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The Best Books For Design Thinking

“What are the best books for Design Thinking?” We looked at 170 of the top Design books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 24 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Design Thinking” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 24+ Design Thinking Books Of All-Time

24 .) Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder

Business Model GenerationLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Sutherland Labs

Business Model Generation is a practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model or craft a new one. 1) Change the way you think about business models Business Model Generation will teach you powerful and practical innovation techniques used today by leading companies worldwide. You will learn how to systematically understand, design, and implement a new business model or analyze and renovate an old one. 2) Co-created by 470 strategy practitioners Business Model Generation practices what it preaches. Co-authored by 470 Business Model Canvas practitioners from 45 countries, the book was financed and produced independently of the traditional publishing industry. It features a tightly-integrated, visual, lie-flat design that enables immediate hands-on use. 3) Designed for doers Business Model Generation is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation: executives, consultants, entrepreneurs and leaders of all organizations.

23 .) Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us AllLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Goodreads

IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us. Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

22 .) Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc.Lists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Mind Sea

“What does it mean to manage well?” From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business—sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, and WALL-E, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is.

21 .) Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek

Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social ChangeLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Medium

Design for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty-five years ago, become a classic. Translated into twenty-three languages, it is one of the world’s most widely read books on design. In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.

20 .) Designing Design

Designing DesignLists It Appears On:

  • Fast Company
  • Medium

Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In Designing Design, he impresses upon the reader the importance of emptiness in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since.

19 .) Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity by Josh Linker

Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough CreativityLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Creativity At Work

A 5-part process that will transform your organization — oryour career — into a non-stop creativity juggernaut We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growthis through creativity-at all levels of an organization.Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable newideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain yourcompetitive advantage over the long term. Linkner distills hisyears of experience in business and jazz — as well ashundreds of interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists– into a 5-step process that will make creativity easy foryou and your organization. The methodology is simple, backed byproven results. Empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to meetcreative challenges posed by the marketplace Turns the mystery of creativity into a simple-to-useprocess Shows how creativity can be used for everything frominnovative, game-shifting breakthroughs to incremental advances anddaily improvements to business processes Offers dozens of practical exercises, thought-starters, workouts to grow “creative muscles,” and case studies

18 .) Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Don’t Make Me ThinkLists It Appears On:

  • Mind Sea
  • Try Design Lab

Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, over 400,000 Web designers and developers have relied on Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. In this 3rd edition, Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic-–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read. If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made Don’t Make Me Think so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.

17 .) Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything by Aaron Draplin

Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much EverythingLists It Appears On:

  • Print Mag
  • Try Design Lab

Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life. Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

16 .) In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World by John Thackara

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex WorldLists It Appears On:

  • Fast Code Design
  • Goodreads

How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people. We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if “tech” ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we’re unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how? In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now–not in a remote science fiction future; it’s not about, as he puts it, “the schlock of the new” but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can’t. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology–ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets.

15 .) Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough ResultsLists It Appears On:

  • KA Scope
  • Observer

This counterintuitive and powerfully effective approach to creativity demonstrates how every corporation and organization can develop an innovative culture. Want to be creative? Then think Inside the Box. The traditional view says that creativity is unstructured and doesn’t follow rules or patterns. That you need to think “outside the box” to be truly original and innovative. That you should start with a problem and then “brainstorm” ideas without restraint until you find a solution. Inside the Box shows that more innovation— and better and quicker innovation—happens when you work inside your familiar world (yes, inside the box) using a set of templates that channel the creative process in a way that makes us more—not less—creative. These techniques were derived from research that discovered a surprising set of common patterns shared by all inventive solutions.

