Best UX books about Interaction Design

From our topics list, here’s a list of the best books about interaction design.

#1: DESIGNING FOR INTERACTION

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

Dan Saffer, an experienced interaction designer himself, teaches many principles and methods for the interaction designer. For instance, you will read about the Elements, Laws and Characteristics of interaction design. This book is a key book for any interaction designer, and comes highly recommended from industry professionals. I recommend it too.

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#2: THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS

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

It’s a classic. It’s even from 1988. But you cannot avoid “Everyday things”. It’s a must-have in the library of a UX designer, because it explores the core of interaction design. The book dives into the basic, underlying behavioral mechanisms that drive our interactions with everyday objects. It’s timeless, and you will surely be able to apply the teachings of this book almost anywhere. If we could choose only one book about interaction design, this would be the one.

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#3: ABOUT FACE

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

“About Face” is a important Interaction Design book. It’s a manual for the interaction design discipline (an important part of UX design). There is two sides to the book. On one hand, it gives the reader an insight into the “soft” side of UX – ie. the principles and values for the UX designer doing user centered design and research. On the other hand, it is a dictionary for looking up the “hard”, practical UI design heuristics for user interface design elements such as windows, controls, menus, messages and much more.

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#4: Designing Interactions

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge style=

In this large and heavy book, you will read about interaction design in detail: How interaction design developed, when it entails, and how to apply it in your own design scenario. It’s a good overall book for learning about interaction design, and it is especially useful if you are interested in the history of UX. It also explains the many languages, principles, design methods, paradigms and prototypes of interaction design, so it’s a recommandable book to serve as a dictionary (more UX dictionaries here)

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