Design is never a easy thing, whether you are an UX/UI designer, product manager, graphic designer or logo designer should keep on learning. And there are many learning resources out there which are good, but the book is always a best way to absorb the knowledge. The more quality design books we can read, the better it is for us. As saying goes like ”an apple a day, keep doctor away”, I’m gonna say: a book a day, make your design “blow away”. Here comes a book list which is best for all kinds of designers to read. Hope it is helpful and useful to you. Any books you think it’s worth to be included, please feel free to give a message below in the comment area.
UI design books
1. The Best Interface Is No Interface
In this book, a sharp and incisive critique of screen-based design thinking, Golden Krishna points out that designing digital products has morphed into a discipline of maximizing time and attention on screens, which is often in complete opposition to helping people solve problems or accomplish goals. Design has turned into a science of addiction rather than the art (and science) of empathy and human needs.
2. Designing Interfaces
This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturingUI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.
3. Universal Principles of Design
An easy to use, high level reference of various design principles. A good reference for students, designers, user interface experts or anyone involved in creating, maintaining or managing a product. The language is concise, the principles are presented in an easy to understand manner. Each principle is summed up at the highest level in the subtitle with a more detailed description in the body. A list of related principles is included and in some instances visual aids. Footnotes are at the bottom of each section.
4. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
If you want to improve your ability to analyze and visualize data, Tufte’s book is a great place to start. The book provides an excellent blend of practice, tactical advice that can be applied to any Excel or PowerPoint graph – and discussions about the nature of data that seed ideas about more powerful and complex visualizations.
Being an old book, many of the examples are historic and hand-drawn. If you’re looking for click-by-click advice on how to make your next PowerPoint prettier, you might get frustrated by this book. But if you’re interested in making your graphs more information-rich and analysis-friendly, you’ve come to the right place.
5. Don’t Make Me Think
I bet all designers had read it, this book is always the bestselling book in design industry. If you haven’t read it, go buy it right now. And don’t forget the classic: Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things.
6. UI is Communication: How to Design Intuitive, User Centered Interfaces by Focusing on Effective Communication
This is an exceptional book on UI design. Each chapter feels like a revelation that gives you frameworks and structures to tame the chaotic experience of attempting to create software that users like and understand.
UX design books
1. The Elements of User Experience
This book is an excellent overview of the user experience field. I’d recommend this book both for those new to the field and just learning about it as well as to practitioners looking to better communicate what they do to clients and co-workers.
2. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
If you’re in the behavioral sciences field, you know how difficult it is to find help in actually applying these sciences to business, particularly innovation. Nir explains how to design for habit formation in layman’s terms and at the back of each chapter he actually coaches you on immediately applying what you learned to your own specific project.
3. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
This book is very straightforward and easy to understand with great real-life examples and photos of how other companies, including some huge ones like PayPal, meetup.com, and Dropbox, implemented learn ux and the growing pains.
4. UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want
I highly recommend this book to anyone involved with UX strategy, whether you are the strategist or simply working in a field that requires UX strategy.
5. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
The book content is great and the process methods and practice are well defined for any UX professional to pick up and be effective with out of the box.
6. A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making
This book was well written and clearly written by top professionals in their field. Although anyone can benefit from the message in this book, it’s really written to those who work in web design agencies.