August 2015

Essential UX & Design books

Whether you’re a newcomer to UX or a seasoned specialist, we all need to be clued up on solid approaches and techniques anew.

This collection of UX and design books are just some of the pillars and provokers. From psychological study to personal experiences, these authors don’t just offer up ready-made solutions to common industry problems. These books touch on every aspect of approaching and designing for users.

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100 things every designer needs to know about people.
Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D. – @thebrainlady
It’s all about the end user. A blend of science and research, “100 things” gets to the nitty gritty of what makes people tick. If you want to know what fonts users favour or how to master motivation and limit lingering, this book will give you plenty to ponder. Whether intermediate or expert, you’ll keep reaching for this time after time.

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Seductive Interaction Design : Creating playful, fun and effective user experiences.
Stephen P. Anderson – @stephenanderson
Mastering the UX act of seduction is a key understanding to have under your belt. Anderson’s insight into user motivations and their interface engagements is buzzing with psychological principles and some nice selected examples. If you’re looking to better leverage the user experiences, this book is resource dynamite.

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Mobile Usability.
Jakob Nielsen & Raluca Budiu – @NNgroup
In regards to the responsive field, it’s clear “Mobile Usability” is a staple purchase. Devoted to the pros and cons of small screen design, this book is the book for those teetering on the edge of the mobile persuasion. The run-through of common application problems and consequent solutions for improved UX is grade A stuff.

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The User Experience Team of One.
Leah Buley – @leahbuley
Whether you’re a solo starter or part of a seasoned organisation looking to push forward, Buley’s book is a winning practical partner. It’s a relatable and ridiculously handy guide, laden with an array of approaches and insight into getting more from stretched time and resources. Freelancers and studios alike can take plenty away from this read.

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Don’t make me think – A common sense approach to web usability.
Steve Krug – @skrug
Cutting through the fluff and filler, Krug cuts straight to the heart of human-centred design writing. This rock solid resource is wittily penned, principal packed and eternally insightful. One of the most highly recommended UX reads, and rightfully so.