Userability #11 – The Most Influential Books in UX

Brian Christiansen

July 10th, 2009


This week: The Most Influential Books in UX
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Recorded: July, 2009
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
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This week a question from one of the world’s most well-read cities fittingly enquires about the must-read books in design.

Damon Dimmock of Cambridge, MA, asked,

If you had to recommend just three books on user experience (classic, new, fundamental, etc.), which ones would they be?

How will Robert hold off from recommending his own books? You’ll have to tune in to see!

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Here are links to each of the books Robert and Jared recommended:



What are the most influential books you’ve read in the field? Share them with us in the comments!

5 Responses to “Userability #11 – The Most Influential Books in UX”

  1. Soeren Sprogoe Says:

    I’m definately on board with putting “Don’t make me think” on top of the list! Reason being it does a good job in describing UX in terms everyone can understand.

    Another one is Rolf Molich’s (in Danish) “Brugervenligt Webdesign” (en:Userfriendly Webdesign). I’m amazed that a UI guru like Rolf is able to put things in such simple laymans terms that everyone can understand. Truly signs of a great expert. Don’t think his book is out in English though, which is a shame.

  2. Ted Wells Says:

    “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald Norman is fantastic. I’ve also gotten something valuable out of all of the books I’ve read by Jakob Nielsen (Designing Web Usability at the top of the list).

  3. Lis Riba Says:

    Humane Interface by Jef Raskin

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