Nick’s Top User Experience Books

Nick’s Top User Experience Books
May 8th, 2009

So today there have been a few mentions of the The UX Book Club‘s Top UX Books list (Most notably: Louis Rosenfeld and Paul Seys).  I believe this list suppose to be based on the recommendations from all of the UX Book Clubs around the world… tho the Seattle UX Book Club was never informed of this list, or at least it’s members weren’t.  A good list none the less. 

I thought I would add to this my own personal list of top UX books that have helped me along in my career as well as in recent days.  These books I have promoted in several of my presentations as well as to any colleagues who ask for such resources. So here is my list of top UX Books:

About FaceAbout Face
by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin
Wiley; 3rd edition (May 7, 2007)

Communicating DesignCommunicating Design

by Dan Brown


New Riders Press; 1 edition (September 16, 2006)

Contextual DesignContextual Design

by Hugh Beyer


Morgan Kaufmann; 1st edition (September 15, 1997)

The Design of Everyday ThingsThe Design of Everyday Things

by Donald A. Norman


Basic Books (September 17, 2002)

Designing for InteractionDesigning for Interaction

by Dan Saffer


Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2006)

Designing for the Social WebDesigning for the Social Web

by Joshua Porter


New Riders Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2008)

Designing InterfacesDesigning Interfaces

by Jenifer Tidwell


O’Reilly Media, Inc.; illustrated edition edition (November 21, 2005)

Designing the ObviousDesigning the Obvious

by Robert Hoekman Jr.


New Riders Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2006)

Designing Web InterfacesDesigning Web Interfaces

by Bill Scott and Theresa Neil


O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (January 30, 2009)

Don't Make Me ThinkDon’t Make Me Think

by Steve Krug


New Riders Press; 2nd edition (August 28, 2005)

The Elements of User ExperienceThe Elements of User Experience

by Jesse James Garrett


Peachpit Press; illustrated edition edition (October 21, 2002)

Information Architecture for the World Wide WebInformation Architecture for the World Wide Web

by Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld


O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 3 edition (November 27, 2006)

A Project Guide to UX DesignA Project Guide to UX Design

by Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler


New Riders Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)

Measuring the User ExperienceMeasuring the User Experience

by Thomas Tullis


Morgan Kaufmann (March 28, 2008)

Sketching User ExperiencesSketching User Experiences

by Bill Buxton


Morgan Kaufmann (March 30, 2007)

About the author

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has dabbled in the web for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research. Read more

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