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Learn more about design thinking and design methods and improve your design thinking skills & design workflow with our curated recommended books.

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

If you are new to the field of design thinking then this book is perfect for you. Written by cognitive scientist and usability engineer Donald Norman, he discusses how design serves as the communication between object and user, and how to optimize that conduit of communication in order to make the experience of using the object pleasurable.

Design Methods by Amy Ko

If you are looking for something shorter and free then the fantastic "Design Methods" book by Amy Ko is a great alternative. Do check it out!

A Project Guide to UX Design by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler

An extremely structured book, this book focusses on providing details about each stage of the UX Design process - perfect for a student doing their first UX project.

Sprint by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Brakden Kowitz

If you want to use the same problem-solving method Google designers use at both Google and for companies they invest in, then this book is perfect for you. This book is a practical guide to conducting a design sprint for groups of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to non-profits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf

Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.

101 UX Principles

101 UX Principles shows you the 101 most important things you need to know about usability and interface design.