10 Books Every UX Designer Should Read

Thu, 09 Jul 2015
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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 designs

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 Budiu

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 tests.

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 Andy Polaine

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 🙂 Happy reading!


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