Reading list

I keep my list of non-fiction books online to have an overview. Feel free to browse the list to get inspiration for your next book. I’m not part of any affiliate program, the links are there for ease of use. You can also find my updated reading list on my digital bookshelf at Literal.

User Experience Design

  1. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug
  2. The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide, Leah Buley
  3. Visual thinking: empowering people & organizations through visual collaboration, Willemien Brand
  4. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, Susan Weinschenk
  5. Click! Encourage Clicks Without Shady Tricks, Paul Boag
  6. The elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web and Beyond, Jesse James Garrett
  7. The Inmates are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity, Alan Cooper
  8. The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman
  9. Designing for Emotion, Aarron Walter
  10. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things, Don Norman
  11. Rocket Surgery Made Easy: the Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems, Steve Krug
  12. The Mom Test: How to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you, Rob Firzpatrick
  13. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product, Jeff Patton
  14. Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams (3th edition), Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden
  15. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper, Robert Reinmann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel
  16. Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, Douglas Davis
  17. Design Systems Handbook, Marco Suarez, Jina Anne, Katie Sylor-Miller, Diana Mounter, Roy Stanfield
  18. Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond, Rosenfield, Morville, Arango
  19. Universal Principles of Design, Lidwell, Holden and Butler
  20. Wireframing Essentials: An introduction to user experience design, Matthew J. Hamm
  21. Universal methods of design, Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington
  22. Microinteractions: Designing with Details, Dan Saffer
  23. Simple and usable web, mobile and interaction design, Giles Colborne
  24. Card Sorting: Designing Usable Categories, Donna Spencer
  25. Presenting Design Work, Donna Spencer
  26. Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks, Luke Wroblewski
  27. A Practical Guide to Information Architecture, Donna Spencer
  28. Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research, Elizabeth Goodman, Mike Kuniavsky, Andrea Moed
  29. Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, Steve Portigal
  30. UX Strategy: Product Strategy Techniques for Devising Innovative Digital Solutions, Jaime Levy
  31. Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value through Journey’s, Blueprints & Diagrams, Jim Kalbach
  32. Quantifying the User Experience: Practical statstics for user research, Jeff Sauro, James Lewis
  33. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz
  34. Just Enough Research, Erika Hall
  35. Top Tasks: A How-To Guide, Gerry McGovern
  36. Think Like a UX Researcher, David Travis, Philip Hodgson
  37. Usability Engineering, Jakob Nielsen
  38. Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting UX Metrics, Bill Albert, Tom Tullis
  39. Good Services: How to Design Services that Work, Lou Downe
  40. Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior, Indi Young
  41. Business Thinking for Designers, Ryan Rumsey
  42. How Design Makes The World, Scott Berkun
  43. The Digital Experience Company: Winning in the Digital Economy with Great Design, Alfonso de la Nuez
  44. Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories, Steve Portigal
  45. Time to Listen: How Giving People Space to Speak Drives Invention and Inclusion, Indi Young
  46. The Product Design Process Handbook, Francisco Inchauste, Evan Ames
  47. UX Portfolio Workbook, Ian Fenn
  48. Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving: Developing Useful and Usable Software, Barbara Mirel
  49. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal
  50. Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows, Diana Wright
  51. Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique, Adam Connor, Aaron Irizarry
  52. Design for a Better World: Meaningful, Sustainable, Humanity Centered, Don Norman
  53. Designing for Sustainability, Tim Frick
  54. Conversational Design, Erika Hall
  55. Storytelling for User Experience, Whitney Quesenbery, Kevin Brooks
  56. The User’s Journey, Donna Lichaw
  57. Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks That Work, Robert Hoekman Jr., Jared Spool
  58. Continues Discovery Habits: Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value, Teresa Torres
  59. User Experience Revolution, Paul Boag

Psychology & Self-Development

  1. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, Robert M. Sapolsky
  2. The Great Mental Models (Vol. 1, 2 and 3), Farnam Street
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  4. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, Daniel Kahneman
  5. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear
  6. In The Realm of The Hungry Ghost, Gabor Maté
  7. Scattered Minds, Gabor Maté
  8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  9. Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, Kim Scott
  10. Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You, Jeff Gothelf
  11. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  12. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman
  13. The Myth of Normal, Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté

Technology & Business

  1. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Clayton M. Christensen
  2. This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn To See, Seth Godin
  3. AI Ethics, Mark Coeckelbergh
  4. The Offer You Can’t Refuse: What If Customers Want More Than Excellent Service?, StevenVan Belleghem