The list below provides details of books in our TDL library. Our books provide us inspiration, guidance and knowledge from design and business professionals from all eras and walks of life. We love a good read!


Information Design

  • Duffy, T & Waller, R. (1985). Designing Usable Texts. Florida: Academic Press, Inc.
  • Few, S. (2013). Information Dashboard Design: Displaying data for at-a-glance monitoring (2. ed.). Burlingame, CA: Analytics Press
  • Holmes, N. (2005). Wordless Diagrams. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co.
  • Lima, M. (2014). The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. New York: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Lipton, R. (2002). Information Graphics and Visual Clues: Communicating information through graphic design. Gloucester, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers
  • Malamed, C. (2009). Visual Language for Designers: Principles fro creating graphics that people understand. Beverly, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers
  • McCandless, D. (2009). Information is Beautiful. London: Collins
  • McCandless, D. (2014). Knowledge is Beautiful. London: William Collins
  • Neurath, M. Kinross, R. (2009). The Transformer: Principles of making isotype charts. London: Hyphen Press
  • Rendgen, S & Wiedemann, J [Ed.]. (2012) Information Graphics. Koeln: Taschen
  • Tufte, E.R. (2001). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2. ed.) Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphic Press LLC
  • Wong, D.M. (2010). The Wall Street Journal, Guide to Information Graphics: The dos and don’ts of presenting data, facts, and figures. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company


Product design

  • Antonelli, P. (2004). Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove. London: Phaidon Press Limited
  • Attwood, D. (2002). Sound Design: Classic Audio & Hi-Fi Design. London: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Dolce, J. (1988). Product Design 3. New York: PBC International
  • DRPIC, I. D. (1988). Sketching and Rendering Interior Spaces. New York: Whitney Library of Design
  • Fiell, C & Fiell, P. (2001). Designing the 21st Century. Koln: Taschen
  • Lefteri, C. (2001). Plastic: Materials for Inspirational Design. Mies: RotoVision
  • Powell, D. (1994). Presentation Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Design Ideas. London: Little Brown and Company


Service design

  • Polaine, A, Lovlie, L & Reason, B. (2013). Service Design: From insight to implementation. Brooklyn, New York: Rosenfeld
  • Sangiorgi, D. & Meroni, A. (2011). Design for Services. Farnham, Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited
  • Stickdorn, & Schneider. (2013). This is Service Design Thinking: Basic – Tools – Cases. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers


Graphic design

  • Martin, D. (1995). Graphic Design: Inspirations and Innovations. Ohio: North Light Books


Interface and User Experience design

  • Koliko, J. (2010). Thoughts on Interaction Design. Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers


Wayfinding and mapping

  • Chester, J & Uberti, O. (2014). London The Information Capital: 100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city. London: Particular Books
  • Gibbs, D. (2009). First Ten: The works of Holmes Wood in its first decade. London: Holmes Wood
  • Gibson, D. (2009). The Wayfinding Handbook: Information design for public places. New York: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Hazel, G & Parry, R. (2004). Making Cities Work. West Sussex: Wiley-Academy
  • Lynch, K. (1960). The Image of the City (2. ed). Massachusetts: The MIT Press



  • Adobe (2004). Adobe Type Library Reference Book (2. ed.). Berkley: Adobe Press
  • Baines, P & Haslam, A (2005). Type & Typography (2. ed.). London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
  • J. (2006). Dot-font: Talking About Design. New York: Mark Batty Publisher
  • J. (2006). Dot-font: Talking About Fonts. New York: Mark Batty Publisher
  • Cabarga, L. (2004). Logo Font & Lettering Bible. Devon: David & Charles
  • Lupton, E. (2004). Thinking with Type: A critical guide for designers, writers, editors & students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Paoli, C. (2006). Mexican Blackletter. New York: Mark Batty Publisher
  • Randle, J. (2003). Type & Typography: Highlights from matrix, the review for printers and bibliophiles. New York: Mark Batty Publisher


