Recommended references for Visualisation:
- Edward Tufte - The Visual Display of Quantitative Information-Graphics
- Edward Tufte - Visual Explanations
- Edward Tufte - Envisioning Information
- Nigel Holmes - Using Humour to Inform — Note that Holmes and Tufte criticised each other; both of them have relevant points, and it is interesting to hear the two perspectives.
Recommended references for Design:
- Super Mario Bros: Level 1-1 - How Super Mario Mastered Level Design
- Joe Leech - Designing Fantastic User Experiences With Psychology – This talks is about the benefits of procedural knowledge.