If you are looking to stock your library, you can’t go wrong withthis list of books. These are the books that are literally on my desk,listed in order from top of the stack to the bottom.
By David Mccandless
If you are a fan of Edward Tufte, you need this book. If you don’t know who Tufte is, you need this book, and all of Tufte’s books.It is chock full of ideas for visualizing data in more meaningful ways.This is on the top of the stack because I just got it- it is quitelovely.
By Todd Warfel. Rosenfeld Media, November 2009.
These concepts completely changed the way we do business. Full ofreal examples of how to use different popular tools for prototyping.this is # 2 in my stack because I had to look up some information aboutprototyping with Fireworks this morning.
The book is available exclusively from Smashing Magazine. This booklooks at Web design rules of thumb, color theory, usability guidelines,user interface design, best coding and optimization practices, as wellas typography, marketing, branding and exclusive insights from topdesigners across the globe. Oh, and one of my applications, OtherInbox, is in the first chapter!
By Bill Scott and Theresa Neil. O’Reilly Media, January 2009.
Yeah, I know this is our book, but it really is on my desk. I use itfor reference at least once a week. I had to look up ZUIs, zoomableuser interfaces, earlier this week for a project.
By Joshua Porter. New Riders 2008.
Great, great read. Worth every penny because it is full of practicaladvice. Make sure you also look at Joshua’s talk on SlideShare: Designing for Social Interaction. I don’t necessarily refer to this book every day, but I recommend it to at least five start-ups a week.
By Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone. O’Reilly Media, September 2009.
“This book is a fairly exhaustive catalog of most UI patterns inplace today with sites that integrate social networking. There are somevery interesting discussions about each pattern, when to use it and whouses it. ” from an Amazon review. I need to pull this book out of thestack and take it with me on the plane next week.
By Luke Wroblewski. Rosenfeld Media, May 2008.
Anyone who designs anything for the web needs a copy of this. Itmakes it so nice to not have to think about designing forms. I canspend my time on more interesting design challenges. This book doesn’tleave my desk.
by Matthew Linderman and Jason Fried
Let the 37signals team show you the best way to prevent yourcustomers from making mistakes, and help them recover for errors if amistake does occur. This book doesn’t leave my desk either.
By Alan Cooper. Wiley 2007.
Learn the rules before you break them. Please. Pretty please with acherry on top? Get this book and read it if you are responsible fordesigning anything more than a simple web site. Good for Flexdevelopers and Ajax developers as well. Lots of patterns that can beextrapolated for Rich Internet Applications.