I like to read. I like to keep learning. I could 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.
Here’s just a few things I have on my bookshelf, along with the little crafty things my kids have made over the years.
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)
- Sketching User Experiences, getting the design right and the right design. by Bill Buxton
- Designing the User Interface, Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interactions by Ben Shneiderman
- 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
- Paper Prototyping, The Fast and Easy Way to Design and refine user interfaces by Carolyn Snyder