40 Things To Kickstart Designing

Because everything is design. Even if you think you’re just a programmer, you’re doing design.

Stop designing by accident. Learn it, apply it, and reap the rewards.


Stanford’s d.school Virtual Crash Course

Everything I Know Lectures, Buckminster Fuller

Inventing On Principle Lecture, Brett Victor

Online Courses

Intro To The Design of Everyday Things, Udacity

Design Thinking, Macromedia University

Interaction Techniques, UC San Diego

Human-Computer Interaction Design, UC San Diego

Human Computer Interaction, Alan Dix

Prototyping Interaction, Macromedia University

Creation of Artifacts in Society, University of Pennsylvania

Visual Design, UC San Diego


The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman

Simplicity, Edward De Bono

The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda

Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity, Alan Cooper

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems, Steve Krug

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal

Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us into Temptation, Chris Nodder

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, Susan Weinschenk

Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, Giles Colborne

Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Stu​dents, Ellen Lupton

The Little Black Book of Design, Adam Judge

Designing Interfaces, Jenifer Tidwell

The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses, Jesse Schell

Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games, Tracey Fullerton

Free Tools


Flat UI Color Picker




Noun Project



Brett Victor

Paul Jarvis

Austin Kleon

Amy Hoy

Sacha Grief

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