10 Books Every UX Designer Should Read
In a world of noise, and vast ocean of reading material, it can
be hard to know where you should be investing your time when
expanding your UX knowledge. Below is a list to help, it's a list
that every UX designer should find useful!
1. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About
People by Susan Weinschenk.
This book concentrates on helping the user learn and understand
consumer behaviours and needs and use this knowledge in your
2. Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Steve Krug is one of the leading experts in the field of
human-centered design and this book is great for helping bring this
approach into your designs.
3. Mobile Usability by Jakob Nielsen & Raluca
One of only a few books currently dedicated to mobile UX. It
looks at the difficulties you face when creating mobile designs and
offers a variety of solutions to help.
4. Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
This book focuses usability testing and is widely considered one
of the best books for learning how to plan and conduct product user
5. The User Experience Team of One: A Research and
Design Survival Guide by Leah Buley
This book is great for helping learn approaches that are time
and resource friendly and still have a big impact!
6. Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing
Online User Experience by Jesmond Allen
Regarded by some as the UX bible, it focuses on the basics of
user-centred design and the philosophies it is based upon. It
provides walk through how-tos, for everything from user research to
wireframing and provides case studies for each.
7. Service Design: From Insight to Implementation by
A very hands on approach to UX and designing services for people
that work. It provides great case studies, insights and methods to
help you along.
8. Usable Usability: Simple Steps
for Making Stuff Better by Eric Reiss
A great introduction and comprehensive evaluation of what
usability is. It looks at why usability is important and discusses
different usability concepts.
9. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User
Experience by Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden
Looks at Important UX principles and techniques, how to
experiment with design ideas, and how to regularly adjust your
designs based on research and testing.
10. Quantifying the User Experience: Practical
Statistics for User Research by Jeff Sauro
This book is a great tool for helping understand the role of
statistics in UX and explains the usefulness of statistics in UX in
a easy-to-understand manner.
I hope some readers find this list useful. Would love to get the
thoughts from anyone who has read any of the books suggested above,
or if anyone feels I've missed some great books out :)
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