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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.

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.
Author(s): Don Norman

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

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.
Author(s): Alexander Osterwalder , Yves Pigneur , et al.

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.
Author(s): Dan Cuffaro, Isaac Zaksenberg

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.
Author(s): Chris Lefteri

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.
Author(s): Carma Gorman

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

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.
Author(s): Alex Milton, Paul Rodgers

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 na…
Author(s): Karl Ulrich, Steven Eppinger, et al.

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.
Author(s): Neel Mehta , Aditya Agashe , et al.

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.
Author(s): Austin Govella

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.
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 Library 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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