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Recommended reading for User Experience & Interaction Designers

I was asked today by an intern that will be starting with us here at House Party, Inc. what books she should read in preparation. While nobody would expect someone to devour a stack of books in a week, here's the list I came up with by looking over at my bookshelf.


Designing the Moment by Robert Hoekman Jr.

Designing the Obvious by Robert Hoekman Jr.

Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks that Works by Rober Hoekman Jr. & Jared Spool

Communicating Design – Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning – Dan Brown 

A Project Guide to UX Design by Ross Unger and Carolyn Chandler 

Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug 

Designing for the Social Web by Joshua Porter

Prototyping by Todd Zaki Warfel

Designing Social Interfaces by Christian Crumlish & Erin Malone

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville (the Polar Bear Book)

About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann & David Cronin

Designing With the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules by Jeff Johnson


Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology (after all, we're designing for people, and people are complicated messes)

Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology by Dr. Ronald T. Kellogg

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Daniel Ariely



On the topic of "Product Design" generally (not just web-based applications but technologies of many kinds)

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

Emotional Design - Why we love (or hate) everyday things by Donald A. Norman

Sketching User Experiences - Getting the Design Right, and the Right Design by Bill Buxton

Designing for People by Henry Dreyfus

The Inmates are Running the Assylum by Alan Cooper

Designing Interactions by Gillian Crampton Smith

Now for some Mobile User Experience, strategy & Design books:

Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps by Josh Clark

Mobile Design and Development: Practical Concepts and Techniques for Creating Mobile Sites and Web Apps by Brian Fling

Designing the iPhone User Experience by Suzanne Ginsburg

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Reader Comments (1)

Thanks for the info, Tom! Looking forward to the reading!

- Said Intern

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaid Intern

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