Conceptual Design Book List

What follows is a collection of books that may related to artistic and technological practices. It was developed in order to provide a quick and limited set of references for use within the conceptual design department at San Francisco State. Perhaps you can find something useful here. index:

  • Programming, HyperCard, Macintosh, &c., Technical
  • Computer Games
  • Computers and Art, Technical
  • Robots, Artificial Intellegence and Artifical Reality
  • Telecommunications and Networks, Technical
  • Hypermedia, Multimedia, Technical
  • Contemporary & Conceptual Art
  • Cultural Theory
  • Communication, Semiotics, Media
  • Technology
  • Design and Interface, Technical
  • (please note:)

    the difficult premise of controlling the meaning of a vast array of texts. note: presuppositions that the categories impose. also note: what is excluded. creating a canon is a problematic task.

    prepared on a very limited budget and consequently full of errors.


    Programming, HyperCard, Macintosh, &c., Technical

  • Apple ComputerInside Macintosh Vol.s. 1­5 and X-REF
  • Bond, GaryXCMD for HyperCard (MIS Press, 1988)
  • Bristow, Geoff Electronica Speech Synthesis ? 1983
  • Chernicoff, Stephen Macintosh Revealed, vols. 1&2 (Hayden Press, 1985) QA76.8.M3.C43.1985
  • Ettlin, Walter & Solberg, Gregory Microsoft BASIC, Macintosh Edition (Osborne McGraw Hill, 1985) QA76.8.M3.E88.1985x
  • Goodman, D. HyperCard 2.0 Handbook (Bantam, 1991)
  • Goodman, Danny HyperCard Developer¹s Guide (Bantam, 1989)
  • Hearn, Donald & Baker, Paula Microcomputer Graphics T385.H4.1983
  • Kaehler, Carol HyperCard Power (Addison Wesley)
  • Marsh, Ken The Way the New Technology Works (Simon & Schuster, NY, 1982) TK50101.M298
  • Michel, S. HyperCard: Complete Reference (Osborne-McGraw Hill)
  • Newman, William & Sproull Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics T385.N48.1979
  • Norton, Peter Peter Norton¹s Guide to UNIX (Random House)
  • Person, Ron Macintosh Game Animation (Osborne McGraw Hill) GV1469.2.P47.1985x
  • Scott, Joan Introduction to Interactive Computer Graphics T385.S36
  • Scott, Joan (ed.) Computer Graphia (Gulf Publishing, 1984) T385.G594.1984
  • Shafer, D. HyperTalk Programming (Hayden Books, 1988)
  • Shafer, Dan HyperTalk Programming (Hayden)
  • Waite Group Microsoft Machination (Microsoft Press, 1985) QA76.8.M3.W35.1985

  • Computer Games

  • Crawford, Chris Art of Computer Game Design (Osborne McGraw Hill, 1984)
  • GV1469.2.C72.1984
  • Levy, David Computer Gamesmanship (Simon & Schuster, 1983) GV1469.2.L48.1983
  • Reid-Green, K. Games Computers Play
  • Reid-Green, Keith Create Your Own Games Computers (Digital Press, 1984) GV1469.2.R44.1984
  • Sheff, David Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved
  • Your Children (Random House, 1993)
  • Solomon, Eric Games Programming GV1469.2S65.1984

  • Computers and Art, Technical

  • Bateman, Wayne Introduction to Computer Music (Wiley, 1980) MT.41.B37.1980
  • Deken, Joseph Computer Images: State of the Art N7433.8.D45.1983
  • Leavitt, Ruth Artist & Computer N7433.8.A77.1976
  • Prueitt, Melvin Art & the Computer (McGraw Hill, 1984) N7433.8.P7.1984
  • Schwartz, Lillian & Laurens The Computer Artist¹s Handbook: Concepts Techniques and Applications (Norton)
  • Strange, Alan Electronic Music (WMC Brown, 1982) ML.1092.S84
  • Wilson, Stephen Using Computers to Create Art (Prentice Hall) NX260.W55.1986

