Over the past few years I’ve become a bit of a design-book hoarder. I’ve found them through recommendations, different events, and lists put together by designers and others I admire. These books have helped me expand on how to think about design, develop different types of design craft, and apply those practices across UX, visual and interaction design.

Here are a few of my favorites. What are some of yours?

Design Philosophy

“The Shape of Design” by Frank Chimero
“The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman
“Universal Principles of Design”
by William Lidwell
“Imagine: How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer (this book was recalled after it was found that Lehrer embellished some anecdotal quotes – still a great read if you can find a copy)
“Thoughts on Interaction Design” by Jon Kolko
“HCI Remixed” by Thomas Erickson and David W. McDonald


UX & Behavior Change

“Designing Interactions” by Bill Moggridge 
“Designing for Emotion”
by Aaron Walter
“Human Centered Design Toolkit”
by IDEO
“Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction” by Yvone Rogers
“Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook” by Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt and Bill Buxton
“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
“100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People” by Susan Weinschenk
“Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman


Visual Design & Typography

“Logo Design Love” by David Airey
“Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes” by Michael Evamy
“Know Your Onions” by Drew de Soto
“Thinking with Type”
by Ellen Lupton
“Type on Screen” by Ellen Lupton and Maryland Institute College of Art
“On Web Typography” by Jason Santa Maria
“Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids” by Beth Tondreau
“Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type” by Ina Saltz
“The Web Designer’s Idea Book” by Patrick McNeil
“Understanding Color” by Linda Holtzschue
“Design Elements: Color Fundamentals” by Aaris Sherin


Design Practice & Leadership

“Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design” by Maria Giudice
“Lean UX” by Jeff Gothelf
“Work for Money, Design for Love” by David Airey
“Design is a Job” by Mike Monteiro
“Creative Workshop” by David Sherwin
“Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon