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A Comprehensive List of 200 Links for Learning Design

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 - “So, I’m really interested in design. But what should I start learning with?”

This is one of the most common questions that I have been asked after writing the other article on this blog (What I have learned from the design education in the US (article in Japanese)). Since the field of design is getting more diverse and continuously being reformed, it is hard for us to pick the right resource to start with. Below is the list of comprehensive design resources sorted by categories, which you can use to capture the broad and concise view of the realm of design. Please feel free to utilize the list no matter whether you are just starting the study of design today or you are a professional designer.

Learning is experience, everything else is just information.
- A. Einstein

23 Categories of Design Resources

Online Learning

  1. Lynda.com: http://www.lynda.com/
  2. threehouse: http://teamtreehouse.com/
  3. EDx: https://www.edx.org/
  4. Codeacademy: http://www.codecademy.com/
  5. khanacademy: http://www.khanacademy.org/
  6. Coursera: https://www.coursera.org

UI/Web

  1. CreativeApplications.Net: http://www.creativeapplications.net
  2. siiimple: http://www.siiimple.com
  3. Smashing Magazine: http://www.smashingmagazine.com
  4. SiteInspire: http://www.siteinspire.net

General

  1. Lookwork: http://lookwork.com
  2. idsgn: http://www.idsgn.org
  3. swissmiss: http://www.swiss-miss.com
  4. Subtraction: http://www.subtraction.com
  5. Behance: http://behance.net
  6. FFFFOUND!: http://ffffound.com
  7. grain edit: http://grainedit.com
  8. Behance Network: http://www.behance.net/
  9. Co.Design (Fast Company): http://www.fastcodesign.com/
  10. Co.Exist (Fast Company): http://www.fastcoexist.com/
  11. Creative Review: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/…
  12. Core77: http://www.core77.com/
  13. Design Assembly: http://www.designassembly.org/
  14. Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/eng/
  15. Design Mind (Frog Design): http://designmind.frogdesign.com
  16. Étapes (French): http://www.etapes.com/
  17. Fubiz: http://www.fubiz.net/
  18. Good: http://www.good.is/category/art-…
  19. swissmiss: http://www.swiss-miss.com/
  20. WANKEN: http://blog.wanken.com/

Product

  1. Core77: http://www.core77.com
  2. LovelyPackage: http://lovelypackage.com
  3. mcoloco: http://www.mocoloco.com
  4. IndustrialDesignServed: http://www.industrialdesignserved.com
  5. Stilsucht: http://www.stilsucht.de/
  6. DesignMilk: http://design-milk.com/

Branding

  1. Brand New: Opinions on Corporate and Brand Identity Work: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/
  2. IdentityWorks: http://www.identityworks.com
  3. BrandingServed: http://www.brandingserved.com

Book Cover Design

  1. CasualOptimist: http://www.casualoptimist.com
  2. BookCoverArchive: http://bookcoverarchive.com

Design Portals

  1. StyleBoost: http://www.styleboost.com/
  2. TheFWA: http://www.thefwa.com/
  3. Dribbble: http://www.dribbble.com/
  4. SiteInspire: http://www.siteinspire.com

Web Personalities

  1. Shaun Inman: http://www.shauninman.com/blog/
  2. Substraction: http://www.subtraction.com/
  3. StopDesign: http://stopdesign.com/
  4. HicksDesign: http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/

UI/UX/Web

  1. A List Apart: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/
  2. Aza Raskin: http://www.azarask.in/blog/
  3. Creative Applications: http://www.creativeapplications….
  4. iA: http://www.informationarchitects…
  5. Johnny Holland: http://johnnyholland.org/
  6. LukeW: http://www.lukew.com/ff/
  7. Pttrns: http://pttrns.com/
  8. siteInspire: http://siteinspire.com/
  9. Six Revisions: http://sixrevisions.com/
  10. Small Surfaces: http://smallsurfaces.com/
  11. Spyline: http://spyline.de/
  12. Styleboost: http://styleboost.com/
  13. TheFWA: http://www.thefwa.com/
  14. UX Booth: http://www.uxbooth.com/