14 .) Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step by Edward de Bono

Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by StepLists It Appears On:

  • Fast Company
  • KA Scope

THE classic work about improving creativity from world-renowned writer and philosopher Edward de Bono. In schools we are taught to meet problems head-on: what Edward de Bono calls ‘vertical thinking’. This works well in simple situations – but we are at a loss when this approach fails. What then? Lateral thinking is all about freeing up your imagination. Through a series of special techniques, in groups or working alone, Edward de Bono shows how to stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. Soon you will be looking at problems from a variety of angles and offering up solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective. You will become much more productive and a formidable thinker in your own right. ‘If more bankers and traders had read Lateral Thinking and applied the ideas of Edward de Bono to their own narrow definitions of risk, reward and human expectations, I suspect we would be in much better shape than we are’Sir Richard Branson Edward de Bono invented the concept of lateral thinking. A world-renowned writer and philosopher, he is the leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. Dr de Bono has written more than 60 books, in 40 languages, with people now teaching his methods worldwide.

13 .) The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your LifeLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • KA Scope

The co-founder of the Stanford d.School introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve goals you never thought possible. Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals, Bernard Roth, Academic Director at the Stanford contends. In The Achievement Habit, Roth applies the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects—to help us realize the power for positive change we all have within us. Roth leads us through a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives. He shares invaluable insights we can use to gain confidence to do what we’ve always wanted and overcome obstacles that hamper us from reaching our potential, including: Don’t try—DO; Excuses are self-defeating; Believe you are a doer and achiever and you’ll become one; Build resiliency by reinforcing what you do rather than what you accomplish; Learn to ignore distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals; Become open to learning from your own experience and from those around you; And more.

12 .) The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Fast Code Design

Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes is the willingness to make creativity a habit, an integral part of your life: In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative. In The Creative Habit, Tharp takes the lessons she has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career and shares them with you, whatever creative impulses you follow — whether you are a painter, composer, writer, director, choreographer, or, for that matter, a businessperson working on a deal, a chef developing a new dish, a mother wanting her child to see the world anew. When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the rut, and The Creative Habit contains more than thirty of them to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities. Tharp’s exercises are practical and immediately doable — for the novice or expert. In “Where’s Your Pencil?” she reminds us to observe the world — and get it down on paper.

11 .) The Lovemarks Effect: Winning in the Consumer Revolution

The Lovemarks Effect: Winning in the Consumer RevolutionLists It Appears On:

  • Fast Company
  • Sutherland Labs

“Ideas move mountains, especially in turbulent times. Lovemarks is the product of the fertile-iconoclast mind of Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi. Roberts argues vociferously, and with a ton of data to support him, that traditional branding practices have become stultified. What’s needed are customer Love affairs. Roberts lays out his grand scheme for mystery, magic, sensuality, and the like in his gloriously designed book Lovemarks .” –Tom Peters Tom Peters, one of the most influential business thinkers of all time, described the first edition of Lovemarks: the future beyond brands as “brilliant.” He also announced it as the “Best Business Book” published in the first five years of this century. Now translated into fourteen languages, with more than 150,000 copies in print, Lovemarks is back in a revised edition featuring a new chapter on the peculiarly human experience of shopping. The new chapter, “Diamonds in the Mine,” is an insightful collection of ideas for producers and consumers, for owners of small stores and operators of superstores. So forget making lists! Shopping, says Kevin Roberts, is an emotional event.

10 .) The Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin

The Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative ThinkingLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Goodreads

If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you’ll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different. Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs?

9 .) The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley

The User Experience Team of OneLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • UX Design

The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you’re a seasoned practitioner trying to drag your organization forward, this book gives you tools and insight for doing more with less.

8 .) Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton

Thinking With TypeLists It Appears On:

  • Fast Code Design
  • Try Design Lab

The organization of letters on a blank sheet—or screen—is the most basic challenge facing anyone who practices design. What type of font to use? How big? How should those letters, words, and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered, shaped, and otherwise manipulated? In this groundbreaking new primer, leading design educator and historian Ellen Lupton provides clear and concise guidance for anyone learning or brushing up on their typographic skills. Thinking with Type is divided into three sections: letter, text, and grid. Each section begins with an easy-to-grasp essay that reviews historical, technological, and theoretical concepts, and is then followed by a set of practical exercises that bring the material covered to life.

7 .) This is Service Design Thinking by Marc Stickdorn

This is Service Design ThinkingLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • LinkedIn

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 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. A set of 23 international authors and even more online contributors from the global service design community invested their knwoledge, experience and passion together to create this book. It introduces service design thinking in a manner accessible to beginners and students, it broadens the knowledge and can act as a resource for experienced design professionals.

