Resources for information design and architecture

Undated listings were posted as of March 2003. New listings are dated. Send listings and additions to the ID-IA SIG manager. The email address is on the SIG leaders page.


"Information Design: A bibliography" Compiled by Michael J. Albers and Beth Conney Lisberg. Technical Communication. Second Quarter 2000. Available to STC members online. Many of the books in this list are in the Albers and Lisberg bibliography.

Resource list by Toby Braun Posted May 2005.

Tech Head Stories: Information Design. McLellan Wyatt Digital. Posted May 2005.

Email discussion and announcement lists


InfoDesign (moderated)

InfoDesign Cafe

SIGIA-L ASIS&T, ASIS&T for discussion of information architecture in academic settings,
administration, deployment and teaching issues. New list, March 2005. Subscribe at

SIGIA (ACM) and CHIWEB summaries

Interaction Design Group discussion list

Interation Design Group announcement list
subscribe_to_IxDG_announcements.shtml list run by
Posted June 2005.



Taxonomy community of practice Yahoo Group. Seth Earley. Posted June 2005.

Agile-usability Yahoo Group. Jeff Patton. Posted June 2005.



Better by design website. Posted December 2005.


IBM Ease of use: Design. Posted December 2005.

Laurel, Brenda ed. 2003. Design research: methods and perspectives. Cambridge, MIT. Posted May 2005.

Lidwell, W., Holden, K., and Butler, J. 2003. Universal principles of design: 100 ways to enhance usability, influence perception, increase appeal, make better design decisions, and teach through design. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers. Posted June 2005.

Margolin, Victor, and Richard Buchanan, eds. 1995. The idea of design: a design issues reader. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, ISBN 0262631660.

Mok, Clement. 1996. Designing business: Multiple media, multiple disciplines. San Jose, CA: Adobe Press. (out of print)

NextDesign Leadership Institute. Posted January 2006.

Norman, Donald A. 1988. The design of everyday things (formerly The psychology of everyday things). New York, NY: Doubleday/Currency, ISBN 0385267746.

peterme Design and graphics in left navigation. Posted July 2005.

Wong, Wucius. 1993. Principles of form and design. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN 0471285528x.

Experience design

Experience Design, Nathan Shedroff,

UX Thoughts,

Information architecture

Access (labeling, search, taxonomies, metatdata)

Analysis of data and retrieval of information:

Controlled Vocabularies Resources - Queensland University From Whitney Quesenbery. Posted January 2006.

Definitions of terms related to controlled vocabularies. Posted December 2005.

Dublin Core
TKI < From Whitney Quesenbery. Posted January 2006.

NISO. Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of
Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies. Abstract:
Full standard: Posted December 2005.

Search engine software. Posted December 2005.

Simple Knowledge Organisation System, including SKOS Mapping Posted December 2005.

Taxonomy and Content Classification. From Whitney Quesenbery. Posted January 2006.

Amy Warner's Taxonomy Primer. Posted December 2005.

MultiTes - From Whitney Quesenbery. Posted January 2006.

XML Topic Maps. Posted December 2005. From Whitney Quesenbery. Posted January 2006.

General information

Argus Center for Information Architecture Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld through 2001.

ACM Transactions on Information Systems
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Journal of Digital Information
Journal of Documentation
Information Processing & Management
Information Visualization. Posted November 2005.

IA resources, Jesse James Garrett


IAwiki Louis Rosenfeld through November 2002.

Information architecture, Google search link

Information Architecture Institute founded in 2002 as the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture and re-named in 2005. Founded by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and others. Many of the founders have websites listed on Projects wiki: Posted June 2005.

Introduction to information architecture (resource list): Posted December 2005.

Morrogh, Earl. 2003. Information architecture: an emerging 21st century profession. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Posted May 2005.

Reiss, Eric L. Practical information architecture: A hands-on approach to structuring successful websites. Addison-Wesley. 2000. Posted December 2005.

Rosenfeld, Louis, and Peter Morville. 1998. Information architecture for the World Wide Web. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, ISBN 1565922824.

Van Dijck, Peter. Information architecture for designers: Structuring websites for business success. RotoVision. 2003. Posted December 2005.

Wodtke, Christina. Information architecture: Blueprints for the web. New Riders. 2002. Posted December 2005.

Wurman. Richard Saul. 1997. Information architects. New York, NY: Graphis Press. (out of print)

Navigation, organization, and structure

Concept maps:,1282,67685,00.html?tw=rss.TOP
Posted June 2005

Definitions: Posted June 2005

AT&T's Graphviz dot notation: Posted July 2005.

Bowker, Geoffrey C. and Susan Leigh Star. 1999. Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-02461-1. Posted July 2005.

Garret, Jesse James. Visual vocabulary.

How to create a content inventory and site map: An alternative is to use Xenu Link Sleuth to find all the links. Posted December 2005.