  • Robots, Artificial Intellegence and Artifical Reality

  • Aukstakeinis, Steve & Blatner, David Silicon Mirage: The Art and Science of Virtual Reality (1992)
  • Benedikt, Michael L. Cyberspace: First Steps (1991)
  • Benley, Christain Automata: Golden Age 1848­1914
  • Fischler, Martin A. & Firschein, Oscar Intelligence: The Eye, The Brain, and The Computer ?
  • Hamit, Francis Virtual Reality and the Exploration of Cyberspace (1993)
  • Hofsteder, Demnet Minds I
  • Jocobson, Karie Simulations: Fifteen Tales of Virtual Reality (1993)
  • Kalawsky, Roy The Science of Virtual Reality and VIrtual Environments (1993)
  • Krueger, Myron Artificial Reality II (Addison Wesley, 1991)
  • Langdell, Tim Virtual Reality Beyond Imagination (1994)
  • Loeffler, Carl & Anderson, TIm (eds.) The Virtual Reality Casebook (1194)
  • McCorduck, pamela Aaron¹s Code
  • Minsky, Marvin The Society of Mind (Simon & Schuster, 1987)
  • Moravec, Hans Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Huamn Intelligence (Harvard Press, 1988) Q335.M65.1988
  • Mueller, G. T. Daydreaming in Humans and Machines
  • Pimentel, Ken & Teixeira, Kevin Virtual Reality: Through the New Looking Glass (1993)
  • Rheingold, Howard Virtual Reality (Doubleday, 1991)
  • Rheingold, Howard Virtual Reality (1992)
  • Rosembaum, David & Bed, Leonard Biofeedback and the Arts
  • Thalmann, Nasia and Daniel (eds.) Virtual Worlds and Multimedia (1993)
  • Woolley, Benjamin Virtual Worlds: A Journey in Hype and Hyperrality (1992)

  • Telecommunications and Networks, Technical

    Apple Computer Understanding Computer Networks (Addison Wesley) Bequai, August Technocrimes (Lexington, 1987)
  • Boettinger, H. M. The Telephone Book: Watson, Vail and American Life, 1876­1976 (Riverwood
  • Publishers, Ltd., 1976)
  • Brooks, John Telephone (Harper and Row, 1975)
  • Coll, Steve The Deal of the Century: The breakup of AT&T (Simon and Schuster, 1986)
  • Dawkins, Richard The Blind Watchmaker (W.W. Norton & Co., 1987)
  • De Sola Pool, Ithiel (ed.) The Social Impact of the Telephone (MIT Press, 1977)
  • Dvorak, J. Guide to Personal Computer Communications (McGraw Hill)
  • Fishman, D. & King, Elliot Book of Fax (Ventana Press)
  • Freed, Ike & Bellum, Baker Understanding Data Communication (SAMS, 1988)
  • Gilber, Held Complete Modem Reference (Wiley)
  • Gilbert, Held and Sarch, Ray Data Communications: A Comprehensive Approach (McGraw Hill)
  • Gilster, Paul The Internet Navigator (Wiley, 1993) TK5105.875.I57.G55.1993
  • Glossbrenner, A. Complete Guide to Personal Computer Communications (St. Martin¹s Press)
  • Glossbrenner, A. How to Look It Up OnLine (St. Martin¹s Press, 1987)
  • Hedtke, John Using Computer Bulletin Boards (MIS Press, 1990)
  • Hsu, Jeffrey Guide to Commercial Telecommunications Service (Prentice Hall, 1990)
  • Insoe, Hiroshi An Introduction to Digital Integrated Communications Systems (University of
  • Toronto Press, 1979)
  • Kehoe, Breden Zen and the Art of the Internet
  • Krol, Ed Whole Internet User¹s Guide & Catalog (O¹Reily & Associates, 1994)
  • Kv?echen, John Talking Computers & Telecommunication (Van Vanbread?, NY, 1983) TK661.K83
  • Landreth, Bill Out of the Inner Circle: Hacker¹s Guide to Computer Security (Microsoft Press, 1985)
  • Leinwall, Stanley From Spark to Satellites (Scribners, 1979) TK5107.2.L46.1979
  • Levy, Steven Hackers (Dell, 1984)
  • Mabon, Prescott Mission Communications: The Story of Bell Laboratories (Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1975)
  • Marine, April, et al. Internet: Getting Started (Prentice Hall, 1993)
  • Martin, James Telematic Society: Challenge for Tomorrow (Prentice Hall, 1981) TK5101.M327
  • McKay, L. What Every Engineer Should Know About Electronic Communications Systems (Dekker, 1989) TK5101.M268.1989x
  • Meyrowitz, Joshua No sense of Place (Oxford University Press, 1985)
  • Noll, A. Michael Introduction to Telecommunication Electronics (Artech House, Inc., 1988)
  • Pierce, John Signals: The Science of Telecommunications (Scientific American Library, 1990) TK.5101.P54
  • Rheingold, Howard Virtual Communities ?
  • Royal Society of London Telecommunications in the 1980¹s and After (?, 1978)
  • TK5101.R693x
  • Shannon, Claude E. & Weaver, Warren The Mathematical Theory of Communication (University of Illinois Press, 1963)
  • Singleton, Loy Telecommunications in the Info Ages (?, 1983) S535.?