6 .) Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

Where Good Ideas Come FromLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Goodreads

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery–these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.

5 .) 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization (Paperback) by Vijay Kumar

101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization (Paperback)Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Observer
  • Sun Scrappers

The first step-by-step guidebook for successful innovation planningUnlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

4 .) The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

The Design of Everyday ThingsLists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • KA Scope
  • Mind Sea

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. B & W photographs and illustrations throughout.

3 .) The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda

The Laws of SimplicityLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Fast Company
  • Goodreads

Ten laws of simplicity for business, technology, and design that teach us how to need less but get more. Finally, we are learning that simplicity equals sanity. We’re rebelling against technology that’s too complicated, DVD players with too many menus, and software accompanied by 75-megabyte “read me” manuals. The iPod’s clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip. But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox: we want something that’s simple and easy to use, but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do. In The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design–guidelines for needing less and actually getting more. Maeda–a professor in MIT’s Media Lab and a world-renowned graphic designer–explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of “improved” so that it doesn’t always mean something more, something added on. Maeda’s first law of simplicity is “Reduce.” It’s not necessarily beneficial to add technology features just because we can. And the features that we do have must be organized (Law 2) in a sensible hierarchy so users aren’t distracted by features and functions they don’t need.

2 .) Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka

Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for ManagersLists It Appears On:

  • Creativity At Work
  • Fast Code Design
  • Goodreads
  • LinkedIn

Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie educate readers in one of the hottest trends in business: “design thinking,” or the ability to turn abstract ideas into practical applications for maximal business growth. Liedtka and Ogilvie cover the mind-set, techniques, and vocabulary of design thinking, unpack the mysterious connection between design and growth, and teach managers in a straightforward way how to exploit design’s exciting potential. Exemplified by Apple and the success of its elegant products and cultivated by high-profile design firms such as IDEO, design thinking unlocks creative right-brain capabilities to solve a range of problems. This approach has become a necessary component of successful business practice, helping managers turn abstract concepts into everyday tools that grow business while minimizing risk.

1 .) Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires InnovationLists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Fast Code Design
  • Goodreads
  • LinkedIn
  • Sun Scrappers
  • Sutherland Labs
  • Try Design Lab
  • UX Design

The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer′s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people′s needs not only with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short‚ design thinking converts need into demand. It′s a human−centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative. Design thinking is not just applicable to so−called creative industries or people who work in the design field.

