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Shaina Torgerson
Shaina Torgerson Updated

Your favorite books about design!

What are some of your favorite books you turn to when learning new things about design, and why?

Here are some of InVision's favorite books about design:

What the latest design book on your nightstand?

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Caitlin Cambron
InVision ambassador Caitlin Cambron , ambassador Edited

A simple yet impactful book I go back to frequently is 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick. Year 1 of architecture school is very similar to Year 1 of a Graphic Design or Visual Communications program, where students learn the basic principles of design. I was back and forth between these programs in college, and this tiny book does a great job of distilling concepts into memorable tips for every day work. I still use the sketches in it in client meetings or design crits! It's applicable for everyone, especially those without formal design training who want a quick overview.

Classics that are included in InVision's (very impressive) list already, that I would recommend are:

- Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
- Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
- Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann

Kayden Knauss
InVision ambassador Kayden Knauss , ambassador Edited

The first design related book I ever read was Just My Type by Simon Garfield. It gives a wonderful history of fonts and the influence they have in pieces of work. The other books I would recommend that give a more surface overview of UX are Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf and Defensive Design for the Web by Matthew Linderman & Jason Fried. I really appreciated those two when I was learning about best practices, what UX even meant, and how to constantly think holistically about our work.

In addition, I ALSO recommend The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, it truly gives great insight into how UX is embedded into our daily lives.

The next book on my list is actually Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug!

Rob Whiting
InVision ambassador Rob Whiting , ambassador

As part of a UX Trainee Curriculum I put together, I created a list of recommended reading, useful 📚 books to those working in the areas of Product Design & UX.

This list included many of the Design 'Classics' and also some other books I've found useful in my own Design career which are less often mentioned. The list is publicly available here;

and hopefully of use to others ツ

Rob Whiting
InVision ambassador Rob Whiting , ambassador

... and this;

is a really useful round up of Design & UX related reading, filterable by topic, user rating, etc. ツ

Preston McCauley
InVision ambassador Preston McCauley , ambassador Edited

Here are some of the favorite books I recommend to my students as well as UX professionals of any age.

Designing The Obvious - Robert Hoekman Jr.
Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug
Neuro Web Design - What Makes Them Click - Susan Weinschenk
Made To Stick - Chip Heath

The Design Studio Method: Creative Problem Solving with UX Sketching - Brian K Sullivan

UX for Lean Startups: Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design - Laura Klein


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