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People have already mentioned Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language and Timeless Way, but I'll note that he has further distilled those ideas in his The Nature of Order Series: http://amzn.to/2b4XYf5

1. Levels of Scale 2. Strong Centers 3. Thick Boundaries 4. Alternating Repetition 5. Positive Space 6. Local Symmetry 7. Good Shape 8. Deep Interlock and Ambiguity 9. Gradients 10. Contrast 11. Echos 12. Roughness 13. The Void 14. Simplicity and Inner Calm 15. Each in the Other




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