Introduction

Why does this book exist?

I believe the best way to learn user experience design is to read books written by experts, and then put what you learn into practice.

It's cheaper than a course, some of which cost thousands of pounds. It fits around your schedule because there are very few places you can't read a book. Finally, you can focus on what you want to learn next, so you don't need to sit through a multi-hour module on data science that you'll never use.

This is an opinionated book. There are probably as many learning approaches as there are designers, and I don't mean to suggest that this is objectively the best approach. It works for me, and hopefully it will work for others.

How does this book work?

It's a glorified reading list, broken down into areas of knowledge.

For each area of knowledge, you'll find a small number of book recommendations. These are in a specific order: The first book you should read is listed first, and so on. This list is not exhaustive. There are always more books to read if you want to drill further into a topic. See the "Other resources" page if you want to find more books on a particular topic.

How is this book structured?

The "General overview" page suggests some books that cover all of design, in one way or another. This is a good place to start if you want to learn more about UX design as a profession.

The next six areas are based on Nick Finck's six core disciplines of UX design. There are many ways to split up the skills needed for UX design, but this one works for me and I needed a structure.

The final 12 pages are other areas of knowledge that I think are important for a UX designer to learn about, especially if they're a generalist. These are ordered alphabetically.

Anything else?

This is a book about knowledge, not tools. Many of the books will cover practical techniques, but this is not the right place to learn how to use your visual design tool of choice.

If I haven't read a book but it comes highly recommended, it will be listed in a separate section at the end of the page.

I'm a committed generalist and I like to learn about everything. If you want to specialise, you can still use the recommendations here. Just skip the sections that don't interest you. That said, it's a good idea to learn a little about every topic, if only to be sure that you're not interested.

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