Summer is right around the corner, and in order to help you prepare we have compiled a summer reading list. Summer reading lists are becoming a lost art, however, as the technology world continues to develop, the list of books covering topics from user experience to design to research methods keeps growing. Oftentimes we rely on things like social media, or online articles as ways to stay up to date on the things that are going on around us. However, reading books is one great way to stay up to date on trends, topics, ideas, methods and more.
So whether you need something to read on the beach, on a plane, or while enjoying the longer days of summer, we have got you covered. Happy reading!
- Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation --- Tim Brown
This book may have been written almost a decade ago, but it has timelessly valuable information inside. In Brown’s book, he introduces the core concepts surrounding the idea of design thinking. Brown describes how design-thinking is human-centered approach to problem solving, and how using this approach can allow for more innovation and creativity. This book does not just focus on how to implement design thinking into the design process, but also how to apply these concepts to any product, organization or business.
- Writing for Designers --- Scott Kubie
Writing is not something that everyone is particularly fond of, but it is something that is gaining more importance within the world of design and UX. Marketing emails, blog posts, reports, menu labels, and more can make even more experienced writers feel overwhelmed. Kubie’s book helps provide a springboard to gaining writing confidence; from learning productive editing and collaboration techniques, to writing assignments, this book has got you covered.
- Think Like a UX Researcher --- David Travis and Philip Hodgson
Travis and Hodgson’s book seeks to challenge readers to think outside of the both, and rethink their perceptions of what it means to be a UX researcher. This book offers exercises to help expand your knowledge of UX research, workshop ideas, how to develop UX maturity and more. The best part of this book is that it doesn’t have to be read from cover to cover- it can be opened to any page or section to dive into tips, insights, and ideas for how to think like a UX researcher.
Future Ethics --- Cennydd Bowles
Many like to consider technology as being a ‘neutral’ entity; something that the majority of us have access to as well as access it in similar ways. However, as illuminated by Bowles book, the implementation of technology has had many social, political, and moral impacts that we often do not consider. Bowles’s book not only critically examines the impact that technology has had on our world, but also teaches ethical principles aimed at ensuring a more egalitarian technological future.
Everyday Information Architecture --- Lisa Maria Martin
Information Architecture is one of those topics that we think we understand, but often times we don’t fully grasp it. However, information architecture has the capacity to change the way in which users find, understand and utilize information online. Martin’s book provides readers with an explanation of what information architecture is, how to practice it, as well as real-world examples of these applications in order to help readers create more thoughtful digital spaces.