Best UX design book to improve your business and design thinking

User Experience (UX) design is essential for all creators. It enhances user satisfaction and covers all aspects of the person's experience with the system including user-centered design, human-computer interaction, industrial design graphics, interface, physical interaction and the manual.

Here you will find some best book to learn about UX design.

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
Author: Don Norman
Published at: 05/11/2013
ISBN: 0465050654
This is an essential book for anyone thinking of studying engineering, anyone involved in design processes in industry, anyone who is an artist, graphic designer, tech industry professional, or just a curious human. It is informative and enjoyable and is not technically written so everyone interested can read it. It contains the idea of how to deal with failures, type of errors, the difference between mistakes and errors, many great examples of sound design thinking, a real-world practice, notes, and references.

The Design of Everyday Things also contains

  • The psychopathology of everyday things and actions
  • Knowledge in the Head and in the World
  • Design in the world of business and design thinking.
  • How designers can provide the critical information that allows people to know what to do, even when experiencing an unfamiliar device or situation.
  • How people use products.

UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want
Author: Jaime Levy
Published at: 01/06/2015
ISBN: 1449372864
UX Strategy is a straightforward, useful, well written, easy to follow and a great starting point for newcomers as well as for all product, business, and UX professionals. It is the intersection between business strategy and design that covers running market research, validating ideas, prototyping, and user testing. If you want to design and implement your own product step by step with easy to follow approach, this is the right book for you.

Jaime Levy covers the following in her book

  • The instructive guerrilla user research sections
  • The four tenets of UX strategy
  • Validating the value proposition
  • Conducting competitive research and analysis
  • Storyboarding value Innovation
  • Creating Prototypes for Experiments
  • "Blue Ocean" business strategy with Lean UX methods

A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)
Author: Russ Unger,Carolyn Chandler
Published at: 19/03/2012
ISBN: 0321815386

A simple, clear, to the point and well-designed book for beginners. From this book, you will learn how to handle a UX project, approaches such as waterfall, agile, and lean UX. Before starting a research or design project you should read this book to enrich your knowledge and mindset as this is a plenty of references and resources. It is an excellent UX resource for information architects, interaction designers, user researchers, and other project stakeholders

 You’ll learn to

  • The tao of UXD
  • The Project ecosystem, objectives and approach
  • Proposals for consultants and freelancers
  • Business requirements and user research
  • A transition from defining to designing
  • A transition from design to development and beyond
  • Sitemaps and task flows
  • Wireframes and annotations
  • Prototyping.

Solving Product Design Exercises: Questions & Answers
Author: Artiom Dashinsky
Published at: 07/02/2018
ISBN: 1977000428

Solving Product Design Exercise: Questions and Answers is an excellent book preparing for the product design job interview. This book contains a 7-step framework for solving digital product design exercises, 5 fully-worked solutions to example design exercises, 30+ examples of exercises, printable PDF-canvas for practicing, tips and advice from five design leaders, tips for presenting your exercises.

 The things you will learn from this book

  • How to improve your portfolio
  • Set up your design career
  • 4 design exercises and solutions
  • Resources section
  • List of examples where you can practice
  • Real-world challenges along with problems solving approaches.

UX for Beginners: A Crash Course in 100 Short Lessons
Author: Joel Marsh
Published at: 01/01/2016
ISBN: 1491912685
Every designer especially web designers should read "UX for Beginners: A Crash Course in 100 Short Lessons" because it is a complete checklist for UX design. In this book, Joel Marsh focuses on understanding consumer psychology so that it will help them to develop the skills through a thinking process. By reading this book, you will get a clear concept of card sorting, the illusion of choice, information architecture, how experience changes the experience, the persuasion formula and graph shapes.

Key topics include

  • The five main ingredients of UX
  • The three "whats" of user perspective
  • Solutions versus ideas
  • The pyramid of UX impact
  • User goals and business goals
  • Gathering requirements
  • Psychology versus culture
  • User research
  • The limits of our minds
  • Visual design principles
  • Wireframes and prototypes
  • Psychology of usability
  • Data for designers.

This is the best resource if you are looking for a good place to start your exploration of UX.

Intuitive Design: Eight Steps to an Intuitive UI
Author: Everett N McKay
Published at: 07/02/2018
ISBN: 0999612506
Everett’s “Eight Attributes of Intuitive UI”  is a clearly written, practical, useful and an excellent UI design resource. If anyone is interested in designing software it provides an easy to follow steps that can be put into practice immediately. This book is for those people who are Involved with an app, software, even a website in any capacity.

