21st September, 2011

My recommended reading

During my talks and subsequent conversations, I often mention numerous books that have influenced my thinking. As a result, I’m getting an increasing number of emails and tweets asking for a full list. So, to deal with that, I’ve pulled together the following list.

This is by no means comprehensive, but the titles listed here are the ones that have really shaped my brain, helped me be a better designer, a more coherent coder, and assisted me in working out what I do and why I do it.

I apologise for the lack of descriptions, but at least I’ve linked to each on Amazon (UK) or the relevant publisher. At the very least, every human should read The Design of Everyday Things, Understanding Comics, and Ways of Seeing. Every designer ought to read Visual Grammar and Visible Signs, and own copies of The Art of Looking Sideways and The Elements of Typographic Style. We can all learn from Managing Oneself, and can improve our delivery with Communicating Design.

Then again, that’s just my view, although it’s a good one. Anyway, here’s the list.

Design in general

Miscellaneous

Type

Web-specific

Older web primers

No doubt I’ve forgotten something vital (I’ve done this without being in my office), so I may add to this list as I go. Also, if you think I’ve missed something, drop a comment.

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