The following reference material is greatly beneficial to the study of design leadership, UX design, information design, data visualization, information architecture, and the design process.

Design Leadership


Avore, Chris, & Russ Unger. Liftoff!: Practical Design Leadership to Elevate Your Team, Your Organization, and You. Rosenfeld Media, 2020.
Banfield, Richard. Design Leadership: How Top Design Leaders Build and Grow Successful Organizations. O’Reilly Media, 2016.
Marquet, L. David. Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Portfolio Penguin, 2015.
Merholz, Peter, & Kristin Skinner. Org Design for Design Orgs. O’Reilly Media, 2016.
Scott, Kim. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. St Martin’s Press, 2019.
Zhuo, Julie. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You. Portfolio, 2019.

UX Design & Information Architecture


Covert, Abby. How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014.
Garrett, Jesse James. The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond. New Riders, 2010.
Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. New Riders, 2013.
Marquis, Lisa Maria. Everyday Information Architecture. A Book Apart, 2019.
Norman, Don. The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books, 2013.
Rosenfeld, Louis, Peter Morville, & Jorge Arango. Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond. O’Reilly Media, 2015.
Yablonski, Jon. Laws of UX: Using Psychology to Design Better Products & Services. O’Reilly Media, 2020.

Information Design


Baer, Kim. Information Design Workbook: Graphic Approaches, Solutions, and Inspiration + 30 Case Studies. Rockport Publishers, 2008.
Berinato, Scott. Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making, Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations. Harvard Business Review Press, 2016.
Cairo, Alberto. The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Data Visualization. New Riders, 2012.
Cairo, Alberto. The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. New Riders, 2016.
Klanten, Robert, Nicolas Borquin & Thibaud Tissot (Eds.). Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Die Gestalten Verlag, 2008.
Klanten, Robert, Sven Ehmann, Nicolas Borquin & Thibaud Tissot (Eds.). Data Flow 2: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Die Gestalten Verlag, 2010
Knaflic, Cole Nussbaumer. Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals. John Wiley & Sons, 2015.
Knight, Carolyn & Jessica Glaser. Diagrams: Innovative Solutions for Graphic Designers. Rotovision SA, 2009.
McCandless, David. The Visual Miscellaneum. HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
Meirelles, Isabel. Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations. Rockport Publishers, 2013.
Tufte, Edward. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. (2nd Ed.) Graphics Press, 2001.
Visocky O’Grady, Jenn & Ken. The Information Design Handbook. F+W Publications, 2008.
Wong, Dona. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics. W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.
Yau, Nathan. Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. Wiley Publishing, 2011. 

Websites & Blogs

Stephen Few | Perceptual Edge.
Alberto Cairo | The Functional Art.
Stephanie Evergreen.
Ann K Emery | Depict Data Studio.
Nadieh Bremer | Visual Cinnamon.
Visualoop | Infographics & Data Visualizations.
Information is Beautiful.
Nicholas Felton.
GOOD magazine, Transparency section.
Robert Kosara | EagerEyes: Visualization & Visual Communication.
WTF Visualizations. (Examples of how NOT to visualize data!)

Best Practices

The Data Visualisation Catalogue. | a curated guide to the best tools, resources and technologies for data visualization.
Chartopedia | your guide for choosing the right chart types.
Data Viz Project | collection of data visualizations to get inspired & finding the right type.

Data Journalism & Data Storytelling

Data Journalism Handbook.
Data Driven Journalism.
Datablog | The Guardian.
Data Journalism | The Guardian.
The Upshot | New York Times.

Data Visualization Tools

Google Data Studio.
Flourish | Data Visualisation & Storytelling.
Data Driven Documents (D3).
D3 Tutorials by Scott Murray, Code Artist.
Chart.js | Simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers.

Information Design Studios

Density Design.
Column Five Media.

Design Process & Research


Crow, David. Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts. (2nd Ed.) AVA Publishing AG, 2010. (First published 1993.)
Fletcher, Alan. The Art of Looking Sideways. Phaidon Press, 2001.
Hofmann, Armin. Graphic Design Manual. Verlag Niggli AG, 1965.
Noble, Ian & Russell Bestley. Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design. AVA Publishing AG, 2005.
Roberts, Lucienne & Rebecca Wright. Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design. Laurence King Publishing, 2010.
Tolleson, Steve. Soak Wash Rinse Spin. Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.

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