The 125+ Additional Best Books For Design Thinking


(Titles Appear on 1 List Each)
20 Iconic Film Posters by Saul Bass
Print Mag
26A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business (Hardcover)Hartmut EsslingerGoodreads
27A Humument: Final EditionPrint Mag
28A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, ConstructionChristopher Alexander et al.KA Scope
29Action Time VisionPrint Mag
30Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic DesignSteven Heller and Mirko Ilic
Fast Code Design
31AntifragileNassim Nicholas TalebUX Design
32Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You AreDanny GregoryCanva
Beguiled by the Wild (2016 Edition)
Print Mag
34Big Questions in Creativity 2014Mary Kay Culpepper & Cynthia BurnettCanva
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Fast Company
Branding: In Five and a Half Steps
Print Mag
37Cartographic GroundsPrint Mag
38Classic Penguin Cover to CoverPrint Mag
39Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic DesignSean Adams, Terry Stone, Noreen Morioka
Try Design Lab
40Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s RoadPatrick RossCanva
41Conversations with StudentsMedium
42Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (Hardcover)Liz SandersGoodreads
43Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking (Hardcover)Jennifer RielGoodreads
44Creative IntelligenceBruce NussbaumObserver
Creative Marker Techniques: In Combination With Mixed Media
Fast Company
46Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of GeniusMichael J. GelbCanva
Cut That Out: Collage in Contemporary Design
Print Mag
48Daily Rituals: How Artists WorkMason CurreyCanva
49Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)George LoisCanva
50Dear DataPrint Mag
51Delft Design GuideFaculty of Industrial Design EngineeringLinkedIn
52Design (Tom Peters Essentials
Fast Company
53Design BasicsS. Pentak and A. Lauer
Fast Code Design
54Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean (Hardcover)Roberto VergantiGoodreads
55Design For PeoplePrint Mag
56Design in the USAJeffrey Meikle
Fast Code Design
57Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation: What They Can’t Teach You at Business or Design School (ebook)Idris MooteeGoodreads
58Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work (Paperback)Nigel CrossGoodreads
59Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things MeanRoberto VergantiKA Scope
60Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation (Hardcover)Ezio ManziniGoodreads
61Design: The Invention of DesirePrint Mag
62Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You (Paperback)Bill BurnettGoodreads
63Different: Escaping the Competitive HerdYoungme MoonKA Scope
Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition
Fast Company
Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less
Creativity At Work
66Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday ThingsDonald A. NormanGoodreads
Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication
Fast Company
68Flow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceMihaly CsikszentmihalyiCanva
69Frame Innovation: Create New Thinking by DesignKees DorstLinkedIn
Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even the World -Warren Berger
71Graphic Design VisionariesCaroline Roberts
Try Design Lab
72Hello World: Where Design Meets LifeAlice RawsthornCanva
73Herb Lubalin: TypographerPrint Mag
74Hidden in Plain SightMedium
75How Designers Think (Paperback)Bryan LawsonGoodreads
76How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your SoulAdrian ShaughnessyCanva
77How to Get IdeasJack FosterCanva
78How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the WorldMichael Bierut
Try Design Lab
79How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldSteven JohnsonCanva
80Human-Centered Design Toolkit: An Open-Source Toolkit To Inspire New Solutions in the Developing World (Paperback)IdeoGoodreads
81Humble Masterpieces: 100 Everyday Marvels of DesignPaola Antonelli
Fast Code Design
82Innovating for People: Handbook of Human-Centered Design Methods (eBook Kindle)LUMA InstituteGoodreads
83Innovation and EntrepreneurshipPeter Drucker
Sun Scrappers
84Innovation as UsualPaddy Miller & Thomas Wedell-WedellsborgObserver
Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World
Creativity At Work
86Inside Art DirectionPrint Mag
87Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World (Hardcover)Tina SeeligGoodreads
88Jack’s NotebookGregg FraleyCanva
89Keep Your Lights On!Yoris SebastianCanva
90Lean UXJeff GothelfUX Design
91Listen! Listen!Print Mag
92Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (Paperback)David KelleyGoodreads
93Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision & RealityScott BelskyCanva
94Manage Your Day-to-DayJocelyn GleiCanva
Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals
Fast Company
96Meggs’ History of Graphic DesignPhilip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis
Fast Code Design
97Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the PyramidTed London and Stu Hart
Fast Code Design
OMG Posters: A Decade of Rock Art
Print Mag
99Paul Rand: A Designer’s ArtPrint Mag
Picture This: How Pictures Work – Revised and Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Print Mag
101Presentation Techniques
Fast Company
Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture
Fast Company
103Product DesignRodgers and Milton
Fast Code Design
104PsychobookPrint Mag
105Rapid Viz : A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas (Paperback)Kurt HanksGoodreads
106Redesigning LeadershipJohn Maeda.LinkedIn
107ReworkJason Fried & David Heinemeier HanssonUX Design
108Running LeanAsh MauryaObserver
