Discover the secrets of great design with our list of '5 Must-Read Product Design Books.' These books break down design concepts in easy language, offering valuable tips and ideas for both experienced designers and those just starting out. Elevate your design skills and stay in the know with this essential reading list.
1.Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Don Norman's book "The Design of Everyday Things" delves into the ideas of user-centered design as well as the psychology of how people engage with daily products. The book emphasizes the necessity of developing intuitive and user-friendly designs that are compatible with human cognitive capacity. Norman proposes the concept of affordances, which states that an object's design should reveal its use or purpose to people. He also covers mapping, which involves establishing a clear relationship between controls and their effects.
Norman emphasizes the importance of feedback in design and how it can help people comprehend the outcomes of their activities. He criticizes badly designed items and systems, claiming that user failures are often caused by bad design rather than user stupidity. The book invites designers to consider.
To build products that are both functional and enjoyable to use, consider consumer needs and mental models. Overall, "The Design of Everyday Things" offers a guide for designers to create items that improve usability and user happiness.
2.Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
"Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon promotes creativity by implying that nothing is entirely unique and that inspiration can come from a variety of places. Kleon advises artists to combine different influences, transform ideas, engage side projects, and share their work openly. The book promotes the idea that by embracing influences and remixing ideas, people can develop their own distinct and creative expressions. It acts as a credo for young artists, encouraging them to be open, curious, and unafraid to absorb ideas on their artistic journey.
3.Product Design and development by Karl Ulrich and Steven D. Eppinger
Karl T. Ulrich and Steven D. Eppinger's "Product Design and Development" is a comprehensive guide to the product development process, focusing on customer needs, creative concept generation, prototyping, design for manufacturing, project management, supply chain considerations, and global perspectives. It is an invaluable resource for students and professionals looking for practical advice on how to design profitable products.
4.The Fundamentals of Product Design by Richard Morris
"The Fundamentals of Product Design by Richard Morris" gives an integrated and cohesive picture of the product design process, encompassing materials, manufacturing, idea creation, computer-aided design, engineering functions, product kinds, and market research.
This book delves into recent developments such as additive manufacturing and crowd funding, as well as more consumer and lifestyle-oriented products for a more product-focused approach, supported by a variety of new innovative examples and case studies from internationally renowned designers and studios.
5.An Industrial Design Guide Vol. 01: Understanding the science of Product Design.by Neville Songwe Jr and Carmen Andrisani
'An Industrial Design Guide Vol. 01: Understanding the Science of Product Design' provides the blueprint for excellent product design. This comprehensive volume will help you understand the intricate art and scientific aspects that go into building creative, user - centric products. It investigates the processes, strategies, and insights that influence future products. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an aspiring designer, this book will help you elevate your craft and make an impact in the fast-paced world of product innovation.
It is intended to serve as a thorough roadmap in Industrial Design, providing an invaluable resource for studying, envisioning, and quickly generating unique product designs. It is also organized as a companion reference, summarizing the scientific approach to the early stages of product design.
It verifies and accelerates the early stages of product development by providing a comprehensive set of design tools.
This book covers historical contexts, design ideas, and principles to foster an appreciation for incorporating cultural diversity within the discipline, as well as a deep analysis of product design activities, guidelines, and classifications.