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
- The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web by Jesse James Garrett
- A Project Guide to UX: For user experience designers in the field or in the making by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler
- Undercover User Experience Design by Cennydd Bowle, James Box
- Thoughts on Interaction Design by Jon Kolko
- Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design by Robert Hoekman Jr.
- The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity by Alan Cooper
- A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer
- 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People: What Makes Them Tick? by Susan Weinschenk
- Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design by Giles Colborne
- Measuring User Experience by Thomas Tullis, William Albert
- Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
- Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
More Specific Methods and Techniques Tuning
- Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests by Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell
- Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules by Jeff Johnson
- Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski
- Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior by Indy Young
- Card Sorting: Design Usable Categories by Donna Spencer
- Prototyping: A Practitioners Guide to Prototyping by Todd Zaki Warfel
- Search Patterns: Design for Discovery by Peter Morville, Jeffery Callender
- Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown
- The Essential Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas by John Pruitt , Tamara Adlin
- Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfel, Peter Morville
- Designing Social Interfaces by Christian Crumlish
- Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography by John Van Maanen
- Remote Research by Nate Bolt, Tony Tulathimutte
- Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson
- Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery, Kevin Brooks
Let’s Get a Lot Deeper and Serious
- The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
- The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- Heuristics and Biases by Thomas Gilovich
- Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin
- The Accidental Taxonomist by Heather Hedden
- Doing Anthropology in Consumer Research by Patricia L. Sunderland, Rita M. Denny
- How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
- The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- Living with Complexity by Don Norman
So what are your killer must have UX books, I’m sure they are few that are different to the list above.