If you're interested in getting into UX design but don't know where to start, don't worry - we've got you covered. These 12 books are the perfect pick for someone who is truly a beginner in UX.
Whether you're an entrepreneur looking to create products that will resonate with users, a marketer trying to understand them better, or even a user yourself, these books will give you a solid foundation in UX design principles.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up one (or all 12!) of these books and start your journey into the world of UX design today.
1. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
If you're new to UX design, this is the book for you. In it, Steve Krug lays out the principles of good design in a way that's easy to understand and apply. He covers everything from the basics of usability testing to more advanced topics like information architecture.
2. The Design of Everyday Things
In this classic book, Don Norman explores the psychology behind why some products are easy to use while others are not. He also offers insights into how we can design better products that are more user-friendly.
3. The Elements of User Experience
This book by Jesse James Garrett is a must-read for any UX designer. It provides a comprehensive overview of the UX design process, from user research to interface design. Garrett also includes helpful case studies and real-world examples.
4. Designing Interfaces
Designing Interfaces is a comprehensive guide to interface design, written by Jenifer Tidwell. It covers everything from typography and color to layout and navigation. Tidwell also includes best practices for designing web, mobile, and desktop interfaces.
5. User Experience Team of One
If you're a solo UX designer, this book by Leah Buley is for you. It covers how to effectively manage your time and resources, as well as how to get buy-in from stakeholders. User Experience Team of One is packed with practical tips and advice.
6. Lean UX
In Lean UX, Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden advocate for a more agile approach to UX design. They argue that traditional methods like waterfall are too slow and inflexible. Lean UX is a great book for designers who want to learn more about agile methodology.
7. Designing for Emotion
In this book, Aarron Walter explores the role of emotion in design. He argues that we should design for the whole person, not just the rational mind. Designing for Emotion is packed with case studies and real-world examples.
8. The UX Reader
The UX Reader is a collection of essays from some of the top minds in UX. It covers a wide range of topics, from user research to design thinking. The UX Reader is a great way to learn from the best and brightest in the field.
9. The User Experience Toolkit
In this book, Peter Boersma and James Kalbach provide a practical guide to UX design. They cover everything from user research to interface design. The User Experience Toolkit is packed with helpful tips and advice.
10. The UX Book
The UX Book is a comprehensive guide to UX design, written by Rex Hartson and Pardha Pyla. It covers everything from user research to interface design. The UX Book is packed with helpful tips and advice.
11. The UX Portfolio
In The UX Portfolio, Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler provide a practical guide to creating a portfolio that will land you a job in UX design. They cover everything from choosing the right projects to showcase to writing an effective cover letter.
12. The UX Careers Handbook
In The UX Careers Handbook, Lea Pica and Kate Rutter provide a practical guide to launching a career in UX design. They cover everything from finding a job to networking to salary negotiation. The UX Careers Handbook is packed with helpful tips and advice.