Recommended Reading

Reading suggestions from GDC and GDC members.

Books and Articles on Data Visualization

From AIGA’s “Design + Data = Power” Resource List

Information Visualization: Perception for Design (Morgan Kaufmann) by Colin Ware
Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts (O’Reilly) by Noah Iliinsky, ed. Julie Steele
Designing Data Visualizations by Noah Iliinsky, ed. Julie Steele
Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics (Wiley) by Nathan Yau
Stephen Few books
Edward Tufte books
When the Data Struts Its Stuff, The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (also see this follow-up post on the Learning Network blog) 
Google Announces New Data Visualization Tools for Analytics, Bits blog, October 19, 2011

More Reading Recommendations

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions (Harper) by Dan Ariely
What the Numbers Say: A Field Guide to Mastering Our Numerical World by Derrick Niederman and David Boyum
Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving (Analytics Press) by Jonathan G. Koomey, PhD
How We Decide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Jonah Lehrer
Inner Navigation: How We Get Lost and How We Find Our Way (Scribner) by Erik Jonsson
The Back of the Napkin (Portfolio) by Dan Roam
The Stuff of Thought (Viking) by Steven Pinker
I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World (Harper) by James Geary

Technologists/Data Visualization Groups to Follow

Jer Thorp / @blprnt
Ben Fry / @ben_fry
Casey Reas / @REAS
New York Times data visualizations



With thanks to AIGA. From an article by Callie Neylan, November 4, 2011.


More Reading Recommendations 

Forget All The Rules You Ever Learned About Graphic Design, Including The Ones In This Book
Author: Bob Gill
Publisher: Watson-Guptill, New York, 1981
ISBN 0-8230-1863-6
Unlike most books on graphic design, this one talks about how to think, concept, and problem solve.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Author: Scott MacLeod
Publisher: Kitchen Sink, 1993
If you're a visual communicator, you'll get something out of this thoughtful foray into the world of comics – all told in comic-book form. Very enjoyable and instructive.

The Nature and Art of Workmanship
Author: David Pye
More about object design but also applicable and everyone should read – also his "the Nature of Design."

The Shape of Content
Author: Ben Shahn

A Designer’s Art
Author: Paul Rand
Publisher: Yale University Press, 1985
Essential book on design.

Thompson, D’Arcy, On Growth and Form 
Design in nature, get the abridged.

Tufte, Edward R., The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Cheshire CT, 1983, Graphics Press

Tufte, Edward R., Envisioning Information
Cheshire CT, 1990, Graphics Press
(Box 430-Y, Cheshire CT, 06410)
ISBN 0-9613921-1-8
Both should be required reading for all graphic designers.

Venturi, Robert, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.
Pluralism versus modernist formalist purism – addresses architecture but applies easily to 2D... can't think of a book nearly as good specifically for graphic design.

Information Design Workbook
Graphic approaches, solutions, and inspiration plus 30 case studies
by Kim Baer (Author), Jill Vacarra (Collaborator)
Publisher: Rockport Publishers (May 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1592534104
ISBN-13: 978-1592534104

Le Design au Québec
Author: Mark Choco
History of design in Québec

Forms Folds Sizes
Author: Poppy Evans
Rockport 1-59253-054-0

Design Basics Index: A Graphic Designer's Guide to Designing Effective Compositions, Selecting Dynamic Components & Developing Creative Con (Vinyl-bound)
Jim Krause

Design Basic Ideas,
Jim Krause, How Design Books 1-58180-501-2

Universal Principles of Design: A Cross-Disciplinary Reference
William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler, 

Creativity for Graphic Designers, Mark Oldach, North Light Books 1-58180-055-X

Make it Bigger, Paula Scherr 

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

Robin Williams Design Workshop, (also has great advice on project management and managing client relationships)
Robin Williams

Information Design Source Book, Institute for Information Design Japan
ISBN-10: 3764371218

Books on Sustainable Design

Design is the Problem
Author: Nathan Shedroff
Publisher: Rosenfeld Media (available also for download)
ISBN: 1933820004

The Designer’s Atlas Of Sustainability
Author: Ann Thorpe
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1597260991

The Eco-Design Handbook
Author: Alastair Fuad-Luke
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500285217

Green Graphic Design
Author: Brian Dougherty & Celery Design Collaborative
Publisher: Allworth Press 2009
ISBN: 1581155115

SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients Image
Author: Aaris Sherin
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
ISBN: 1592534015

Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design
Author: Wendy Jedlicka
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0470246693

Design for the Other 90%
Author: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
ISBN: 9780910503976

Sustainability & Business

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Author: William McDonough, Michael Braungart
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 086547587

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
Author: Daniel Esty, Andrew Winston
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470393742

Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts
Author: Marc J Epstein
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1576754863

Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good
Author: Chris Laszlo
Publisher: Stanford Business Books
ISBN: 0804759634

The Green Marketing Manifesto
Author: John Grant
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0470723246

Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism
Author: Sharon Beder
Publisher: Green Books
ISBN: 1903998093

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
Author: Andres R. Edwards
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 0865715319

Fostering Sustainable Behavior
Author: Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith
Publisher: New Society
ISBN: 865714061

The Natural Step for Business
Author: Brian Nattrass & Mary Altomare
Publisher: New Society
ISBN: 865713847

Social Sustainability

Do Good Design
Author: David Berman
ISBN: 9780321573209

Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
Author: Victor Papanek
Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers
ISBN: 0897331532

Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility
Author: Steven Heller (Editor), Veronique Vienne (Editor)
Publisher: Allworth Press
ISBN: 1581152655

Design for Sustainability (Design for Social Responsibility)
Author: Tracy Bhamra, Vicky Lofthouse
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 0566087049

Conscientious Objectives
Author: John Cranmer & Yolanda Zappaterra
Publisher: Rotovision
ISBN: 2880467519

The Design of Dissent
Author: Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic
Publisher: Rockport
ISBN: 1592531172

Sustainability (general)

The Ecology of Commerce
Author: Paul Hawken
ISBN: 887307043

Silent Spring
Author: Rachel Carson
Publisher: First Mariner
ISBN: 0618249060

Keeping Our Cool, Canada in a Warming World
Author: Andrew Weaver
Publisher: Viking Canada
ISBN: 9780670068005

The Geography of Hope
Author: Chris Turner
ISBN: 978-0679314660

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Author: Janine M. Benyus
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060533226

David Suzuki’s Green Guide
Author: David Suzuki, David Boyd
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: 1553652932

Massive Change
Author: Bruce Mau
Publisher: Phaidon
ISBN: 0714844012

Our Ecological Footprint
Author: William Rees & Mathis Wackernagel
Publisher: New Society
ISBN: 1550922513

Cocktail Party Guide to Global Warming
Author: Annette Saliken
ISBN: 9780535470532

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
Author: Alex Steffen
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 0810970856

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Author: Fred Pearce
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 080708588X

Children’s Books

The Lorax
Author: Dr. Seuss
ISBN: 394823370

The Fuzzies
Author: Richard Lessor
ISBN: 91359260

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