Requested Reading Recommendations

by MFA IXD January 7, 2009

Upon the request of readers, we asked faculty to recommend books for an interaction design reading list. These could be landmark texts, underdogs, or critical reads, or stepping stones to other fields. The following is what resulted from our request, comprising in part: a sneak preview of what will be assigned in courses; what some consider to be cornerstone interaction design texts; and what some consider important connections to other fields.

The Fundamentals

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin
The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman
Designing Interactions, Bill Moggridge
Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices, Dan Saffer
Designing for People, Henry Dreyfuss

Information Design

Networks and Data

Physical Computing and Electronics

Storytelling and Visual Narratives

Usability and Web Design

See Also


While it may be cheating, the categories of sustainability, philosophy, architecture, writing, and many more have texts too vast to list here. Below are just a couple outlined by the faculty.

Missing some of your trusted texts? Add your recommendations to the comments.

UPDATE: Added “See Also.”

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