Ask DN: Could you guys recommend me some good books about digital product design?

7 years ago from , Designer at Mashape

I'm not sure if this is still a grey area, like something not totally defined, we have books about user interface, interaction, user experience, but I haven't seen any book about digital product design.


  • Allan BergerAllan Berger, 7 years ago

    A great book which I highly recommend is "Designed for Use" - Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web by Lukas Mathis


    It goes through all steps of product design. The structure of the book is great to start reading from the beginning or somewhere in the middle. At the end of each chapter there is a nice wrap-up with take aways.

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  • Victor MarkVictor Mark, 7 years ago

    Not trying to be a jerk, but isn't digital product design encapsulated within "user interface, interaction and user experience"?

    Check out A Book Apart http://www.abookapart.com/ I found 'Designing for emotion' to be an excellent read.

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    • Nick WNick W, 7 years ago

      I'd argue that 'digital product design' encapsulates all those, but extends to include things like customer experience

      UX was intended to be a bit holistic in nature, but is still primarily concerned with user interfaces./users of a product It is more holistic in that it's not only concerned with performance/usability (HCI/Human Factors), but feelings and other apparent 'intangibles'

      Customer Experience is the customer of a company's whole experience with their product, including things that aren't limited to a user interface.

      Digital product design, is designing something as a PRODUCT. So not just doing the interaction or UX of a product, but examining the product/market fit, or design from a holistic level (not just high level or low level)

      For what it's worth, I'm not really a fan of the proliferation of such terms, especially when they are used indiscriminately.

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    • , 7 years ago

      bought, thanks!

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  • Nick de JardineNick de Jardine, 7 years ago


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  • Samihah ASamihah A, 7 years ago

    Check out, Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan. It's targeted towards Product Managers, but he takes a lot of design principles on developing products to apply it to product management. http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Create-Products-Customers-Love/dp/0981690408

    A product designer, at least in the capacity that I've been a product designer, has to balance product goals and user goals, design the ux and ui. So Victor M. defines it well in his comment.

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