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The Best UX Design Books Off All-Time

“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



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
38 Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designers Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous Lindsay Ratcliffe & Marc McNeil
Adham Dannaway
I Am Wire
39 Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology Sherif Amin
What Pixel
40 Content Strategy for the Web Kristina Halvorson Goodreads
Interactive Mind
41 Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All Tom Kelley and David Kelley
Career Foundry
Interactive Mind
42 Data-Driven Design: Improving User Experience with A/B Testing Rochelle King I Am Wire
UX Collective
43 Design for Real Life Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher Digital Arts
Interactive Mind
44 Design Is a Job Mike Monteiro Goodreads
Interactive Mind
45 Design of Everyday Things Don Norman
The Designer’s Point Of View
UX Planet
46 Designing Brand Identity Alina Wheeler
Springboard
I Am Wire
47 Designing for Interaction Repick
UX Collective 2
48 Designing Together: The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionals Dan M. Brown
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
49 Designing with the Mind in Mind Jeff Johnson UX Planet
Goodreads
50 Evil by Design Chris Nodder What Pixel
UX Planet
51 Gamestorming: A Playbook For Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers Dave Gray ,Sunni Brown and James Macanufo
Interactive Mind
UX Mastery
52 How to Make Sense of Any Mess Abby Covert
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
53 Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction Yvonne Rogers Goodreads
What Pixel
54 Mobile Usability
Creative Market
Springboard
55 Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams Peter Merholz, Kristin Skinner
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
56 Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences Andrea Resmini Goodreads
UX Collective 2
57 Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work Indi Young
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
58 Prototyping for Physical and Digital Products Kathryn McElroy I Am Wire
UX Collective
59 Prototyping: A Practitioner’s Guide Todd Zaki Warfel
Interactive Mind
UX Planet
60 Service Design: From Insight to Implementation
Creative Market
Repick
61 Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design (Voices That Matter) Giles Colborne
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
62 Storytelling For User Experience: Crafting Stories For Better Design Whitney Quesenbery Goodreads
The UX Review
63 The Elements of Typographic Style Robert Bringhurst Goodreads
UX Planet
64 The Joy of UX: User Experience and Interactive Design for Developers David Platt I Am Wire
UX Collective
65 The Laws of Simplicity John Maeda UX Planet
Interactive Mind
66 The Non-Designer’s Design Book Mock Plus
Repick
67 The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Barry Shwartz UX Planet
Career Foundry
68 The Practitioner’s Guide to User Experience Design Luke Miller I Am Wire
UX Collective
69 The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Steven Pressfield UX Planet
Career Foundry
70 This is Service Design Thinking Mark Stickdorn UX Planet
Interactive Mind
71 Tools of Titans Timothy Ferriss UX Planet
Career Foundry
72
Tragic Design: The Impact of Bad Product Design and How to Fix It
What Pixel
Sherif Amin
73 UI is Communication Everett N McKay Mock Plus
UX Planet
74 Undercover User Experience Design Cennydd Bowles
Interactive Mind
The UX Review
75 Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington UX Planet
The UX Review
76 Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks Luke Wroblewski Goodreads
UX Planet
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
77 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design
UX Collective
78 101 Design Methods Vijay Kumar Prototypr
79 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School Matthew Frederick Toptal
80 A Beginner’s Guide To Careers in UX Design
Springboard
81 A Century of Car Design Penny Sparke Toptal
82 A Designer’s Art Paul Rand
Mauro Usability Science
83 Above the Fold
Springboard
84 Anything by Josef Müller-Brockmann UX Planet
85 Apple Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop Interface Apple Computer Inc.
Mauro Usability Science
86 Applying Cognitive Psychology to User-Interface Design Margaret M. Gardiner (Author), Bruce Christie (Author)
The UX Review
87 Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience Tom Greever Goodreads
88 Atomic Design Brad Frost
UX Collective
89 Back of the Napkin: Solving problems and selling ideas with pictures Dan Roam
The UX Review
90 Badass: Making Users Awesome Kathy Sierra UX Planet
91 Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work Denise Jacobs
Interactive Mind
92 Beautiful Visualization Julie Steele Mock Plus
93 Book 1: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Edward Tufte
Mauro Usability Science
94 Book 2: Envisioning Information Edward Tufte
Mauro Usability Science
95 Borge Mogensen: Simplicity and Function
UX Collective
96 Build Better Products Laura Klein
The UX Review
