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“What are the best books about UX Design?” We looked at 237 of the top User Experience Design books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 37 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best UX Design” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 200 books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 37 UX Books



37 .) A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • Springboard
  • UX Planet

If you’re a website designer, intranet manager or someone without much Information Architecture experience, this book answers all those questions you were afraid to ask.

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36 .) A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences by Sarah Horton, Whitney Quesenbery, Aaron Gustafson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet

If you are in charge of the user experience, development, or strategy for a web site, A Web for Everyone will help you make your site accessible without sacrificing design or innovation. Rooted in universal design principles, this book provides solutions: practical advice and examples of how to create sites that everyone can use.

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35 .) Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan M. Brown

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • Mock Plus

In this all new edition of Communicating Design, author and information architect Dan Brown defines and describes each deliverable, then offers practical advice for creating the documents and using them in the context of teamwork and presentations, independent of methodology. Whatever processes, tools, or approaches you use, this book will help you improve the creation and presentation of your wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other deliverables.

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34 .) Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • Springboard

Make your users fall in love with your site via the precepts packed into this brief, charming book by MailChimp user experience design lead Aarron Walter. From classic psychology to case studies, highbrow concepts to common sense, Designing for Emotion demonstrates accessible strategies and memorable methods to help you make a human connection through design.

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33 .) Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services by Kim Goodwin, Alan Cooper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • The UX Review

“Whether you’re designing consumer electronics, medical devices, enterprise Web apps, or new ways to check out at the supermarket, today’s digitally-enabled products and services provide both great opportunities to deliver compelling user experiences and great risks of driving your customers crazy with complicated, confusing technology.
Designing successful products and services in the digital age requires a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in interaction design, visual design, industrial design, and other disciplines. It also takes the ability to come up with the big ideas that make a desirable product or service, as well as the skill and perseverance to execute on the thousand small ideas that get your design into the hands of users. It requires expertise in project management, user research, and consensus-building. This comprehensive, full-color volume addresses all of these and more with detailed how-to information, real-life examples, and exercises. Topics include assembling a design team, planning and conducting user research, analyzing your data and turning it into personas, using scenarios to drive requirements definition and design, collaborating in design meetings, evaluating and iterating your design, and documenting finished design in a way that works for engineers and stakeholders alike.”

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32 .) Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

 

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • Springboard
  • Goodreads

Digital technology has changed the way we interact with everything from the games we play to the tools we use at work. Designers of digital technology products no longer regard their job as designing a physical object — beautiful or utilitarian — but as designing our interactions with it. In Designing Interactions, award-winning designer Bill Moggridge introduces us to forty influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology. Moggridge, designer of the first laptop computer (the GRiD Compass, 1981) and a founder of the design firm IDEO, tells us these stories from an industry insider’s viewpoint, tracing the evolution of ideas from inspiration to outcome. The innovators he interviews — including Will Wright, creator of The Sims, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, and Doug Engelbart, Bill Atkinson, and others involved in the invention and development of the mouse and the desktop — have been instrumental in making a difference in the design of interactions. Their stories chart the history of entrepreneurial design development for technology.

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31 .) Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design by Jenifer Tidwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • Goodreads
  • Mock Plus

“Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it’s still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.

This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as a sourcebook of ideas; novices will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design.”

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30 .) Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests by Jeffrey Rubin

Lists It Appears On:

  • What Pixel
  • Interactive Mind
  • Goodreads

Whether it’s software, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer wants – no, expects – your product to be easy to use. This fully revised handbook provides clear, step-by-step guidelines to help you test your product for usability. Completely updated with current industry best practices, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage: products that perform the way users expect. You’ll learn to recognize factors that limit usability, decide where testing should occur, set up a test plan to assess goals for your product’s usability, and more.

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29 .) Just Enough Research by Erika Hall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • The UX Review

Design research is a hard slog that takes years to learn and time away from the real work of design, right? Wrong. Good research is about asking more and better questions, and thinking critically about the answers. It’s something every member of your team can and should do, and which everyone can learn, quickly. And done well, it will save you time and money by reducing unknowns and creating a solid foundation to build the right thing, in the most effective way. In Just Enough Research, co-founder of Mule Design Erika Hall distills her experience into a brief cookbook of research methods. Learn how to discover your competitive advantages, spot your own blind spots and biases, understand and harness your findings, and why you should never, ever hold a focus group.

