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Unlocking Design Leadership: A Comprehensive Guide to Top Resources

Author: Carl Heaton
He is our senior instructor and originally from Manchester UK. Carl teaches our Web Design and Online Marketing Courses.
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In the ever-evolving landscape of design leadership, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an enthusiastic newcomer, the journey to mastering design leadership involves continuous learning. Here, we’ve curated a list of top-notch resources that cater to those passionate about system design.

1. Engineering Blogs: Where Innovation Takes Center Stage

Tech companies are at the forefront of innovation, and their engineering blogs provide a unique window into the minds of enthusiastic engineers showcasing their clever system designs. These blogs are not only free but offer a wealth of knowledge waiting to be explored.

  • Discord Engineering Blog: Link
  • Uber Engineering Blog: Link
  • Instacart Engineering Blog: Link
  • Netflix Tech Blog: Link

2. Tech Newsletters: Nurturing Continuous Learning

Receiving a curated newsletter directly in your inbox can serve as a constant reminder to delve into system design topics. These newsletters provide byte-sized insights and act as valuable catalysts for ongoing learning.

  • Byte-sized Design Newsletter: Link
  • System Design Newsletter: Link
  • ByteByteGo Newsletter: Link

3. Study Books: Diving Deep into the Foundations

Books, though more dense than other online content, offer unparalleled depth and insight into system design. Consider these as essential references, not necessarily meant to be consumed cover-to-cover but to be mined for their rich content.

  • “Designing Data-Intensive Applications” by Martin Kleppmann: Link
  • “System Design Interview” by Alex Xu: Link

4. Github Repositories: Community-Driven Learning

GitHub repositories have become hubs for collaborative learning, and the system design community is no exception. By starring your favorite repositories, you contribute to a growing, open-source pool of knowledge that benefits both beginners and seasoned professionals.

  • System Design Primer: Link
  • System Design 101: Link
  • Engineering-Blogs Repository: Link

In the dynamic realm of design leadership, continuous education is the key to success. Whether you prefer the real-world insights shared on engineering blogs, the curated updates from newsletters, the in-depth knowledge found in books, or the collaborative spirit of GitHub repositories, these resources are your gateway to mastering the art and science of system design. Explore, learn, and lead the way in design leadership.

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