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Design & Innovation Resources

Whether you are a designer in the making, stumbling through your first project or a seasoned veteran with years under your belt, the learning you do away from your desk is essential for achieving your personal and professional goals. Below are a list of resources that I have used and personally recommend.  

Books

The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman

Explains the functional side of design. Written by the man behind the term "User Experience"

Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks

by Luke Wroblewski

Best practices for web form design and the broader UX concepts on which they rely.

How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul (2nd Edition)

by Adrian Shaughnessy

Thoughts and advice from an industry veteran

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink

Understanding what motivates people. Helpful background information for shaping user behaviors

A Project Guide to UX: For User Experience Designers in the Field or in the Making

by Ross Unger & Carolyn Chandler

All of the steps involved in a traditional UX approach

Mobile Usability

by Jakob Nielsen & Raluca Budiu

Best practices for mobile design, from two usability pioneers.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

by Chip & Dan Heath

A book about behavioral psychology that has big implications for user experience

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

by Tim Ferriss

A treasure trove of advice from the world's most successful people

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

by Tim Brown

How Design Thinking can be applied to different problems

Thinking with Type (2nd Edition)

by Ellen Lupton

Everything you need to know about typography (...fonts).

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

An explanation of how to hack the habit loop, that has big implications for user experience

Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

by Eric Ries

How to remove waste from the founding process. The basis for Lean UX

Podcasts

Wireframe

Hosted by Khoi Vinh

"Wireframe reveals the stories behind user experience design, for UX/UI designers, graphic designers, and the design-curious"

99% Invisible

Hosted by Roman Mars

"99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture."

How I Built This

Hosted by Guy Raz

"How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built."

Courses

Technology Entrepreneurship: From Lab to Market

Harvard Business School

Showing that success in innovation almost never happens by accident. Lots of overlap with UX processes

Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide

Interaction Design Foundation

An introduction to design thinking and the processes involved

HTML & CSS Fundamentals

W3C

An introduction to the technical side of web design. Essential for UI designers in the making

Entrepreneurship Essentials

Harvard Business School

An introduction to the steps involved in building a company.

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