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28 .) Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior by Indi Young

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • UX Planet

There is no single methodology for creating the perfect product—but you can increase your odds. One of the best ways is to understand users’ reasons for doing things. Mental Models gives you the tools to help you grasp, and design for, those reasons. Adaptive Path co-founder Indi Young has written a roll-up-your-sleeves book for designers, managers, and anyone else interested in making design strategic, and successful.

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27 .) Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug

Lists It Appears On:

  • Creative Market
  • The UX Review
  • Goodreads

“It’s been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products. But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens.

In this how-to companion to Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product.”

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26 .) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mock Plus
  • Interactive Mind

The classic book on statistical graphics, charts, tables. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples. Editing and improving graphics. The data-ink ratio. Time-series, relational graphics, data maps, multivariate designs. Detection of graphical deception: design variation vs. data variation. Sources of deception. Aesthetics and data graphical displays.

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25 .) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Career Foundry
  • Goodreads
  • Springboard

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

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24 .) Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • I Am Wire
  • Toptal
  • UX Planet

This book celebrates escapes from the flatlands of both paper and computer screen, showing superb displays of high-dimensional complex data. The most design-oriented of Edward Tufte’s books, Envisioning Information shows maps, charts, scientific presentations, diagrams, computer interfaces, statistical graphics and tables, stereo photographs, guidebooks, courtroom exhibits, timetables, use of color, a pop-up, and many other wonderful displays of information. The book provides practical advice about how to explain complex material by visual means, with extraordinary examples to illustrate the fundamental principles of information displays.

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23 .) Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences by Stephen P. Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • Goodreads
  • UX Planet
  • The UX Review

What happens when you’ve built a great website or app, but no one seems to care? How do you get people to stick around long enough to see how your service might be of value? In Seductive Interaction Design, speaker and author Stephen P. Anderson takes a fresh approach to designing sites and interactions based on the stages of seduction. This beautifully designed book examines what motivates people to act.

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22 .) The Best Interface Is No Interface: The Simple Path to Brilliant Technology by Golden Krishna

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mock Plus
  • UX Planet
  • Goodreads
  • UX Collective

“Our love affair with the digital interface is out of control. We’ve embraced it in the boardroom, the bedroom, and the bathroom.

Screens have taken over our lives. Most people spend over eight hours a day staring at a screen, and some “technological innovators” are hoping to grab even more of your eyeball time. You have screens in your pocket, in your car, on your appliances, and maybe even on your face. Average smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day, responding to the addictive buzz of Facebook or emails or Twitter.

Are you sick? There’s an app for that! Need to pray? There’s an app for that! Dead? Well, there’s an app for that, too! And most apps are intentionally addictive distractions that end up taking our attention away from things like family, friends, sleep, and oncoming traffic.

There’s a better way.”

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21 .) User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product by Jeff Patton, Peter Economy

Lists It Appears On:

  • What Pixel
  • Goodreads
  • I Am Wire
  • UX Collective

“User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features.

Author Jeff Patton shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. Your team will learn to come away with a shared understanding of what you’re attempting to build and why.”

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20 .) Information Architecture by Peter Morville & Louis Rosenfeld

Lists It Appears On:

  • UX Planet
  • What Pixel
  • Interactive Mind
  • Goodreads
  • UX Collective 2

“Information architecture (IA) is far more challenging—and necessary—than ever. With the glut of information available today, anything your organization wants to share should be easy to find, navigate, and understand. But the experience you provide has to be familiar and coherent across multiple interaction channels, from the Web to smartphones, smartwatches, and beyond.

To guide you through this broad ecosystem, this popular guide—now in its fourth edition—provides essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time. UX designers, product managers, developers, and anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message.”

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19 .) Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Career Foundry
  • UX Planet
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • uxstudio

“From three partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies.

Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution?

Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky at Google Ventures, and together they have completed more than a hundred sprints with companies in mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, finance, and more.”