Graphic Design & Identity

  1. AisleOne: http://www.aisleone.net/
  2. Brand New: http://www.underconsideration.co
  3. Branding Served: http://www.brandingserved.com/
  4. grain edit: http://grainedit.com/
  5. Identity Designed: http://identitydesigned.com/
  6. ISO50: http://blog.iso50.com/
  7. Lovely Package: http://lovelypackage.com/
  8. Lovely Stationery: http://lovelystationery.com/
  9. SeptemberIndustry: http://www.septemberindustry.co.uk/
  10. Swiss Legacy: http://swisslegacy.com/
  11. UPPERCASE: http://www.uppercasegallery.ca/
  12. Visuelle: http://visuelle.co.uk/

Data Visualization

  1. datavisualization.ch: http://datavisualization.ch/
  2. FlowingData: http://flowingdata.com/
  3. GE Data Visualization: http://visualization.geblogs.com/
  4. Infographics – GOOD http://www.good.is/infographics
  5. Information Aesthetics: http://infosthetics.com/
  6. Information is Beautiful: http://www.informationisbeautifu…
  7. Nicholas Feltron: http://feltron.tumblr.com/
  8. Visual Complexity: http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/
  9. Well-formed Data: http://well-formed-data.net/

Typography

  1. I Love Typography: http://ilovetypography.com/
  2. The Font Feed: http://fontfeed.com/
  3. Typography Served: http://www.typographyserved.com/
  4. Typographica: http://typographica.org/
  5. Typojungle: http://typojungle.net/slanted-16…
  6. Ministry of Type: http://ministryoftype.co.uk/
  7. Typography.com: http://www.typography.com/ask/

Print

  1. swisslegacy: http://swisslegacy.com/
  2. SeptemberIndustry: http://www.septemberindustry.co.uk/
  3. For Print Only: http://www.underconsideration.com/fpo/
  4. Aisleone: http://www.aisleone.net/

TEDx Videos

  1. John Hockenberry: We are all designers
  2. Tim Brown urges designers to think big
  3. Paola Antonelli previews “Design and the Elastic Mind”
  4. Paola Antonelli treats design as art
  5. Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards
  6. John Hodgman: Design, explained.
  7. Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you
  8. Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change
  9. Mathieu Lehanneur demos science-inspired design
  10. The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

High Brow

  1. Form Fifty Five: http://formfiftyfive.com
  2. It’s Nice That: http://itsnicethat.com
  3. VVORK: http://www.vvork.com
  4. but does it float: http://butdoesitfloat.com

Books

Communication, Collaboration, and Leadership

  1. The Innovator’s Way by Peter J. Denning and, Robert P. Dunham
  2. Solving Tough Problems by Adam Kahane
  3. Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon
  4. Cultural Intelligence by David Thomas
  5. Selling to the VP of No by David Gray
  6. Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
  7. Powers to Lead by Joseph S. Nye
  8. Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, and Roger Fisher
  9. A General Theory of Love by Dr. Thomas Lewis
  10. The Power of a Positive No by William Ury
  11. The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin
  12. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, and Patrick M. Lencioni

Strategy and Business Design

  1. Making Innovation Work by Tony Davila, Marc J. Epstien, and Robert Shelton
  2. Business Model Generation by Alexander Osteralder and Yves Pigneur
  3. Designing Organizations by Jay R. Galbraith
  4. The Design of Business by Roger Martin
  5. Change by Design by Tim Brown
  6. Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  7. Sustainable Business Development by David L. Rainey
  8. Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
  9. Making Meaning by Steve DillerNathan Shedroff, Darrel Rhea
  10. The Future of Management by Bill Breen and Gary Hamel

Economics and Metrics

  1. Prophet of Innovation by Thomas McCraw
  2. The Economists Guide the Numbers Guide by Richard Stutely
  3. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  4. Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman, Joe Knight, and John Case
  5. Understanding the Corporate Annual Report by Lyn M. Fraser and Aileen M. Ormiston
  6. Interest and Inflation Free Money by Margrit Kennedy

Organizational Culture 

  1. A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink
  2. The Catalyst by Jeanne Liedtka, Robert Rosen, Robert Wiltbank
  3. Guide to Organizational Design by Naomi Stanford
  4. Free Lunch by David Kay Johnson
  5. Gangs of America by Ted Nace
  6. As The Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez
  7. No Logo by Naomi Klein

