UX books about usability testing

From our list of interesting UX topics, here’s a collection of books that will teach you more about the UX design method of usability testing.

#1: PAPER PROTOTYPING

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

This rather large book gives you a thorough walkthrough of how to use paper prototypes in usability testing scenarios. Contrary to popular belief, a UX designer can test a solution without a computer. This is where paper prototypes come in. This book is very down-to-earth and practical on how to do this.

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#2: HANDBOOK OF USABILITY TESTING

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

This 1994 classic is still valid as it presents the basics to put in place to do proper usability testing as a UX designer. It explains and walks you through the elements needed to do usability testing, but it doesn’t make it in the oh-you’ll-need-a-lab kind of way. The book also outlines different kinds of usability tests that can be made in various stages of product development, and it invented some of the basic usability testing vocabulary still used by everyone else.

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#3: Rocket Surgery Made Easy

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

If you liked Steve Krug style=s other book, Don’t Make Me Think (and there’s no reason you shouldn’t – it’s a UX classic, a best seller and a favorite), you will also appreciate this one. With the same pragmatic approach, Steve Krugs presents the essentials of doing simple, valuable usability testing in any setting. He explains how to get more from less, and analyzing usability test results in a simple way. If I could only buy one book on usability testing, I’d get this one.

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