Visual design

These books are concerned with the visual style or appearance of the interfaces you design.

Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques

Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano

The examples in this book may be dated - it was written when Windows 95 was an exciting idea - but the principles are as solid as they were then. Kevin and Darrell take the principles of graphic design and teach you how to apply them to interface design.

Refactoring UI

Adam Wathan and Steve Schoger

A more modern book, and there's always a chance that the methods will be dated in five years. That said, Adam and Steve show us many methods for making user interfaces look better. A very practical book full of exciting techniques.

Notable books I haven't read

Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design

Khoi Vinh

Most websites are designed using a grid. It's the easiest way to make sure your design feels like it was laid out intentionally. Khoi Vinh is a highly respected designer, and I have no doubt that he does a good job of teaching the reader about how to use grids for website design.

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