  • Hypermedia, Multimedia, Technical

  • Ambran, Sveann & Hooper, Kristina Interactive Multimedia (Microsoft Press, 1988) LB1043.I566.1988
  • Ambron, Sue Ann & Hooper, Kristina Learning with Interactive Multimedia (Microsoft Press, 1990) LB1028.5.L389.1990
  • Apple Computer Human Interface Guidlines; The Apple Desktop Interface (Addison-Wesley, 1988)
  • Cotton, Bob & Oliver, Richard Understanding Hypermedia (Phaidonn Press)
  • Delany, Paul & Landow, George P. Hypermedia and Literary Studies (M.I.T. Press, 1991)
  • Fraase, Michael Macintosh Hypermedia (Scott Foresman, 1991)
  • Iuppa, N.V. Practical Guide to Interactive Video Design (Knowledge Industries Press, 1988)
  • LB1028.75.I84.1984
  • Iuppa, Nicholas Advanced Interactive Video Design (Knowledge Industry Publications, 1988)
  • Nielsen, J. Hypertext & Hypermedia (Academic Press, 1990) QA76.76.H94.N54.1990
  • Schneiderman, B. & Kearsley, Greg Hypertext Hands-On (Addison Wesley, 1991)
  • Souter, Gerry The Disconnection: How to Interface Computers and Video (Knowledge Industry
  • Publications)
  • Wilson, Steve Multimedia Design with HyperCard (Prentice Hall, 1991) QA76.8.M3.W58.1991
  • Woodhead, Nigel Hypertext & Hypermedia (Addison Wesley, 1991)
  • QA76.76.H92.W66.1991

  • Contemporary & Conceptual Art

  • Berger, John Ways of Seeing
  • Bryson, Norma Vision and Painting (Yale University Press, 1983) N72.B79x
  • Burger, Peter Theory of the Avant-Garde (University of Minnesota Press, 1984) BH301.A94.B8313.1984
  • Deitch, Jeffrey Post Human N7570.D44.1992x
  • Ferguson, Olander, Tucker, Fiss (eds) Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture
  • Foster, Hal Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics (Bay Press, 1985) NX456.5.P66.F67.1985
  • Foster, Hal (ed.) Anti-Aesthetic (Bay Press, 1983) BH301.M54.A57.1983
  • Haacke, Hans Artfairismes (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1989)
  • Kahn, Douglas & Whitehead, Gregory (eds.) The Wireless Imagination (M.I.T. Press)
  • Kosuth, Joseph Art After Philosophy and After: Colled Writings 1966­1990 (MIT Press, 1991) N6537.K65.A35.1991
  • Kosuth, Joseph The Play of the Unmentionable (New Press, 1992)
  • Lippard, Lucy Mixed Blessings ?
  • Lippard, Lucy Six Years ?
  • Muybridge, Eadweard Animal Locomotion (1887)
  • Popper, Frank Art in the Electronic Age (Thames and Hudson, 1993)
  • Risatti, Howard (ed) Postmodern perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art (Prentice Hall, 1990)
  • Roskill, Mark & Carrier, David Falsehood in Visual Images (University of Massachusetts Press, 1983) BH39.R67.1983
  • Siegel, Jeane Art Talk: The Early 80¹s (Da Capo Press, 1988)
  • Suleiman, Susan Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics and the Avant-Garde (Harvard University Press, 1990) PQ307.E95.S85.1990
  • Thackara Design after Modernism
  • The Institute for Contemporary Art Moden Dreams:The Rise and Fall of Pop (MIT Press, 1988) N6494.P6.M65.199x
  • van Bruggen, Coosje John Baldessari (MOCA, 1990)
  • Wallis, Brian Art After Modernism 1984
  • Wilson, Fred Mining the Museum: An Installation (New Press, 1994)

