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.

UXBookClub.org

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

Contribute

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

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