Six UX Books Not Written by Don Norman, Alan Cooper, or Steve Krug UX Pros Need to Read

Book on a table.

Ask any established UX professional what books those new to the field should read and you’re likely to get one of three responses: Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things, Alan Cooper’s About Face, or Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think.

And they’re absolutely right – these are the three books, written by three titans of the industry, that have defined a large part of the UX discipline.

But, with respect to Mr. Norman, Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Krug, there is so much more good UX reading out there, especially for new UXers.

I recently asked my Twitter audience of both seasoned and new UX professionals which books they’d recommend to someone starting out in the business.  And they came through with so many wonderful recommendations that it made picking just six to feature a hard part.

So here are my six picks below, along with links to pick them up if any of them pique your interest. (Note: Neither myself or UX Booth are making money off of the sales of these books.  Our only interest in suggesting them is you.)

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I talk UX and Product Management with Pavel Samsonov and Vitalik Demin

Someone does design-y things on a whiteboard.

“In this episode, legendary UX designers @DougCollinsUX and @PavelASomsonov join me in the very first three-way podcast conversation. We originally planned to talk about how UX designers deal with Product Owners but quickly pivoted into the subject of what career options UX designers have these days, Product Owner being one of them. This discussion was really great and we also kept it short and sweet at 30ish minutes. We would love to hear any questions or comments that you guys may have! Thank you for tuning in!”

Check out the episode and let me know what you think!

July NUXer Meetup: Dark Patterns

The Emperor from Return of the Jedi. 

For July, I’ll be covering Dark Patterns. For this event, we’ll discuss what Dark Patterns are, the psychology behind why they work, and look at examples of some of the most common Dark Patterns in use in modern website design.

I’ll also host a practical session where we identify dark patterns in the wild and explore ethical alternatives to their use.

Join us for the July Denver NUXer meetup.

The ROI of UX: Why User Experience is a Zero-Risk Investment

The ROI of UX 

The value of User Experience is undeniable. 

TurboTax sets itself apart with it. Netflix killed Blockbuster with it. Apple built an empire on it.

The tech industry as a whole is finally catching on the to value of UX and design thinking. Many smaller companies and startups, however, remain reluctant to invest.

But UX more than pays for itself.  The math doesn’t lie.

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What’s in a Name? UX Job Titles Explained

What's in a name?

There are a myriad of UX job titles out there for our industry. This can sometimes cause issues deciphering what each of the UX job titles might entail.

To help on your career search, here are a few of the more common UX job titles you might see out there. Included are a short descriptions of what might be expected from each one.

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Why UX Accessibility Design Should be a Top Priority (And a Checklist to Get Your Site Up to Par)

Designer working on a tablet and laptop.

Designing for UX accessibility means designing for those with disabilities.  Disabilities can be physical, visual, auditory, or psychological.  Whatever the nature of a disability, we as UX professionals need to ensure we are doing all we can to make our sites accessible.

Not every UX professional knows the ins-and-outs of accessibility design (and if you don’t, maybe it’s time to update your skillset.) Far from being a secondary concern, accessibility design should be a primary for every UX professional.  Here are some of the big reasons, both from an ethical and bottom-line standpoint, that optimizing a site for accessibility is a must.

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