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Best Product Design Books Everyone Should Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Product Design books.

1. Solving Product Design Exercises: Questions & Answers (2018)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadPractice your product design and UX skills. Prepare for your next job interview. Redesign the NYC metrocard system. Design a dashboard for a general practitioner. Redesign an ATM. Learn how to solve and present exercises like these, that top startups use to interview designers for product design and UI/UX roles. Today top companies are looking for business-minded designers who are not just focused on visuals. With this book you can practice this kind of mindset, prepare for job interview, learn how to interview other designers and find concepts for projects for your portfolio….
Author(s): Artiom Dashinsky

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

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadEven 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 that good, usable design…
Author(s): Don Norman

3. Product Design And Development, 5 Ed (2017)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadPrinted in Asia – Carries Same Contents as of US edition – Opt Expedited Shipping for 3 to 4 day delivery -…
Author(s): Ulrich Eppinger

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

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadValue 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 Proposition Design is for anyone who has been frustrated by new…
Author(s): Alexander Osterwalder , Yves Pigneur , et al.

5. The Industrial Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Industrial Designers Need to Know Every Day (2013)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadTo make designs that work and endure (and are also legal), designers need to know—or be able to find—an endless number of details. Whether it’s what kind of glue needs to be used on a certain surface, metric equivalents, thread sizes, or how to apply for a patent, these details are essential and must be readily available so designers can create successful products efficiently. The Industrial Design Reference & Specification Book provides designers with a comprehensive handbook they can turn to over and over again.These pages are filled with information that is…
Author(s): Dan Cuffaro, Isaac Zaksenberg

6. Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design (2012)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadThere are many ways in which a product can be manufactured but most designers know only a handful of techniques. Informative and incredibly easy to use, this bestselling book discusses more than a hundred production methods in detail. Making It appeals not only to product designers but also to interior, furniture, and graphic designers who need access to a range of production methods, as well as to all students of design. This expanded edition includes nine new processes and an all-new section of over 40 finishing techniques….
Author(s): Chris Lefteri

7. The Industrial Design Reader (2003)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadWith input from a diverse range of industry experts/designers, theorists, critics, historians, and curators, this anthology is the first to focus exclusively on the history of industrial design. This pioneering guide traces the entire history of industrial design, industrialization, and mass production from 1850 until today. Sixty comprehensive essays written by designers, theorists, advertisers, historians, and curators detail the most crucial movements, issues, and accomplishments of industrial design. They combine news reports on the very first design workshops, aesthetic manifestos, lectures, and more from the biggest names in the…
Author(s): Carma Gorman

8. Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design (Portfolio Skills) (2012)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadBuilding prototypes and models is an essential component of any design activity. Modern product development is a multi-disciplinary effort that relies on prototyping in order to explore new ideas and test them sufficiently before they become actual products. A comprehensive modern prototyping approach is crucial to making informed design decisions, and forms a strategic part of a successful designer’s toolkit….
Author(s): Bjarki Hallgrimsson

9. Research Methods for Product Design (Portfolio Skills Product Design) (2013)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadThis book provides the reader with a comprehensive, relevant, and visually rich insight into the world of research methods specifically aimed at product designers. It includes practical case studies and tutorials that will inform, inspire, and help you to conduct product design research better.Product designers need a comprehensive understanding of research methods as their day-to-day work routinely involves them observing people, asking questions, searching for information, making and testing ideas, and ultimately generating ‘solutions’ to ‘problems’. Manifest in the design process is the act of research….
Author(s): Alex Milton, Paul Rodgers

10. Loose Leaf for Product Design and Development (2019)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadPioneers in the field, Cateora, Gilly, and Graham continue to set the standard in this 18th edition of International Marketing with their well-rounded perspective of international markets that encompass history, geography, language, and religion as well as economics, which helps students see the cultural and environmental uniqueness of any nation or region. The dynamic nature of the international marketplace is reflected in the number of substantially improved and expanded topics in this 18th, including the following over 100 new academic articles and their findings. All data, text, photos and images…
Author(s): Karl Ulrich, Steven Eppinger, et al.

11. Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy (2017)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadSwipe to Unlock is a comprehensive guide on the must-know concepts of technology and business strategy. ***Swipe to Unlock was updated in 2019 to to cover the latest developments in the world of tech.*** This from the and has been featured in , , and Swipe to Unlock was touted as by Jeremy Schifeling. By answering real-world questions like this, Software Development, Business Models & Strategies, Economics, Hacking & Security, Hardware & Robots, The Internet, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Technology Policy, Emerging Markets, Future Trends,…
Author(s): Neel Mehta , Aditya Agashe , et al.

12. Collaborative Product Design: Help Any Team Build a Better Experience (2019)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadYou can launch a new app or website in days by piecing together frameworks and hosting on AWS. Implementation is no longer the problem. But that speed to market just makes it tougher to confirm that your team is actually building the right product.Ideal for agile teams and lean organizations, this guide includes 11 practical tools to help you collaborate on strategy, user research, and UX. Hundreds of real-world tips help you facilitate productive meetings and create good collaboration habits. Designers, developers, and product owners will learn how to build…
Author(s): Austin Govella

13. Designing Products People Love: How Great Designers Create Successful Products (2016)

 Best Product Design Books Everyone Should ReadHow can you create products that successfully find customers? With this practical book, you’ll learn from some of the best product designers in the field, from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn to up-and-coming contenders. You’ll understand how to discover and interpret customer pain, and learn how to use this research to guide your team through each step of product creation.Written for designers, product managers, and others who want to communicate better with designers, this book is essential reading for anyone who contributes to the product creation process….
Author(s): Scott Hurff

Best Product Design Books Everyone Should Read

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 product 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.

Immersive Journalism as Storytelling; Ethics, Production, and Design

Author(s): Turo Uskali, Astrid Gynnild, Sarah Jones, Esa Sirkkunen
ID: 2860185, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf

Carbon Footprint Case Studies: Municipal Solid Waste Management, Sustainable Road Transport and Carbon Sequestration

Author(s): Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
ID: 2883517, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Advances in Integrated Design and Production: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Integrated Design and Production, CPI 2019, October 14-16, 2019, Fez, Morocco

Author(s): Abdelmjid Saka, Jean-Yves Choley, Jamel Louati, Zakaria Chalh, Maher Barkallah, Mohammed Alfidi, Mounir Ben Amar, Fakher Chaari, Mohamed Haddar
ID: 2887550, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 71 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, 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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