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New Layer

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A conversation on everything related to digital product design, with hosts Tanner Christensen and Jasmine Friedl. Discussing design careers, tools, education, critique, and much more. New episodes on Wednesdays!


30 Books Every Designer Should Read

Tanner and Jasmine share their must-read books for designers. Spanning everything from how to conduct design critique or present your work, to what makes a good manager and how learning about org design can help your understanding of the work you do.

The full list of books mentioned are:

1. The Design Method, by Eric Karjaluoto

2. The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero

3. The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman

4. How Design Makes the World, by Scott Berkun

5. The Creativity Challenge, by Tanner Christensen

6. The Making of a Manager, by Julie Zhuo

7. Org Design for Design Orgs, by Kristen Skinner and Peter Merholz

8. Sprint, by Jake Knapp

9. Radical Candor, by Kim Scott

10. The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni

11. The Messy Middle, by Scott Belsky

12. Redesigning Leadership, John Maeda

13. Discussing Design, by Aaron Irizarry and Adam Connor

14. Don't Make Me Think, by Steve Krug

15. About Face, by Alan Cooper

16. The User Experience Team of One, by Leah Buley

17. TED Talks, by Chris Anderson

18. Loonshots, by Safi Bahcall

19. Just Enough Research, by Erika Hall

20. Principles, by Ray Dalio

21. The Dance of the Possible, by Scott Berkun

22. The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst

23. Thinking With Type, by Ellen Lupton

24. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte

25. Why are we Yelling, by Buster Benson

26. Resilient Management, by Lara Callender Hogan

27. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni

28. Articulating Design Decisions, by Tom Greever

29. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek

30. Mastering Collaboration, by Gretchen Anderson

If you pick just four books to read from the list, Tanner and Jasmine recommend: The Design of Everyday Things, Org Design for Design Orgs, Discussing Design, and The Making of a Manager (even if you're not a manager!).

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