Sustainability and Social Innovation

  1. Climate Capitalism by Hunter L. Lovins and Boyd Cohen
  2. Beyond Growth by Herman Daly
  3. Beyond the Bottom Line by Joel Makower
  4. Beyond the Limits by Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, and Jorgen Randers
  5. Biomimicry by Janine Benyus
  6. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  7. Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
  8. Design + Environment by Helen Lewis, John Gertakis, Tim Grant, Nicola Morelli, and Andrew Sweatman
  9. Design Is the Problem by Nathan Shedroff
  10. Ecological Literacy by David Orr, et al
  11. Ecology Of Commerce by Paul Hawken
  12. Emotionally Durable Design by Jonathan Chapman
  13. The End of Nature by Bill Mckibben
  14. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by C. K. Parhalad
  15. In the Bubble by John Thackara
  16. The Joyless Economy by Tibor Scitovsky
  17. Leading Change Toward Sustainability by Bob Doppelt
  18. The Meaning of Things by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  19. Mid-Course Correction by Ray Anderson
  20. The Nature of Design by David Orr
  21. The Next Sustainability Wave by Bob Willard
  22. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  23. Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability by Dunphy & Griffith
  24. Plan B 4.0 by Lester Brown
  25. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  26. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson et al
  27. Squeaky Green by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry
  28. Strategy for Sustainability by Adam Werbach
  29. The Sustainability Advantage by Bob Willard and John Elkington
  30. Sustainable Strategic Management: Strategic Management by W. Edward Stead, Jean Garner Stead, and Mark Starik
  31. Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
  32. The Truth About Green Business by Gil Friend
  33. The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
  34. Valuing the Earth by Herman E. Daly and Kenneth N. Townsend
  35. Worldchanging by Alex Steffan

Design and Customer Experience

  1. Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek
  2. Design Like You Give a Damn by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr
  3. Experience Design 1.1 by Nathan Shedroff
  4. Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
  5. Experiences in Visual Thinking by Robert H. McKim
  6. Design Research edited by Brenda Laurel
  7. No Logo by Naomi Klein
  8. Building Strong Brands by David Aaker
  9. Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
  10. The Creative Priority by Jerry Hirshberg
  11. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte

Entrepreneurship

  1. New Venture Creation by Jeffry A. Timmons and Stephen Spinelli
  2. Utopian Entrepreneur by Brenda Laurel

Films

  1. 9 to 5 (directed by Colin Higgins, 1980) Amazon
  2. An Inconvenient Truth (directed by Davis Guggenheim, 2008) Amazon
  3. Deep Dive (ABC News Nightline, 1999)
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (directed by Alex Gibney, 2005) Amazon
  5. Food, Inc. (directed by Robert Kenner, 2008) Amazon
  6. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(directed by David Swift, 1967) Amazon
  7. The Powers of Ten (directed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1968) Amazon
  8. *Startup.com (directed by Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus, 2001) Amazon
  9. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (directed by Robert Greenwald, 2005) Amazon
  10. Who Killed the Electric Car? (directed by Chris Paine, 2006)Amazon

Articles

  1. Driving Sustainable Design (BusinessWeek, Special report, July 2, 2007)
  2. 10 Worst Innovation Mistakes In A Recession(BusinessWeek, 2008)
  3. Creativity Comes to B-School](http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/mar2006/bs20060326_8436_bs0…) (BusinessWeek, 2006)
  4. Design Intervention (Fast Company, 2006)
  5. Driving Sustainable Design (BusinessWeek, 2007)
  6. Innovating Through Recession (Kellog School of Management, 2008)
  7. CEOs Must Be Designers, Not Just Hire Them. Think Steve Jobs And iPhone. (BusinessWeek, 2008)
  8. P&G Changes Its Game (BusinessWeek, 2008)
  9. Tough Love (Fast Company, 2006)
  10. [Tomorrow's B-School? It Might Be A D-School](http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_31/b3945418.htm(BusinessWeek, 2005)
  11. The Power of Design (BusinessWeek, 2004)
  12. The MFA in the new MBA (Harvard Business Review, 2008)
  13. Streamlining HP (Fast Company, 2007)

 

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Author: Masato Brian Miura @rami2929

Translation: Taro Inoue @nomusicnotaro

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