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Recommended reading on UX, design and usability.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind.

Susan Weinschenk

UX design Psychology

A Web for Everyone

If you are in charge of the user experience, development, or strategy for a web site, A Web for Everyone will help you make your site accessible without sacrificing design or innovation.

Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery


About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design

The essential interaction design guide, fully revised and updated for the mobile age.

Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel

Interaction design

Accessibility for Everyone

You make the web more inclusive for everyone, everywhere, when you design with accessibility in mind.

Laura Kalbag


Articulating Design Decisions

Talking to people about your designs might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well.

Tom Greever

Communication Visual design Developer handoff

Atomic design

As the number of devices, browsers, and environments continues to increase at a staggering rate, the need to create thoughtful, deliberate interface design systems is becoming more apparent than ever.

Design systems

Building Design Systems: Unify User Experiences through a Shared Design Language

Learn how to build a design system framed within the context of your specific business needs.

Sarrah Vesselov and Taurie Davis

Design systems

Butterick's Practical Typography

Typography is the visual component of the written word. Thus, being a publisher of the written word necessarily means being a typographer. This book will make you a better typographer.

Matthew Butterick

Visual design

Design Systems Handbook

Best practices around planning, designing, building, and implementing a design system, with insights and first-hand experiences from experts who have gone through the journey.

Marco Suarez, Jina Anne, Katie Sylor-Miller, Diana Mounter, and Roy Stanfield

Design systems

Don’t Make Me Think (Revisited)

Don't Make Me Think is an essential guide to usability and website design.

Steve Krug

UX design Usability

Experience Required

Whatever your role, Experience Required teaches you to become the UX leader you’ve always wanted to be.

Robert Hoekman Jr

UX design Usability

Form Design Patterns

A practical guide to designing and coding simple and inclusive forms for the web.

Adam Silver

Accessibility Design patterns Design systems

Getting Started With Design Systems

A free guide that's simple in structure, human in explanation and packed with insight.

Design systems

Inclusive Components

Inclusive Components examines common web UI patterns through the lens of inclusion.

Heydon Pickering

Design systems Accessibility

Inclusive Design Patterns

This book covers all the techniques, gotchas and front-end strategies you need to be aware of when building accessible, inclusive interfaces

Heydon Pickering

HTML and CSS Accessibility Design systems Design patterns

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

The Lean UX approach to interaction design is tailor-made for today’s web-driven reality.

Jeff Gothelf

UX design Lean

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design

How inclusive methods can build elegant design solutions that work for all.

Kat Holmes

Product management Accessibility

Researching UX: Analytics

To get the full picture of how users are engaging with your website or app, you'll need to use quantitative evidence in the form of analytics.

Luke Hay

User research Analytics

Seductive Interaction Design

What happens when you’ve built a great website or app, but no one seems to care?

Stephen P. Andserson

UX design Interaction design

Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook

Provides information about the step-by-step process of the different UX sketching techniques.

Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt, Bill Buxton

UX design

Strategic Writing for UX: Drive Engagement, Conversion, and Retention with Every Word

When you depend on users to perform specific actions-like buying tickets, playing a game, or riding public transit-well-placed words are most effective. But how do you choose the right words? And how do you know if they work?

Torrey Podmajersky

UX strategy UX writing

The Design of Everyday Things, revised and expanded edition

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we try to figure out the shower control in a hotel or attempt to navigate an unfamiliar television set or stove.

Donald A. Norman


The Shape of Design

Shape is a book about objectives, and it zooms out to answer a couple big questions: How does it feel to make things for other people? And how can we do so in a meaningful, engaged way?

Frank Chimero

Visual design

The User Experience Team of One

The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables.

Leah Buley

UX design

The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love

The User's Journey will show you how, when, and why to use narrative structure, technique, and principles to ideate, craft, and test a cohesive vision for an engaging outcome.

Donna Lichaw

Information architecture

The What How and Why of Design Systems

Design systems create consistency, help teams scale design processes, and make it easy to collaborate through shared patterns and language.

Andrea Hock

Design systems

The guide to UX leadership

Best practices for: crafting UX strategy, building teams, evangelizing UX, mentoring designers, planning resources, and more.

Dave Malouf

UX strategy UX leadership

UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products That People Want

User experience (UX) strategy requires a careful blend of business strategy and UX design, but until now, there hasn’t been an easy-to-apply framework for executing it.

Jaime Levy

UX leadership

Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Things Better

Frustrated by pop–ups? Forms that make you start over if you miss a field? Nonsensical error messages? You′re not alone!

Eric Reiss

UX design Usability

User Experience Mapping: Enhance UX with User Story Map, Journey Map and Diagrams

Understand your users, gain strategic user insights, and make your product development more efficient with user experience mapping.

Peter W Szabo

UX design Discovery