First Designer In:
Reading Recommendations

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.

Design Reading

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

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

Business Reading

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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For Founders & Investors

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