UX design is the process to design teams to create user interactive and friendly products. It includes the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product as well as branding, usability and function. It focuses on user flow and how it is easy for users to fulfill their goals about the product. 

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1. The Designs of Everyday things by Don Norman 

Sir Norman is considered one of the founding members of modern UX design. The book was first published in 1998 and is also known as the usability bible. It is one of the best-suited and knowledgeable books for those who design for humans. It aims at the relationship between the user and the object’s design. 

It foregrounds that we often blame ourselves when the objects do not function well but it was no fault of the user but of the poor design. 

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The book Explores how interaction with the physical environment change experience of a good or bad design and raise expectations of the design. 

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2. The Inmates are running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive us crazy and How to restore the sanity by Alan Cooper

 Alan is a software designer, programmer as well as the founder of Cooper which is a leading interaction design consultancy service. He is known for developing Goal-directed Design Methodology. The book was first published in 1999. It is one of the UX classics which target the user experience. The book argues that the business executive who decides to develop these products is not the one who controls the technology to create them.

It targets the designing for normal people through the research about their likes and taste. User research is not often being prioritized in modern UX practice.  

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3. The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web by Jesse James Garrett

Jesse James Garrett is a UX designer and has been working on the web since 1995. Apart from writing a book, he has also developed the Visual Vocabulary, which is a system for documenting the design and defines AJAX, which is an approach to design web applications.      

It helps you to study the UX process and how the process influences the product. 

It includes usability brain identity information architecture interaction design creates experience for users. It includes clear illustrations and explanations that focus on ideas. It gives an idea about user experience from strategy to  information technology and design. 

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4. Don’t make me think: A common-sense approach to web usability by Steve Krug

This book was first published in 2000. It depicts how software is easy to use and why it makes us think. It is reflected in the way it is written and it’s like reading a well-written physics comic book. It is easy to understand but makes you think deeply about its usability and its access. According to him, the design must take advantage of the opportunity. One who is involved in designing digital products must have a read.

 

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5. 100 things every designer must know about the people by Susan WeinSchenk

It addresses the psychological side of UX design. This book was written by psychologist Dr. Susan Weinschenk who has been involved in the UX field since 1985. She uses and teaches neuroscience to understand what inspires people and motivates them. She works with 1000 fortune companies’ startups, Non Profitable organizations, and educational institutions. She uses her education and expertise to teach building designers to make better design decisions. It includes science and research with practical examples to make them understand. You will be able to work more efficiently for websites, applications that suit people’s way of thinking and living and life.

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6. Interaction design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, and Rogers

It is an important book for students and professionals. It taught interaction design, human-computer interaction, web design, information design, and how they relate it to data science and Artificial Intelligence.

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7. Observing the user experience: A practitioner guide to user research by Elizabeth Goodman, Mike Kuniavsky, and Andrea Moed

It admires and encourages the young designer to observe things and experience them through users’ perspectives, advising practical knowledge. It acts to fill the gap between the designer and the user; to make them understand the user’s wants and needs. It provides 13 techniques for user research to design better products. It teaches how to deal with real-life constraints like tight budget, etc., and is called the best guide for a budding designer.

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8. Delft design Guide : Design Strategies and Methods by Annemiek van, Roos Van der Schoor, Jaap Daalhuizen and Jelle Zijlstra

It includes 70 strategies, techniques and methods taught in TU Delft. The aim is to teach the design students but also useful for practitioners too. It is a useful resource you can revisit again and again.

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9. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

The book is about how to keep the user interested in the product and make him use it more and more. There are 4 stages to keep the user engaged with the product and the author called it a “Hook cycle”.

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10. The lean Startup by Eric Ries

This book helps to establish the product or brand in the market. The main methodology of the book is to create a minimal viable product that is efficient. It helps to avoid the chances of failure. At the initial level of startups, people do not know what the market wants; anyone should not make any assumptions that are the main reason for failure. 

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