Recommended UX Books…

UX Iron
UX Iron
Mar 26, 2016 · 3 min read

Here are some of of my favorite user experience books, they’re also the books you need to be well versed with to have a strong foundation of UX.

Behavioral Theory

  • Persuasive Technology by BJ Fogg
  • Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (2013)
  • Emotional Design by Don Norman
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • The Inmates Are Running The Asylum by Alan Cooper
  • Designing With Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson
  • Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior by Indi Young
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
  • Visual and Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions by Edward R. Tufte
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal


  • Qualitative Research by Sharan Merriam
  • Quantifying the User Experience by James R. Lewis and Jeff Sauro

User Interviewing

  • Interviewing Users by Steve Portigal
  • The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley
  • Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
  • Conducting Research in Psychology by Brett W. Pelham and Hart Blanton


  • Handbook of Usability Testing by Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell
  • User and Task Analysis for Interface Design by Joann T Hackos and Janice Reddish
  • Moderating Usability Tests by Joe Dumas and Beth Loring

Information Architecture

  • Information Architecture, 4th Edition For the Web and Beyond By Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville and Jorge Arango
  • How to Make Sense of Any Mess by Abby Covert
  • Card Sorting by Donna Spencer
  • Search User Interfaces by Marti Hearst

Interaction Design

  • About Face, The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, David Cronin and Robert Reimann
  • Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
  • Designing For Interaction by Dan Saffer
  • Sketching User Experience by Bill Buxton
  • User Experience Remastered by Chauncey Wilson
  • Microinteractions by Dan Saffer
  • The Elements of User Experiences by Jesse James Garrett
  • Web Form Design: Filling in the blank by Luke Wroblewski

Design Theory

  • The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli
  • Less But Better by Dieter Rams
  • Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand
  • The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
  • Knowledge Is Beautiful by David McCandless
  • Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages by Alex Wright


  • Real-Life Responsive Web Design by Smashing Magizine

Native Mobile

  • Android Design Patterns by Greg Nudelman

Visual Design

  • Visual Thinking Design By Colin Ware
  • Design, Principles of Beautiful Design by Jason Beaird
  • Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann
  • Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
  • The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
  • The Graphic Artist and His Design Problems by Josef Müller-Brockmann
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
  • The Geometry of Type by Erik Spiekermann
  • The Non-Designers Handbook by Robin Williams
  • The Geometry of Type by Erik Spiekermann
  • Visual Grammar by Christian Leborg
  • Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy
  • Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton
  • Logo Modernism by Jens Müller
  • Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler


  • Letting Go of The Words by Jenny Redish

Presentation / Storytelling

  • Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery and Kevin Brooks
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever
  • Paper Prototyping by Carolyn Snyder
  • Communicating Design by Dan Brown


  • Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
  • The Back of The Napkin by Dan Roam

Design Thinking

  • Change by Design by Tim Brown
  • Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  • Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky


  • What is a Designer by Norman Potter
  • Coders at Work by Peter Seibel
  • UX Redefined by Johannes Robier
  • Program Or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushoff
  • Present Shock by Douglas Rushoff
  • Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Design Better Desktop, Web, and Mobile Interfaces by Rajesh Lal
  • Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden & Jill Butler
  • Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions by Book by Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington


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