UX reading list

User experience design, mobile apps, social media, and business development – all these are part of daily life here at UX Passion. Continuous learning and keeping up with trends is imperative in our industry and one of the consequences of this race and thirst for knowledge is our UX Passion Library.

When we started back in 2009 we didn’t have a penny to buy anything expensive, but all the money we earned back then was used for buying books. Yes, good old paper-powered books. We have iPads and Android tablets and we like ebooks as well, but there is a certain something in the touch and feel, well, in the user experience of books.

Sit down and relax...

Sit down and relax...

Today I’d like to share with you just some of the stuff the UX Passion team is reading. This is not a full list of all the books we have in our library, it’s a selection of some of the most popular or interesting and inspirational books we’ve collected over the past two-and-a-half years. Also, I’ve omitted those related to business development and specific technologies and just focused on those which are approaching some design, content, innovation and user experience ideas and challenges from a technologically agnostic point of view.

So, here they are in no particular order.

  1. Swiss Graphic Design – The Origins and Growth of an International Style by Richard Hollis
  2. Undercover User Experience Design by Cennydd Bowles and James Box
  3. The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
  4. Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski
  5. About Face 3 by Alan Cooper
  6. Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
  7. Card Sorting by Donna Spencer
  8. A Project Guide to UX Design by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler
  9. Change by Design by Tim Brown
  10. Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson
  11. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
  12. Mental Models by Indi Young
  13. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Don Norman
  14. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
  15. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Peter Morville
  16. Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web by Christina Wodtke
  17. Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Yvonne Rogers
  18. Prototyping – A Practitioner’s Guide by Todd Zaki Warfel
  19. Remote Research by Nate Bolt and Tony Tualthimutte
  20. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
  21. The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

Would you like to share what’s on your UX reading list? What books or authors are your definitive choices?

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Comments (3)

  1. A great list. I would add the following: Measuring the User Experience by Thomas Tullis and William Albert, The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett and Seductive Interaction Design by Stephen P. Anderson. I wrote a short list as well, maybe your readers would find that useful as well. You can find it at http://bit.ly/LNUOtq .

    • Thanks Paul, we will tweet your list right now from our @UXPassion account so I hope people will find both of them useful.

      The Elements from JJG (alongside with his famous diagram / chart) are something that can be freely be considered as classics in our arena.

  2. I’d actually love to see these in an order ;)

    Which would you say are your top favourites?

    I’m currently reading Karren Brady’s autobiography and it’s brilliant so far. I like to read lots of different types of books as well as UX as I think it can sometimes help you to see UX from a different perspective. I highly recommend Seth Godin’s books. And anything psychology focussed I find fascinating – quite a few popular psych books on my bookcase too ;)


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