Visual Interaction Design Reading List

2015-08-29 18.47.26-1
UPDATED 2016 – I teach Visual Interaction Design at CCA (California College of the Arts) – which is a crash course in visual design for interaction designers. I reference a lot of great books that I think are worthy of having on the shelf as I work up my curriculum and syllabus. Some old standards have gone by the wayside for being too outdated, but many are evergreen as the basic principles underlying good design are timeless. I’m sure I am missing some but here is my master list:

General Design

Universal Principles of Design
William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler
Rockport Publishers

The Laws of Simplicity
John Maeda
MIT Press

Designing for Performance
Lara Callender Hogan
O’Reilly Media

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Susan M. Weinschenk, PhD
New Riders

Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud
Harper Perennial

Responsive Web Design
Ethan Marcotte
A Book Apart

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition
Rose Gonnella
Peachpit Press

Mapping Experiences
James Kalbach
O’Reilly Media


The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking
Mike Rohde
Peachpit Press

The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced techniques for taking visual notes you can use anywhere
Mike Rohde
Peachpit Press

The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently
Sunni Brown
Portfolio Press

How to Draw Almost Everything
Chika Miyata
Quarry Press

Blah Blah Blah
Dan Roam
Portfolio Press

Show and Tell
Dan Roam
Portfolio Press

Color Theory

The Elements of Color
Johannes Itten
Van Nostrand Reinhold

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color
Rose Gonnella
Peachpit Press


Thinking with Type
Ellen Lupton
Princeton Architectural Press

Type on Screen
Ellen Lupton
Princeton Architectural Press

On Web Typography
Jason Santa Maria
A Book Apart

The Elements of Typographic Style
Robert Bringhurst
Hartley & Marks Publishers

The Elements of Typographic Style applied to the Web

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Type
Rose Gonnella
Peachpit Press

The Anatomy of Type
Stephen Coles
Quid Publishing

Why Fonts Matter
Sarah Hyndman
Gingko Press


Lean Branding
Laura Busche
O’Reilly Media

The Brand Gap
Marty Neumeier
New Riders

Building Strong Brands
David A. Aaker
Free Press

Brand Identity Essentials
Kevin Budelman, Yang Kim and Curt Wozniak
Rockport Publishers

Mobile & Devices

Mobile First
Luke Wroblewski
A Book Apart Press

Mobile Pattern Gallery
Teresa Neil
O’Reilly Media

Designing for iOS

Google Material Design

Designing Connected Products
Claire Rowland, Elizabeth Goodman, Martin Charlier, Ann Light & Alfred Lui
O’Reilly Media

Calm Technology
Amber Case
O’Reilly Media

Designing for Touch
Josh Clark
A Book Apart

Information Design & Information Visualization

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures
Dona M. Wong
W. W. Norton

Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations
Isabel Meirelles

Information is Beautiful
David McCandless

Knowledge is Beautiful
David McCandless
Harper Design

The Visual Miscellaneous
David Mccandless
Harper Design

Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks
Steven Heller and Rick Landers
Princeton Architectural Press

The Best American Infographics 2014
edited by Gareth Cook

Envisioning Information
Edward R Tufte
Graphics Press

Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward R. Tufte
Graphics Press

Visualize This
Nathan Yau

Dear Data
Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec
Princeton Architectural Press

Presentations & Professionalism

Design is a Job
Mike Moneiro
A Book Apart

Nancy Duarte
O’Reilly Media

current: partner, tangible user experience :: a full-service user experience design consulting firm. former Yahoo! founder of the public and internal Yahoo! pattern library. dse. design director of ued teams responsible for designing solutions across key yahoo! platforms: social media, personalization, membership and vertical search.


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