109Self-Renewal: The individual and the innovative societyJohn W. GardnerMind Sea
110Service Design: From Insight to Implementation (Paperback)Andy PolaineGoodreads
111Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get DiscoveredAustin KleonCanva
Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers
Fast Company
Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas
Fast Company
114Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works (Hardcover)Jeanne LiedtkaGoodreads
115Speculative Everything.LinkedIn
116Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeAustin KleonCanva
117Stimulated!: Habits to Spark Your Creative Genius at WorkAndrew Pek & Jeannine McGladeCanva
118StoryRobert McKeeCanva
119Sunday SketchingPrint Mag
120Ten types of InnovationLarry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn, Helen WaltersLinkedIn
121The 48 Laws of Power
Fast Company
122The 7th SenseWilliam DugganObserver
123The Art of Critical MakingRosanne Somerson and Mara HermanoObserver
124The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm (Hardcover)Tom KelleyGoodreads
125The Book of DoingAllison ArdenCanva
126The Copywriters BibleHow 32 of the World’s Best Advertising Writers Write their CopyCanva
127The Decision Book: Fifty models for strategic thinkingMikael KrogerusLinkedIn
128The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage (Hardcover)Roger L. MartinGoodreads
129The Designful Company: How to Build a Culture of Nonstop Innovation (Paperback)Marty NeumeierGoodreads
130The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step-By-Step Project Guide (Spiral-bound)Jeanne LiedtkaGoodreads
131The Digital Innovation PlaybookDark Horse InnovationLinkedIn
The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently
133The Elements of StyleStrunk and WhiteCanva
134The Great GatsbyF. Scott FitzgeraldMind Sea
135The Industrial Design ReaderCarma Gorman
Fast Code Design
136The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of InnovationSoren Kaplan
Sun Scrappers
137The Little Spark30 Ways to Ignite Your CreativityCanva
138The Myths of InnovationScott Berkun
Sun Scrappers
139The New BasicsEllen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
Fast Code Design
140The New Drawing on the Right Side of the BrainBetty EdwardsCanva
141The Pancake KingPrint Mag
142The PlagueAlbert CamusObserver
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
Creativity At Work
144The Shape of DesignFrank Chimero
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145The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization (Hardcover)Tom KelleyGoodreads
146The Visual Display of Quantitative InformationEdward Tufte
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147The War of ArtSteven PressfieldCanva
148Things I have learned in my life so farStefan SagmeisterCanva
149ThinkertoysMichael Michalko
Fast Code Design
150Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (Paperback)Michael MichalkoGoodreads
151Thinking Fast and SlowDaniel KahnemanCanva
152Thinking in Systems: A Primer (Paperback)Donella H. MeadowsGoodreads
153Thoughts on DesignPaul Rand
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Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life
Sutherland Labs
155Type and Image: The Language of Graphic Design PaperbackPhilip B. Meggs
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156UnflatteningNick SousanisObserver
157Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design (Hardcover)William LidwellGoodreads
158Visual GrammarChristian Leborg
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159Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity (Paperback)David SibbetGoodreads
Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love
Mind Sea
161What Can I Be?Print Mag
162What is a designerMedium
163What they didn’t teach you in design schoolPhil Cleaver
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What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School: Notes From A Street-Smart Executive
Fast Company
165Work for Money, Design for Love: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting and Running a Successful Design Business (Voices That Matter)David AireyCanva
166World Changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st CenturyAlex Steffen
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167Wrapping Things UpMind Sea
168Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer WithinNatalie GoldbergCanva
You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City
Print Mag
170Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater CreativityKeith SawyerCanva

15 Best Books To Help With Design Thinking Sources/Lists

Canva 40 books to unlock your creativity and get you started on your life’s …
Creativity At Work 6 Fabulous Books on Creativity, Innovation, and Design
Fast Code Design 35 Books Every Designer Should Read – Fast Co Design
Fast Company The 30 Most Important Books for Product Designers – Fast Company
Goodreads Popular Design Thinking Books – Goodreads
KA Scope 7 Best Design Thinking Books for Your New Year’s Resolutions
LinkedIn Reading List: Design, Design Thinking & Innovation | Sam Nguyen …
Medium 5 books that shaped our design thinking – Made by Many – Medium
Mind Sea 7 Must Read Books For Every Product Designer – MindSea
Observer The 10 Best Books on Innovation | Observer
Print Mag 25 of the Best Recently Released Design Books – Print Magazine
Sun Scrappers 5 fantastic books on creativity and innovation for 2018 – Blog About …
Sutherland Labs Design Thinking 101: Recommended Reading – Sutherland Labs
Try Design Lab 12 Amazing Books To Get You Started In Design | Designlab
UX Design 5 UX Books that’ll change how you think about design – UX Collective