Below are all the books and articles I’ve mentioned or cited throughout First Designer In. If you’ve been in this business for more than ten minutes, you’ll likely already have a bunch of the design books, or at perhaps a few of business ones as well.
The User Experience Team of One A Research and Design Survival Guide
Universal Methods of Design Expanded and Revised 125 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions
Org Design for Design Orgs Building and Managing In-House Design Teams
Liftoff! Practical Design Leadership to Elevate Your Team, Your Organization, and You
A quicker heuristic analysis Don Norman’s 7 Stages of Action and Jakob Nielsen’s classic 10 point evaluation condensed into a potent 5 point product design review
Articulating Design Decisions Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience
The First 90 Days Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
The Agile Bicycle A Better Analogy for Software Development
Difficult Conversations How to Discuss What Matters Most
Somewhat Eclectic “Other” Reading
The Book of Survival The Original Guide to Staying Alive in the City, the Suburbs, and the Wild Lands Beyond
Servant Leadership A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
I Can't Make This Up Life Lessons from Kevin Hart (I highly recommend the audiobook - it’s like a heartfelt 10 hour standup routine)
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