Electronic Culture

Timothy Druckery.
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A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History

Manuel de Landa.
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War in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Manuel de Landa.
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The Media Equation

Bryon Reeves, Clifford Nass.
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If/Then Play

Janet Abrams.
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Art Film Media Narrative Reading Research Television

Narrative books

Hamlet on the Holodeck

Janet H Murray.
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Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative

Mark Stephen Meadows.
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Computers As Theatre

Brenda Laurel.
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell.
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Interactive Acting: Acting, Improvisation, and Interacting for Audience Participatory Theatre

Jeff Wirth.
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Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence

by Roger C. Schank, Gary Saul Morson.
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Understanding Comics

Scott McCloud.
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Comics & Sequential Art

Will Eisner.
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Graphic Storytelling & Visual Narrative

Will Eisner.
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Information architecture Information design Reading

Information architecture books

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville. Now in its second edition, undoubtedly the best introduction to IA.
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Information Architects

Richard Saul Wurman.
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Practical Information Architecture

Eric L. Reiss.
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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web

Christina Wodtke.
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Mapping Web Sites

Paul Kahn, Krzysztof Lenk. A suprisingly badly designed book, but packed full of very inspirational information architecture examples, from isometric site-maps to flow charts and wireframes.
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Dynamics in Document Design

Karen A. Schriver.
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Content Critical

Gerry McGovern
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The Web Content Style Guide

Gerry McGovern
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Web Navigation

Jennifer Fleming.
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Sorting Things Out

Geoffrey C. Bowker, Susan Leigh Star.
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The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization

Elaine Svenonius
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Laws of the Web

Bernardo A. Huberman.
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Infosense: Turning Information into Knowledge

Keith Devlin.
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The Social Life of Information

John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid.
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