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UX Books

Handpicked list of recommended user experience books.

Reading list of highly recommended user experience books, which have withstood the test of time. They are up-to-date and relevant for developers, UX designers, professionals, and enthusiasts alike.

Books

Cover of the book 'The Design of Everyday Things' by Donald A. Norman Human Factors

The Design of Everyday Things

Written by cognitive scientist and usability engineer Donald Norman about how design serves as the communication between object and user, and how to optimize that conduit of communication in order to make the experience of using the object pleasurable.

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  • Publisher: Basic Books
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  • Pages: 288
Cover of the book 'Information Architecture' by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld, Jorge Arango Information Architecture

Information Architecture
For the Web and Beyond

Written by Peter Morville, the founding father of information architecture, Louis Rosenfeld, the founder of Rosenfeld Media, a leading source of user experience books, and Jorge Arango, president and director of the Information Architecture Institute.

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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  • Pages: 486
Cover of the book 'Don't Make Me Think, Revisited' by Steve Krug Human Factors

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Written by usability guru Steve Krug. Since its first publication, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on this guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.

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  • Publisher: New Riders
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  • Pages: 210
Cover of the book 'Evil by Design' by Chris Nodder Human Factors

Evil by Design
Interaction Design to Lead Us Into Temptation

Written by user researcher, UX fiend, and interaction design specialist Chris Nodder. He organized the book by the seven deadly sins and describes how to leverage human fallibility to create powerful persuasive interfaces that people will love to use.

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  • Publisher: Wiley
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  • Pages: 320
Cover of the book 'Thinking Fast & Slow' by Daniel Kahneman Human Factors

Thinking Fast & Slow

Written by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureate Daniel Kahneman. The book was the winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that promotes public understanding of behavioral science, engineering and medicine.

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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  • Pages: 512
Cover of the book 'Mismatch' by Kat Holmes Human Factors

Mismatch
How Inclusion Shapes Design

Written by Google UX design director Kat Holmes, the book describes how design can lead to exclusion, and how designing for inclusion by designing with, rather than for excluded users, can be a source of innovation for digital technologies.

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  • Publisher: The MIT Press
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  • Pages: 156
Cover of the book 'UX Strategy' by Jaime Levy Research

UX Strategy
How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want

Written by interface designer, and user experience strategist Jaime Levy. This hands-on guide carefully blends business strategy and UX design. It introduces strategy tools and techniques to help craft multi-device products that people want to use.

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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  • Pages: 312
Cover of the book 'A Web for Everyone' by Sarah Horton, Whitney Quesenbery Human Factors

A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences

Written by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery. Sarah is a consultant for strategic planning for websites and web applications. Whitney specializes in user research. The book is about making websites accessible without sacrificing design or innovation.

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  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
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  • Pages: 288
Cover of the book 'Design for Hackers' by David Kadavy Design

Design for Hackers
Reverse Engineering Beauty

Written by David Kadavy, the book explains the classical principles and techniques behind beautiful and engaging interface designs. It explores color theory, the role of proportion and geometry in design, and the relationship between medium and form.

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  • Publisher: Wiley
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  • Pages: 352
Cover of the book 'Emotional Design' by Donald A. Norman Human Factors

Emotional Design
Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things

Written by cognitive scientist and usability engineer Don Norman, the book shows how principles of human psychology apply to the invention and design of new technologies and products. It is about making affective tools that mesh well with emotions.

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  • Publisher: Basic Books
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  • Pages: 272
Cover of the book 'Predictably Irrational' by Dr. Dan Ariely Human Factors

Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Written by best-selling author Dan Ariely, the book refutes the common assumption that people behave in fundamentally rational ways. The misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They are systematic and predictable.

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  • Publisher: Harper
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  • Pages: 400
Cover of the book 'Well-Designed' by Jon Kolko Human Factors

Well-Designed
How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love

Written by Jon Kolko, the refreshingly jargon-free and practical book takes readers from Design Thinking to Design Doing. Kolko explains how to deeply understand customer needs and feelings and how to reflect them in a product.

