The gifting season is upon us. And with how rough this year has been for so many, we could all use a bit of cheering up! Whether you’re a UI/UX Designer searching for items to add to your own holiday wishlist, or someone who’s seeking gift inspiration for your creative friends and family, we’ve provided 60 ideas below to help you find the perfect gift.
Promising Amazon Review: “Such a fantastic book for creatively minded people! It’s the kind of book that you can pick up and set down over and over again. A good book to have on your nightstand or—dare I say it—in your bathroom. (Yes, I’m a bathroom reader. ) I’d certainly give it away as a gift.”
Promising Amazon Review: “Wow, what a great read. I went cover to cover in a few hours since I couldn't put it down. Get out your highlighter and sticky notes to earmark your favorite pages! Everything from archetypes and colors to decision making methods and design conventions.”
Promising Amazon Review: “This is a great book. As a UX Designer it's really opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about the why and how people use products. It's an easy read, not too thick. Laid out in logical, digestible chapters that are then broken into sections of information that'll turn you into the office expert in user psychology and get you testing new ideas in no time. Might also help win some pub quizzes!”
Promising Amazon Review: “MC24 coming out by chance in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic has been a gift of optimism as well as a brilliant path to move forward in probably one of the most challenging times in human history. A must-read for anyone interested in change, sustainability and a very good account of the enormous body of work of this one of a kind designer.”
Promising Amazon Review: “If you make products and can’t answer ‘who am I excluding’, you should read this book. Every day people have to adapt to make products work for them. You’re one of those people. Think about it: we all experience challenges with objects in our lives because of permanent or temporary disabilities. Kat provides a framework for identifying exclusion and tools to make products that allow everyone to use them. She shares stories and anecdotes that help connect the methods described. Mismatch is an excellent guidebook for anyone creating experiences for customers.”
38. A Book Apart publishes books for people who design, write, and code — and they have gift cards!
Promising Amazon Review: “Writing is Design provides a warm welcome into the world of UX writing. Through interviews and real-world examples, the book shares tips to write effectively, demonstrates the importance of writing thoughtfully, and provides methods to partner with the wider team to co-create excellent user experiences.”
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40. Never let your wires get tangled again; store your mouse, chargers, headphones, and more in a Bellroy Pouch.