10 must read UX books

From our special collections, here’s our own favorite UX books. We’ve read a lot of books. Of all the best sellers, topical books and more, these are our own top 10 favorite books.

#1: UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

Universal Principles of Design: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design by William Lidwell style=

This one was easy. This book is very easy to access, and works like a dictionary for designers. It goes through 125 important design principles, and it’s a must-have in the library of any designer, even more so the User Experience designer. It’s also beautifully made.

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#2: DON’T MAKE ME THINK

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) by Steve Krug style=

This book is a lot of fun to read – and it matters. “Dont Make Me Think” is a classical UX book that every UX designer should have read at least one. It’s all about removing mental friction, making the user flow through the webpages. The latest edition is revised with updated pictures, but it’s a classic. Recommended for anyone in interaction design or user experience design – even visual design.

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#3: WEB FORM DESIGN

Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski style=

Web form design is an important book about the planning, layout and designing of forms. Forms are always an obstacle to the user – something they’d rather avoid. This book is about making the form as pleasurable to complete as possible. It includes cases from both Yahoo! and eBay. Recommended for any UX designer.

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#4: 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick style=

This cool, accessible little book is an instant favorite. It’s not really a UX book, but again, it kind of is. It’s for architects, but UX designers are architects in the digital domain. You will be able to apply every single one of the architecture principles to your daily work. And as we like the short, precise books that don’t weave around the subjects too long, this one is a keeper.

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#5: ABOUT FACE

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper style=

“About Face” is an Interaction Design must-have and highly recommended as the go-to resource for any UX designer. It is both an important work on values and principles for the UX designer, a user research manual, and a dictionary for looking up proper design heuristics for windows, prompts, controls, menus and messages.

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#6: SEARCH PATTERNS

Search Patterns: Design for Discovery by Peter Moorville style=

All UX designers will have the opportunity to work on search design. Maybe not on the current project, but then the next one. For that project, this book is important. It lists and explains the core, essential search patterns required to make great user experiences out of search. User have gotten used to bad search experiences, and are therefore reluctant to use the search bar on many sites. This book changes that.

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#7: ROCKET SURGERY MADE EASY

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems by Steve Krug style=

We liked the authors previous gem, Don’t Make Me Think, for the same reason we like this one. It’s a very practical, pragmatic book, that cuts through all the fancy words and describes what needs to be done to do real usability testing. Usability testing is not something difficult, it doesn’t require a lab, many people or a months of work. It’s something anyone can easily do. This book explains how.

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