Celeste Paul (seele): Book: Universal Principles of Design (Lidwell, Holden, Butler)
If you are interested in learning design theory, I recommend Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler (2003, Rockport). This book includes 101 design topics in perception, learning, usability, appeal, and application. Topic discussions include theory from psychology, marketing, computer science, and graphic design.
Not all examples are computer systems; but the theory is explained well which makes it easy to reapply what you learn when designing a user interface design. The book format makes it both easy and interesting to read (one topic per page), is great as a reference guide, and has lots of pretty pictures.
Another recommendation I’ve made is for Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell (2005, OReilly). Designing Interfaces is focused on detailed examples and specific problems in computer software. Universal Principles of Design covers much more design theory but with examples across domains and media. Both are excellent books for those interested in user interface design and usability.
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