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18 .) The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems by Jef Raskin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mauro Usability Science
  • Repick
  • UX Planet
  • Interactive Mind
  • Mock Plus

Deep thinking is rare in this field where most companies are glad to copy designs that were great back in the 1970s. The Humane Interface is a gourmet dish from a master chef. Five mice! –Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group Author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity This unique guide to interactive system design reflects the experience and vision of Jef Raskin, the creator of the Apple Macintosh. Other books may show how to use todays widgets and interface ideas effectively. Raskin, however, demonstrates that many current interface paradigms are dead ends, and that to make computers significantly easier to use requires new approaches. He explains how to effect desperately needed changes, offering a wealth of innovative and specific interface ideas for software designers, developers, and product managers. The Apple Macintosh helped to introduce a previous revolution in computer interface design, drawing on the best available technology to establish many of the interface techniques and methods now universal in the computer industry. With this book, Raskin proves again both his farsightedness and his practicality.

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17 .) The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide by Leah Buley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adham Dannaway
  • Creative Market
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • UX Planet

The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you’re a seasoned practitioner trying to drag your organization forward, this book gives you tools and insight for doing more with less.

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16 .) The UX Book by Rex Hartson and Pardha Pyla

Lists It Appears On:

  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet
  • What Pixel
  • Adham Dannaway
  • Digital Arts

“The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience aims to help readers learn how to create and refine interaction designs that ensure a quality user experience (UX). The book seeks to expand the concept of traditional usability to a broader notion of user experience; to provide a hands-on, practical guide to best practices and established principles in a UX lifecycle; and to describe a pragmatic process for managing the overall development effort.
The book provides an iterative and evaluation-centered UX lifecycle template, called the Wheel, for interaction design. Key concepts discussed include contextual inquiry and analysis; extracting interaction design requirements; constructing design-informing models; design production; UX goals, metrics, and targets; prototyping; UX evaluation; the interaction cycle and the user action framework; and UX design guidelines. “

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15 .) Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adham Dannaway
  • Mock Plus
  • Repick
  • UX Planet
  • Goodreads

“Whether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work—until now.

Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the concepts applied in practice. From the “”80/20” rule to chunking, from baby-face bias to Occam’s razor, and from self-similarity to storytelling, every major design concept is defined and illustrated for readers to expand their knowledge.”

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14 .) Measuring The User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics by Tom Tullis and Bill Albert

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mauro Usability Science
  • Prototypr
  • Repick
  • General Assembly
  • Goodreads
  • UX Collective 2

“Measuring the User Experience was the first book that focused on how to quantify the user experience. Now in the second edition, the authors include new material on how recent technologies have made it easier and more effective to collect a broader range of data about the user experience.

As more UX and web professionals need to justify their design decisions with solid, reliable data, Measuring the User Experience provides the quantitative analysis training that these professionals need. The second edition presents new metrics such as emotional engagement, personas, keystroke analysis, and net promoter score. It also examines how new technologies coming from neuro-marketing and online market research can refine user experience measurement, helping usability and user experience practitioners make business cases to stakeholders. The book also contains new research and updated examples, including tips on writing online survey questions, six new case studies, and examples using the most recent version of Excel.”

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13 .) Sketching User Experience by Bill Buxton

Lists It Appears On:

  • UX Planet
  • What Pixel
  • Repick
  • Adham Dannaway
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind

Sketching User Experiences approaches design and design thinking as something distinct that needs to be better understood―by both designers and the people with whom they need to work― in order to achieve success with new products and systems. So while the focus is on design, the approach is holistic. Hence, the book speaks to designers, usability specialists, the HCI community, product managers, and business executives. There is an emphasis on balancing the back-end concern with usability and engineering excellence (getting the design right) with an up-front investment in sketching and ideation (getting the right design). Overall, the objective is to build the notion of informed design: molding emerging technology into a form that serves our society and reflects its values.

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12 .) Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better by Eric Reiss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Digital Arts
  • General Assembly
  • Springboard
  • Creative Market
  • Repick
  • The Designer’s Point Of View

The A-to-Z guide to spotting and fixing usability problems Frustrated by pop-ups? Forms that make you start over if you miss a field? Nonsensical error messages? You’re not alone! This book helps you simply get it right the first time (or fix what’s broken). Boasting a full-color interior packed with design and layout examples, this book teaches you how to understand a user’s needs, divulges techniques for exceeding a user’s expectations, and provides a host of hard won advice for improving the overall quality of a user’s experience. World-renowned user-experience expert Eric Reiss shares his knowledge from decades of experience making products useable for everyone…all in an engaging, easy-to-apply manner.

