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Design Books handpicked by Designers

Happy Deepavali! In lieu of the long weekend ahead, our team has put together a list of six design books for your reading pleasure. These reads cover fascinating topics surrounding user-experience, service design, and the design thinking process. If you’re looking to become more proficient in innovation, these books would definitely get your noodle jogging.

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The Design of Everyday Things

by Donald A. Norman

Firstly, a must-read for designers of all disciplines. The author explores how smart design is the new frontier of this age of experience.

Anyone who designs anything to be used by humans, from physical objects to computer programs to conceptual tools, must read this book, and it is an equally tremendous read for anyone who has to use anything created by another human. It could forever change how you experience and interact with your physical surroundings, open your eyes to the perversity of bad design and the desirability of good design, and raise your expectations about how things should be designed.

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Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, & Brad Kowitz

Google Ventures design partners Knapp, Zeratsky, & Kowitz reveal invaluable insights into their 5-day process.

The startups that Google Ventures invest in face big questions every day: Where’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your ideas look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution to a problem? And now there’s a sure-fire way to solve their problems and test solutions: the sprint.

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This is Service Design Thinking: Basics – Tools – Cases

by Marc Stickdorn

A hands-on exploration of Service Design targeted at practitioners. A compilation of the insights provided by a wide range of contributors form the global service design community.

This is Service Design Thinking introduces an inter-disciplinary approach to designing services. Service Design is a bit of a buzzword these days and has consequently gained a lot of interest from various fields. This book, assembled to describe and illustrate the emerging field of service design, was brought together using exactly the same co-creative and user-centred approaches you can read and learn about inside. The boundaries between products and services are blurring and it is time for a different way of thinking: this is service design thinking.

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This Is Service Design Doing: Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World

by Marc Stickdorn, Markus Edgar Hormess, Adam Lawrence, & Jakob Schneider

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Designing for user-experience can be tricky in a large organization. As a result, Stickdorn and his contemporaries have put together a model to streamline the process.

How can you establish a customer-centric culture in an organization? This is the first comprehensive book on how to actually do service design to improve the quality and the interaction between service providers and customers. You’ll learn specific facilitation guidelines on how to run workshops, perform all of the main service design methods, implement concepts in reality, and embed service design successfully in an organization.

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Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

By Tim Brown

Brown provides an excellent introduction to the design thinking process . Above all, it takes the concept of innovation down from its creative pedestal and uncovers the rigorous process that it requires.

Design thinking is not just applicable to so−called creative industries or people who work in the design field. It′s a methodology that has been used by organizations such as Kaiser Permanente to icnrease the quality of patient care by re−examining the ways that their nurses manage shift change‚ or Kraft to rethink supply chain management. Also, this is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization‚ product‚ or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

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Innovating for People: Handbook of Human-Centered Design Methods

By LUMA Institute

The practice of human-centered design is vital for the success of innovation. Due to this, the authors of this handbook have created 36 methods of human-centered design organized into 3 key design skills.

Innovation is an economic imperative that calls for more people to be innovating, more often. This handbook equips people in various lines of work to become more innovative. It provides specific guidance for bringing new and lasting value into the world

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