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  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
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  • Pages: 224
Cover of the book 'Why We Fail' by Victor Lombardi Research

Why We Fail
Learning from Experience Design Failures

Written by Victor Lombardi, the book explores what teams actually built, why products failed, and how we can learn from the past to avoid failure ourselves. Improve by learning how customer experience failures cause products to fail in the marketplace.

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  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
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  • Pages: 248
Cover of the book 'Eye Tracking the User Experience' by Aga Bojko Research

Eye Tracking the User Experience
A Practical Guide to Research

Written by UX researcher and VP of User Experience at GfK Custom Research, Aga Bojko, the book is a practical guide to eye-tracking user research. It offers step-by-step advice on how to plan, prepare, and conduct eye tracking studies.

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  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
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  • Pages: 234
Cover of the book 'Eye Tracking Methodology' by Andrew T. T. Duchowski Research

Eye Tracking Methodology
Theory and Practice

Written by Andrew T. Duchowski, the book focuses on video-based, corneal-reflection eye trackers and takes a look at a number of interesting and challenging applications for eye-tracking systems from a strong scientific view.

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  • Publisher: Springer
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  • Pages: 408
Cover of the book 'Interviewing Users' by Steve Portigal Research

Interviewing Users
How to Uncover Compelling Insights

Written by Steve Portigal, who helps companies to think and act strategically when innovating with user insights. The book provides invaluable interviewing techniques and tools that enable readers to conduct informative interviews with anyone.

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  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
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  • Pages: 176
Cover of the book 'The Mobile Frontier' by Rachel Hinman Information Architecture

The Mobile Frontier
A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences

Written by researcher and product designer Rachel Hinman, the book assists in navigating the unfamiliar and fast-changing mobile landscape with grace and solid thinking while inspiring to explore the possibilities mobile technology presents.

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  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
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  • Pages: 280
Cover of the book 'Hooked' by Nir Eyal Human Factors

Hooked
How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Written by author, lecturer and investor Nir Eyal, the book explains, with the help of the Hook Model — a four-step process embedded into products to encourage customer behavior, how companies create products people can not put down.

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  • Publisher: Portfolio
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  • Pages: 256
Cover of the book 'Designing for Behavior Change' by Stephen Wendel Human Factors

Designing for Behavior Change
Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics

Written by behavioral social scientist Stephen Wendel. The book explains how to apply behavioral economics and psychology to the practical problems of product design and the development of effective interface designs that are enjoyable to use.

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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  • Pages: 394
Cover of the book 'Nudge' by Richard H. Thaler, Cass Robert Sunstein Human Factors

Nudge
Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Written by professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, Richard H. Thaler, who is also a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. In this book he explains how people make choices and how they can make better ones.

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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  • Pages: 312
Cover of the book 'Neuro Web Design' by Susan Weinschenk Human Factors

Neuro Web Design
What Makes Them Click?

Written by behavioral psychologist Susan M. Weinschenk, the book applies the research on motivation, decision making, and neuroscience to web design. Learn how to apply the principles of persuasion to design Web sites that encourage users to click.

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  • Publisher: New Riders
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  • Pages: 162
Cover of the book '100 Things' by Susan Weinschenk Human Factors

100 Things
Every Designer Needs to Know About People

Written by behavioral psychologist Susan M. Weinschenk, the book explains how to design to elicit responses from people. It combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs.

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  • Publisher: New Riders
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  • Pages: 256
Cover of the book 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg Human Factors

The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Written by Pulitzer-prize winner journalist and author Charles Duhigg, the book explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. This helps to understand users and their needs and aspirations. An essential manual for business and living.

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  • Publisher: Random House
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  • Pages: 400
Cover of the book 'Switch' by Chip Heath, Dan Heath Human Factors

Switch
How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Written by Professor of Organizational Behavior Chip Heath, the book brings together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change.

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  • Publisher: Crown Business
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  • Pages: 305
Cover of the book 'Influence' by Robert Beno Cialdini Human Factors

Influence
The Psychology of Persuasion

Written by Professor of Psychology and Marketing Robert Beno Cialdini, the book explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations. A manual to become a skilled persuader.