This book covers the following

  • Real world examples
  • Contains lots of great screenshots/photos of good and bad design examples
  • Design exercises and challenges at the end of every chapter
  • A stack of the card for quick reference on usability principles

Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology
Author: David C. Evans
Published at: 11/02/2017
ISBN: 1484225791

This is a unique, helpful, thought-provoking, and highly readable book which is focused on a specific topic with enough information to get your brain going on how you might test the theories on your own products. This book makes connections all over the place and is the best applications of psychological and behavioral research/theory in the modern content. It contains lots of examples and shows the difference between successful and unsuccessful digital experiences of all kinds (websites, apps, games, hardware).

Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology focuses on following

  • Foveal acuity
  • Task orientation
  • Attentional focus
  • Gestalt, depth and motion perception
  • Working memory
  • Signal detection
  • Long-term memory
  • Encoding and retrieval
  • Development Stages
  • Schedules of reinforcement
  • Escalating commitment
  • Social capital and influence
  • Group polarization

This Is Service Design Doing: Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World
Author: Marc Stickdorn,Markus Edgar Hormess,Adam Lawrence,Jakob Schneider
Published at: 12/01/2018
ISBN: 1491927186

People who are interested in customer experience, innovation, and collaborative creation, this book is for them. You will learn how to actually do service design to improve the quality and the interaction between service providers and customers. This book contains lots of great information about service design and packed with helpful examples and methods for doing excellent work in service.

You’ll learn

  • Specific facilitation guidelines on how to run workshops
  • Practical application of service design
  • How to perform all of the main service design methods
  • How to implement concepts in real life.
  • How to build sustainable business success

UX Research: Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products
Author: Brad Nunnally,David Farkas
Published at: 25/11/2016
ISBN: 149195129X

UX Research: Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products will help you to understand what research methods might be a good fit for your particular situation again when to use quantitative and qualitative research methods and communicate your findings with a framework and structure. The great part of this book is the addition of the soft skills and body language sections.

There are four sections

  1. A brief introduction to UX research
  2. Planning and preparation
  3. Facilitating research
  4. Analysis and reporting

Key topics include

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Mixing and matching methods
  • logistics and recruiting
  • Managing people during research
  • An analysis of Product Design

Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique
Author: Adam Connor,Aaron Irizarry
Published at: 28/06/2015
ISBN: 149190240X

This book is all about "Critique" which is a must-read for every designer, project managers, product owners, stakeholders, and developers. "Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique"  gives you the tool necessary to stay focused on your goals and achieve them as a team. It covers an idea of understanding critique, what critique looks like, culture and critique, making critique a part of your process, facilitating critique, critiquing with difficult people and challenging situations.

This book also contains

  • An appendix on "The 10 Bad Habits that Hurt Critique"
  • Brief summaries of Central Ideas
  • Give concrete examples of the general principles under discussion
  • Photos and screenshots.
  • Personal testimonials are used to elaborate the general principles under discussion

How to Get a UX Design Job: Create a compelling portfolio, submit a stand-out application, and ace the interview to land your user experience dream job
Author: Lisa Murnan
Published at: 17/03/2018
ISBN: 0988630427

In "How to Get a UX Design Job" Lisa Murnan shows the way to get a job to compete in the UX world. In this book, all the bases, including understanding recruiters and interviewers, parsing the job postings, building your resume and portfolio, interviewing, designing your social media presence and writing effective cover letters are covered. She gives both good and bad examples.

You'll learn

  • How to design everything for your "users"
  • The way to create an applicant tracking system-friendly resume
  • How to write a cover letter that shows off your personality
  • To design a UX portfolio with a substance that will impress recruiters and hiring managers
  • To build a professional online presence with your website, linkedIn, and other social media
  • You can answer common UX interview questions with confidence
  • How to master the art of the in-person design exercise written by a UX designer

VR UX: Learn VR UX, Storytelling & Design
Author: Casey Fictum
Published at: 14/05/2016
ISBN: 1533273022
"VR UX" is a quick read and a valuable starting point for creative exploration of this new medium. A great introductory guide to UX design in VR for virtual reality. This book is appropriate for those who are curious about VR/Google Cardboard, who's interested in an academic approach to new challenges in 3D UI VR, VR UX or usability within a new immersive environment.

You'll learn

  • The basics of VR UX design
  • Advanced tips
  • The problems that are still pending in the VR UX community.

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