97 Building Strong Brands David A. Aaker
Mauro Usability Science
98 Change Tim Brown Goodreads
99 Cognitive Systems Engineering Jens Rasmussen
Mauro Usability Science
100 Cost-Justifying Usability: An Update for the Internet Age Randolph G. Bias & Deborah J. Mayhew
Mauro Usability Science
101 Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills David Sherwin
Interactive Mind
102 Creativity Inc. Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace UX Planet
103 Customer Genius Peter Fisk
The UX Review
104 Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual Timothy Samara UX Planet
105 Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change Victor Papanek UX Mastery
106 Design Is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable Nathan Shedroff
Interactive Mind
107 Design of the 20th Century Charlotte & Peter Fiell Toptal
108 Design Sprint What Pixel
109 Design, Form, and Chaos Paul Rand UX Planet
110
Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Goodreads
111 Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences Sherif Amin
112 Designing Design Kenya Hara UX Planet
113 Designing for Situation Awareness Mica R. Endsley
Mauro Usability Science
114 Designing for the Social Web Joshua Porter
Interactive Mind
115
Designing for Wearables: Effective UX for Current and Future Devices
Sherif Amin
116 Designing Interface Animation: Meaningful Motion for User Experience Val Head
Interactive Mind
117 Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action Robert Hoekman Jr
Interactive Mind
118 Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design Robert Hoekman Jr
Interactive Mind
119 Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction by Ben Shneiderman
Interactive Mind
120 Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques Kevin Mullet
Career Foundry
121 Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational Experiences Cathy Pearl
Interactive Mind
122 Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions Bill Scott
Interactive Mind
123 Designing Web Usability Jakob Nielsen Goodreads
124 Designing with Data: Improving the User Experience with A/B Testing Rochelle King
Interactive Mind
125 Discussing Design Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry UX Planet
126 Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design Mark Baskinger
The UX Review
127 Emotional UX (Voices that matter) Kelly Goto
The UX Review
128 Exposing the Magic of Design Jon Kolko
The UX Review
129 Failure is Not an Option Gene Kranz
Mauro Usability Science
130 Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi UX Planet
131 Forms that Work
Springboard
132 Getting Real AND Rework 37 Signals
Interactive Mind
133 Graphic Design Visionaries
UX Collective
134 Grid Systems in Graphic Design Josef Muller-Brockmann UX Planet
135 Hackers and Painters Paul Graham UX Planet
136 Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Charles Montgomery Toptal
137 HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks John M. Carroll
Mauro Usability Science
138 Hello World: Where Design Meets Life Alice Rawsthorn UX Planet
139 Hippo: The Human Focused Digital Book Pete Trainor UX Planet
140 How to Michael Bierut I Am Wire
141 How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul Adrian Shaughnessy UX 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
143 How To Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie UX Planet
144 Human-Centered Design Toolkit: An Open-Source Toolkit To Inspire New Solutions in the Developing World IDEO
The UX Review
145 Human-Computer Interaction and Complex Systems George R.S. Weir & James L. Alty
Mauro Usability Science
146 Information Anxiety Richard S Wurman
Mauro Usability Science
147 Information Foraging Theory Peter Pirolli
Mauro Usability Science
148 Information is beautiful David McCandless
The UX Review
149 Intelligent User Interfaces Joseph W. Sullivan & Sherman W. Tyler
Mauro Usability Science
150 It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be Paul Arden UX Planet
151 Just My Type
Springboard
152 Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play Mahan Khalsa Toptal
153 Letting Go of The Words: Writing Web Content that Works Janice (Ginny) Redish
Interactive Mind
154 Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Seth Godin
Interactive Mind
155 Living with Complexity Donald A. Norman Goodreads
156 Los, Dos and Tres Logos Gestalten Press UX Planet
157 Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons From Science Fiction Nathan Shedroff Goodreads
158 Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer Experiences Steve Diller
Interactive Mind
159 Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine Find Your Focus
Interactive Mind
160 Managing the Customer Experience Shaun Smith & Joe Wheeler
Mauro Usability Science
161 Mapping Hypertext: The Analysis, Organization, and Display of Knowledge for the Next Generation of On-Line Text and Graphics Bob Horn
The UX Review
162 Measuring User Experience
Springboard
163 Metaskills: 5 Talents for the Robotic Age Marty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
164 Microinteractions What Pixel
165 Microinteractions: Designing with Details Dan Saffer Goodreads
166 Mobile Design Pattern Gallery: UI Patterns for Smartphone Apps 2nd Edition Theresa Neil Mock Plus