  • Cultural Theory

  • camera obscura 27,28,29 (John Hopkins University Press, Sept 1991, Jan 1992, May 1992)
  • Representations 40 (University of California Press, Fall 1992)
  • Alexander, C. Notes on the Synthesis of Form (Harvard Press, 1964)
  • Attali, Jacques Noise (University of Minnesota Press, 1985) ML3795.A913.1985
  • Baudrillard, Jean Simulations 1983
  • Benjamin, Walter Illuminations (Schocken Books, 1976) PN514.B3623
  • Boigon, Brian (ed.) Culture Lab 1 (Princeton Achitectural Press, 1993)
  • Brunner, John Shockwave Rider (Ballantine, 1989)
  • Bukatmen, Scott Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Post-Modern Science Fiction (Duke University Press, 1993)
  • Clarke, Arthur C. Voices Across the Sea (William Luscombe, 1974)
  • Clifford, James The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art (Harvard University Press, 1988) GN308.C55.1988
  • Crary, Johnathan Techniques of the Observer
  • Crary, Jonathan & Kwinter, Sanford (eds.) Incorporations (Zone, 1992) CB478.I53x.1992
  • Culler, Johnathon On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism After Structuralism (Cornell University Press, 1982)
  • Deleuze, Gilles & Guattari, Félix A Thousand Plateaus (University of Minnesota Press, 1987) B77.D413.1987
  • Feher, Michel, et al (ed.) Fragments for a History of the Human Body, vols. 1­3 (Zone, 1989)
  • Ferguson, Russell, et al (eds.) Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures (MIT Press, 1990) NX180.S6.O97.1990
  • Foster, Hal (ed.) Vision and Visuality (Bay Press, 1987) BH39.R67.1983
  • Foster, Hal (ed.) Discusions in Contemporary Culture (Bay Press, 1987) N72.S6.D57.1987
  • Foucault, Michel Foucault Live (Semiotext, 1989)
  • Foucault, Michel Politics Philosophy Culture (Routledge, 1988) B2430.F722.E5.1988
  • Foucault, Michel Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews & Other Writings (Pantheon Books, 1980) HM291.F59
  • Foucoult, Michel Discipline and Punish (Vintage Books, 1979) HV8666.F6813.1979
  • Foucoult, Michel The Order of Things
  • Gagon, Jean Pornography in the Urban World (Art Metropole, 1984)
  • Gates, Jr., Henry Louis The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press, 1988) PS153.N5.G28.1988
  • Gibson, William Neuromancer (Ace, 1984)
  • Haraway, Donna Primate Visions: Gender, Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science (Routledge, 1989) QL737.P9.H245.1989
  • Haraway, Donna Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (Routledge, 1991) GN365.9.H37.1991
  • Harvey, David The Condition of Postmodrnity (Basil Blackwell, 1989)
  • Horn, D. Golden Flutes & Great Escapes
  • Hutcheon, Linda The Politics of Postmodenism (Routledge, 1989) PN3503.H84.1989
  • Karp, Ivan & Lavine, Steven Exhibiting Cultures (Smithsonian Institution, 1991) AM151.E94.1991
  • Kittler, Friedrich A. Discourse Networks 1800/1900 (Stanford University Press, 1990) PT345.K5813.1990
  • Kuhn, Annette Alien Zone (Verso, 1990) PN1995.9.S26.A818.1990
  • Lévi-Strauss, Claude The Savage Mind (University of Chicago Press, 1966) GN451.L3813
  • Mander, Jerry In the Absence of the Sacred (Sierra Club, 1991)
  • Mulvey, Laira Visual and Other Pleasures (Indiana University Press, 1989) PN1995.9.W6.M84.1989
  • Olalquiaga, Celeste Megalopolis (University of Minnesota Press, 1992)
  • Poster, Mark The Mode of Information (Univeristy of Chicago Press, 1990) HM24.P66.1990
  • Poster, Mark Critical Theory and Poststructuralism: In Search of a Context (Cornell University Press, 1989) B2430.F724.P67.1989
  • Price, Sally Primitive Art in Civilized Places (University of Chicago Press, 1989) N5311.P75.1989
  • Said, Edward W. Orientalism (Vintage Books, 1978) DS12.S24.1978
  • Sarup, Madan An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism ans Postmodernism (University of Georgia Press, 1989) B841.4.S26.1989
  • Sekula, Allan The Body and the Achive (October 39, Winter 1986)
  • Shiller, Herbert Culture Inc. (Oxford University Press, 1989) P95.82.U6.S34.1989
  • Stoll, Clifford The Cuckoo¹s Egg (Doubleday, 1989)
  • Virilio, Paul La Machine de Vision (Éditoins Galilée, 1988)
  • Virilio, Paul War and Cinema (Verso, 1989) PN1995.9.W3.V58.1989
  • Von Auw, Alvin Heritage and Destiny (Praeger Publishers, 1983)
  • Von Oech, R. A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (Harper and Row, 1986)
  • Zizek, Slavoj Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel and the Critique of Ideology (Duke University Press, 1993)
  • Zizek, Slavoj The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 1989) B823.3.Z55.1989

