I recently came across this goldmine of free product design e-books from UXPin and just had to share!
The information presented in this collection is inspired by examples and ideas from companies including Facebook, Uber, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Dropbox, Spotify, and design/UX experts such as Aarron Walter of MailChimp, Cindy Alvarez of Yammer, and Josh Puckett of DropBox. All of the e-books can be found in their Product Design Library.
This book takes examples from top companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, AirBnB, Quora, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, and Asana to explain the newest design patterns for web UI. Using a problem/solution approach, 63 design patterns are matched to the most appropriate use cases.
The mobile companion to Web UI Design Patterns 2014, this book discusses the 46 most trending mobile UI design patterns, based on the examples of Pinterest, Spotify, Uber, Instagram, Dropbox, and Flipboard, among others. They explain how best to use the limited real estate of small mobile devices and how to balance a clean design with functionality.
Although this book looks more at product development, there are relevant chapters that discuss the role of UX when it comes to designing a minimum viable product. It’s a little over 120 pages, but most of it looks at successful MVPs from companies like DropBox, AirBnb, Groupon, and Zappos to show rather than just tell you what to do. The book takes more of a case study rather than textbook approach.
The theory and practice of creating effective wireframes is explained for each stage of product design. Pros and cons of using digital versus paper wireframing tools and helpful pattern and template libraries are also included.
Every web design trend that matters in 2014 is dissected and illustrated in detail. There are 165 examples used to illustrate the 11 design patterns that are trending on the web. Featured companies include Google, GOOD Magazine, BBC News, and more.
Although this one clocks in at 156 pages, it’s a fairly quick read since there’s tons of illustrations and screenshots. Some of the apps that are featured include National Geographic, Vine, FanCred, Clique, and more. Twelve of the most noteworthy mobile design trends and some must-have apps for Windows Phone are also covered.
With a foreword from Adaptive Path cofounder Indi Young, this handbook contains real-life design advice for startups and larger companies. It’s around 127 pages, but doesn’t drag out too much since it’s written in a storytelling style (the author uses a lot of his own startup experiences to illustrate his advice). They’ve also listed over 60 design tools as a nice touch.