167 Mobile First Luke Wroblewski Goodreads
168 Mobile Interaction Design Matt Jones & Gary Marsden Prototypr
169
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? Susan Weinschenk
Interactive Mind
170 New Rules for the New Economy Kevin Kelly
Mauro Usability Science
171 On Web Typography By Jason Santa Maria
Interactive Mind
172 Point and Line to Plane (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Wassily Kandinsky I Am Wire
173 Practical Design Discovery Dan Brown
Interactive Mind
174 Predictably Irrational
Springboard
175 Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges Amy Cuddy
The UX Review
176 Presentation Zen Garr Reynolds
The UX Review
177
Product Design – A Comprehensive Guide on Designing Digital Products People will Love
uxstudio
178 Product Design for the Web: Principles of Designing and Releasing Web Products Randy 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
181 Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results Christina Wodtke
Interactive Mind
182 Remote
Springboard
183 Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences Nancy Duarte
Interactive Mind
184 Responsive Web Design Ethan Marcotte Goodreads
185 Rework Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Career Foundry
186 Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals Katie Salen Tekinbaş & Eric Zimmerman UX Planet
187 Search Patterns: Design for Discovery Peter Morville
Interactive Mind
188 See What I Mean: How to use Comics to Communicate Ideas Kevin Cheng UX Mastery
189 Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World Timothy Goodman UX Planet
190 Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby
The UX Review
191 Strangers to Ourselves Timothy D. Wilson Toptal
192 Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves Emily Henderson Toptal
193 Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World Peter Merholz
Interactive Mind
194 Sunday Sketching Christoph Niemann I Am Wire
195 Task Analysis Methods for Instructional Design Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Mauro Usability Science
196 Task, Errors and Mental Models Jens Rasmussen; L. P. Goodstein; S. E. Olsen; H. B. Andersen
Mauro Usability Science
197 The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator’s Guide to Creativity Marty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
198 The Art of Design Management Thomas Schutte
Mauro Usability Science
199 The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design Marty Neumeier
Interactive Mind
200 The Complete Guide to Writing Questionnaires
Springboard
201 The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right (Voices That Matter) Meghan Casey
The UX Review
202 The Craft of Copywriting Alastair Crompton UX Planet
203 The Design Studio Method Brian Sullivan I Am Wire
204 The Elements of Content Strategy Erin Kissane Goodreads
205 The Icon Handbook
Springboard
206 The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity Alan Cooper Goodreads
207 The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences Rachel Hinman
Interactive Mind
208 The Moderator’s Survival Guide: Handling Common, Tricky, and Sticky Situations in User Research Donna Tedesco UX Mastery
209 The Multitasking Myth Loukia D. Loukopoulos
Mauro Usability Science
210 The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction Stuart K. Card
Mauro Usability Science
211 The Psychology of Menu Selection Kent L. Norman
Mauro Usability Science
212 The Rules of Simplicity Jon Meada
The UX Review
213 The Shape of Design Frank Chimero
Interactive Mind
214 The Shape of Everyday Design Frank Chimero UX Planet
215 The Social Life of Information John Seely Brown & Paul Duguid
Mauro Usability Science
216 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn
Mauro Usability Science
217 The Tao of User Experience
UX Collective
218 The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution C.P. Snow
Mauro Usability Science
219 The Usability Engineering Lifecycle Deborah J. Mayhew
Mauro Usability Science
220 The UX Notebook Sarah Doody
The UX Review
221 Thinking Architecture Peter Zumthor UX Planet
222 Thinking in Systems: A Primer Donella H. Meadows
Interactive Mind
223 Thoughts on Interaction Design Jon Kolko
Interactive Mind
224 Understanding Comics Scott McCLod
The UX Review
225 Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design Simon King & Kuen Chang Toptal
226 UX for Beginners What Pixel
227 UX for Lean Startups Laura Klein Goodreads
228 UX Research What Pixel
229 UX Strategy What Pixel
230 UX team of one Leah Buley
The UX Review
231 UXPin’s free ebooks on UX design
Springboard
232 Validating Product Ideas What Pixel
233 Watches Tell More than Time Del Coates
Mauro Usability Science
234 Weaving the Web Tim Berners-Lee
Mauro Usability Science
235 Well Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love Jon Kolko
Interactive Mind
236 Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping Paco Underhill
Mauro Usability Science
237 Writing Better Computer User Documentation R. John Brockmann
Mauro Usability Science


23 Best UX Design Book Sources/Lists



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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

 

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