My Recommendation Of Top Design Thinking Books

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As mentioned in some of my previous posts that I have gone through stacks of books since my design journey began a year ago. A lot of books have helped me tremendously through my UX journey. Here is a list of books that have helped me deepen understanding and practice of design thinking specifically.

The Book of Beautiful Questions (by Warren Berger)

In this book. Warren Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world’s foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making,creativity, leadership, and relationships. Check out the book here.

Insight Out (by Tina Seelig)

Drawing on more than a decade of experience as a professor at the Stanford University School of Engineering, Seelig shows readers how to work through the steps of imagination, ideation, innovation, and implementation, using each step to build upon the last, to ultimately create something complex, interesting, and powerful. Check out the book here.

The Design of Business (by Roger Martin)

To innovate and win, companies need design thinking. This form of thinking is rooted in how knowledge advances from one stage to another — from mystery to heuristic to algorithm to code. In this book, the author shows how leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Cirque du Soleil, RIM, and others use design thinking to push knowledge through the stages in ways that produce breakthrough innovations and competitive advantage. Check out the book here.

Emotionally Intelligent Design (by Pamela Pavliscak)

In this smart, playful, and provocative book, Pamela argues that emotion has become a blindspot in design, especially when it comes to technology. Emotional artificial intelligence and VR empathy promise to fix technology with more technology. The real power is in that layer between people and product — design. Check out the book here.

Design is Storytelling (by Ellen Lupton)

Good stories always captivate audiences. In user experience (UX) design, designers use storytelling to get insight into users, build empathy and reach them emotionally. Storytelling is also used throughout the design process to ensure that work is focused on the users’ needs.

Good design brings ideas to life. In Design Is Storytelling, Ellen Lupton shows designers how to use storytelling techniques to create satisfying products, services and experiences as well as graphics. Check out the book here.

I hope this list is helpful to you. Using the information in these books, designers can better understand people and make better decisions. Love to hear your thoughts and what design thinking books you recommend!