Any Design books as Christmas gift?

What is your favorite design books? ID or non ID.
Any new design books that I must read at this end of year 2004?

I am thinking about it as Christmas gift. :stuck_out_tongue:

I just finished Tom Peters’ latest book Re-Imagine. It was fantastic for a few reasons:

  • He LOVES design and it’s great to see a non-designer pumped-up about our profession and the value it delivers.

  • There are some excellent take-aways that everyone can use.

  • The layout is very cool. It reminds me of my high school world studies textbook. Lots of sidebars and anecdotes.

I have recommended this book to a few people. It’s not a fast read, but it’s impactful.


Am getting this one for Christmas, looked at it in the bookshop + I think it could be really useful:

Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design

I’ve got those books and recommend both of them highly.

The 100 Universal Principles is surprisingly thorough and well done. A good “design toolkit” book.

I also recommend “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” by Alan Cooper. Made for software designers, but useful to anyone desinging high tech products. In it he introduces the now-famous “Persona” process.