Point of View on interface design (library and catalog metaphors). Posted December 2005.

Josh Porter. Home Alone? How Content Aggregators Change Navigation and Control of Content. Originally published March 2005. Posted December 2005.

Spool, Jared. "The Right Trigger Words" (article) 2004. Posted August 2005.

Information design

Content and Complexity, edited by Mike Albers and Beth Mazur. 2003. Lea (publisher). ISBN 0805841415.

Dillon, Andrew. 1994. Designing usable electronic text: Ergonomic aspects of human information usage. London, UK: Taylor and Francis, ISBN 074840113X.

Document Design journal.

Dynamic Diagrams. Includes case studies. Posted August 2005.

Elegant Hack, Christina Wodtke,

Escoe, Adrienne. 2001. The practical guide to people-friendly documentation. Milwaukee: ASQ Quality Press. Presents several kinds of policy and procedure formats and a chart for determining the formats that best meet particular needs. Posted July 2005.

Fifty Writing Tools; The introductory column to the workbench of Roy Peter Clark. Posted July 2005.

FORMS Posted January 2006.

Hackos, JoAnn T., and Dawn M. Stevens. 1997. Standards for online communication. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471156957.

Horton, William K. 1994. Designing and writing online documentation. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, ISBN 0471306355.

Information Design Journal (Peter J. Bogaards,

Information Mapping. Research note by Namahn, a user-centered design consultancy based in Brussels, Belgium.

Jacobson, Robert, ed. 1999. Information design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ISBN 0262600358.

Kristoff, Ray, and Amy Satran. 1995. Interactivity by design: Creating and communicating with new media. Mountain View, CA: Adobe Press, ISBN 1568302215.

LaSpina, James A. 1998. The visual turn and the transformation of the textbook. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc, ISBN 0805827021.


Miller, Drue. Seven Deadly Sins of Information Design. Netscape article, 1999. Posted May 2005.

Minto, Barbara. 1996. The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving. Minto International. Posted May 2005.

Online Information Design

Paradis, James G., and Muriel L. Zimmerman. 1997. The MIT guide to science and engineering communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ISBN 0262161427.

Readability Research (Topics in Usability, STC Usability SIG)

Schriver, Karen. 1997. Dynamics in document design. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471306363.

Swann, Alan. 1990. How to understand and use design and layout. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books, ISBN 089134358X.

Thissen, Frank. 2004. Screen design manual: communicating effectively through multimedia. Berlin: Springer. Posted May 2005.

Unified Field Theory of Design, Nathan Shedroff,

Williams, Robin. 1994. The non-designer's design book. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press, ISBN 1566091594.

White, Jan V. 2003. Editing by design. 3rd edition. New York: Allworth. Posted May 2005.

Wurman, Richard Saul. 1989. Information anxiety. New York, NY: Doubleday/Bantam. (Information Anxiety 2, ISBN 0789724103; the first is out of print)

Interface and interaction design

Barfield, Lon. 2004. Design for new media: interaction design for multimedia and the web. Harlow, UK: Pearson. Posted May 2005.

Bolter, J.D. and D. Gromala. 2003. Windows and mirrors: Interaction design, digital art, and the myth of transparency. Cambridge, MIT Press, ISBN 0262025450. Posted May 2005.

Cooper, Alan. 1995. About face: The essentials of user interface design. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, ISBN 1568843224.

Galitz, Wilbert O. 1996. The essential guide to user interface design: An introduction to GUI design principles and techniques. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471157554.

Hackos, JoAnn T., and Janice C. Redish. 1998. User and task analysis for interface design. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471178314.

Hix, Deborah, and H. Rex. Hartson. 1993. Developing user interfaces: Ensuring usability through product & process. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471578134.

Mandel, Theo. 1997. The elements of user interface design. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471162671.

Mirel, Barbara. 2004. Interaction design for complex problem solving: developing useful and usable software. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann. Posted May 2005.

Mullet, Kevin, and Darrell Sano. 1995. Designing visual interfaces: Communication oriented techniques. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0133033899.

Shneiderman, Ben. 1997. Designing the user interface: Strategies for effective human-computer interaction. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0201694972.

Plain and simplified language

ABREVE FAQ. Posted May 2005.

Is It Plain?, a manual for plain language writers. 2002. Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (Canada). Posted May 2005. Posted June 2005.

Technology news and information

CNN Tech

NY Times Technology

Tomalak's Realm

Washington Post Tech


Type design

Bryan, Marvin. 1997. Digital typography sourcebook. New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471148113.

Bringhurst, Robert. 1999. The Elements of Typographic Style. 2d ed. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. Posted December 2005.

Dair, Carl. 1988. Design with type. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0802065198.

Spiekermann, Erik, and E. M. Ginger. 1993. Stop stealing sheep & find out how the type works. Mountain View, CA: Adobe Press, ISBN 0672485435.

