The Best Book List for UI/UX Designer, Product Manager, Graphic Designer & Logo Designer
Design is never a easy thing, whether you are an UX/UI designer, product manager, graphic designer or logo designer should keep on learning. And there are many learning resources out there which are good, but the book is always a best way to absorb the knowledge. The more quality design books we can read, the better it is for us. As saying goes like ”an apple a day, keep doctor away”, I’m gonna say: a book a day, make your design “blow away”. Here comes a book list which is best for all kinds of designers to read. Hope it is helpful and useful to you. Any books you think it’s worth to be included, please feel free to give a message below in the comment area.
UI design books
1. The Best Interface Is No Interface
In this book, a sharp and incisive critique of screen-based design thinking, Golden Krishna points out that designing digital products has morphed into a discipline of maximizing time and attention on screens, which is often in complete opposition to helping people solve problems or accomplish goals. Design has turned into a science of addiction rather than the art (and science) of empathy and human needs.
2. Designing Interfaces
This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.
3. Universal Principles of Design
An easy to use, high level reference of various design principles. A good reference for students, designers, user interface experts or anyone involved in creating, maintaining or managing a product. The language is concise, the principles are presented in an easy to understand manner. Each principle is summed up at the highest level in the subtitle with a more detailed description in the body. A list of related principles is included and in some instances visual aids. Footnotes are at the bottom of each section.
4. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
If you want to improve your ability to analyze and visualize data, Tufte's book is a great place to start. The book provides an excellent blend of practice, tactical advice that can be applied to any Excel or PowerPoint graph - and discussions about the nature of data that seed ideas about more powerful and complex visualizations.
Being an old book, many of the examples are historic and hand-drawn. If you're looking for click-by-click advice on how to make your next PowerPoint prettier, you might get frustrated by this book. But if you're interested in making your graphs more information-rich and analysis-friendly, you've come to the right place.
5. Don't Make Me Think
I bet all designers had read it, this book is always the bestselling book in design industry. If you haven’t read it, go buy it right now. And don't forget the classic: Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things.
6. UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication
This is an exceptional book on UI design. Each chapter feels like a revelation that gives you frameworks and structures to tame the chaotic experience of attempting to create software that users like and understand.
UX design books
1. The Elements of User Experience
This book is an excellent overview of the user experience field. I'd recommend this book both for those new to the field and just learning about it as well as to practitioners looking to better communicate what they do to clients and co-workers.
2. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
If you're in the behavioral sciences field, you know how difficult it is to find help in actually applying these sciences to business, particularly innovation. Nir explains how to design for habit formation in layman's terms and at the back of each chapter he actually coaches you on immediately applying what you learned to your own specific project.
3. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
This book is very straightforward and easy to understand with great real-life examples and photos of how other companies, including some huge ones like PayPal, meetup.com, and Dropbox, implemented learn ux and the growing pains.
4. UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want
I highly recommend this book to anyone involved with UX strategy, whether you are the strategist or simply working in a field that requires UX strategy.
5. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
The book content is great and the process methods and practice are well defined for any UX professional to pick up and be effective with out of the box.
6. A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making
This book was well written and clearly written by top professionals in their field. Although anyone can benefit from the message in this book, it's really written to those who work in web design agencies.
Product manager books
1. Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love
If you want to know why do some products make the leap to greatness while others do not, how do you decide which product opportunities to pursue? Andhow do you get evidence that the product you are going to ask your engineering team to build will be successful? You will find the answers in this books and there is a huge difference between how the best companies create products and all rest.
2.The Product Manager's Handbook : The Complete Product Management Resource
This book is a good first step into product management. It covers a wide spectrum of the topic. It is also a great book to read if you are 1-2 years into the position and need some added guidance. It really gives you a nice 100,000 foot overview of the position and strategic insight on some of the more challenging stuff. It's a easy read and one of those books you pick up and don't want to put down.
3. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
Product managers know that design matters — but designers don’t often account for emotion. Don Norman discusses the emotional reactions that products provoke. He outlines the three ways that humans react to design, including the reflective dimension that evokes positive self-image or satisfaction. This book will reinforce how to build products with users at the forefront of your mind.
4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
A raise isn’t enough to keep teams engaged. In one of his five best-selling books, Daniel H. Pink outlines the three elements of true motivation — autonomy, mastery, and purpose. They’re traits that great PMs already have in spades. This book shows you how to connect them to your daily work visualizing and creating new things.
5. The Product Manager's Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Succeed as a Product Manager
It was written by one of today's leading product management thought-leaders, Steven Haines, this book provides best practices, practical on-the-job advice, and a step-by-step blueprint for succeeding in product management. Whatever your level of experience--whether you're a novice product manager or seasoned product management leader--you’ll find everything you need to make consistent positive impacts on your business.
6. Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
This book will tell you how to master the PM interview questions, what kind of resume can be a good PM resume. I recommend to all of product managers to read it whether you plan to inteview or not. You will learn a wealth of information about product manager and new skills.
Although I'm not very familiar with the graphic design and logo design, but the following books are highly recommended by my friends and clients who are experts in those fields. Enjoy it.
Graphic design books
1. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
2. How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World
3. Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
4. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything
5. Graphic Design: The New Basics: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
6. How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
Logo design books
1. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities
2. Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
3. Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos
5. Logo, Font & Lettering Bible
All above books can be found in Amazon (some detail descrptions come from Amazon), choose one and read it. Reading is the best way to spend your time.