5 Essential Books for Anyone Interested in Experience Design

There are so many factors you need to take into consideration when it comes to creating websites and products that not only look great and function well, but are as accessible as possible.

Here at Code, we always aim to place the user and their needs at the centre of our work, and our UX designers are constantly researching new techniques in order to ensure we’re doing everything we can to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible for those users to meet their end goal.

So, following on from our recent post about the best product thinking books, we’ve compiled a list of the books that can help you establish an informed, logical approach to experience design.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

Author: Susan Weinschenk

Susan Weinschenk (aka ‘The Brain Lady’) has over 30 years’ experience in applying psychology to technology design. In ‘100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People’, she explores why it is that users act the way they do, and explains how we can use identified patterns in their behaviour to inform the work we create, and, ultimately, get more users to convert.

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The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide

Author: Leah Buley

‘The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide’, which expertly guides you through every stage of the design process, is the go-to reference book of choice for UX designers everywhere.

Buley’s user-focussed, future-proof approach to design can help you save you both time and effort when it comes to creating effective work.

The User Experience Team of One

Don't Make Me Think Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Usability

Author: Steve Krug

The first edition of this seminal book, which was published in 2003, went on to sell over 100,000 copies, and author Steve Krug is widely regarded as a leading authority in the world of usability design.

’Don't Make Me Think Revisited’ covers all the bases around intuitive navigation and information design in a way that’s engaging, easy-to-understand and, most importantly, memorable. This third edition contains new examples as well as a chapter on mobile usability.

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Design For Real Life

Author: Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Part of the fantastic ‘A Book Apart’ series of easy-to-digest books about website design (all of which are worth a read, to be honest), ‘Design For Real Life’ uses genuine examples of work to demonstrate practical principles you can apply to create more user-friendly sites.

This is the most recently-released book on our list and Meyer and Wachter-Boettcher’s up-to-date, compassionate advice around putting people at the centre of your design process will strike a chord with anyone looking to improve their UX design knowledge.

Design For Real Life

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

Author: Jeff Gothelf

More and more businesses – including Code – are using a lean approach to create better products, improve efficiency and reduce waste.

Especially useful for project managers or anyone else charged with leading a product team of designers and developers, ‘Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience’ outlines how you can apply lean principles to the way you handle projects, working in short, iterative cycles to ensure your site reaches its full potential and leaves your users feeling satisfied rather than frustrated.

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