Some recommendations of design-related resources, books, websites and other materials that help you to be a better person and a productive designer.

This page serves as an archive of materials I enjoy reading and somehow influence me as a professional today. These people, books, articles and influencers shape my life and career.

Note: This list was last updated in August 2021.

User Experience Design

Hooked: How to build a habit-forming product – Nir Eyal
Digital Behavioural Design – Boundless AI
The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman
About Face – Allan Cooper
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
Don’t make me think – Steve Krug
Evil by Design – Chris Nodder
Micro interaction – Dan Saffer
Design Disruptors – Invision film about emerging technology – curated UX case studies and UX audit inspirations – articles and thoughts about UX – Community for UX practitioners (I’m a member so see you there!) – Great UI Ideas and inspirations – Exploring good UX in various apps and services – Perfect for junior designers who wants to start creating UX case studies

Visual Design / UI Design – Icon libraries – Icon libraries – Open Source icon library – Emoji icon library – Great colour inspiration website for your project
Atlassian design system library
Carbon design system library
Zendesk design system library
Shopify Polaris – design system library of Shopify E-commerce website

User Research

Userpalooza – Nick Bowmast
Constructing Grounded Theory – Kathy Charmaz


Extreme OwnershipJocko Willink and Leif Babin
Making of a Manager – Julie Zhou

Brand & Strategy

Threads not Dead – Jeff Finley
Pretty much everything – Aaron Draplin – Great design and brand inspiration library

On Life

Atomic Habits – James Clear
Work for Money, Design for Love – David Airey
Minimalism: Living a meaningful life – Joshua Milburn, Matt D’avella
The Secret – Rhonda Bryne

I am very open to recommendations so email me at if you have other material worth sharing.