  • Communication, Semiotics, Media

  • Barthes, Roland Mythologies (Paladin, 1973) AC25.B3132.1972b
  • Baudrillard, Jean The Ecstasy of Communication (Semiotext, 1987)
  • Culler, Johnathan Framing the Sign (Univeristy of Oklahoma Press, 1988) PN94.C85.1988b
  • Fiske, John Introduction to Communication Studies (Routledge, 1982) P90.F58.1982
  • Knider, Masha Playing with Power in Movies, Television and Video Games (University of California Press, 1991)
  • Lakodd, Robin Talmach Talking Power (Basic Books, 1990)
  • Lakoff, G. & Johnston, J. Metaphors We Live By (University of Chicago Press, 1980)
  • Makaryk, I.R. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Litery Theory (University of Toronto Press, 1993)
  • Mander, Jerrry Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (Quill, 1977) HE8700.8.M35
  • Modleski, Tania Studies in Entertainment (Indiana University Press, 1986) P96.C76.S78.1986
  • Pierce, John R. An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise (Dover
  • Publications, 1980)
  • Postman, Neil Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (Vintage Books, 1992) T14.5.P667.1992
  • Schneider, C. & Wallis, B. Global Television (MIT Press, 1988) HE8700.4.G56.1988
  • Sebeok, Thomas, A. A Sign is Just a Sign (Indiana University Press, 1991)
  • Seldman, Raman A Reader¹s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (University Press of
  • Kentucky, 1989) PN94.S45.1985bx

  • Technology

  • ? Connections & Computer Mediated Community
  • Augarten, Stan State of the Art (Ticknor & Fields) TK7874.A84.1983
  • Augarten, Stan Bit by Bit: Illustrated History (Ticknor & Fields) QA76.17.A94.1984
  • Brand, Steward Media Lab (Dell, 1989)
  • Brand, Stuart Media Lab (Viking, 1987) T171.M49.B73.1987
  • Conley, V. Andermatt Rethinking Technologies (University of Minnesota Press, 1992)
  • De Landa, Manuel War in the Age of Intelligent Machines
  • Entebi, Elizabeth Electronic Epoch (Van Norstrand, 1983) TK7819.A67.1982
  • Insoe, Hiroshi & Pierce, John Information Technology and Civilization (W.H. Freeman and Co., 1984)
  • Kurzweil, R. Age of Intelligent Machines (MIT Press, 1990) Q335.K87.1990
  • Leebarert, Drek (ed.) Technology 2001: Future of Computers & Communications
  • Lucky, Robert Silicon Dreams: Information, Man and Machine (St. Martin¹s Press, 1989)
  • Penley, Constance & Ross, Andrew (eds.) Technoculture (University of Minnesota Press, 1991) T14.5.T438.1991
  • Roszak, Theodore The Cult of Information (Pantheon, 1988) QA76.9.C66.R66.1986

  • Design and Interface, Technical

  • Adams, J. L. Conceptual Blockbusting (Addison Wesley, 1986)
  • Backer, R. & Buxton, William Readings in Human-Computer Interactions (Morgan Kaufman, 1987)
  • Blattner, Meeran & Damenberg R. (eds) Multimedia Interface Design (Addison Wesley, 1992)
  • Bolt, Richard The Human Interface: Where Computers and People Meet (Lifetime Publications, 1984) QA76.9.I58.B65.1984
  • Edwards, Betty Drawing on the Artist Within (Simon and Shuster, 1986)
  • Laurel, Brenda (ed.) Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (Addison Wesley, 1990) QA76.9.H85.A78.1990
  • Laurel, Brenda (ed.) Computer as Theatre (Addison Wesley, 1991) QA76.9.H85.L38.1991
  • Norman, Don The Design of Everyday Things (Doubleday, 1988) TS171.4.N67.1988
  • Norman, Don & Draper, S.W. (eds.) User Centered Design (Lawrence Earlbaum Ass., 1986) QA76.9.I58.U73.1986
  • Norman, Donald Psychology of Everyday Things
  • Norman, Donald Things That Make Us Smart
  • Papanek, Victor Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change (Academy Chicago Publishers, 1985)
  • Saloman, G. Interaction of Media, Cognition, & Learning (Jossey & Bass, 1989)
  • Schneiderman, Ben (ed.) Designing the User Interface (Addison Wesley, 1987) QA76.9.I58.S47.1987
  • Tufte, Edward Visual Display of Quantitative Information (Graphics Press, 1983) QA276.3.T83.1983
  • Tufte, Edward Envisioning Information (Graphics Press, 1990) P93.5.T84.1990
  • Winograd, T. & Flores, F. Understanding Computers and Cognition (Addison Wesley, 1987) QA76.W58.1986