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11 .) A Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers in the Field or in the Making by Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adham Dannaway
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • Mock Plus
  • Prototypr
  • Repick
  • The UX Review

User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of the site owner and its users. There’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, management skills, and business savvy. That’s where the updated edition of this important book comes in.

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10 .) About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Interactive Mind
  • Mock Plus
  • Prototypr
  • The Designer’s Point Of View
  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet
  • What Pixel

“About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Fourth Edition is the latest update to the book that shaped and evolved the landscape of interaction design. This comprehensive guide takes the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account. New information includes discussions on mobile apps, touch interfaces, screen size considerations, and more. The new full-color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts.

The interaction design profession is blooming with the success of design-intensive companies, priming customers to expect “”design”” as a critical ingredient of marketplace success. Consumers have little tolerance for websites, apps, and devices that don’t live up to their expectations, and the responding shift in business philosophy has become widespread. About Face is the book that brought interaction design out of the research labs and into the everyday lexicon, and the updated Fourth Edition continues to lead the way with ideas and methods relevant to today’s design practitioners and developers.”

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9 .) Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Don Norman

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Designer’s Point Of View
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet
  • uxstudio
  • Repick

Did you ever wonder why cheap wine tastes better in fancy glasses? Why sales of Macintosh computers soared when Apple introduced the colorful iMac? New research on emotion and cognition has shown that attractive things really do work better, as Donald Norman amply demonstrates in this fascinating book, which has garnered acclaim everywhere from Scientific American to The New Yorker.Emotional Design articulates the profound influence of the feelings that objects evoke, from our willingness to spend thousands of dollars on Gucci bags and Rolex watches, to the impact of emotion on the everyday objects of tomorrow.Norman draws on a wealth of examples and the latest scientific insights to present a bold exploration of the objects in our everyday world. Emotional Design will appeal not only to designers and manufacturers but also to managers, psychologists, and general readers who love to think about their stuff.

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8 .) Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal, Ryan Hoover

Lists It Appears On:

  • Springboard
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • The Designer’s Point Of View
  • The UX Review
  • Toptal
  • What Pixel

“Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?

Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model—a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive “hook cycles,” these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging.”

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7 .) Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights by Steve Portigal

Lists It Appears On:

  • Springboard
  • UX Mastery
  • UX Planet
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet

Interviewing is a foundational user research tool that people assume they already possess. Everyone can ask questions, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Interviewing Users provides invaluable interviewing techniques and tools that enable you to conduct informative interviews with anyone. You’ll move from simply gathering data to uncovering powerful insights about people.

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6 .) The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web by Jesse James Garrett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adham Dannaway
  • Mock Plus
  • Prototypr
  • UX Mastery
  • UX Planet
  • What Pixel
  • Goodreads
  • UX Collective 2
  • Interactive Mind

“From the moment it was published almost ten years ago, Elements of User Experience became a vital reference for web and interaction designers the world over, and has come to define the core principles of the practice. Now, in this updated, expanded, and full-color new edition, Jesse James Garrett has refined his thinking about the Web, going beyond the desktop to include information that also applies to the sudden proliferation of mobile devices and applications.

Successful interaction design requires more than just creating clean code and sharp graphics. You must also fulfill your strategic objectives while meeting the needs of your users. Even the best content and the most sophisticated technology won’t help you balance those goals without a cohesive, consistent user experience to support it.”

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5 .) Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Springboard
  • The UX Review
  • UX Planet
  • Adham Dannaway
  • Career Foundry
  • Creative Market
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • UX Mastery
  • What Pixel
  • Repick

“The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality. In this insightful book, leading advocate Jeff Gothelf teaches you valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques from the ground up—how to rapidly experiment with design ideas, validate them with real users, and continually adjust your design based on what you learn.

Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.”

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4 .) Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences by Jesmond Allen and James Chudley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adham Dannaway
  • Digital Arts
  • Repick
  • Springboard
  • UX Planet
  • I Am Wire
  • Creative Market
  • General Assembly
  • Goodreads
  • The UX Review
  • UX Collective 2

“Smashing Magazine is the world′s most popular resource for web designers and developers and with this book the authors provide the ideal resource for mastering User Experience Design (UX).

