Current collection of UX rocks!

From our Special Collections, if you have the shelve room for a lot of great UX books, read on. Here, you can get inspired from the current book collection of UX rocks! in no particular order.

#1: Constant Touch

Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone (Revolutions in Science) by Jon Agar style= style=

The cellphone is everywhere. But it hasn’t always been that way. This is the story of how the mobile phone developed from an idea to a device that has now changed the world. A history book any designer should have.

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#2: Rise of the DEO

Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design (Voices That Matter) by Maria Giudice1

A fascinating read about the rising role of executive design management by Maria Giudice11, Director of Product Design at Facebook, taking design decisions up where they belong; in the layer of strategic decisionmaking.

Is there a design manager in you? Get it on Amazon

#3: What Things Do

What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections On Technology, Agency, And Design by Peter Paul Verbeek style=

An important book in the area of the role of user centered design, taken from a philosophical perspective. The book focuses on how technology mediates our actions, and paints a rich picture of how material objects shape our existence from a modern viewpoint of opportunity and life with technology. If you like to go deep into design philosophy, this is the book to read.

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#4: 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=

A universal book with universal application – and of great importance. A must-have book if you want to know and use your design heuristics on a daily basis. The principles in this book are general must-know principles for any designer, not just User Experience designers. In the book, each principle has a page dedicated to it, so it’s much like a dictionary. A UX rocks! favorite.

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#5: Designing Interactions

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge style=

This book is a rock. A 766 page whopper that explores interaction design in detail. It places emphasis on the history of interaction, and explores the languages, principles, design methods, paradigms and prototypes of interaction design.

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#6: 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 probably on the list of most UX designers – or should be. “Dont Make Me Think” teaches you the most important design principles for usability: Making the user interface easily accessible and understandable, removing mental friction. The latest edition is updated with new material, but this one is actually a 90s classic, and contains thoughts and guidelines that are crucial in making a webpage work.

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#7: Web Form Design

Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski style=

If you’ve ever designed a form for a web page and wondered what’s the right thing to do, look no further. This is a great book. It shows how to present labels, layout input fields, show help text and error messages, and how to make the user perform actions in the form. There’s a number of great usability cases from Yahoo! and eBay, where form design principles are validated with actual use metrics. Recommended for any UX designer.

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#8: Designing for interaction

Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices by Dan Saffer style=

Written by one of the pioneers of Interaction Design, and a personal friend, this book is highly recommendable. The book moves from the basics of interaction design to methods of design research, sketching, modelling, wireframing and much, much more. The book is not just a book, it’s an element in advancing the interaction design profession by providing important, key design principles to the UX designer toolbelt.

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#9: Paper Prototyping

Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces by Carolyn Snyder style=

In this 408 page book, the use and concept of the “paper prototype” is explored and nuanced.You will learn how, where and when to apply the method of paper prototyping, and you will surely be inspired to use this design method more in your daily work. You will also learn that paper prototypes can easily be used in testing scenarios. If you use paper daily, check it out.

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#10: Designing Interfaces

Designing Interfaces by Jennifer Tidwell style=

This book is a comprehensive overview of UI design patterns. In other words, you find proven user interface design ways of doing things. Everything from organizing content, navigating, organizing information, actions and forms is here. In this way, is it also a design dictionary. For more dictionaries, get inspired from our dictionary list.

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#11: The inmates are running the asylum

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity by Alan Cooper style=

When this book came out in 2004, it was a fresh breath of air in a world of tech-driven products. Today, User Experience has been validated as an important field of expertise, but we still have a tendency to let technology control us. It’s a classic and still worth your time. If you believe product design should be driven by user goals and needs, not technical requirements and the programmer’s agenda, this book is for you.

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#12: 101 things I learned in Architecture school

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

This is not a UX book per se. But as you will soon find out when you open this book, it’s very useful. As a UX designer, you will be able to apply many of the principles, or if translated into meta, them all. The book has simple illustrations and 1 principle per page, making it kind of a miniature dictionary as well.

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#13: Information Visualization

Information Visualization: Perception for Design by Colin Ware style=

Every UX designer will be confronted with having to present complex information in a pleasing way. The way information is presented, or visualized, is a key part of the user experience of a product. This book is a classic, here in the Third Revised Edition, that teaches about how human perception influences data presentation. It’s a bit nerdy, but we still like it.

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#14: Windows User Experience Guidelines

Microsoft Windows User Experience Official Guidelines by Microsoft Corporation style=

If you can get your hands of a copy of one of these, keep it. Originally written in 1999 for programmers (User Experience designers didn’t exist in impressive numbers back then), it is an impressive dictionary of user interface design patterns and user experience guidelines. Most of the book applies to software UX design and is still useful today. But more importantly, it fits into the larger picture of how User Experience came to be. It’s more than just a look-up book for programmers. It’s actually a historical design thinking encyclopedia.

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#15: Designing Visual Interfaces

Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques by Kevin Mullet style= & Darrell Sano style=

This is a classic book on designing visual interfaces. It basically presents user interface design patterns, but it an overall, more reflective way, deducing principles and commonalities between ways of using the visual language. As such, it is really timeless. The examples in the book are from 1995, so just for that fact in itself, it’s a joyful read. But you can apply it in your UX design work, guaranteed. And it’s still a Best Seller.

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#16: The design of everyday things

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman style=

This is a must-have classic book on interaction design for any UX designer. It teaches some of the basic, underlying psychological mechanisms that drive interactions with everyday objects. This makes the book quite timeless. It actually has very few digital examples, which is refreshing. This is a book you can surely apply in your daily UX design, and a book that will help you grow. Amazingly, after almost 30 years, it’s still a Best Seller.

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#17: Handbook of Usability Testing

Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests by Jeffrey Rubin style=

This 1994 book on usability testing is a must have if you ever do usability testing as a UX designer – and why wouldn’t you. Sure, there are other, newer books out there on usability testing, but this one is a timeless explanation and walkthrough of the elements needed to do proper usability testing. The book also outlines different kinds of usability tests that can be made in various stages of product development.

#18: About Face

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

About Face is an important book on Interaction Design essentials. It has more than 700 pages and also works as en encyclopedia of methods of user research, modeling users (personas) and interaction design principles and values. More specifically, the book also serves as a dictionary for properly designing menus, windows, controls and messages for the user. Highly recommended for UX designers.

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#19: Search Patterns

Search Patterns: Design for Discovery by Peter Moorville style=

As a UX designer, at one point in time you will – guaranteed – work on search experiences. Then, this book will come in handy. There are so many poor search experiences out there, because designers are not aware of the basic, must-have search patterns required to make search work for the user. This book explains everything.

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