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  • Publisher: Harper Business
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  • Pages: 336
Cover of the book 'Yes!' by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert Beno Cialdini Human Factors

Yes!
50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

Written by Professor of Management and Organizations Noah J. Goldstein, the book explains 50 scientifically proven techniques, based on more than 60 years of research into the psychology of persuasion, for increasing persuasive powers in business and life.

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  • Publisher: Free Press
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  • Pages: 258
Cover of the book 'Habit' by Neale Martin Human Factors

Habit
The 95% of Behavior Marketers Ignore

Written by expert in consumer behavior and customer satisfaction Dr. Neale Martin, the book explains why 80% of new products fail, why so many advertising budgets are wasted every year, and why even satisfied customers aren’t loyal.

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  • Publisher: FT Press
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  • Pages: 208
Cover of the book 'The Paradox of Choice' by Barry Schwartz Human Factors

The Paradox of Choice
Why More Is Less

Written by psychologist and Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, Barry Schwartz. The book explains how people make decisions and discusses their obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret.

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  • Publisher: Ecco
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  • Pages: 304
Cover of the book 'Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population' by Jeff Johnson, Kate Finn Human Factors

Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population
Towards Universal Design

Written by Assistant Professor and Co-Founder and Principal at Wiser Usability, Inc., Jeff Johnson. The book presents age-friendly design guidelines that are well-established, agreed-upon, research-based, actionable, and applicable.

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  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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  • Pages: 258
Cover of the book 'The Content Strategy Toolkit' by Meghan Casey Information Architecture

The Content Strategy Toolkit
Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right

Written by content strategist Meghan Casey, the book contains a step-by-step approach for doing content strategy, from planning and creating content to delivering and managing it. It contains a complete array of tools and tips for many content challenges.

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  • Publisher: New Riders
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  • Pages: 288
Cover of the book 'Pro HTML5 Accessibility' by Joshue O. Connor Human Factors

Pro HTML5 Accessibility
Building an Inclusive Web

Written by technology consultant and internationally recognised inclusive design expert, Joshue O Connor. The book helps designers come to grips with building exciting, accessible and usable web sites and applications with HTML5.

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  • Publisher: Apress
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  • Pages: 386
Cover of the book 'Accessibility Handbook' by Katie Cunningham Human Factors

Accessibility Handbook

Written by Katie Cunningham, the book contains practical guidelines to create accessible websites which conform to Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. Learn what works best without having to exclude advanced functions.

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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  • Pages: 96
Cover of the book 'Inclusive Design for a Digital World' by Regine M. Gilbert Human Factors

Inclusive Design for a Digital World
Designing with Accessibility in Mind

Written by user experience designer, and educator, Regine Gilbert. The book discusses and explains in step-by-step solutions, how to create digital products which are accessible to as many different users as possible.

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  • Publisher: Apress
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  • Pages: 298
Cover of the book 'Lean UX' by Jeff Gothelf Research

Lean UX
Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

Written by speaker and organizational designer Jeff Gothelf, the book teaches Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques. Experiment with design ideas, validate them with users, and continually adjust the design based on gained insights.

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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  • Pages: 152
Cover of the book 'Persuasive Technology' by Brian Jeffrey Fogg Human Factors

Persuasive Technology
Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do

Written by social scientist Brian Jeffrey Fogg, who is a research associate at Stanford University, the book reveals how Web sites, software applications, and mobile devices can be used to change people's attitudes and behavior.

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  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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  • Pages: 312
Cover of the book 'Ruined by Design' by Mike Monteiro Human Factors

Ruined by Design
How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It

Written by Mike Monteiro, the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio. Mike writes and speaks frequently about the craft, ethics, and business of design. In 2014 he received the Net award for Conference Talk of the Year.

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  • Publisher: Independent
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  • Pages: 221
Cover of the book 'Invisible Women' by Caroline Criado-Perez Human Factors

Invisible Women
Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Written by feminist, activist, author and journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, based on factual data, Caroline reveals gender bias in a wide range of environments. She wants to crunch the numbers and take positive steps to correct bias.

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  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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  • Pages: 251