Here are 7 best books on Designing

Here are 7 best books on Designing

Quick Summary

These are the best books filled with design wisdom. Once you read them your perspective towards designing will be changed 💯

These books talk about, How to be bold as a designer, How to overcome procrastination as a designer, How to make your UI/UX more functional, and much more.

Most of these books are available in Paperback, Hardcover, Audio, and in digital format i.e PDF/Epub and you can get them on Play Books, Amazon, Kindle easily.

1. The war of Art

This is a must-read book, especially if you are having a tough time breaking your creative barriers, and if you want to know how you can overcome your biggest enemy that is procrastination.

the War of Art Book by Steven Pressfield
the War of Art by Steven Pressfield

2. Steal like an Artist

As an artist, we all steal or you can say everything is already created, we are just making a better version of it.

Here the author talks about how to steal smartly and create unique work out of it, Stealing sounds a bit wrong right? You can replace stealing with inspiration 😉

Talking about inspirations, Here are 7 UI design websites that will keep you inspired

Steal Like an Artist Book by Austin Kleon
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

3. Change by Design

Design is powerful and can make and break a business. for example with everything being digital these days, a poor UI/UX design app will not perform well and a user will prefer other apps that have better UI/UX design.

Tim Brown talks about how design is crucial in every stage of business and can lead to innovation in business & strategies.

Change by design - by Tim Brown
Change by design – by Tim Brown

4. Show your Work

Hold on, The cover of the book looks familiar, right? umm and even the Author! Yes, this is the second book by Austin Kleon on this list.

This book is a gem, often as artists, Designers we are shy to show our work but this book will teach you to be bold and proud of your work. Like I was shy with my work initially, After reading this book I have a blog, My work is on Behance, Linkedin, Instagram, Dribbble, and everywhere possibly I can put it up.

Do read this book, either you are a UI/UX designer, Illustration Artist, Developer or in any profession does not really matter and in case if you are not a reader, this might interest you, it is a short book with pictures.

Show your work by Austin Kleon
Show your work by Austin Kleon

5. The design of everyday things

Don Norman is a legend. If you are a UI/UX designer I am pretty sure you must have seen or heard about his work.

He talks about real-life designs and how we can use the same principles in digital design.

If you wish to level up your UI/UX design game, this is a must book to read.

The design of everyday things by Don Norman
The design of everyday things by Don Norman

6. Don’t make me think

This is a classic book about human–computer interaction and web usability

Steve Krug says that a good software program or web site should let users accomplish their intended tasks as easily and directly as possible.

Don't make me think by Steve Krug
Don’t make me think by Steve Krug

7. Hooked

I believe we all have something in common, Before we go to sleep and after we wake up, we do check our phones. We are either on whatsapp, Instagram or checking our mails, okay!!! yes netflix we do binge watch.

This book will guide you to create products that a user is glued to. A must read book for Product/UI/UX designers.

Hooked by design book Nir Eyal
Hooked by Nir Eyal

All these design books are very insightful and some of them are really short and on to the point. You should read them and they will boost your knowledge guaranteed.

Do let me know if I had missed out on any good book here, and how was your experience reading these design books.