A good UX Design book is worth its weight in gold. With hundreds to choose from, finding the perfect guide can be overwhelming. We have compiled an essential collection that offers advice on topics from usability to interaction design.
Don’t Make Me Think Revisited
Don’t Make Me Think is one of the best-loved and most recommended books on usability principles. Steven Krug is the usability guru, helping designers and developers understand the human psychology behind user experience. This refreshed version returns with a new chapter on mobile usability and updated examples.
Thomas R Tufte offers guidance on how to explain complex material using visual means, with impressive examples on the principles of information displays. The book explores escaping flatland, layering and separation, and narratives.
Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better
This is the perfect guide to usability testing, with advice to designers and developers on getting it right first time. Written to help you be aware of user’s needs, the full-colour interior is packed with design and layout examples, and discusses usability concepts.
Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design
One for interaction designers, who wish to explore the concept of simplifying UX when designing tools and applications. The author explains why simplicity is attractive, the laws of simplicity and strategies in improving simplicity.
Service Design: From Insight to Implementation
An introduction to service design, with practical advice on designing services that works for people. Taking a hands-on approach, the book outlines key service tools including blueprints and service ecology maps, with insights, methods and case studies to boot.
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Designers may be able to create an eye-catching design, but they need to understand people to ensure it has the right impact. This book combines science and research to give the designer an insight into behaviours and needs of the customer, and how to apply that in design.
Smashing UX Design
Proving a popular resource for designers and developers, this book should be read cover to cover. Smashing UX Design provides an overview of UX and User Centred Design, with design and research tools and techniques for web projects. Read about real-life projects with the reasoning behind the specific techniques.
Not many books are dedicated to creating a decent user experience on a small screen. This one looks into the difficulties of designing for mobile, with solutions to improving design techniques. Topics include designing for small screens, mobile strategy and writing for mobile.
The UX Book
This is a solid resource written to help readers understand designing interaction for user experience. The UX Book addresses the design and process principles, how to extract requirements, create wireframes and evaluate designs.
Quantifying User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research
For usability experts and researchers who are increasingly expected to quantify the benefits of their efforts, this text book is a must-have. Information is broken down to clearly explain the role and value of statistics in UX.