General Visual Design

The Non-Designers Design Book - Robin Williams

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards

Sketching User Experiences - Bill Buxton

Color - Betty Edwards

Universal Principles of Design - Betty Edwards

D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself - Ellen Lupton

Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty - David Kadavy

Boostrapping Design - Jarrod Drysdale

Elements of Design - Gail Greet Hannah

Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture - Casey Reas

Geometry of Design - Kimberly Elam

Paul Rand: A Designer`s Art - Paul Rand

Graphic Design

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul - Adrian Shaughnessy

Paul Rand - Steven Heller

Graphic Design Manual - Armin Hofmann

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School - Matthew Frederick

Designing For Social Change - Andrew Shea

Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field - Helen Armstrong

Graphic Design Thinking - Ellen Lupton

The Elements of Graphic Design - Alex W. White

Design Principles

Universal Principles of Design - William Lidwell

The Laws of Simplicity - John Making-Breaking-Grid-Graphic-Workshop

Things That Make Us Smart - Donald A. Norman

Emotional Design - Donald A. Norman

Visual and Statistical Thinking - Edward R. Tufte

The Art of Color - Johannes Itten

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams - Klaus Klemp

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible - Sophie Lovell


The Elements of Typographic Style - Robert Bringhurst

Thinking with Type - Ellen Lupton

Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works - Erik Spiekermann

Inside Paragraphs - Cyrus Highsmith

My Way to Typography - Wolfgang Weingart

A Type Primer - John Kane

Typographie - Emil Ruder

Lettering & Type - Bruce Willen

The Complete Manual of Typography - Jim Felici

Grids / Layouts

Making and Breaking the Grid - Timothy Samara

Grid Systems - Josef Muller-Brockmann

Visual Grammar - Christian Leborg

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type - Kimberly Elam

Interaction Design

About Face - Alan Cooper

User Interfaces for All - Constantine Stephanidis

Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design - Kim-Phuong L. Vu


Ogilvy on Advertising - David Ogilvy

Confessions of an Advertising Man - David Ogilvy

The Copywriter's Handbook - Robert W. Bly

Advertising Concept Book - Pete Barry

Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This - Luke Sullivan

Web Design

Designing for the Web - Mark Boulton

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites - Jon Duckett

Ordering Disorder - Khoi Vinh


Indie Publishing: How to Design and Publish Your Own Book - Ellen Lupton

Book Design - Andrew Haslam

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book - Esther K. Smith


The Design of Everyday Things - Donald A. Norman

Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug

Step by Step UI Design - Sacha Greif

The Humane Interface - Jef Raskin

Contextual Design - Hugh Beyer

Designing Interfaces - Jenifer Tidwell

Rocket Surgery Made Easy - Steve Krug


App Design Handbook - Nathan Barry

Designing Web Applications - Nathan Barry


Start with Why - Simon Sinek

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - Seth Godin

Purple Cow - Seth Godin

Made to Stick - Chip Heath

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert B., PhD Cialdini

Information Visualization

Information Graphics - Sandra Rendgen

Envisioning Information - Edward R. Tufte

Visual Explanations - Edward R. Tufte

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information - Edward R. Tufte

Information Visualization - Colin Ware


The Art of Looking Sideways - Alan Fletcher

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - Steven Heller

Beware Wet Paint - Alan Fletcher

Also see gifts for designers.