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9 books on UX you should read in 2019

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Read a book every month was one of your New Year’s resolutions? But you are tired of novels and are craving for a read about UX? Look no further, we listed nine must-read books about User Experience!

1. Design of everyday things – Don Norman

A cult classic in its genre. Written by Don Norman, the godfather of UX. It’s not really about system design or human- computer interaction but more about the experience we have with products in general. As stated: “Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behavior.”

2. Lean UX – Jeff Gothelf

I guess you know everything about the Lean Start Up, Minimal Viable Products and so on. Jeff Gothelf, the beloved keynote speaker, wrote a book on implementing lean principles in UX. You learn to focus on the actual experience, rather than deliverables. After reading this book, you should be able to make your team more productive by implementing UX within an Agile Scrum Framework.

3. 100 things every designer needs to know about people – Susan M. Weinschenk

Susan M. Weinschenk is a behavioral psychologist who has been working in the field of design and user experience since 1985. Her book combines research with practical examples on the field of interaction design. You’ll learn how to design more intuitive and engaging products.

4. The user experience team of one – Leah Buley

Not working in a big dedicated UX team with multiple UX roles, a clear vision and well defined sprints? This book offers you a range of approaches that will generate a big impact and take less time and resources than a classic UX approach. Recommended if you want to implement UX in your organisation without a dedicated budget.

5. The best interface is no interface – Golden Krishna

Do you sometimes check your screen time on your iPhone? You’ll be surprised how much time you spend staring at a screen. Well, some Silicon Valley companies build their digital products in an addictive way so you feel an urge to scroll and swipe your time away.

Unadictive UX Design is not for nothing one of the UX trends in 2019. This book challenges our world of nagging, screen-based bondage, and shows how we can build a technologically advanced world without digital interfaces.

6. Don’t make me think – Steve Krug

Steve Krug is an information architect and user experience professional based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In his book he helps you to understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.

7. About Face: the essentials of interaction design – Alan Cooper

Do you want to know everything about mobile interaction design? Check out this book! We all know that users have little tolerance for websites and app’s that don’t live up to their expectations. Read this book and never design such digital products no more.

8. Mental Models: aligning design strategy with human behavior – Indi Young

Why does a user do certain things? Is there a good reason for it? Everyone who runs usability tests struggles with this question. Indi Young tries to answer this question by outlining the mental models of users.

9. The UX Book, Rex Hartson

What is the ideal process to design a user friendly product? Rex Hartson thinks the answer lays in Agile UX. He explains the agile UX lifecycle process in a how-to-do-it handbook and field guide for UX professionals.

written by Alexander Vandebeek



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