LEARN UX  |  MAY 19, 2018

Best Books on
UX Design

Looking for that perfect UX book that will completely shift your paradigm and make you completely rethink your design approach? Here are five books that have done that for me and that I would recommend to UX experts and beginners alike. 

Smashing UX Design: Foundations for Designing Online User Experiences

Smashing UX Design, a creation by Jesmond Allen and James Chudley, is the perfect resource for those who want to master the ins and outs of User Experience. Not only does the book cover the fundamentals of UX, but it also provides you with advice on where, when and how the techniques should be used. Each chapter usually includes a case study, which is great if you’re a more practical learner.

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Smashing UX Design, a creation by Jesmond Allen and James Chudley, is the perfect resource for those who want to master the ins and outs of User Experience. Not only does the book cover the fundamentals of UX, but it also provides you with advice on where, when and how the techniques should be used. Each chapter usually includes a case study, which is great if you’re a more practical learner.

Prioritizing Web Usability

What UX book list is complete without a title from Jakob Nielsen, the usability guru. In this book he partnered with Hoa Loranger to show the world why usability is important and how to make your web experiences more user-friendly. What’s remarkable about this book is that the recommendations and principles are based on hundreds of User Tests conducted by Nielsen’s team. No assumptions, theories or BS. Just facts about usability and how people use websites.

Mobile Usability

After reading Nielsen’s Prioritizing Web Usability, a great segue is Mobile Usability. Similar to Prioritizing Web Usability, Nielsen and Raluca Budiu reveal the results of hundreds of User Tests to determine the best practices of usability for mobile devices. Even though the book was written in 2012, the design principles still hold true in 2018 where users expect seamless mobile experiences that are equivalent or superior to desktop.

The Design of Everyday Things

In my opinion The Design of Everyday Things is the blueprint of Design Thinking. Don Norman does an amazing job in capturing how people interact with products. He takes the blame from people who can’t figure out how to use something, and puts the onus on designers who aren’t able to create something that’s easy to use. The principles that Don covers in the book are timeless and still as relevant today as they were in 1988.

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