Resources that Influence and Inspire My Design Approach

Here are a selection of books I read, Podcasts that I listen, and videos I enjoyed watching and shaped my perspective. If you have a favourite resource that you don’t see on this list, please let m know here or on social media, thank you in advance.


The books below represent a selection of books that inspired, educated and ultimately sparked something deep inside me.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether having a startup or a large organisation. Within five days, you'll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving countless hours and dollars.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

This book shows that the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They have mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking--and finding powerful answers.

Zero to One

Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel has learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX.

The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking

The Sketchnote Handbook explains and illustrates practical sketchnote techniques for taking visual notes at your own pace as well as in real time during meetings and events. It help you better process the information that you are hearing and seeing through drawing.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work and, in turn, inspire their colleagues and customers. This book provides a framework upon which organisations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired and it all starts with why.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide to design more engaging products that matches the way people think, work, and play.It discuss different ways to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of the design projects

This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases

This book explore how to improve the customer experience, and the interactions between the service providers and the customers.It combines the knowledge of 23 international authors and even more online contributors from the global service design community.

Lean UX

Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden explain the valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques to share how product teams can easily incorporate design, experimentation, iteration, and continuous learning from real users into their Agile process.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In this book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives - and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences

This book is an overview of UX and User Centred Design and examine in detail sixteen of the most common UX design and research tools and techniques for your web projects. ​

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

Rocket Surgery makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them

Designing for Emotion

Make your users fall in love with your site via the precepts packed into this brief, charming book by MailChimp user experience design lead Aarron Walter.


A few days a week, I have to drive for more than hour in the morning and evening. Listening to these podcasts and learning new things while I stuck in traffic jam, turned my car into a productivity zone.

Design notes

Design Notes is a Google Design Podcast about creative work and what it teaches us, hosted by Liam Spradlin. Each episode he talks to designers working in diverse creative disciplines and unique fields to discover what inspires and unites them in their practice.

TED Radio Hour

In each Episode Guy Roz and his team summaries a few ted talk about a specific topic and have a conversation with those who presented those TED talks.

The Crazy One

In each episode Stephen talks with his passionate tone about different topics related design field. Unlike other podcasts that mostly are a platform for their guesses to talk, he shares his personal experience and practical recommendations for a specific topic.

UX & Growth

Austin Knight, a Product Designer at Google, sits down with designers around the world to discuss User Experience and Growth tactics.

UX Podcast

If you are passionate about balancing business, technology and people within the realm of digital media, you will enjoy listening to this podcast hosted by Per Axbom & James Royal-Lawson. Moving the conversation beyond the traditional realm of User Experience.


This UX design podcast hosted by Adobe principal designer Khoi Vinh who alongside their producer dive into the question ‘What is good design?’.


I should admit that I am a multitasking mother and always prefer listening to videos while I am doing something else.

High Resolution
Video series design

Bobby Ghoshal & Jared Erondu have interesting conversation with 25 masters of the design industry to learn how the best companies approach, communicate and deploy design.

Best of Bloomberg Technology

If you are looking for one place to Catch-up with the latest technology news, follow Best of Bloomberg Technology. You could find the latest news and updates from the field of technology from around the world with host Emily Chang from Bloomberg's.

Build The Right It - Stanford Seminar

Alberto Savoia discusses how to reframe the central challenge of innovation as a question not of skill or technology, but of market demand: Will anyone actually care? Savoia shares strategies for winning the fight against failure, by using a rapid-prototyping technique he calls “pretotyping.”

User Research
Quick & Dirty

This great video from Michael Margolis which covers all the essential aspects that needs to be considered when conducting usability studies and user interviews.

Empathic Design or How to Put the Experience Above All Else

What makes a great product? The answer begins with empathy. Michael Ventura explores the role of empathy in design and how to build communications tools and businesses that strive to put the customer's experience at the forefront of their vision.

Becoming Leonardo: How Great Designers Think

William Lidwell discusses his research exploring the top 10 defining cognitive strategies employed by great designers, engineers, and innovators that enable them to achieve breakthrough design. These heuristics turn out to be as counterintuitive as they are compelling, and contradict much of the prevailing wisdom of design thinking and user-centered design.

The Art of Design

In each episode of this Netflix documentary series, highlight the perspectives of one of world’s most innovative designers and how their unique creative process works.

Getting Effective Session Outcomes

Tom Chi shares his radical approach to Prototype Thinking techniques which is based on key techniques used to build Google Glass, Self-Driving Cars, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo Answers.

The first secret of great design

As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for Tony Fadell, designer at Apple, the way things are is an opportunity. In his TEDx talk he discuss that "The first secret of design is...noticing". He talks about 3 ways or outlooks to concentrate the problem and create a functional and emotional design.


As a Designer you need some daily inspiration and should stay ahead of the latest trends and best practices in the Design discipline. There are some of my favourite websites covering topics ranging from UX design to customer experience.

UX Planet

It’s a “one-stop resource for everything related to user experience”, for both beginners & pro designers.

Usability Geek

UsabilityGeek is a comprehensive site that gives practical and useful advice on UX, UI design, Usability, Information Architecture. Their new posts launch every Monday and Wednesday.


99U is Adobe’s resource & event series to help designers build incredible careers and make their ideas happen.


UX Collective is a fun collection of stories and how-to’s around user experience, usability and product design. You can subscribe to their weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest.

Inside Design

It is InVision's official blog that discusses design thinking, design teams, and design inspiration.

Smash Magazine

Smash Magazine is a professional resource for Web designers and developers. It covers top trends in different topics such as Accessibility, Design, Usability and User Experience. It publish monthly in E-book & print format.