Maps of Perception/books for designing User Interfaces

A Listmania! list by Jerome Domurat "greenGRIZZLY" (Los Gatos, CA)
The list author says: "In developing products Iíve discovered that thereís a set of books that I find useful in helping to understand how people perceive the world and visualize the spaces they live in. While these texts may seem broad and overly academic to creating a product. I have benefited from all of them in implementing seemingly small decisions. The concept of "time" as an element of user interaction is often overlooked."
Inner Navigation: Why We Get Lost and How We Find Our Way
1.  Inner Navigation: Why We Get Lost and How We Find Our Way by Erik Jonsson
The list author says:
  "Great introduction to our perceptual views and how we map internally the exterior world. Also, how we use clues to find our way around in the world. Our use of landmarks and inner compass is needed in both the virtual worlds of technology and the world outside."
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Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer
2.  Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi
The list author says:
  "A well written book. Full of clarity and insight. This book explores the relationship of cartography to writing. Human motivations about why we try to make a record of the world as perceived and may actually be. This book is also the groundwork of creating a clear basic interaction model for software."
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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
3.  Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
The list author says:
  "No better book of showing how visual storytelling is constructed.  Examples and how visual resolution and layout in imagery communicates on many different levels. Great insight about pictures as language and how time is translated into layout location. Scottís other two follow on books are also worth taking a look at."
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Metaphors We Live By
4.  Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
The list author says:
  "An overview of how we think about things and the language we use creates a metaphor/map of the abstract into the concrete."
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You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
5.  You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination by Katharine Harmon
The list author says:
  "Great visual examples of maps of perception."
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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure)
6.  A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) by Christopher Alexander
The list author says:
  "Christopher Alexander has created a vocabulary and examined the rational of how physical spaces function and interact in architecture. All of his books are worth a look. I would especially recommend his, Nature of Order series. He reveals the patterns that define living systems vs. things that lack the sparkle."
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Patterns of Software: Tales from the Software Community
7.  Patterns of Software: Tales from the Software Community by Richard P. Gabriel
The list author says:
  "OK, if you want someone who has translated Christopher Alexanderís pattern language into software development, hereís a good starting point."
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In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition
8.  In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition by Walter Murch
The list author says:
  "The aspect of time is often overlooked in software product interaction. But, as media rich products become more common. This rare description of what aspect a film editor considers while making a film is a real treat."
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Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
9.  Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch
The list author says:
  "David Lynch tackles the difficult discussion of where/how does one recover concepts from the depths of the subconscious and reel them into the light."
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Beautiful Evidence
10.  Beautiful Evidence by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "All Edward R. Tufte books are worth examining. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition, Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative"
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The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture
11.  The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture by Gyorgy Doczi
The list author says:
  "Hereís a book that Iíve looked at for years, Iíve never been able to categorize it or really sum up what itís about. I have always liked the diagrams and exploration of nature for proportions and scaling items up. Many beautiful illustrations and examples."
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Museum of Lost Wonder
12.  Museum of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke
The list author says:
  "An amazing marriage of conceptual thoughts and physical spaces. The abstract here is clearly mapped out so one can roam abstract ideas without losing where one is going. Beautifully illustrated, visit the website to get a taste, lostwonder.org"
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The Art of Looking Sideways
13.  The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
The list author says:
  "A compendium of language, visual treats, and quotes. A candy store of inspiration when one needs to sweeten the mind. This isnít a book to read, but something to snack on when you think you donít know what to do."
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Appearance & Reality: A Visual Handbook for Artists, Designers, and Makers
14.  Appearance & Reality: A Visual Handbook for Artists, Designers, and Makers by Stephen Hogbin
The list author says:
  "A rare discussion of Science, Art, Design, and Craftech. The diagrams and examples makes this a fun and interesting read. This text could have easily been titled: Maps of Perception."
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The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are
15.  The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory
The list author says:
  "Journaling is a critical skill to learn in making observations about oneís world. Introduces many practical concepts that anyone can apply. Check out Dannyís other books and website."
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Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought
16.  Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought by Tony Robbin
The list author says:
  "Intelligent blend of science and art, great historic context to the development of theories about Fourth Dimensional mapping. Once again, "perception of time" as a kinda space is difficult to map. Illustrations are well chosen for the text."
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Arboretum
17.  Arboretum by David Byrne
The list author says:
  "A brilliant set of David Byrneís word maps. A set of words pertaining to a topic, that is then mapped out in organic and diagrammatic form. This poetic juxtaposition of terms often makes me laugh. Iím surprised this book hasnít gotten more attention. The document view on Amazon is way too light and misses the connection of the topic on the left page with the word map on the right page."
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Helvetica
18.  Helvetica DVD ~ David Carson
The list author says:
  "This documentary reveals the nuance of discussion about how something as simple as a typeface can have such influence on style and image. Perception isnít just content but form.

My favorite moment is when Matthew Carter describes how he designs a typeface."
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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
19.  Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman DVD ~ Dustin Hoffman
The list author says:
  "While you may not be a fan of Modern Architecture, this documentary gives special insight on how a, Ďphotographerí fueled the perceptions of physical spaces into a mental model that architects were striving to have their buildings deliver. I also liked the interactive quality of the material, this video behaves like an interactive book on a tablet device."
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