Introduction to UX Reading List

A friend asked me to give an introductory presentation on User Experience (UX) to her Web Design class so I created a reading list:

Key Books

  • Steve Krug: Don’t Make Me Think – great starting point
  • Steve Krug: Rocket Surgery Made Easy – aka user testing made easy 
  • Donald Norman: The Design of Everyday Things – a design classic
  • Alan Cooper: The Inmates are Running the Asylum – a book about the “bad old days” of tech design
  • Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler: A Project Guide to UX Design 

More In-Depth Reading

User Research

  • Erika Hall: Just Enough Research
  • Brad Nunnally: UX Research: Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products

Information Architecture

  • Abby Covert: How to Make Sense of Any Mess
  • Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Orville & Jorge Arango: Information Architecture

Interaction Design

  • Alan Cooper: About Face

User Testing

  • Jeffrey Rubin & Dana Chisnell: Handbook of Usability Testing


Professional Groups