The authors provide an overview of UX and User Centred Design and examine in detail sixteen of the most common UX design and research tools and techniques for your web projects. “

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3 .) The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Career Foundry
  • Goodreads
  • I Am Wire
  • Interactive Mind
  • Mauro Usability Science
  • Mock Plus
  • Prototypr
  • Repick
  • The UX Review
  • UX Mastery
  • UX Planet
  • uxstudio

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came service. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new competitive frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how–and why–some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

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2 .) 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People by Susan M. Weinschenk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Creative Market
  • Digital Arts
  • General Assembly
  • Goodreads
  • Interactive Mind
  • Repick
  • Springboard
  • The Designer’s Point Of View
  • The UX Review
  • UX Collective 2
  • UX Mastery
  • UX Planet
  • uxstudio

We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.

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1 .) Don’t Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

Lists It Appears On:

  • UX Mastery
  • Goodreads
  • Creative Market
  • Mock Plus
  • Repick
  • Springboard
  • The Designer’s Point Of View
  • UX Planet
  • uxstudio
  • What Pixel
  • The UX Review
  • Interactive Mind
  • Digital Arts
  • Adham Dannaway
  • Career Foundry
  • General Assembly
  • UX Collective 2

“Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.

Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read.

If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made Don’t Make Me Think so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.”

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The 200 Additional Best Books About User Design



