The Best UX Design Books (User Experience)

best books for ux design

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.


Best books to read for UX Designer:


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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7. UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want – Jaime Levy

An extremely useful book with great examples and how-to guides to building your own product.


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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.


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9. Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook – Saul Greenberg

Great book for the toolkit with examples and tips for presenting your work and practical methods.


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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.