If you’re a UI designer who wants to sharpen your craft, but you aren’t able to get involved with our Apprenticeship in User Experience, we’ve put together a list of key readings that we gave our apprentices during the program. Covering a broad range of topics, these books and articles belong on the reading list of anyone who is serious about building web and mobile products.
Topic: The Business of Design
Topic: The Design Process
Topic: Building Intuitive and Engaging Products
- Robert Hoekman Jr, Designing the Obvious
- Jakob Nielsen, Designing Web Usability
- Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think
- Aarron Walter, Designing for Emotion
Topic: Typography on the Web
- Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
- Jason Santa Maria, “On Web Typography” for A List Apart
Topic: Mobile & Cross-Context Design
- Luke Wroblewski, Mobile First
- Ethan Marcotte, Responsive Web Design
- Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines (it’s a doozy, but great as reference)
Topic: The Behavior Layer
There are also a couple of books that don’t fit as neatly into the topics above:
- Cooper, Reimann & Cronin’s About Face 3 is a beastly reference text longer than a late Harry Potter novel. It sometimes seems to have all the answers on designing interactive experiences.
- Don Norman’s Design of Everyday Things is a pleasurable (if somewhat directionless) romp through the world of “interface design” (with “interface” broadly defined to mean everything from car dashboards to teapot handles). It’s a great read for a broad range of experience levels, and contains some good reminders of why user-centered design is so important.
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