Instead of pontificating about how important design is or giving you marginally relevant examples of how other companies did things, I’m just going to give you some tools to help you get out of the building, design a simple product, and validate all your assumptions. I won’t make you an expert, but I’ll teach you some useful tricks so that you can build a better product. Maybe, with a little practice, you’ll be able to build something that people actually want to use.
Get just enough knowledge to be dangerous, and then put those ideas into practice. See what holds up for you in the real world. Then come back and read some more.