UI/UX books and resources for designers

As it happens, the authors of this article have compiled a list of recommended books from major professional blogs or books that have received a lot of attention in the industry. The main areas covered are UI design, UX design, or web design. Hope it’s helpful to you.

User experience and UX entry-level books

1.《The Design of Everyday Things》

The Design of Everyday Things ——Donald A. Norman


There was a teapot on the cover of the book. The spout was on the same side as the handle. If you poured the tea, you were likely to burn yourself. When life is tough, Norman tells you, it’s often the result of “bad design.” To understand interaction, you must first understand the human needs for the design. As Steve Jobs said, design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how a product works. The ultimate goal of designers is to make products that work well, not just look good.

2.《Dododon’t Make Me Think》

Don’t Make Me Think ——Steve Krug


“The thing about this book is that it’s short, 200 pages long, it’s unworded, and you can read it in the middle of the day, before you go to bed, on the plane, on your commute.” The first of the three laws of Web usability is — don’t make me think.

3.《The Non-Designer’s Design Book》

The Non-Designer’s Design Book ——Robin Williams

Interaction designers must learn the basics of typography. You can’t be a designer without aesthetics. In this age of creativity, you have to make yourself a designer.

According to Robin Williams, design is simple. The book is built around the four principles of C.R.A.P (contrast, repetition, alignment, and intimacy), and tells in simple, humorous prose how flexible application of these principles can bring about change and tangible benefits. In addition, but also popular science color and font some basic knowledge, make the book more complete.

User experience and UX advancement books

1.《The Elements of User Experience》

The Elements of User Experience ——Jesse James Garrett



• If what you need is a how-to-do book, and there are lots and lots of books on How to build websites, this isn’t it;

• If you need a book on technology, you won’t find a single line of code here;

• If you’re looking for answers in this book, instead, it says “How to Ask the Right Questions.”

This book will show you what you need to know before you read anything else. If you need a big concept, if you need to understand the context in which UX designers make decisions, this book is for you.

2.《A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making

A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making (2nd Edition)UX——Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler


To quote Chris Bernard:

If you are a young designer entering or contemplating entering the UX field this is a canonical book. If you are an organization that really needs to start grokking UX this book is also for you. ——Chris Bernard.

3.《Communicating Design》

Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning (2nd Edition)——Dan M. Brown


Successful web design teams rely on good communication between developers and customers, as well as between members of the development team. In this book, Dan Brown shows you that wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other design diagrams create a common language that allows designers and project teams to capture ideas, track progress, and keep stakeholders up to date on the project.

4.《About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design》

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design——Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel

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As one of the classic must-read books, the About Face series is worth the time to read, and each edition is a valuable reference. As one of the daily language tools for interaction design to product design and development, AF provides a comprehensive guide to interface design for Web and mobile devices. The focus of this book covers best practices in the project process, goal-oriented design, character development, and interface elements. For beginners with no project experience, this can be very taxing, but it is still worth reading. It is recommended to skim it first, and then study the rest of it when necessary, because it involves too much detail.

What is the difference between web design and GUI?

“Norman is an easy storyteller, Krug is a crash master who gets you started easily, and Cooper is a scholar, researcher, and designer.”

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