The ultimate User Experience book league table (revisited)

Last year I compiled a league table of the most popular UX books read by UX Book Clubs around the World. I’d actually forgotten about the list but recently witnessed a resurgence of interest in the post so I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the league table and update it based on the activities of book clubs in 2010.

I can’t take credit for the league table as it originated on and is updated on an ongoing basis. I thought it would be worth capturing it for posterity and to see how it changes overtime, which books have gained the most interest over the last year and which have been forgotten. Hopefully this is something I’ll remember to compile each year from now on.

It’s worth noting that this league table is not based on opinion, it is a record of the books read over the last 2 years by UX Book Clubs around the World. If you feel there are books missing that should be included please feel free to add a comment below, however as it is based on the number of appearances at UX Book Clubs the only way to get books added to the league table is to attend a book club and suggest it there.

User Experience book league table

Sketching User Experiences

by Bill Buxton, published by Morgan Kaufmann
Read by Sydney, Melbourne, London, Israel, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver (Colorado), New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Twin Cities, Washington DC, Helsinki, Edmonton, Zuid-Holland

Don’t Make Me Think

by Steve Krug, published by New Riders
Read by Canberra, Memphis, Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee, Edmonton, Bristol, Wroclaw, Belfast, Hamburg, Glasgow

Mental Models

by Indi Young, published by Rosenfeld Media
Read by Boston, Brisbane, Canberra, New York, Portland, Auckland, Denver (Colorado), Brighton, Zuid-Holland, Rome

Designing for the Social Web

by Joshua Porter, published by New Riders
Read by Sydney, Chicago, Denver (Colorado), Glasgow, Edmonton, Brattleboro, St Albans, Warsaw, Wroclaw

Subject to Change

by Peter Merholz et al, published by O’Reilly
Read by New York, Richmond VA, Boston, Sydney, Toronto, Portland, Copenhagen

Web Form Design

by Luke Wroblewski, published by Rosenfeld Media
Read by Ithaca, Warsaw, Toronto, Atlanta, Wroclaw, Sydney

The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman, published by Basic Books
Read by Edmonton, Bristol, Portland, Wellington, Vancouver, Glasgow

A Project to UX Design

by Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler, published by New Riders
Read by Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Edmonton

The Back of the Napkin

by Don Roam, published by Marshall Cavendish
Read by Silicon Valley, Portland, Melbourne, San Francisco

Emotional Design

by Don Norman, published by Basic Books
Read by Brisbane, Toronto, Auckland

Communicating Design

by Dan Brown, published by New Riders
Read by Bristol, Denver (Colorado), Rome

Design is the Problem

by Nathan Shedroff, published by Rosenfeld Media
Read by Washington DC, Auckland, Switzerland

Designing Interactions

by Bill Moggridge, published by MIT Press
Read by Atlanta, Calgary, Glasgow

The Creative Habit

by Twyla Tharp, published by Simon & Schuster
Read by Chicago, Dallas

Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages

by Alex Wright, published by Cornell University
Read by Canberra, Sydney

Designing for Interaction

by Dan Saffer, published by New Riders
Read by Austin, Melbourne

Designing Gestural Interfaces

by Dan Saffer, published by O’Reilly
Read by London, Los Angeles

Designing for the Digital Age

by Kim Goodwin, published by Wiley
Read by Seattle, Melbourne


by Richard H. Thaler, published by Penguin
Read by Los Angeles, New York

Measuring the User Experience

by Thomas Tullis & William Albert, published by Morgan Kaufmann
Read by Washington DC, Warsaw

It’s possible this list may be a little flawed as it’s not clear how often the official league table is updated, but I thought it was worth sharing it again and noting the differences a year on from my original post regardless. If you’re interested in the original league table to can find it on the UX Book Club wiki. Alternatively, if you have any comments please feel free to share them below.


6 thoughts on “The ultimate User Experience book league table (revisited)

  1. Thanks for this list 🙂

    London UX Bookclub have been lax and not updated the wiki with recent books lately (I can say that because it’s probably my job!)

    … we’ve also read the Back of the Napkin and Neuro Web Design which were two that I saw on the list here and on the wiki. Making a note to self to update wiki soon!


  2. Hi Leisa, thanks for the heads up. Martin Polley just pointed out to me that the list possibly isn’t as up to date as it could be. Next year I’ll do my homework and make sure it’s a little more accurate!


  3. Thanks Ryan. Funny you should say that about “Simple and Usable”. I finished reading it about a month ago and have written a review of it for which should get published early in the New Year.


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