Design theory

  • Bor, D. (2012). The Ravenous Brain: How the Science of Consciousness Explains out Insatiable Search for Meaning. New York: Basic Books
  • Lefever, L. (2013). The Art of Explanation: Making your ideas, products, and services easier to understand. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Miley & Sons
  • Norman, D.A. (1988) The Design of Everyday Things. New York: Basic Books
  • Ogilvy, D. (1995). Ogilvy on Advertising. London: Prion Books Ltd
  • Packard, V. (1957). The Hidden Persuaders. London: Longhams, Green & Co
  • Papanek, V. (1985). Design for the Real World: Human ecology and social change. (2. ed). London: Thames and Hudson Ltd
  • Pearson, J & Turner, G. (1965). The Persuasion Industry. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode


PowerPoint and presentations

  • Duarte, N. (2008). Slide:ology: The art and science of creating great presentations. O’Reilly Media
  • Tufte, E.R. (2006). The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching out corrupts within (2. ed.) Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphic Press LLC


Construction and engineering

  • Dudley, E & Haalend, A. (1993). Communicating Building for Safety: Guidelines for methods of communicating technical information to local builders and householders. London: Intermediate Technology Publications
  • Forster, J & Marreiros, S. (2005). London: Architecture & Design. Kempen: teNeues
  • McCallum, M & Palmer, J. (2010). Balfour Beatty: One hundred years of shaping the future. London: Atlantic Book



  • Trovey, M. (2012). Design for Transport: A user-centred approach to vehicle design and travel. Farnham, Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited


Menu Design

  • Heimann, J [Ed.], Heller, S & Mariani, J, D. (2011). Menu Design in America. Hohenzollernring, Cologne: Taschen
  • Herriott, L. (2007). 1000 Restaurant Bar & Café Graphics: From signage to logos and everything in between. Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers
  • Monsa, Minguet, J.M. & Gimenez, M. (2011). Menu Design: What’s for lunch? Barcelona: Instituto Monsa de ediciones


Interesting inspiration

  • Brereton, R. (2009). Sketchbook: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd
  • Colin Frewin and Associates. (2008). The Eagle Annual of Cutaways. London: Orbis Publishing Ltd
  • Conran, T & Fraser, M. (2004). Designer on Design. London: Conrad Octopus Ltd.
  • Donald, D. (1990). Airplane: The Complete Aviation Encyclopaedia. London: Orbis Publishing Ltd
  • Holtzman, B. (2015). The Field Guide to Knots: How to Identify, Tie and Untie over 80 Essential Knots for Outdoor Pursuits. London: Apple Press
  • Jackson, P. (1989). Origami: A Complete Step-by-step Guide. London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited
  • Macaulay, D. (1988). The Way Things Work: From levers to lasers, cars to computers – The ultimate guide to the world of machines. London: Dorling Kindersley
  • Miller, S. (2006). Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. New Haven: Yale University
  • Rheingold, H. (2000). The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier (3. ed). London: The MIT Press
  • Richards, K. (2010). The New Optimist: Scientists View Tomorrow’s World & What it Means to Us. Birmingham: Linus Publishing
  • Smith, K. (2008). How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum. New York: The Penguin Group
  • Willson, Q. (1995). The Ultimate Classic Car Book. London: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Wiseman, J. (2015). SAS Survival Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere. London: Williams Collins


Books for business

  • Branson, R, (1998). Richard Branson Losing my Virginity: The Autobiography. London: Virgin Publishing
  • Carnegie, D. (2006). How to Win Friends and Influence People. Vermillion
  • Chan Kim, W & Mauborgne. (2005). Blue Ocean Strategy. Massachusetts: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Charney, C, (1991). Time to Market: Reducing Product Lead Time. Michigan: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Coggan, P. (2009). The Money Machine: How the City Works. London: Penguin Group
  • Harris, T. (2006). Start-up: A Practical Guide to Starting and Running a New Business. New York: Springer
  • Peters, T. (1995). The Pursuit of WOW. London: Macmillan



  • Information Design Journal (IDJ). John Benjamins
  • Wired magazine. Condé Nast International