The Core UX Reading List


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I get asked this a lot. “What are the best UX books to read?”

In true UX tradition my answer is depends.

It depends on your experience as a UX practitioner, your experience with scientific research methods, psychology, interaction design, user interface design, product or visual design and your level of communication skills.

Still having a list of starter books would be handy.

Yeah sure others have their lists from the likes of Will Evans, Paul Seys and Nick Finck however some of the books on these are either too complex (for someone new to UX) or take way to long to get to the point. Bit like this post.

So here is a list of books I would pick as the must read UX books.

The UX Book List

More Specific Methods and Techniques Tuning

Let’s Get a Lot Deeper and Serious

So what are your killer must have UX books, I’m sure they are few that are different to the list above.

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  1. Amazing list, Gary. Thanks for posting it. A few already on my bookshelf, but many I hadn’t heard of before. Cheers!

  2. This is a really good list – I have many of these books and know of most of the others but there are some in here I didn’t know about that look really interesting, cheers!

  3. Pascal Bompard

    Thanks for sharing, Gary. That just what I was looking for to kickstart my UX research.

  4. Thanks all, been meaning to get around to doing this for a while.

    @Nat: have added linked to the books.

    You will note no “About Face” and “Sketching UX”. Good books but others have now said the same thing in a more concise way.

  5. Thanks for the great list. I have quite a few that I need to read on this list. Here are two more more books that are also very informative: Web Anatomy – Interaction Design Frameworks that Work by Robert Hoekman and Jared Spool and Neuro Web Design – What makes them click? by Susan Weinschenk.

  6. Hi Anna

    Not read Robert and Jared’s book, I suspected it would be more of the same. I had discounted Neuro Web Design as it repeats earlier work from others and it’s summarised in 100 things.

  7. I’ve read both those books Anna – Neuro Web Design, sure, but only if you haven’t read 100 or Stephen P. Anderson’s book Seductive Interaction Design which is strongly influenced (as was his Mental Notes card deck) by Susan Weinschenk’s work.

    I’ve also written a blog post review of Hoekman and Spool’s book:

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