It’s important that we pay attention not just to who we see on stage, but to whose ideas and stories we read.
We have some good news: Women Talk Design community members are not just brilliant speakers, they are also brilliant writers. We’ve started to curate a list of a few of their books below.
Are you a woman or nonbinary person in the WTD community with a book to add to the list? Email email@example.com.
*This list is currently organized alphabetically by the author’s last name.
The Essential Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas offers a practical guide to the creation and use of personas, which can help product designers, their team, and their organization become more user focused.
In an actionable framework focused on voice, volume, and vulnerability, this book will teach you how to employ concrete tactics to help your brand regain trust, respect, and customer loyalty.
Filled with humor, heart, and pragmatism, Equity is a guidebook for change, answering the question of “how?” that so many leaders are asking today.
by Diana Deibel and Rebecca Evanhoe
Conversations with Things teaches you how to design conversations that are useful, ethical, and human-centered—because everyone deserves to be understood, especially you.
by Nela Dunato
This comprehensive branding book for service based businesses & creatives helps you grow meaningful relationships with your clients and your audience.
From Solo to Scaled: Building a Sustainable Content Strategy Practice is your blueprint for creating a scalable, UX-focused content strategy practice–one that demonstrates the value that a robust practice brings to your organization, and to the creation of engaging digital experiences.
Platonic provides a clear and actionable blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others—and for becoming our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process.
Betsy, a full-time product designer, is used to thinking about more seamless ways for people to interact with the world. She decided to apply that same thinking to cooking to see if she could make it more appealing for people too busy to cook. The result is a collection of vegan and vegetarian dinners that are low-fuss, low-mess, and high in protein.
Enjoy fresh perspective and potential solutions to a variety of issues that can easily become insurmountable stumbling blocks, delivered in relatable, easy-to-follow prose that will have you turning page after page of this illuminating guide until you all-to-quickly reach the end.
This book is a manual and toolkit to help people to not only reclaim their creativity and productivity, but bump it up to extreme productivity, clearing a path for everyone to find their zone more often – and stay in it longer.
Whether you’re a student, educator, practicing designer, manager, recruiter, mentor, or organizer, you’ll learn to notice subconscious bias, interrogate your values, and actively create welcoming spaces for all. Inclusive Design Communities will empower you to build the design industry you want to see—the one we all deserve.
by Amy Jo Kim
In this groundbreaking book, Amy Jo Kim lays out a step-by-step system for accelerating innovation, and crafting products that people love…and keep loving.
Svetlana guides you through the process of adding captioning to your communications so that you can go beyond meeting accessibility mandates. The book dispels common myths about deaf and hard-of-hearing people, describes the author’s experiences with deafness, and provides examples of quality captioning.
by Ari Krzyzek & Peter Krzyzek
In “Made to Sell: Creating Websites That Convert” Ari & Peter peel back the curtain to reveal tips and tricks to transform your website, and in turn, your brand and revenue. Whether you have a simple one page site or a complex retail store with thousands of products, we will show you how to move from a pretty store front to a powerful marketing tool.
Whether you want to work with a publisher or on your own, Katel LeDû and Lisa Maria Marquis walk you through crafting a stellar proposal, break down the reality of writing and editing a manuscript, and demystify the marketing and publishing process—so when you’re ready to contribute, you’ll know what to expect.
The User’s Journey will show you how, when, and why to use narrative structure, technique, and principles to ideate, craft, and test a cohesive vision for an engaging outcome.
Author Kathryn McElroy explains various prototyping methods, from fast and dirty to high fidelity and refined, and reveals ways to test your prototypes with users.
by De Nichols
Discover the power of words and images in this thought-provoking look at protest art by highly acclaimed artivist De Nichols.
In this book, Yvonne pulls back the curtain and deconstructs what it means to nurture your vision and consistently step outside your comfort zone, while clarifying how to overcome limiting beliefs.
by Cheryl Platz
Learn the techniques you’ll need to build fluid, adaptive experiences for multiple inputs, multiple outputs, and multiple devices.
With this practical book, you’ll learn how to write strategically for UX, using tools to build foundational pieces for UI text and UX voice strategy.
“Speak Coach Train” joins a particular tradition of inspirational and training books about finding one’s voice, recalling life lessons learned, and indulging in their marvelous outcomes.
Designers of life-saving products have leveraged research and brain science to help users reduce panic and harness their best instincts. Life and Death Design brings these techniques to everyday designers who want to help their users think clearly and act safely.
by Lade Tawak
Whether you want to freelance or work in full-time employment or both, this ebook contains proven tips, tools, and guides to help you overcome the weirdness associated with self-promotion. Learn how to create valuable content that helps you and others as a way to grow your career.
This book will show you how to stop feeling stuck and anxious all the time so you can stop getting in your way, find flow, and enjoy simply being.
by Tea Uglow
Loud and Proud is an inspirational collection of speeches from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies that have changed our world, and the conversation.
by Kat Vellos
We Should Get Together is the handbook for anyone who’s ready for better friendships, now.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher presents a revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products—and harm us all.
This book will provide practical tools for leaders to create a culture of safety with their teams and organizations.
Ready to move your team in the right direction? Read this book together, and learn Wodtke’s powerful system of decision making to create your focus and find success.
by Indi Young
In this book, world-class researcher Indi Young teaches you how to conduct listening sessions to help your organization move away from a product-focused strategy toward a purpose-focused strategy.