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
38Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designers Guide to Agile, Lean, and ContinuousLindsay Ratcliffe & Marc McNeil
Adham Dannaway
I Am Wire
39Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User PsychologySherif Amin
What Pixel
40Content Strategy for the WebKristina HalvorsonGoodreads
Interactive Mind
41Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us AllTom Kelley and David Kelley
Career Foundry
Interactive Mind
42Data-Driven Design: Improving User Experience with A/B TestingRochelle KingI Am Wire
UX Collective
43Design for Real LifeEric Meyer & Sara Wachter-BoettcherDigital Arts
Interactive Mind
44Design Is a JobMike MonteiroGoodreads
Interactive Mind
45Design of Everyday ThingsDon Norman
The Designer’s Point Of View
UX Planet
46Designing Brand IdentityAlina Wheeler
Springboard
I Am Wire
47Designing for InteractionRepick
UX Collective 2
48Designing Together: The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionalsDan M. Brown
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
49Designing with the Mind in MindJeff JohnsonUX Planet
Goodreads
50Evil by DesignChris NodderWhat Pixel
UX Planet
51Gamestorming: A Playbook For Innovators, Rulebreakers, and ChangemakersDave Gray ,Sunni Brown and James Macanufo
Interactive Mind
UX Mastery
52How to Make Sense of Any MessAbby Covert
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
53Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer InteractionYvonne RogersGoodreads
What Pixel
54Mobile Usability
Creative Market
Springboard
55Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design TeamsPeter Merholz, Kristin Skinner
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
56Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User ExperiencesAndrea ResminiGoodreads
UX Collective 2
57Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your WorkIndi Young
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
58Prototyping for Physical and Digital ProductsKathryn McElroyI Am Wire
UX Collective
59Prototyping: A Practitioner’s GuideTodd Zaki Warfel
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
60Service Design: From Insight to Implementation
Creative Market
Repick
61Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design (Voices That Matter)Giles Colborne
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
62Storytelling For User Experience: Crafting Stories For Better DesignWhitney QuesenberyGoodreads
The UX Review
63The Elements of Typographic StyleRobert BringhurstGoodreads
UX Planet
64The Joy of UX: User Experience and Interactive Design for DevelopersDavid PlattI Am Wire
UX Collective
65The Laws of SimplicityJohn MaedaUX Planet
Interactive Mind
66The Non-Designer’s Design BookMock Plus
Repick
67The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is LessBarry ShwartzUX Planet
Career Foundry
68The Practitioner’s Guide to User Experience DesignLuke MillerI Am Wire
UX Collective
69The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesSteven PressfieldUX Planet
Career Foundry
70This is Service Design ThinkingMark StickdornUX Planet
Interactive Mind
71Tools of TitansTimothy FerrissUX Planet
Career Foundry
72
Tragic Design: The Impact of Bad Product Design and How to Fix It
What Pixel
Sherif Amin
73UI is CommunicationEverett N McKayMock Plus
UX Planet
74Undercover User Experience DesignCennydd Bowles
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
75Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective SolutionsBella Martin and Bruce HaningtonUX Planet
The UX Review
76Web Form Design: Filling in the BlanksLuke WroblewskiGoodreads
UX Planet
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
77100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design
UX Collective
78101 Design MethodsVijay KumarPrototypr
79101 Things I Learned in Architecture SchoolMatthew FrederickToptal
80A Beginner’s Guide To Careers in UX Design
Springboard
81A Century of Car DesignPenny SparkeToptal
82A Designer’s ArtPaul Rand
Mauro Usability Science
83Above the Fold
Springboard
84Anything by Josef Müller-BrockmannUX Planet
85Apple Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop InterfaceApple Computer Inc.
Mauro Usability Science
86Applying Cognitive Psychology to User-Interface DesignMargaret M. Gardiner (Author), Bruce Christie (Author)
The UX Review
87Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User ExperienceTom GreeverGoodreads
88Atomic DesignBrad Frost
UX Collective
89Back of the Napkin: Solving problems and selling ideas with picturesDan Roam
The UX Review
90Badass: Making Users AwesomeKathy SierraUX Planet
91Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best WorkDenise Jacobs
Interactive Mind
92Beautiful VisualizationJulie SteeleMock Plus
93Book 1: The Visual Display of Quantitative InformationEdward Tufte
Mauro Usability Science
94Book 2: Envisioning InformationEdward Tufte
Mauro Usability Science
95Borge Mogensen: Simplicity and Function
UX Collective
96Build Better ProductsLaura Klein
The UX Review
97Building Strong BrandsDavid A. Aaker
Mauro Usability Science
98ChangeTim BrownGoodreads
99Cognitive Systems EngineeringJens Rasmussen
Mauro Usability Science
100Cost-Justifying Usability: An Update for the Internet AgeRandolph G. Bias & Deborah J. Mayhew
Mauro Usability Science
101Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design SkillsDavid Sherwin
Interactive Mind
102Creativity Inc.Ed Catmull, Amy WallaceUX Planet
103Customer GeniusPeter Fisk
The UX Review
104Design Elements: A Graphic Style ManualTimothy SamaraUX Planet
105Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social ChangeVictor PapanekUX Mastery
106Design Is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be SustainableNathan Shedroff
Interactive Mind
107Design of the 20th CenturyCharlotte & Peter FiellToptal
108Design SprintWhat Pixel
109Design, Form, and ChaosPaul RandUX Planet
110
Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Goodreads
111Designing Bots: Creating Conversational ExperiencesSherif Amin
112Designing DesignKenya HaraUX Planet
113Designing for Situation AwarenessMica R. Endsley
Mauro Usability Science
114Designing for the Social WebJoshua Porter
Interactive Mind
115
Designing for Wearables: Effective UX for Current and Future Devices
Sherif Amin
116Designing Interface Animation: Meaningful Motion for User ExperienceVal Head
Interactive Mind
117Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in ActionRobert Hoekman Jr
Interactive Mind
118Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application DesignRobert Hoekman Jr
Interactive Mind
119Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interactionby Ben Shneiderman
Interactive Mind
120Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented TechniquesKevin Mullet
Career Foundry
121Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational ExperiencesCathy Pearl
Interactive Mind
122Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich InteractionsBill Scott
Interactive Mind
123Designing Web UsabilityJakob NielsenGoodreads
124Designing with Data: Improving the User Experience with A/B TestingRochelle King
Interactive Mind
125Discussing DesignAdam Connor and Aaron IrizarryUX Planet
126Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better DesignMark Baskinger
The UX Review
127Emotional UX (Voices that matter)Kelly Goto
The UX Review
128Exposing the Magic of DesignJon Kolko
The UX Review
129Failure is Not an OptionGene Kranz
Mauro Usability Science
130FlowMihaly CsikszentmihalyiUX Planet
131Forms that Work
Springboard
132Getting Real AND Rework37 Signals
Interactive Mind
133Graphic Design Visionaries
UX Collective
