Over the years I’ve read many books which I’ve found incredibly valuable. All of my recommended books cover topics of design, product management and business.
The collection of books below cover everything for you if you have a job title like UX Designer, Interaction Design or Product Designer.
It’s the little things that turn a good digital product into a great one. With this full color practical book, you’ll learn how to design effective microinteractions: the small details that exist inside and around features. How can users change a setting? How do they turn on mute, or know they have a new email message?
Through vivid, real-world examples from today’s devices and applications, author Dan Saffer walks you through a microinteraction’s essential parts, then shows you how to use them in a mobile app, a web widget, and an appliance. You’ll quickly discover how microinteractions can change a product from one that’s tolerated into one that’s treasured.
Articulating Design Decisions
Talking to people about your designs might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well. And, in many cases, how you communicate about your work with stakeholders, clients, and other non-designers is more critical than the designs themselves—simply because the most articulate person usually wins.
This practical guide focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting your designs. Whether you design UX, websites, or products, you’ll learn how to win over anyone who has influence over the project—with the goal of creating the best experience for the end user.
Product Design for the Web
Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products. Buy it on Amazon
Start designing a world where people come first. Buy it on Amazon
User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features. Buy it on Amazon
How to use empathy to create products people love.
Management and Leadership Books
Turn the Ship Around!
Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet.
Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst t first in the fleet.
No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet’s approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier – and everyone is a leader.
Alan Mulally and the fight to save to save Ford Motor Company. Buy it on Amazon
How Google Works
How to hire, manage, motivate, strategize and grow a business in today’s disruptive world from Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jonathan Rosenberg, advisor to Google CEO Larry Page. Buy it on Amazon
In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as the CEO eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company and became chairman. Buy it on Amazon