Books To Help You Become a Design Thinker

By |2018-03-28T18:43:19+00:00April 12th, 2018|User Experience (UX) Design|

There are multiple schools of thought on software design and endless resources available on the subject . However, it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you’re looking for resources to help design better energy software.

That is why I’ve compiled a list of resources that continue to help me gather new ideas when designing for energy management software. The list contains resources dedicated to research, computer science, traditional design, typography, agile/lean methodologies, and interaction design, as well as the best books on design thinking.

There are multiple schools of thought on software design and endless resources available on the subject . However, it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you’re looking for resources to help design better energy software.

That is why I’ve compiled a list of resources that continue to help me gather new ideas when designing for energy management software. The list contains resources dedicated to research, computer science, traditional design, typography, agile/lean methodologies, and interaction design, as well as the best books on design thinking.

Top 5 design Thinking Resources

1.  The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman

This book provides unparalleled insights into how to influence consumer behavior through great design principles. By analyzing the relationship between usability and other critical design components, Norman provides a pathway and critical discussion of how to best guide users down the right path toward actions and conversions.

2.  The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond, Jesse James Garrett

For those starting out in the field of web, mobile web, and software design, this book is the best guide available to help you get started. Addressing everything from branding to content, Garret lays out a great primer of what you need to know to get started and master design.

3.  A Practical Guide to Information Architecture, Donna Spencer

Designing information architecture is one of the most complicated processes in design. Not only does it determine the user’s pathway, it also holds substantial SEO value. Read this book by Spencer to help you design the perfect information architecture that clearly sets out the rest of your design steps and the development process.

4.  Don’t Make Me Thinkand Rocket Surgery Made Easy, Steve Krug

Steve Krug has been widely recognized as the authority on usability. These two additions to the canon of design thinking are unparalleled in their knowledge and insights. Not only does Rocket Surgery Made Easy simplify the usability process, but both books together provide a great process to replicate in your everyday design process.

5.  Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience, Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

This is the gold standard of agile methodology laid out perfectly for beginners as well as advanced design thinkers. This book continues to inspire millions of designers and should be re-read every year or so to get a refresher on the principles of truly lean agile design.

Other Design Methodologies and Thinking:

These are just a few books that have personally helped me better understand the “why” behind design and how to implement effective  energy software solutions. I hope this helps you!

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