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I’m a bookworm. My boyfriend has even nicknamed me ‘The Bookinator’. So it figures that I have a fair few usability, ux, psychology and design books on my bookshelf. In the photo below are just some of my ux books (they don’t all fit on my bookcase!).
I’d recommend for ux beginners:
Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Excellent introduction to usability explained simply with clear and fun diagrams. Short book that you can read in a couple of hours.
My personal favourite:
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? (Voices That Matter)
Very clever techniques for web design. Uses lots of persuasion principles and social proofing elements. I have about 20 post-it notes stuck in this one!
Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands
This book is beautiful. Large inspiring pictures, brilliant graphic design work, key points easy to identify… The only downside is the book’s message seems to be duplicated quite a lot within the content. It’s still a joy to dip into and has good examples to demonstrate the points it makes.
I wish I hadn’t bought:
Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods
Warning! This book will bore the pants off you. It’s written in the most long winded technical manner that aims to bore even the most devoted ux professional.
The book i’ve had the longest:
Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour
This book is like an old friend. It’s been with me since university and has all the damage to prove it, including lots of crinkley pages where my old uni windowsill leaked all over it. This book saw me through my coursework and exams and I just find the content fascinating. Timeless.
So that’s what’s on my ux bookshelf. Now it’s your turn.
What’s on your ux bookshelf?