A colleague asked me for some reading tips, here are a few books I recommend for people who have an interest in user experience. Nothing bleeding-edge, but solid references with plenty of relevance for today’s UX work.
- Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug
- Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-it-yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems, Steve Krug’s new book
- Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, Jakob Nielsen’s seminal book (still valid, all these years later).
- Prioritizing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger
- The Design of Everyday Things, by Nielsen’s associate Don Norman.
- Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
- Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works
- Content Strategy for the Web, by Kristina Halvorson
- Elements of User Experience: User-centered Design for the Web, by Adaptive Path founder Jesse James Garrett
- Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World, by Adaptive Path‘s Todd Wilkens, David Verba, Peter Merholz, and Brandon Schauer.
A good novel would help, too. I recommend Marguerite Duras’s The Ravishing of Lol Stein, Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Natsume Soseki’s I am a Cat, and John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
A merry holiday, y’all!