The Design of Everyday Things, Chp.1 by Don Norman (1988) A user experience design classic, written by a cognitive scientist. Can interfaces can be designed according to how people think about using them, rather than how the thing was constructed?
As We May Think by Vannevar Bush (1945) Originally published after WWII. For what ends do we design and build?
Architectural Intelligence, Excerpts from Chp. 1, 5, 7 by Molly Steenson (2017) What were prior explorations of architecture x digital technology? (Feel free to skim over descriptions of historical computer systems — focus instead on the architect's concepts and intent; which of the author/architect's questions resonated with you?)
The Four Stages of 0->1 Products by Julie Zhou (2017) Written by a design veteran at Facebook, an articulate outline of the design process behind the daily software products we all use.