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Recommended Readings


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Somebody at work asked me today for a list of good book recommendations for game designers, so I figured I’d put the list here to help as many people as possible. All of these books have taught me important things about design or have helped my work even though they’re not directly about games development.

Creativity and Innovation

Project Management

  • Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass: Quick overviews of lots of interesting topics on software development — nothing really in-depth, but you’ll get a lot of information in few pages
  • Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Timethy Lister: A classic on project management. The only management book I’ve read 3 times — it’s that good.
  • Patton on Leadership by Alan Axelrod: Leadership methods based on General Patton’s approach to leading his troops

Interface Design

  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman: Essential tips on creating interfaces that are easy to use
  •  Emotional Design by Donad A. Norman: Going beyond interfaces that are easy to use, how do you make people have an emotional reaction to your design?

Writing Well

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk jr. and E.B. White: A small book with a ton of tips on improving your writing.
  • Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger: How to create believable and interesting characters for any kind of fiction.
  • Story by Robert McKee: Learn how to be a great screenwriter

Communication

Marketing

  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath: Learn what makes ideas stick in people’s mind.
  • Positioning by Al Ries and Jack Trout: Essentials of modern marketing
  • The Anatomy of Buzz by Emanuel Rosen: How to create word-of-mouth marketing
  • The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell: More on word-of-mouth marketing and the effect of social networks on the popularity and impact of things.

One Response

  1. AlexG Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/public/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 82

    Good list.

    Also I would add anything by Seth Godin.

    Especially “Purple Cow” and “The Dip.”

    These two books completely changed how I view marketing, community and innovation.

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