I like to read. I like to keep learning. I could
waist, I mean spend, an entire day if not more just reading books or the millions of articles that are posted online daily regarding all things UX.
I’ll also admit; I’m also a sucker for that promotional email that says, for a limited time only download this new book at a price you can’t beat! Yep, that’s me, downloading away. I recently purchased A Practical Guide to Information Architecture, by Donna Spencer offered through UX Mastery for only $5. I’ve already read through a bunch of it and though I know most the information already, it’s always good to refresh my memory.
The Must Haves
If call yourself a UX designer then you must have read and own the following:
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
– You will never look at the world around you the same. I keep this one as an e-book so I can re-read through it when ever I have a few minutes.
The Inmates Are Running The Asylum: Why High-tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity by Alan Cooper
– I work with a lot of complex B2B products, this book is essential to say the least.
Don’t Make Me Think: A common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
– I still have the original version. I’m realizing I should really go out and picking up the latest version based on the reviews.
Web Form Design: Filling in the blanks by Luke Wroblewski
– I’ve seen Luke speak at a couple different events, he’s always gives a good talk!
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, and David Cronin
Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas by Tamara Adlin and Jon Pruitt
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People by Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D.
Designing Web Interfaces by Bill Scott & Theresa Neil (O’Reilly book)
Designing from both sides of the screen. How Designers and Engineers Can Collaborate to Build Cooperative Technology by Ellen Isaacs and Alan Walendowski
Observing the User Experience, A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research by Elizabeth Goodman, Mike Kuniavsky and Andrea Moed
Institutionalization of Usability, A Step-By-Step Guide by Eric Schaffer