The ultimate User Experience book league table

Since setting up my little pet project @UXBooks I’ve been meaning to write a related blog post but haven’t managed to put aside the time until now. At a similar time to me setting it up UXBookClubs started to pop up around the World. If you haven’t heard about the idea before basically:

A UX (User Experience) Book Club is a get-together in which people interested in the area of user experience come to discuss a book relevant to the discipline.

So far there’s about 50 UXbookClubs stretching from Cologne to Canberra and from what I’ve seen more springing up every week. I’ve really wanted to get along to the book club in London but unfortunately haven’t been able to make it as of yet but fingers crossed I’ll be able to make the next one.

It’s interesting to see the diverse range of books discussed across all the various clubs. A nice feature of the UXBookClub wiki is a league table of all the publications that have been or are going to be read at one of the many meetups (thanks to @Rosenfeldmedia for the heads-up). I thought I’d recreate the list here with links to each of the books for reference. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve only read a handful of the books on the list so I’ll be doing my best to work through them some of them over the coming months.

User Experience Book league table

Sketching User Experiences
Sketching User Experiences

“Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.”

by Bill Buxton

Picked by: Washington DC, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, London, Israel, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Toronto, Twin Cities

dont make me thinkDon’t Make Me Think!

“A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.”
by Steve Krug

Picked by: Canberra, Memphis, LA, Boston

mental modelsMental Models

“Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior.”
by Indi Young
Picked by: Boston, Brisbane, New York, Portland

Subject to Change

“Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World.” by Peter Merholz
Picked by: New York, Richmond VA, Boston, Sydney

Designing for the Social Web

by Joshua Porte
Picked by: Sydney, Chicago, Glasgow

The Back of the Napkin

“Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures.” by Dan Roam
Picked by: Silicon Valley, Portland

The Creative Habit

“Learn It and Use It for Life.” by Twyla Tharp
Picked by: Chicago, Dallas

Emotional Design

“Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things.” by Don Norman
Picked by: Brisbane, Toronto

Web Form Design

“Filling in the Blanks.” by Luke Wroblewski
Picked by: Ithaca, Warsaw

The Humane Interface

New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems.” by Jef Raskin
Picked by: Cologne

Designing for Interaction

“Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices.” by Dan Saffer
Picked by: Austin

The Myths of Innovation

by Scott Berkun
Picked by: San Francisco

Designing the Obvious

“A Commonsense Approach to Web Application Design.” by Robert Hoekman Jr.
Picked by: Twin Cities

About Face

“The Essentials of Interaction Design.” by Alan Cooper et al
Picked by: Los Angeles

Designing Interactions

by Bill Moggridge
Picked by: Atlanta

Neuro Web Design

“What Makes Them Click?” by Susan Weinschenk
Picked by: Dallas

Web Design for ROI

“Turning Browsers into Buyers and Prospects into Leads.” by Lance Loveday
Picked by: Warsaw

Understanding Comics

“The Invisible Art.” by Scott McCloud
Picked by: London


Like I say I’ve only read a handful of the books on the list. If you’ve read any of them it would be great to hear your thoughts and opinions on them. Which is your favourite? Are there any obvious omissions that you think should have been discussed?

Also if you’ve been to one of the many UXBookClub meetups it would be interesting to hear what you think about them. If you have any thoughts on this feel free to add your comment or reply via Twitter @paulseys


7 thoughts on “The ultimate User Experience book league table

  1. I’ve only read or am reading five of the books on that list – we’re reviewing Mental Models this coming Monday for #uxbookclub Canberra. I’m afraid I won’t have many nice things to say about it. It’s a potentially interesting topic, but it hasn’t been presented well – not written in an educational style. Rambles a bit. I didn’t really learn much from it.


  2. Thanks for the feedback, interesting to hear your views on Mental Models. Its on my reading list but maybe now I’ll demote it in favour of one of the others. I’d be interested to hear what the Canberra groups thoughts are after Monday.


  3. Stumbled accross your list and it seems you’ve found a lot of my favorites 🙂
    Have read most of them and I really like Understanding Comics. A possible addition to the list is: “Designing for the Digital Age” (Kim Goodwin, 2009). It has of course similarities to About Face since it covers the same GDD process, but it’s a good read nontheless.


  4. Hi there,

    I been to San Francisco UX Book Club couple of time and once at Silicon Valley Book Club, here are the books that I read for those meetings:

    1) Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design (SV Book Club)

    2) Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski (SF Book Club)

    3) Thoughts on Interaction Design (SF Book Club)

    Take Care,



  5. “Undercover UX Design” is a good read especially for those in large organizations.

    Anyways, “About Face” is my absolute favorite, referenced so many times 🙂


  6. xlent choices; been meaning to read some and love and can quote by heart from others


    mythical man month; inmates are running the asylum; all of tufte’s work; the polar bear book; ambient findabiity


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