15 Essential UX Design Books for Beginners to Read in 2023
1. The User Experience Team of One
The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide by Leah Buley
2. Designing for Interaction
Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices (Voices That Matter) by Dan Saffer
3. A Project Guide to UX Design
A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making (Voices That Matter) by Russ Unger
" If you're a young designer entering or planning to enter the UX field, this is a classic book. If you're an organization that really needs to get started with UX, this book is also for you."
4. The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman
5. How to get started with CRO
How to get started with CRO: Workbook & Insights by Alexander Rådahl Ahlsen
6. Rocket Surgery Made Easy
Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems by Steve Krug
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp
8. Interviewing Users
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights by Steve Portigal
9. Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks
Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks by Luke Wroblewski
- Have clear browsing lines, which are convenient for scanning;
- Through background color, Horizontal lines and spacing groups form content
- Paranoia reduces visual distraction
- Carefully design label alignment
- Reasonably group questions
- Indicate by input box length
- Effectively indicate required fields Items or optional items (optional)
- Provide help in a timely manner
- Support Tab key jump
- Distinguish active actions from secondary actions (such as submit and cancel)
- Actions in progress must be Given feedback (like committing...)
- Give hints about where things go wrong
- Clear success hints and follow-up
- Smart defaults
- Smart suggestions
- Provide instant verification
- When inputting the currently activated form component, reduce the switching between the keyboard and the mouse.
10. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf
When I finally understood what the design was all about, I read it twice before I figured it all out. Clearly, Jeff Gothelf wanted to provide a guide for designers to go from standard business processes to Lean Startup or a quick leap. I believe he succeeded.
11. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
12. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Ph.D. Weinschenk, Susan
13. Just Enough Research
Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
14. Observing the User Experience
Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research by Elizabeth Goodman Ph.D. School of Information University of California Berkeley
15. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
One book that’s held up really well not only as a reference for designers but as a great source of insight into design trends for non-designers is Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. The core insight here is that good UX design goes beyond making a product easy to use and into making it rewarding to use.
Conclusion of the Best UX Design Books for Beginners
- Through these books, you can broaden your knowledge of interaction design thinking, user-centered design, and related design methods.
- You can learn something you didn't know.
- You can observe the field from an expert's point of view.
- You can learn how UX designers do UX research, design research, and create user-centered designs.
- Understand and create a knowledge framework for sustainable learning based on numerous cases provided by UX professionals.