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I’m an avid reader. I didn’t use to, but over the last couple of years, I made an effort to change, and I’m happy that I’ve succeeded. One of the best decisions I made was buying a Kindle because now I don’t have to carry books, and it gives me the freedom to switch anytime.
The majority of books I read are non-fiction and fiction is something I’m still trying to pick up. Most of the books are around design or phycology. Psychology is something I like reading a lot, and I feel it helps me a lot to understand the user’s side.
Here are some of my favourite picks. Honestly, the list is quite long but below are the ones I read twice or even more often. My all-time favourite reads. I hope you find one or two and add them to your library.
Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
I love Norman’s view, and his books are always something special to me. This book is one of my all-time favourites. I have read it a couple of times, and whenever I’m confused about what to read, I pick this book and read any chapter. The chapter on “three levels of behavioural design: visceral, behavioural, and reflective” is at the core of this book. If you are interested in an “emotional design”, you must read this book. Read some of Norman’s amusing stories about objects that he owns.
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design
This book is pretty much the bible of interaction design. It covers almost everything about interaction design. Very comprehensive and well-presented. It is widely considered one of the most important books ever written about Interaction Design. Alan Cooper pioneered vital concepts and its a must-read if you design digital products/applications.
PS: This book cover you see above is just a little artwork I did because I couldn’t find a high-quality image. This not the original cover of this book.
It’s the story of Pixar and its founders and how they managed to establish Pixar as a thriving business. This book has lots of useful tips on how to let employees express themselves creatively and give constructive feedback. If you are into management its, a must-read. Especially I liked the management lessons combined with the inner workings of Pixar, and it’s founding story.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
If you’re in the product, I’ll highly recommend this book. This book is a fantastic introduction to behavioural product psychology. If you ever wondered what makes people come back to digital products like Facebook, Instagram or games like World of Warcraft or PubG this books has the answer. A must-read to understand the psychology behind what drives our behaviour in a world where there are so many services competing for our attention.
Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products
Jony Ive, a British designer and a great man behind the design of most of the Apple products. It’s not exactly a bible of Jony but yes if you would like to know about his before Apple days and during Apple days, if you would like to know stories about apple products, It’s a must-read.