A growing set of design-related resources
– sprinkled with personal perspective, anecdotes, and opinions.
A Book Apart
https://abookapart.com BRIEF BOOKS FOR PEOPLE WHO DESIGN, WRITE, AND CODE
Accessibility for everyone
Animation at work
Brad Frost Atomic Design
Black Lives Matter
List resources that showcase the importance of education and showcase black talent.
Blacks Who Design
You need a budget
Business Design Guide by d.MBA
Code Academy https://www.codecademy.com
Bringing people together. There are plenty of articles, training programs, and courses on the topic. If you had to start anywhere, I’d start with the Get Together book. It’ll get you more motivated and inspired than you already are.
Before you can address the situation, you must understand that there is a situation. I regularly revisit and recommend this article from Fred Wilson, The Perception of Conflict is Conflict.
These are your friends. You need each other. If you want to help them understand design a bit more. Steve Schoger has just the book Refactoring UI that will help them learn some tricks to make their development look a little better.
Mike Monteiro Ruined by design
The Business of Expertise – David C. Baker
Solve For Happy – Mo Gawdat
The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
Blush illustration systems
The law for designers
There’s no shortage of material on the topic of management. These are my favorites. I return to them regularly. The Know Your Team blog is full of practical and actionable advice. High Output Management by Andy Grove. The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhou (early Facebook designer and longtime design VP) put into words much of what I experienced as a designer who moved into management. It’s a good read for anyone new to management, not only designers. Managing Humans by Michael Lopp was the first book on management I read. I’ve re-read it twice more since and recommend it to all new managers. It’s full of anecdotes. You’ll surely laugh at least five times while reading it. Managing Oneself by “the founder of modern management” Peter F. Drucker is a classic. Resilient Management by Lara Hogan is your brief guide for grounded, humane approach to management today.
Meetings get a bad rap. It’s not that meetings are bad. It’s that bad meetings are bad, and most meetings are bad meetings. So, how do you make for good meetings? One of my favorites on the topic is Meeting Design by Kevin M. Hoffman.
Short-form writing Microcopy The Complete Guide eBook
The Elements of User Onboarding – The Official Primer from UserOnboard – Hi Res
Design Ops Org_ Design_for_Design_Orgs_-_Peter _Merholz
Burn your portfolio
Good Services: How to design services that work – Lou Downe
This is Service Design Doing
This is Service Design Thinking
Sprint – Jake Knapp
Sprint Countdown Clock by Clearleft https://clock.clearleft.com
They’ve become the topic du jour among many design professionals working at the intersection of design and technology. Adele by UXPin is an awesome open-source directory of Design Systems from organizations of various scales from around the world.
Design Systems: Practical guide to creating design languages for digital products – All Kholmatova
There are so many good foundries out there. Emigre was the foundry that first grabbed my attention as I came up in design. House excited me with their novelty and the print production of their promotions. As I developed my own design voice, Typotheque captured my heart and I used their faces for numerous client projects in the mid-2000s and as well as some staples from Hoefler (especially Mercury and Knockout). Commercial was a favorite, too. I used to be dismissive about the Google Fonts project, but it’s gotten quite good too. It might be the best font browsing and previewing experiences around. Grilli and Klim are recent favorites. Oh No has caught my eye, but I’ve yet to try any of the typefaces. Despite having built products that ship to customers in no less than six scripts (likely more), I lack the depth of understanding of non-Latin scripts that I wish I had. I guess that’s what friends are for.
Books on writing
.100 Design Lessons for 2021 https://trends.uxdesign.cc