These design books prepare you for a successful career as a designer by teaching you a wide array of topics with a reliable center around being more strategic as a designer.
In the design industry, simply being creative and innovative won’t do – okay, they are important, but what’s more important is the knowledge.
We’ve pulled together the list of free design books on the internet that will help you to design a better user experience, conduct better user research, and improve your usability.
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Design Books Should Read
To build products that people love, you need to know your customer better than you know your best friend. Better than you know your parents. Better than you know your spouse. You need to understand the conditions of their lives, and the intricacies of their state of mind as they undertake the journey your product takes them on.
This knowledge is not innate. Even the best Product Managers have to work hard to understand exactly who is using their product, why they are using it, and what experiences they have when they do. Inside ‘Product Mindset’, you’ll hear from a select group of Product Managers at top companies on how they get inside the mind of the customer. You’ll learn not only how to acquire this knowledge, but also how to translate this knowledge into concrete, real-world results.
Originally published by Five Simple Steps in 2013, my Pocket Guide to Combining Typefaces has sold thousands of copies, been used in college curricula, and been cited in conference talks by industry-leading designers.
The guide will give you a framework for efficient practice, lead you to founts of knowledge, and help you judge the work you see, including your own work. It will also encourage you to be selective, patient, and reasonable, focusing on web contexts and your design goals.
Hack the Design System
To design for a large organization, you have to set up a framework that can scale your work with speed and consistency. Hack the Design System, a new book by Idean and Adobe, offers insights from leaders at companies like Airbnb, IBM, and Microsoft for creating design systems at scale. Download our free e-book to learn how to crack the code on design systems.
Getting Started with Design Systems
A free guide that’s simple in structure, human in explanation and packed with insight.
What you’ll learn:
- The basic principles of Design Systems, with their complexities de-mythed.
- Why Design Systems matter, from preventing inconsistencies, simplifying processes for future projects and harmonising your products.
- Best practice for you and your team to get started in building a successful Design System.
- Exposé on the Design System behind Marvel, learn more about the workflow that works for us.
Design Systems – What How Why
Design systems create consistency, help teams scale design processes, and make it easy to collaborate through shared patterns and language. Learn how to create your own design system with our step-by-step handbook. Then start transforming the way your organization designs at scale.
Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook
At first glance the most obvious change is our new branding — with bold typography and lively colours it’s so much more us…two. We’ve also updated everything to Retina resolution, meaning even crisper detail in the imagery.
There are now more of the fundamental Pixel Perfect Principles, including Users, Motion, and Prototyping.
We’ve added guidance on Error Prevention, particularly relevant to mobile due to the size restrictions placed on the input methods. Some of the content for this chapter has also been reorganised to fit together more logically: for example there is now a section on Copy, pulling in some previous advice from other sections and highlighting its vital role in usability.
Principles of Product Design
Combined with the power of design thinking, these extensively researched best practices from some of the world’s best design teams will help you nail the fundamentals of product design and do great work.
Learn Icon Design
Want to create your first icon set, but have no idea where to start? Or maybe you just want to earn some money on the side by selling stock icons? Or do you shoot for the stars and plan to kickstart your career as an icon designer specializing in custom icons? None of this is possible if you don’t know the basics. To help you out, I’ve created this icon design guide that will answer all the questions you might have.
Problem Solving Web Design
Nowadays, the World Wide Web connects people from all around the world whatever their aims and wishes are. Personal and professional communication, ordering and delivery of goods and services, education and mentoring, searching for new information, advertising, watching films, tracking everyday stuff and accounting finances, and so on, and so forth—seems, there’s no sphere to which the Internet wouldn’t add its own two cents. This reality presents new challenges for designers.
Today we would like to present to you the new issue of Tubik Magazine. This time the free e-book called Problem-Solving Web Design presents the overview of theory, practices, and design cases for user-friendly and attractive websites and landing pages. We have collected tips and ideas sharing our experience in this field.
Design for Business
Designers are often people involved directly in business processes via their job. Knowing the basics of this field makes a designer stronger and more productive in terms of the objectives set for particular projects. This sort of knowledge gets a designer closer to both client and the final user of the digital product.
With our experience, we would like to share ideas and thoughts on the theme, for the sake of the global design community creating more and more products both user-friendly and solving business tasks. In this first issue of Tubik Magazine, the collection of free e-books on design issues, readers are offered the set of basic business terms defined and analyzed in the aspect of design.
Hopefully, it will be useful to build successful and productive strategies both for designers working for business and e-commerce and business people wishing to get more about design techniques and their impact on business processes. Enjoy reading and feel free to share the book with those whom it may concern.
Problem Solving Web Design
Branding in general terms is never about just visual perception or verbal message – it is the issue of the whole image people get hearing the name of a company or seeing its brand identity signs. So, designing the signs and symbols which make a brand original, easily seen and transferring the appropriate message is a job of great responsibility.
In Tubik Blog, we have already published numerous case studies showing the process of logo creation in detail and also provided deeper considerations on correlations of branding and user interface design.
Hopefully, it will be useful to build successful and productive strategies both for designers working in the field of branding and business people wishing to get more about design techniques and their impact on business processes.