134Grid Systems in Graphic DesignJosef Muller-BrockmannUX Planet
135Hackers and PaintersPaul GrahamUX Planet
136Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban DesignCharles MontgomeryToptal
137HCI Models, Theories, and FrameworksJohn M. Carroll
Mauro Usability Science
138Hello World: Where Design Meets LifeAlice RawsthornUX Planet
139Hippo: The Human Focused Digital BookPete TrainorUX Planet
140How toMichael BierutI Am Wire
141How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your SoulAdrian ShaughnessyUX Planet
142
How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world.
UX Collective
143How To Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale CarnegieUX Planet
144Human-Centered Design Toolkit: An Open-Source Toolkit To Inspire New Solutions in the Developing WorldIDEO
The UX Review
145Human-Computer Interaction and Complex SystemsGeorge R.S. Weir & James L. Alty
Mauro Usability Science
146Information AnxietyRichard S Wurman
Mauro Usability Science
147Information Foraging TheoryPeter Pirolli
Mauro Usability Science
148Information is beautifulDavid McCandless
The UX Review
149Intelligent User InterfacesJoseph W. Sullivan & Sherman W. Tyler
Mauro Usability Science
150It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to BePaul ArdenUX Planet
151Just My Type
Springboard
152Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not PlayMahan KhalsaToptal
153Letting Go of The Words: Writing Web Content that WorksJanice (Ginny) Redish
Interactive Mind
154Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?Seth Godin
Interactive Mind
155Living with ComplexityDonald A. NormanGoodreads
156Los, Dos and Tres LogosGestalten PressUX Planet
157Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons From Science FictionNathan ShedroffGoodreads
158Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer ExperiencesSteve Diller
Interactive Mind
159Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your RoutineFind Your Focus
Interactive Mind
160Managing the Customer ExperienceShaun Smith & Joe Wheeler
Mauro Usability Science
161Mapping Hypertext: The Analysis, Organization, and Display of Knowledge for the Next Generation of On-Line Text and GraphicsBob Horn
The UX Review
162Measuring User Experience
Springboard
163Metaskills: 5 Talents for the Robotic AgeMarty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
164MicrointeractionsWhat Pixel
165Microinteractions: Designing with DetailsDan SafferGoodreads
166Mobile Design Pattern Gallery: UI Patterns for Smartphone Apps 2nd EditionTheresa NeilMock Plus
167Mobile FirstLuke WroblewskiGoodreads
168Mobile Interaction DesignMatt Jones & Gary MarsdenPrototypr
169
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? Susan Weinschenk
Interactive Mind
170New Rules for the New EconomyKevin Kelly
Mauro Usability Science
171On Web TypographyBy Jason Santa Maria
Interactive Mind
172Point and Line to Plane (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)Wassily KandinskyI Am Wire
173Practical Design DiscoveryDan Brown
Interactive Mind
174Predictably Irrational
Springboard
175Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest ChallengesAmy Cuddy
The UX Review
176Presentation ZenGarr Reynolds
The UX Review
177
Product Design – A Comprehensive Guide on Designing Digital Products People will Love
uxstudio
178Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing and Releasing Web ProductsRandy Hunt
Interactive Mind
179
Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams
Sherif Amin
180
Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research
Creative Market
181Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key ResultsChristina Wodtke
Interactive Mind
182Remote
Springboard
183Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform AudiencesNancy Duarte
Interactive Mind
184Responsive Web DesignEthan MarcotteGoodreads
185ReworkJason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Career Foundry
186Rules of Play: Game Design FundamentalsKatie Salen Tekinbaş & Eric ZimmermanUX Planet
187Search Patterns: Design for DiscoveryPeter Morville
Interactive Mind
188See What I Mean: How to use Comics to Communicate IdeasKevin ChengUX Mastery
189Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your WorldTimothy GoodmanUX Planet
190Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social DreamingAnthony Dunne, Fiona Raby
The UX Review
191Strangers to OurselvesTimothy D. WilsonToptal
192Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to BookshelvesEmily HendersonToptal
193Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain WorldPeter Merholz
Interactive Mind
194Sunday SketchingChristoph NiemannI Am Wire
195Task Analysis Methods for Instructional DesignLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Mauro Usability Science
196Task, Errors and Mental ModelsJens Rasmussen; L. P. Goodstein; S. E. Olsen; H. B. Andersen
Mauro Usability Science
197The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator’s Guide to CreativityMarty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
198The Art of Design ManagementThomas Schutte
Mauro Usability Science
199The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and DesignMarty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
200The Complete Guide to Writing Questionnaires
Springboard
201The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right (Voices That Matter)Meghan Casey
The UX Review
202The Craft of CopywritingAlastair CromptonUX Planet
203The Design Studio MethodBrian SullivanI Am Wire
204The Elements of Content StrategyErin KissaneGoodreads
205The Icon Handbook
Springboard
206The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the SanityAlan CooperGoodreads
207The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile ExperiencesRachel Hinman
Interactive Mind
208The Moderator’s Survival Guide: Handling Common, Tricky, and Sticky Situations in User ResearchDonna TedescoUX Mastery
209The Multitasking MythLoukia D. Loukopoulos
Mauro Usability Science
210The Psychology of Human-Computer InteractionStuart K. Card
Mauro Usability Science
211The Psychology of Menu SelectionKent L. Norman
Mauro Usability Science
212The Rules of SimplicityJon Meada
The UX Review
213The Shape of DesignFrank Chimero
Interactive Mind
214The Shape of Everyday DesignFrank ChimeroUX Planet
215The Social Life of InformationJohn Seely Brown & Paul Duguid
Mauro Usability Science
216The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas Kuhn
Mauro Usability Science
217The Tao of User Experience
UX Collective
218The Two Cultures and the Scientific RevolutionC.P. Snow
Mauro Usability Science
219The Usability Engineering LifecycleDeborah J. Mayhew
Mauro Usability Science
220The UX NotebookSarah Doody
The UX Review
221Thinking ArchitecturePeter ZumthorUX Planet
222Thinking in Systems: A PrimerDonella H. Meadows
Interactive Mind
223Thoughts on Interaction DesignJon Kolko
Interactive Mind
224Understanding ComicsScott McCLod
The UX Review
225Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction DesignSimon King & Kuen ChangToptal
226UX for BeginnersWhat Pixel
227UX for Lean StartupsLaura KleinGoodreads
228UX ResearchWhat Pixel
229UX StrategyWhat Pixel
230UX team of oneLeah Buley
The UX Review
231UXPin’s free ebooks on UX design
Springboard
232Validating Product IdeasWhat Pixel
233Watches Tell More than TimeDel Coates
Mauro Usability Science
234Weaving the WebTim Berners-Lee
Mauro Usability Science
235Well Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People LoveJon Kolko
Interactive Mind
236Why We Buy: The Science of ShoppingPaco Underhill
Mauro Usability Science
237Writing Better Computer User DocumentationR. John Brockmann
Mauro Usability Science


