6 Books Every UX Design Newbie Should Read
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There’s nothing that says you’re pursuing a new skill, like getting a brand new book on the topic. Having at least one or two solid books on the subject matter is always a good idea. Take a look at the six UX design books below. They’re great for UX design newbies!
1. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited
If there’s one book you should get your hands on when you’re getting into UX design, it’s this one. Recommended by countless UX design blogs, Don’t Make Me Think‘s famous common sense approach to usability on the web, makes it such an easy read. In case you’re wondering, I also own a copy of this book!
2. The Design of Everyday Things
The author of this book, Don Norman, is a Cognitive Scientist. Don, of all people, knows his stuff on the topic of human behavior. Throughout The Design of Everyday Things, Don explores how much design can influence a consumer into buying something and how good design is truly a competitive advantage. Also, it’s worth noting that the book has five stars on Amazon.
3. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design
About Face is a comprehensive resource for both designers and developers that want to learn more about user experience design.
4. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
As discussed in the book, as designers, we design things a certain way to elicit a response from people. By combining science and real-world examples, 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People gives you 100 truths of human behavior for less than $20 on Amazon. If that’s not a deal, then I don’t know what is!
5. Designing for Interaction
If you’re a fan of using your Nexus 6P or iPhone, it’s probably due to good interaction design. Designing for Interaction covers what makes good and bad interaction design. If you ever want to design an app, I highly suggest reading this book.
6. The Elements of User Experience
The Elements of User Experience understands how complicated UX design can get. That’s why it includes vivid illustrations that focus on ideas rather than complicated tools and techniques. Clean code and pretty graphics aren’t all that’s needed for good user experience. There’s much more and it’s all revealed in the book.