Bret Victor
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48 recommendations

Recommendations by Bret Victor

Simulation and Its Discontents (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)
book
by Sherry Turkle, William J. Clancey, Stefan Helmreich, Yanni A. Loukissas, Natasha Myers

Bret Victor's Review:

A very exciting book for me, because I see the complaints of the discontents as design challenges that can be overcome. The book contrasts the intimacy, transparency, and directness of “thinking with a pencil” to the helplessness and loss of connection inherent in black-box computational tools. I believe we can design a computational medium whose transparency and directness exceeds that of paper. It sure won't look like anything that exists today.

I suppose Turkle is also responsible for turning me on to scientific ethnography in general, along with Edwin Hutchins.

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Snow Crash
book
by Neal Stephenson

Bret Victor's Review:

 The freakiest thing I've read in years. Jaynes's thesis is that, until relatively recently, human beings had no sense of self, could not introspect, and made decisions by schizophrenically hallucinating voices of the gods. Muses literally sang! (The link is to an excellent summary by Erik Weijers; the book is here.) See also Snow Crash??

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

 The freakiest thing I've read in years. Jaynes's thesis is that, until relatively recently, human beings had no sense of self, could not introspect, and made decisions by schizophrenically hallucinating voices of the gods. Muses literally sang! (The link is to an excellent summary by Erik Weijers; the book is here.) See also Snow Crash??

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

@worrydream Do Lakoff and Núñez provide evidence or examples? Interesting assertion, but many postmodern assertions are nothing more.

@jrk Yes, pretty much the entire book is (what they consider to be) evidence and examples.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/487041564405821441

Bret Victor's Review:

.@curious_reader This is a sketch I made based on Gershenfeld's mathematical modeling book. Needs a lot more work. http://worrydream.com/oatmeal/math-modeling-poster.pdf …

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/684507183636086784

Bret Victor's Review:

@jamiiecb @dubroy I think of "Being There" as the go-to situated cog book. "Ecological Approach To Visual Perception" is also worth a look.

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/690685731103080448

Bret Victor's Review:

@jamiiecb @dubroy I think of "Being There" as the go-to situated cog book. "Ecological Approach To Visual Perception" is also worth a look.

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/690685731103080448

Bret Victor's Review:

 Stewart Brand is an incredible human being, and it's a privilege to share a planet with him. The “Long Now” message of long-term responsibility has resonated with me for years, but it wasn't until I read this book that I finally “got” the clock project.

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

Just found out Jack Goody wrote "Domestication of the Savage Mind" at age 58. His most recent book was at age 91. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Goody 

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/521177098808225793

Man : a course of study
book
by Jerome S. Bruner

Bret Victor's Review:

... Jerome Bruner did "Man: A Course of Study" at age 50. His most recent book was at age 88. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Bruner …

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/521178186705797120

Bret Victor's Review:

Stuart Moulthrop's forward to @manjusrii's book is utterly amazing. I'm not sure he was fully awake when he wrote it.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/602591619280318464

Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning (3 Volumes in One)
book
by A. D. Aleksandrov, A. N. Kolmogorov N. Kolmogorov, M. A. Lavrent’ev

Bret Victor's Review:

.@michael_nielsen The Aleksandrov book is great in introducing every field of math w its origin in physical science.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/615981082098274305

The Elements of Graphing Data
book
by William S. Cleveland

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Beautiful Evidence
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Envisioning Information
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

For a great history of Engelbart's lab and the culture it was part of, I recommend John Markoff's dormouse book:

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/352634314674024448a

Bret Victor's Review:

In honor of the passing of Tom Apostol, check out his remarkable visual geometry book (published when he was 89!)

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/730801745136259072

The Little Schemer, Fourth Edition
book
by Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen

Bret Victor's Review:

How to think recursively. One of the most unique and effective pedagogic books ever written.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals (MIT Press)
book
by Katie Salen Tekinbas, Eric Zimmerman

Bret Victor's Review:

The game design textbook. A comprehensive and insightful analysis of interactive design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Meggs' History of Graphic Design
book
by Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis

Bret Victor's Review:

History is the best distinguisher of fashion from fundamentals.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

A bizzare and fascinating tour de force of analytical design,

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

The first comprehensive treatise on interface design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Designing for People
book
by Henry Dreyfuss

Bret Victor's Review:

Memoirs of one of the founders of industrial design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Another classic analytic look at interface design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
book
by Michael Braungart, William McDonough

Bret Victor's Review:

Manufacting is compatible with global ecology.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

The Elements of Graphing Data
book
by William S. Cleveland

Bret Victor's Review:

How to present data, and the why of the how.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Hacker's Delight
book
by Henry S. Warren Jr.

Bret Victor's Review:

A treasure of bit-manipulation algorithms.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Why learning is fun, and fun is learning.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

The Design and Evolution of C++
book
by Bjarne Stroustrup

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Beautiful Evidence
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Envisioning Information
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

 

Bret Victor's Review:

I like to revisit EWD637 from time to time. The third rule is one of the primary guides for my life. http://t.co/vEUekYv

Bret Victor's Review:

I like to revisit EWD637 from time to time. The third rule is one of the primary guides for my life.

Bret Victor's Review:

Kill Math featured in Fast Company: http://t.co/Iwruonl

Bret Victor's Review:

★ How Many Households: redesigning a nytimes interactive graphic so it shows the data. http://t.co/fMhL6RF #publishtuesday

Simulation and Its Discontents (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)
book
by Sherry Turkle, William J. Clancey, Stefan Helmreich, Yanni A. Loukissas, Natasha Myers

Bret Victor's Review:

A very exciting book for me, because I see the complaints of the discontents as design challenges that can be overcome. The book contrasts the intimacy, transparency, and directness of “thinking with a pencil” to the helplessness and loss of connection inherent in black-box computational tools. I believe we can design a computational medium whose transparency and directness exceeds that of paper. It sure won't look like anything that exists today.