23 Best UX Design Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Adham Dannaway 10 must-read UX design books
Career Foundry Recommended Reading: Top 11 Books for UX Design Enthusiasts – 2017 Update!
Creative Market 10 Must-Read UX Books
Digital Arts 6 best UX design books: books to help you learn UX
General Assembly ESSENTIAL READING: 5 MUST-READ USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN BOOKS
Goodreads Popular Ux Design Books
I Am Wire 14 UX Design Books: The Essential Reading List
Interactive Mind The Only UX Reading List Ever
Mauro Usability Science 30+ Best UX Design and Research Books of All Time
Mock Plus The Best UI/UX Design Books & Resources for Designers (Updated)
Prototypr 7 Must-Read User Experience Books for Designers
Repick 15 Must-Read UX Books
Sherif Amin The Best 5 New UX Books Published In 2017
Springboard Best UX Books: 23 Books Every Designer Must Read
The Designer’s Point Of View Top 7 books to start career in Product/ UI / UX design.
The UX Review The Top 40 UX Books of All Time – As recommended by UX Designers
Toptal The 10 Surprising Books for UX Designers
UX Collective Best new UX books from the last 3 years
UX Collective 2 UX Books: the essential reading list
UX Mastery Recommended UX Books
UX Planet 5 Design Books Every UX Designer Should Read
uxstudio Top 5 UX Books that Are Absolutely Worth Your Time Reading
What Pixel Top 20 Books For UX Designers & Interaction Designers