Getting started on a new journey is not easy, but great books can help give us the tools we need while nurturing our inspiration and drive.
If you are super new to UX/UI Design these are some top game-changer books!
They will give you all the insights, vocabulary, tips and tricks you need to start your incredible new journey.
The Design of Everyday Things - The classic you do not want to miss!
Creating a great product is not an easy journey. Many think that it is just about looks, but what makes a great product is the ability for it to become an active part of our life.
To make this possible, we need to understand user needs and desires. Don Norman walks us through the psychology behind the user's need to bring design and technology closer and make great products.
Key points that you’ll learn while reading this classic:
- The true meaning of bad design
- The key to success is learnability in UX
- The importance of human psychology and human-centred design
- Design constraints and how to use them
- Team cooperation and user feedback
Don’t Make Me Think - Oldie but goodie!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “user don’t read”? Well, that is a myth that started to surface when UX/UI designers were on the rise in the web design market. Back in the early 2000s websites where overly crowded with text, buttons, tables, flashy animations—all begging for the user’s attention.
Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug, details the principles of how to design great web experiences by making them easy to scan and read!
Here are the main takeaways you won’t want to miss:
- UX learnability and decision making
- How to make your layout easy to scan
- The importance of simple navigation
- Testing your product with real users, not only friends and coworkers
- The constraints of a mobile version and how to use them to your advantage
Refactoring UI - Devs helping nail down clean components.
Design and Development work together to bring good products alive, and this book is a testimony to it. Written by software engineer Adam Wathan and designer Steve Schoger, Refactoring UI comes with the catchphrase “Make your ideas look awesome, without relying on a designer”.
Wathan took the internet by storm when he released the Tailwind CSS framework, but he didn’t stop there. With the help of his long-time friend and coworker Schoger, they came up with a fantastic idea, “refactoring” components in UI design. This simple but brilliant tactic has put into place, the importance and true basics of good-looking design. If you want to learn how to make your design pop in a matter of seconds, you can’t miss this book!
The key points of this awesome book are:
- Understanding design from a developer's point-of-view
- Design Tactics
- Atomic design principles
- The importance of design hierarchy
- Creating depth