My brother, who is a Product Designer, has become interested in User-Centred Design through my preachings and has been reading my Donald Norman books.

Can anyone recommend any books that touch on user-centred industrial design?

Designing Pleasurable Products looks like it might fit the bill, though I've not read it myself.

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There is a good range of experience available in Designing Interactions

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I would strongly recommend Objects of Desire by Adrian Forty. This book is about the history of industrial design and about it's place in society. It's insightful and engaging and fascinating. Though you wouldn't find the phrase 'user-centered' in it, it's absolutely worth reading for every product designer.


This isn't a book, but you can ask him to watch Gary Hustwit's Objectified... and even Helvetica :)


I found Bill Buxton's Sketching User Experiences quite an interesting read, especially for the more explorative first part of product development.


You and he might also be interested in checking out Marty Cagan's book Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love.

While not about UCD per-se, it contains insightful materials about such things as product management vs. design, product discovery, personas for product management, prototype testing, etc.


Having read this interview with Jonathan Ive:

A: One of the things we’ve really learnt over the last 20 years is that while people would often struggle to articulate why they like something - as consumers we are incredibly discerning, we sense where has been great care in the design, and when there is cynicism and greed. It’s one of the thing we’ve found really encouraging.

I'd also suggest this (in a rather left field kind of way)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

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