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Download Printable VersionHere is a list of some of my favorite books, books that have caused me to stop, think, consider, and learn and sometimes even change direction.

Visualizing Data

The classic works of Edward Tufte will get you thinking about information design practices and how seeing turns into showing.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Envisioning Information
Visual Explanations Beautiful Evidence

The books of my friend and colleague Stephen Few are dog-eared and always within reach. Beautifully written in a style that makes it easy to turn theory into practice.

Show Me the Numbers Information Dashboard Design Now you see it

Infographics, Information Design

I am often asked about Infographics and I always refer folks to Alfred Cairo's wonderful book the functional art. I also absolutely adore (I even slept with it under my pillow the first night I started reading it) Isabel Meirelles book Design for Information.

the functional art Design for Information


Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen and, Just My Type a book about fonts - with just the right touch of humor. Type and fonts are interesting and important and these books do a wonderful job of showing the reader just how important and interesting. I highly recommend them both.

Thinking with Type Just My Type

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Understanding how we think and how we decide is just one more piece of the puzzle of communicating our thoughts, ideas and work with other people. These books are entertaining and easy to read and offer lots of interesting and helpful insights.

Nudge How We Decide Thinking Fast and Slow

Getting Your Ideas Across

You've worked really hard on a project and yet no one is moved to action. Here are a few books that can help you get your ideas across and make you message really stick.

Made to Stick the art of explanation

Improving Your Presentation Skills

If you've ever had to suffer through a tedious and boring slide presentation you understand the problem these books by Nancy Duarte address.

slide ology resonate

Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen has been on my bookshelf for years and I never tire of it. And Scott Berkun is just flat out funny!

And, hey, let's be honest, we can all stand to up our game when it comes to any type of presentation.

Presentation Zen Design Confessions of a Public Speaker

Reference Library

Here are a few "must haves" for your reference library...including my first book of course!!

Risk Adjustment for Measuring Health Care Outcomes How to Measure Anything naked statistics
Proofiness Select Healthcare Classifcation Systems and Databases

The Truth is Very Often Better Than Fiction

These true stories are simultaneously unfathomable and compelling. I highly recommend these won't be disappointed.

Mountains Beyond Mountains The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Emperor of All Maladies
Five Days at Memorial And the Band Played On Steve Jobs

"The main thing in our design is that we make things intuitively obvious."

Steve Jobs