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Foundations of Interaction Design

Aneesh Karve "tigerpunch"
The list author says: "Create and design enjoyable products and services with the practical insights found in these books"
Sketching User Experiences:  Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Interactive Technologies)
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Interactive Technologies)
"beautiful and free. transformed the way i work. key insight:  you don't need working technology to envision the future and inspire your product team. a sketch will do. designers who depend on technical people to illustrate their visions will be forced to compromise. buxton shows the way out."
The Simplicity Shift: Innovative Design Tactics in a Corporate World
The Simplicity Shift: Innovative Design Tactics in a Corporate World
"short and sweet. tells you how to perform user-centric design and how to release quality software on time. hand this book to your CEO or manager for quick transformation."
Visual Thinking: for Design (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)
Visual Thinking: for Design (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)
"know your medium, the brain and the eyes, in concise and practical detail"
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
"understand the broader picture of business and marketing, which in turn feed design. this is a beautifully executed book rife with revenue models, case studies and sketch notes."
The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things
"usability in a nutshell. describes what makes everyday things hard or easy to use, how people form mental models of everyday systems and tasks."
Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
"repetitive and incomplete. nevertheless, a gem that reveals how humans experience products, and why beautiful products are easier to use."
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
"simple, wise and digestible. perhaps the best primer on interaction design for the web."
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
"the art of communicating with images"
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design
"seminal; yet a bit dogmatic. prefer the 3rd edition for the clearest presentation of cooper's design process."
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
"learn the language of the eyes"
Envisioning Information
Envisioning Information
"say it right"
Beautiful Evidence
Beautiful Evidence
"highlights include sparklines and integrity of evidence"
Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
"this book is less about design principles and more about sparking thought on the future of the web and information interfaces. if you love ideas, patterns and structure, you'll love this book."
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
"practical techniques for solving problems and illustrating solutions"