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Design Thinking Books

Design Thinking Books

Mike LaRhette
August 26th, 2011

Trolling a couple of good discussion boards on the discipline of Design Thinking, inevitably someone will ask the group: “Know any good books on design thinking?” The ensuing thread usually makes reference to some timeless classics as well as a good book that may have just been released. No self-promoting authors promoting their works, just recommendations from discussion group participants. The Design Thinking LinkedIn group, as well as the Design Management Institute (DMI) provide a rich archive of just these kinds of threads.  Over the past year or so I have been trying to build a list of what has been shared with no personal opinion on the value of each - just a list.  I like to think of this as the the kind of list that is ever-building and eventually has some sort of organizing principle (categories, best on the topic of ..blank, and so forth.  For now though, here are more than 25 to get started.

  • The Design of Business by Roger Martin
  • The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier
  • Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience And Brand Value by Thomas Lockwood
  • The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
  • The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
  • The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley
  • Change by Design by Tim Brown
  • ZAG by Marty Neumeier
  • GLIMMER by Warren Berger
  • The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin
  • The Universal Principles of Design by Lidwell, Holder & Buttler
  • Blue Ocean Strategy by Rene’ Mauborgne & Chan Kim
  • The Origins of Order by Stuart Kauffman
  • Design Rules by Carliss Baldwin & Kim Clark
  • Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
  • Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
  • Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek
  • Practical Wisdom by Barry Swartz
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value by DMI
  • Information is Beautiful by David-McCandless
  • A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business by Hartmut Esslinger
  • Disrupt by Luke Williams
  • Innovation X by Adam Richardson
  • The Innovation Zone by TM Koulopoulos
  • Innovation Management & New Product Deveopment by Paul Trott
  • Brand Driven Innovation by Erik Roscam Abbing


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