20 Books I Will Read as a Product Designer before the end of 2022
Books that will help me grow as a designer and a person
In 2022 I plan to read a few books that cover topics such as design skills and career, business, self-development, and family life. The books are sorted by 4 distinct categories, at the time of writing I have a fair few of these completed already. These titles may help many with their studies too.
These are the books I plan to read this year to help me grow as a designer:
- Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules by Jeff Johnson
- UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication by Everett N. McKay
- The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide: How to use your listening, thinking, and drawing skills to make meaning by Brandy Agerbeck
- The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently by Sunni Brown
I decided to go with these books to learn more about design leadership as I’ve been in a minor leadership role and mentoring for the last 18 months
- The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo
- Liftoff!: Practical Design Leadership to Elevate Your Team, Your Organization, and You by Chris Avore
Design helps create valuable business opportunities. As a designer, I find it important to be business-aware and to know the business impact of the design solutions.
- Good Data: An Optimist’s Guide to Our Digital Future eBook by Sam Gilbert
- Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Morgan Brown and Sean Ellis
- Onboarding Matters: How Successful Companies Transform New Customers Into Loyal Champions by Donna Weber
- Better Onboarding by Krystal Higgins
- Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
- Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation by Alexander Osterwalder and David J. Bland
- Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith, Trish Papadakos
In addition to being a designer, I’m also a person that wants to learn and become a better self. This year I will focus on how to be less distracted and how to be a better communicator.
What do you think, should I do a recap at the end of the year with key takeaways from all the books I read?