The UX #bookShelfie

I love the hashtag bookShelfie which I stumbled upon when recently tweeting a picture of a shelf I added to the office/playroom i’m organizing. I needed a place to put my updated book list that i’ve been recently referencing, adding to, and finding to be necessary in what I do as a UXer. There have been a string of great books this past year and i’ve been taking advantage of the “buy it used” part of Amazon too.

One of the responses I got was a request to list the books so I am going to go through and make yet another list of useful UX books. These are not organized in a way anyone can understand except me because it’s my bookshelf so what I will do is post the list and follow with my thoughts on the book. Here is the posted #bookShelfie:

The four books up front on the left and the right are the books currently being read or used as references.

Liminal Thinking is such a wonderful and relevant book for expanding your mind using himility and openness. My takeaway: Get rid of the Ego. Go into every situation with not only the understanding that you might be wrong, but that you probably are wrong. Life is not black or white but a spectrum. Diversity of thought leads to the shrinking percentage of wrongness.

Building Better Products is the rockstar of UX books right now. There is so much in this book that my only way to describe it is to say it is the textbook I would have if I were teaching UX right now. Side note: I am looking to teach a part time at any community college. I have a UX class syllabus created if anyone is interested in talking to me about that. I’m looking to teach community college or vocational schools because WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN THE DESIGN WORLD. It won’t change unless we make that change.

Radical Focus is a great quick read about OKR’s and really help you understand the value through a story. It reads less like a textbook until you hit the second half where its reference time.

Sprint is a great read and contains lots of info for ideation and structure facilitating the creation of a design hypothesis. Design Sprints are great ways to kick off an ideation process and then following that process to continue to iterate continually to make sure your building the right product/feature. The subtitle suggesting you can solve an issue in 5 days is a bit misleading in my opinion. It is not about going from zero to Product Release in 5 days.

OK so onto the back left shelf:

Yes, your seeing a copy of Building Better Products again. I was so excited for this book, I pre-ordered it months in advance, forgot, and ordered it the day it came out. 3 days later I got two copies in the mail. The rest of the books I am going to list in order:

And onto the right and somewhat more obscure shelf in this #bookShelfie:

I have a number of other books and have given out or lent so many books to others that this is just a random and incomplete shelf but if you have suggestions, what books am I missing. They might very well be in the trunk of my car, or at a co-worker's house, or in a bin at a tag sale, but I would like to hear from you. What’s missing from this list?

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