I suppose Turkle is also responsible for turning me on to scientific ethnography in general, along with Edwin Hutchins.

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Snow Crash
book
by Neal Stephenson

Bret Victor's Review:

 The freakiest thing I've read in years. Jaynes's thesis is that, until relatively recently, human beings had no sense of self, could not introspect, and made decisions by schizophrenically hallucinating voices of the gods. Muses literally sang! (The link is to an excellent summary by Erik Weijers; the book is here.) See also Snow Crash??

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

 The freakiest thing I've read in years. Jaynes's thesis is that, until relatively recently, human beings had no sense of self, could not introspect, and made decisions by schizophrenically hallucinating voices of the gods. Muses literally sang! (The link is to an excellent summary by Erik Weijers; the book is here.) See also Snow Crash??

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

@worrydream Do Lakoff and Núñez provide evidence or examples? Interesting assertion, but many postmodern assertions are nothing more.

@jrk Yes, pretty much the entire book is (what they consider to be) evidence and examples.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/487041564405821441

Bret Victor's Review:

.@curious_reader This is a sketch I made based on Gershenfeld's mathematical modeling book. Needs a lot more work. http://worrydream.com/oatmeal/math-modeling-poster.pdf …

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/684507183636086784

Bret Victor's Review:

@jamiiecb @dubroy I think of "Being There" as the go-to situated cog book. "Ecological Approach To Visual Perception" is also worth a look.

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/690685731103080448

Bret Victor's Review:

@jamiiecb @dubroy I think of "Being There" as the go-to situated cog book. "Ecological Approach To Visual Perception" is also worth a look.

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/690685731103080448

Bret Victor's Review:

 Stewart Brand is an incredible human being, and it's a privilege to share a planet with him. The “Long Now” message of long-term responsibility has resonated with me for years, but it wasn't until I read this book that I finally “got” the clock project.

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links2013

Bret Victor's Review:

Just found out Jack Goody wrote "Domestication of the Savage Mind" at age 58. His most recent book was at age 91. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Goody 

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/521177098808225793

Man : a course of study
book
by Jerome S. Bruner

Bret Victor's Review:

... Jerome Bruner did "Man: A Course of Study" at age 50. His most recent book was at age 88. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Bruner …

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/521178186705797120

Bret Victor's Review:

Stuart Moulthrop's forward to @manjusrii's book is utterly amazing. I'm not sure he was fully awake when he wrote it.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/602591619280318464

Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning (3 Volumes in One)
book
by A. D. Aleksandrov, A. N. Kolmogorov N. Kolmogorov, M. A. Lavrent’ev

Bret Victor's Review:

.@michael_nielsen The Aleksandrov book is great in introducing every field of math w its origin in physical science.

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/615981082098274305

The Elements of Graphing Data
book
by William S. Cleveland

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Beautiful Evidence
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Envisioning Information
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

This is my five-star list. This  are my favorite things in all the world. A few of the works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. 

Ref: http://worrydream.com/#!/Links

Bret Victor's Review:

For a great history of Engelbart's lab and the culture it was part of, I recommend John Markoff's dormouse book:

Ref:https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/352634314674024448a

Bret Victor's Review:

In honor of the passing of Tom Apostol, check out his remarkable visual geometry book (published when he was 89!)

Ref: https://twitter.com/worrydream/status/730801745136259072

The Little Schemer, Fourth Edition
book
by Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen

Bret Victor's Review:

How to think recursively. One of the most unique and effective pedagogic books ever written.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals (MIT Press)
book
by Katie Salen Tekinbas, Eric Zimmerman

Bret Victor's Review:

The game design textbook. A comprehensive and insightful analysis of interactive design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Meggs' History of Graphic Design
book
by Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis

Bret Victor's Review:

History is the best distinguisher of fashion from fundamentals.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

A bizzare and fascinating tour de force of analytical design,

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

The first comprehensive treatise on interface design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Designing for People
book
by Henry Dreyfuss

Bret Victor's Review:

Memoirs of one of the founders of industrial design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Another classic analytic look at interface design.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
book
by Michael Braungart, William McDonough

Bret Victor's Review:

Manufacting is compatible with global ecology.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

The Elements of Graphing Data
book
by William S. Cleveland

Bret Victor's Review:

How to present data, and the why of the how.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Hacker's Delight
book
by Henry S. Warren Jr.

Bret Victor's Review:

A treasure of bit-manipulation algorithms.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Why learning is fun, and fun is learning.

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

The Design and Evolution of C++
book
by Bjarne Stroustrup

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Beautiful Evidence
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Envisioning Information
book
by Edward R. Tufte

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

‘[These are] the bibles of information design. Nothing comparable exits.’

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Envisioning Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Beautiful Evidence – Edward R. Tufte

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

Bret Victor's Review:

Recommended on Github. Under the heading :Graphic Design, Information Design

The pedagogical potential of the comic form is vast and mostly untapped.

  • ★ Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form – Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels – Scott McCloud

Ref: https://gist.github.com/nickloewen/10565777

 

 

Bret Victor's Review:

I like to revisit EWD637 from time to time. The third rule is one of the primary guides for my life. http://t.co/vEUekYv

Bret Victor's Review:

★ How Many Households: redesigning a nytimes interactive graphic so it shows the data. http://t.co/fMhL6RF #publishtuesday

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