I have found that one of the most important skills as a designer (or any career, really) is to be resourceful, knowing where to look for everything one would need. Whether it's finding the perfect typeface for a branding project, or a book to spark some new ideas.
Tools Of the Trade
All those random pictures and screenshots saved on your Desktop? Organize them all with this.
This is what I use to save and organize every website I find on the internet.
I've been a fan of Bose over-the-ear headphones since college to get me through those design briefs that require lots of concentration and no room for distractions.
I hope I never have to use any other communication/chat service ever again <3
My coworkers and I use Wake to quickly share work and receive feedback on all types of projects.
My go-to source of all freelance questions and concerns. If you are serious about freelancing, I highly recommend getting this book as well.
For big collaborative projects with clients, InVision is a great tool to help design, review and test products and sites.
One of the best tools out there right now for Prototyping.
You've been living under a rock if you've never heard of Dropbox (and how amazing it is) to store everything.
Definitely one of my all-time favorites. I read this before my first internship in Seattle and learned oodles of design knowledge.
Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design
Recommended to me by one of my professors in college.
Required reading in my BFA program. Debbie Millman is awesome. Her podcasts are a must listen as well.
The perfect little inspirational book.
This publication is a must for anyone who is passionate about pursuing their dreams (which should be everyone). They're online site is a great resource as well. I always read a few of these interviews when I need some encouragement and a little pick-me-up.
I read this book for my independent study in college on Design Entrepreneurism. An amazing publication that includes interviews with 30 leading designers and discusses what it takes to run a successful business and build your career.
One of the most important attributes to have as a successful designer is the confidence to vocalize your thoughts and thinking. Authors Tom & David Kelley help teach us how to unleash our own creativity and innovative spirit that lies in all of us.
Roger Martin discusses why thinking like a designer is the next competitive advantage to benefit any individual or company in today's modern, innovative and technological world.
*This site has a great list of traditional books on Graphic Design & Typography as well