A Must Read User Experience Design Books for Newbies

By Dragan Simonovic

Being user experience specialist for many years now, every once in a while someone asks me if I could recommend some books for UX newbies. Here’s the list of books I find very helpful, and instead writing my own review there’re quotes I think will be more useful. Those books are useful not only for UX designers, but also UI designers and information architects.

A Project Guide to UX Design

By Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler

A Project Guide to User Experience Although curiosity, passion, and empathy are traits that user experience designers share, there is also a desire to achieve balance. We seek out a balance, most notably between logic and emotion, like Spock and Kirk or Data and Data in that episode where his emotion chip overloaded his positronic relays. You get the idea.

You can buy this book from Amazon.

Don’t Make Me Think

by Steve Krug

Don't make me thinkWhen we’re creating sites, we act as though people are going to pore over each page, reading our finely crafted text, figuring out how we’ve organized things, and weighing their options before deciding which link to click.

What they actually do most of the time (if we’re lucky) is glance at each new page, scan some of the text, and click on the first link that catches their interest or vaguely resembles the thing they’re looking for.

You can buy this book from Amazon.

Rocket Surgery Made Easy

by Steve Krug

Rocket surgery made easy“Do-it-yourself” usability tests are definitely qualitative. The purpose isn’t to prove anything; it’s to get insights that enable you to improve what you’re building.

You can buy this book from Amazon.

Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design

by Robert Hoekman Jr.

Designing the obviousA user’s frustration level does not usually correspond directly to the number of difficult features in an application. Frustration can actually increase exponentially. For every additional feature, there is more to learn, more to tweak and configure, more to customize, more to read about in the help documentation, and more that can go wrong.

You can buy this book from Amazon.

Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action

by Robert Hoekman Jr.

Designing the momentDesign should never be left to fate. The way a site looks, how it’s laid out, the navigational structure, the elements used to communicate its personality – every last one of these things, down to the way colors and fonts are used, is critical to the first impression (and all those that follow). They all need to be designed intentionally so that the right message is communicated and our users can trust our sites and applications.

You can buy this book from Amazon.

Do you have any books you’d like to recommend?