'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' (Edward Tufte): Must have book, whilst images don't jump off the page at you they really draw you in. Introduced me to one of my favourite terms:
- Graphical Excellence - the well-designed presentation of interesting data, a matter of substance, of statistics, and of design. The communication of complex ideas with clarity, precision and efficiency. Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.
'Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process' (Andy Kirk): This book aims to get you thinking about the design of your visualisation properly from the off and offers some practical guidance on things to consider. It also contains a good list of types of chart types and when it's appropriate to use them.
'Visualize This' (Nathan Yau): Nathan Yau writes one of my favourite blogs (Flowing Data) and for about £20 a year you can sign up to his really useful tutorials. This, his first book, offers good insight into what to look for in data and recommendations around some tools and software out there for creating visualisations.
'Data Points' (Nathan Yau): This book focuses on visualisation that means something and similar to his first book (above) it provides practical advice for creating your own. It also probably contains the best collection of visualisation examples I've seen in most books.
'Interactive Data Visualization for the Web' (Scott Murray): Scott Murray is a code artist and the author of this useful step-by-step guide for producing your first interactive visualisation. It goes at a steady speed and covers both concepts as well as methods.