A READING LIST for software designer/developers

This is a list of works I've encountered that I feel are extremely valuable. I have chosen not to summarize them or even offer an opinion on them; rather, I've noted the question that the work asks and attempts to answer because believe every work is created to explore a central question. If the question happens to be one that you also share, then go take a peek at the author's journey into it.


"The Mother of All Demos"

Doug Engelbart
Can you leverage a machine to make yourself smarter?
 

"The Mythical Man Month"

Fred Brooks
How do you ensure conceptual integrity?
 

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"Inventing on Principle"

Bret Victor
If we make the invisible visible, can we begin to think the unthinkable?

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The Design of Everyday Things

Donald A. Norman
How do we design objects that don't need manuals or even labels?

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The Humane Interface

Jef Raskin
Why do computers suck so much?
 

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Understanding Media

Marshall McLuhan
How does a new medium change the way you think?
 

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Why Mega Man X is the Best Game Ever

Egoraptor
Can a game teach you the rules without using ANY words?
 

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Edward Tufte
How do you convey the most information with the least ink spilled?

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A Communications Primer


Ray & Charles Eames
How does Communication work?
 

 

The Anti-Mac User Interface 

Jakob Nielsen
If your users grew up with computing and you can abandon physical metaphor, what interface would you design?

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