Williams, Robin. 1998. The non-designer's type book. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press, ISBN 0201353679.


Brightly Colored Food

Coe, Marlana. 1996. Human factors for technical communicators. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471035300.

Dumas, Joseph S., and Janice C. Redish. 1999. A practical guide to usability testing. Revised ed. Exeter, UK: Intellect, ISBN 1841500208.

HCI Index. Posted December 2005.

Nielsen, Jakob. 1994. Usability engineering. San Francisco, CA: Academic Press Professional/Morgan Kaufmann, ISBN 0125184069.

Norman, Don. "Human-Centered Design Considered Harmful" (article), 2005. Posted August 2005.

usability blog,

Usable Web, Keith Instone,, Jakob Nielsen

Usability and User Experience Community of STC.

Usability Methods Toolbox, James Hom,

UsabilityNews. Posted December 2005.

Usability Professionals' Association

Visual and graphic design

Arnheim, Rudolph. 1974. Art and visual perception: A psychology of the creative eye. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, ISBN 0520026136.

Arnheim, Rudolph. 1969. Visual thinking. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, ISBN 0520018710.

Bang, Molly. 1991. Picture this: Perception & composition. Boston, MA: Bulfinch Press, ISBN 1587170302.

Bertin, Jacques. 1983. Semiology of graphics. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0299090604.

Bertin, Jacques. 1981. Graphics and graphic information processing. Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter, ISBN 3110088681

Burnett, Ron. 2004. How images think. Cambridge, MIT. Posted May 2005.

Data visualization. Posted January 2006.

Dondis, Donis A. 1973. A primer of visual literacy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ISBN 0262540290.

Harlan, Calvin. 1986. Vision and invention. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0139422285.

Harris, Robert L. 1996. Information graphics: A comprehensive reference. Atlanta, GA: Management Graphics, ISBN 0195135326.

Horn, Robert. 1999. Visual language: Global communication for the 21st century. Bainbridge Island, WA: MacroVU, ISBN 189263709X.

Horton, William. "The Almost Universal Language: Graphics for International Documents." Technical Communication, 4: 682--693.

Horton, William K. 1991. Illustrating Computer Documentation; The Art of Presenting Information Graphically on Paper & Online. New York:John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

Horton, William K. 1994. Icon Book: Visual Symbols for Computer Systems and Documentation. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. ISBN 047159900X.

Kepes, Gyorgy. 1995. Language of vision. New York, NY: Dover Publications, ISBN 0486286509.

Kosslyn, Stephen M. 1994. Elements of graph design. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman and Company, ISBN 071672362X.

Kostelnick, Charles, and David D. Roberts. 1998. Designing visual language: Strategies for professional communicators. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, ISBN 0205200222.

McKim, Robert. 1980. Thinking visually. Palo Alto, CA: Dale Seymour Publications, ISBN 0866514236.

Meyer, Eric K. 1997. Designing infographics. Indianapolis, IN: Hayden Books, ISBN 1568303394.

Moore, D. M., and F. M. Dwyer, eds. 1994. Visual literacy: A spectrum of visual learning. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications, ISBN 0877782644.

Pomona College's On-line Visual Literacy Project

Shermer, Michael. April 2005. "The Feynman-Tufte Principle: A visual display of data should be simple enough to fit on the side of a van." Scientific American online.

Spatial effect and analysis links from ID SIG member Geoff Dutton: Archives of a Harvard lab established in 1965 to explore using computers (IBM 7094 and 360 at the time) to display maps (on line printers, at first, then plotters, then interactively). The lab went on to pioneer developments in digital cartography and geographic information systems until its dissolution in 1989. Brochure describing the lab's work., Geoff's website. An animated "comic strip" explains the need for and structure of a hierarchical geospatial data model ( Posted June 2005.

Tufte, Edward. 1983. The visual display of quantitative information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, ISBN 0961392142.

Tufte, Edward. 1989. Envisioning information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, ISBN 0961392118.

Tufte, Edward. 1997. Visual explanations: Images and quantities, evidence and narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, ISBN 0961392126.

UnderConsideration addresses graphic design as a political, social, economical and culturally relevant profession. There is a forum and a user-developed encyclopedia. Posted December, 2005.

Wallschlaeger, Charles, and Cynthia Busic-Snyder. 1992. Basic visual concepts and principles for artists, architects, and designers. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown Publishers, ISBN 0697006514.

Wildbur, Peter, and Michael Burke. 1998. Information graphics: Innovative solutions in contemporary design. London, UK: Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0500280770.

Wileman, R. E. 1993. Visual communicating. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications, ISBN 0877782482.

xBlog: Visual thinking

Zwaga, H. J. G., T. Boersma, and H. C. M. Hoonhout. 1999. Visual information for everyday use: Design and research perspectives. London, UK, and Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0748406700.