10 best must-read books for designers 

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Hey there, I have read a line “ Reading makes your world bigger “. I guess you know now that I am an avid reader immersed in the realms of Design Thinking and Interaction Design.

As you spend a little time in your reading. It gives you better knowledge that can help you be better at creating designs, solving problems, Better relationships, and better skills.

It can help you to increase your visual world horizon.

So here we go, some of the best books for designers’ recommendations naturally gravitate towards these domains.

Below is  a curated list of must-reads that have left an indelible mark on designers’ perspective:

1. Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman:

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Delve into the fascinating world of design, from deciphering human behavior to empathizing with users. This seminal work promises to revolutionize your perception of the world around you. One of the best books to read thoroughly.

2. Law of Simplicity by John Maeda:

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Explore the application of design thinking not just in professional settings but also in our daily lives. Who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to simplify and organize their existence? Well, it is hard to have that simplicity nowadays.

3. 100 Things Designers Should Know by Susan M. Weinshenk:

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A concise compendium of essential design principles accompanied by practical examples, offering invaluable insights for designers. A must read for making your craft more precise.

4. Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell:

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A comprehensive reference spanning various disciplines of design, offering principles that are universally applicable irrespective of one’s design background. It is kind of a 101 guide for designers.

5. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug:

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Tailored for web and mobile design, this book provides straightforward insights into usability, particularly in the digital realm. Opt for the updated version for insights into mobile usability. Create an advanced user experience through your designs.

6. Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington:

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A succinct guide to different research methods, each method is introduced with clarity to aid designers in making informed choices. The inclusion of infographics further enhances comprehension.

7. Change by Design by Tim Brown:

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Discover the transformative power of design thinking beyond the confines of the design team, illustrating how organizational adoption can lead to superior product development.

8. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David and Tom Kelley:

Start on a journey into the ethos of design with the founders of IDEO, David and Tom Kelley. A compelling narrative that underscores the essence and significance of design in our lives. Get all the insights from the experts itself. What else you can ask for?

9. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon:

Embrace your unique artistic identity with confidence, as Kleon advocates for authenticity and creativity in one’s creative pursuits. Creating authenticity in your craft is one of the best pursuits for a designer.

10. About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin:

Dive deep into the intricate world of Interaction Design with this comprehensive guide, meticulously crafted for the technically inclined seeking an in-depth understanding of the designs. Most importantly finding your pace and authenticity as a designer.

So, arm yourself with these literary treasures and embark on a journey of enlightenment and inspiration. 

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