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Best Design Books Worth Your Attention

Our list of some of the best Design books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition (2013)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionEven the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious — even liberating — book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.The Design of Everyday Things shows…
Author(s): Don Norman

2. The Non-Designer’s Design Book (4th Edition) (2014)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionFor nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fourth edition, The Non-Designer’s Design Book offers even more practical design advice, including a new chapter on the fundamentals of typography, more quizzes and exercises to train your Designer Eye, updated projects for you to try, and new…
Author(s): Robin Williams

3. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design (2015)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionThe Field Guide to Human-Centered Design is your textbook to practicing human-centered design for social innovation. Written for both new and experienced practitioners, the Field Guide reveals IDEO.org’s process with the key mindsets that underpin how we think about design for the social sector, 57 clear-to-use design methods, worksheets and case studies of human-centered design in action. #25,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): IDEO.org

4. Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design (2010)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionWhether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work—until now. Just a few of the principles that will , , and help you : The book is so that principles can be easily and quickly referenced by name. For those interested in addressing a specific problem of design, the (How can I help people learn from my design? How can I…
Author(s): William Lidwell , Kritina Holden, et al.

5. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (2018)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionThis bestselling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions; key elements of the research process; a review of the literature; an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. New to this Edition #5,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #42 in Social Sciences (Books) #2 in Social Sciences Methodology #8…
Author(s): John W. Creswell, J. David Creswell

6. Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It (2019)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionThe world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet’s atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they’re designed to work. And every time we “improve” their design, they get better at killing. Facebook’s privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their “real names” initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter’s toxicity and lack of…
Author(s): Mike Monteiro

7. Design Thinking Process & Methods 5th Edition (2019)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionDesign thinking has become the new design doing that is sweeping the globe. Design thinking’s impact on how organizations go about solving problems has been profound. Design Thinking has the power to transform nearly everything. It is a human-centered approach for finding innovative real solutions to tough problems. Design thinking combines the approaches of design, management, and science to solve a wide range of difficult challenges. Design thinking can be used to develop products, services, and experiences as well as design and business…
Author(s): Robert Curedale

8. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer) (2014)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionValue Proposition Design helps you tackle the core challenge of every business — creating compelling products and services customers want to buy. This highly practical book, paired with its online companion, will teach you the processes and tools you need to create products that sell.Using the same stunning visual format as the authors’ global bestseller, Business Model Generation, this sequel explains how to use the “Value Proposition Canvas” to design, test, create, and manage products and services customers actually want.Value…
Author(s): Alexander Osterwalder , Yves Pigneur , et al.

9. Design Is Storytelling (2017)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionEllen Lupton, award-winning author of Thinking with Type and How Posters Work, demonstrates how storytelling shapes great designGood design, like good storytelling, brings ideas to life. The latest book from award-winning writer Ellen Lupton is a playbook for creative thinking, showing designers how to use storytelling techniques to create satisfying graphics, products, services and experiences. Whether crafting a digital app or a data-rich publication, designers invite people to enter a scene and explore what’s there. An intriguing logo, page…
Author(s): Ellen Lupton

10. The Design (2015)

Best Design Books Worth Your AttentionThis book is a STANDALONE. It follows two side characters from The Duet, but every detail you need to know will be included. Five minutes until the interview begins. Fresh on the heels of her college graduation, Cameron Heart has landed an interview at a prestigious architecture firm. Four minutes until the interview. She knows she’s only there because the owner, Grayson Cole, is her older sister’s friend. Three minutes. For the last seven years, Grayson has been the most intimidating man Cammie has ever had the pleasure, or displeasure, of being around. Two Minutes. But the job…
Author(s): R.S. Grey

Best Design Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Petroleum Rock Mechanics. Drilling Operations and Well Design

Author(s): Bernt Aadnoy and Reza Looyeh (Auth.)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Pub, Year: [2011], Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1016946

XML : problem, design, solution

Author(s): Mitch Amiano; et al
Publisher: Books24x7.com, Year: [2005?], Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1175430

Universal Design for Learning in Action: 100 Ways to Teach All Learners

Author(s): Whitney H. Rapp
Publisher: Brookes Publishing, Year: May 5, 2014, Size: 25 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2296087

Guppy Color Bank

Author(s): Philip Shaddock
Publisher: Guppy Designer, Year: March 2008, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299790

Guppy Color Strains

Author(s): Philip Shaddock
Publisher: Guppy Designer, Year: June 2012, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299789

[TOC only] The Guppy Color Manual: Explorations of Guppy Color Biology and Genetics (aka The Guppy Color Manual: Explorations in Guppy Color Biology and Genetics)

Author(s): Philip Shaddock
Publisher: Guppy Designer, Year: June 2012, Size: 143 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299795

[Front matter only] The Guppy Color Manual: Explorations of Guppy Color Biology and Genetics (aka The Guppy Color Manual: Explorations in Guppy Color Biology and Genetics)

Author(s): Philip Shaddock
Publisher: Guppy Designer, Year: June 2012, Size: 391 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299797

Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design: An Encyclopedia of Mechanisms

Author(s): Geoffrey Engelstein; Isaac Shalev
Publisher: Routledge, Year: July 13, 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2423282

The algebra of organic synthesis : green metrics, design strategy, route selection, and optimization

Author(s): John Andraos
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: cop. 2012, Size: 321 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 936965

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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