Learning UX Design or refining your skills as a UX designer? I have been a web designer and developer for well over 7 years and have been a profession UX designer for over 5 years. I didn’t go to school for UX design, Web Design or Web Development. I taught myself from books, youtube, talk, learning from every project I ever worked on and listening to people who knew what they were talking about. If you’re on the path I was here are (in my opinion) the best books to read if you want to be or are a UX Designer. In no particular order.
1. Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug
A Brilliant book for beginners or new UX Designers, with great visuals showing the dos and don’ts of basic UX Design for the web.
2. Lean UX – Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
The small but powerful book shows you the way to do UX design right and working in a team environment.
3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People – Susan Weinschenk
This book covers a wide range of categories and lets you make your own conclusions while teaching you about human behaviour.
4. The User Experience Team of One – Leah Buley
A great book to add to your toolkit if you’re a solo designer in your team or environment.
5. The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman
An interesting and enjoyable read diving into every day of why some things work and why some things don’t.
6. The UX Book – Rex Hartson
Great book for anyone getting into UX Design, and has everything you need to understand and apply user experience techniques.
An extremely useful book with great examples and how-to guides to building your own product.
8. Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things – Don Norman
Fascinating book about the good and the bad of a design. A good book for those interested in product design.
9. Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook – Saul Greenberg
Great book for the toolkit with examples and tips for presenting your work and practical methods.
10. Evil by Design: Interaction Design to Lead Us into Temptation – Chris Nodder
Interesting book on how to design for real users and the traps that exist in Design.
I hope you enjoyed this list and it helps you on your way to mastering UX Design. If you get a book from the list or have read one already, let me know what you thought in the comments section below.