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Design Systems Resources | A Primer

Design Systems Resources | A Primer

Design Systems

  • Design Systems by Alla Kholmatova - pretty much the canonical design systems book
  • Expressive Design Systems by Yesenia Perez-Cruz - a great follow-up to Kholmatova's book
  • Atomic Design by Brad Frost - written before we were using the term 'design system' for web interfaces, but many of the popular ideas extend from these ideas

Systems Thinking

Design Thinking

  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman - a pillar in design canon. Many of Norman's concepts and terms are a part of design vernacular
  • Change by Design by Tim Brown - "Design Thinking" originated with IDEO, and there are some good lessons here. However, it is very anecdotal and can be a bit repetitive.

Visual Design

User Experience

  • The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley - This gets into the details of being a design researcher, but there's a lot to gain from having a high-level understanding

Design Ethics

Optional, But Good Reads:

  • Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss - much of how we think about design today goes back to the early days of industrial design, and Dreyfuss has a ton of great insights
  • Nudge by Richard H Thaler - There's a lot of overlap in designing systems and behavioral economics
  • Service Design by Andy Polaine, Lavrans Løvlie, and Ben Reason - a good overview of service design concepts
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