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UX Book Club Switzerland Message Board › Must-read Design/UX/iXD Books

Must-read Design/UX/iXD Books

Thomas L.
Sankt Gallen, CH
Post #: 3
Hi Booklovers… I’d like to share the following thread of the Adaptive Path Alum mailing list with you:

Morning, Alums. We just got this year's reading budget approved which means it's time for a design/UX/iXD book shopping spree my heart desires.

What must-reads should we order?

Cheers from sunny Barcelona,
Christopher Grant


Dan Saffer

I'd suggest The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg.­

It starts with a man with short term memory loss moves through how Target can predict pregnancy in their customers and finishes with gambling and murder.

Not your typical UX book but has great insight into why people do things. If you can understand habit building you can better understand how to gracefully scale an experience from first timer to pro.

Sean Harley [Tucker]

Grouped: How small groups of friends are the key to influence on the
social web
by Paul Adams, Global Brand Experience Manager at Facebook­


A few BOOK LISTS for you to review:­
CLASSIC MUST HAVE books, these lists are slightly dated
Jan Borchers' Top Ten List of Books on Human-Computer Interaction (Annotated) http://interactivemul...­
Dan Saffer’s Top Ten Essential Interaction Design Books

Ilona Posner

Another good list of UX books is Will Evans' The UX Canon: Essential Reading for the User Experience Designer


Jimmy Chandler

There is a book for your professional soul.
Creative PErsonal Branding.­

We are creative professionals in a creative world.
Jürgen shares his own personal coaching method designed to develop creative thinking and innovation and nowadays world.

sílvia calvet­

Also noteworthy:

Subject to Change­

Change by Design­

Designing for the Digital Age­

About Face 3­


Designing Media­

Designing Interactions­

Designing the Obvious­

Designing Interfaces­

Related, on the psychology and behaviour



Predictably Irrational­


René van de Hulsbeek
Interaction and Interface Designer

designmind - designing for the web, and beyond

I recommend "The Mobile Frontier" which was released this June. It provides a good overview of mobile UX considerations and designing for a multi-screen eco system. This information is critical for designers to know and understand now as we move through a new paradigm shift away from graphical user interfaces (GUI) towards natural user interfaces (NUI).­

Richard Law
Mobile User Experience
Cisco Systems, Inc

The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses by Jesse Schell­

Though it's ostensibly a book on Game design, it covers much that is familiar on user centered practices, testing, themes, the importance and relationship of aesthetics to interaction and experience, as well as all the stuff "user experience design books" don't cover typically like chance, mastery, and flow.

if I had to give a designer of digital experiences of any kind only one book, It'd pick this one.
Christina Wodtke

Having recently dug into this book myself, I'll whole-heartedly second Christina's recommendation. It's long. It's meandering. But it meanders with a purpose. Each chapter is illustrated with story after story, hence the meandering. But Schell always ties these stories into easy-to-remember "lenses." Another reason I think this book works so well is that he approaches design as a decision-making process (as UX designers do or should do in the real world), and he builds a visual map of this process with each chapter. It's an excellent method of amplifying the book's message.

Fred Beecher
A former member
Post #: 2
great list, thanks for sharing!
user 10626085
Zug, CH
Post #: 1
This one from that list: "The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg." made me think a bit more about "User Modelling" inside a UX, with the system chooseng presentation methods. Might be interesting to find a book focussed on that dynamic adaptation of the UI, if anyone has been reading something like that?
A former member
Post #: 3
Hi John,

are you referring to personalization? If so, there is a considerable amount of research and study in that area. A few articles via Google:­


and of course the ever authoritative naysayer, Jakob Nielsen:
Personalization is Over-Rated­

Intranet Portals: Personalization Hot, Mobile Weak, Governance Essential­

I'm not familiar with specific books on this particular topic, but it is a large domain with many different facets, and probably good for discussion.

If on the other hand you are referring to adaptable UX that supports behavior and habit modification, it might be more relavant to look into "Gamification", though it is a sometimes controversial topic, both celebrated and derided in the UX design field. There are a number of books on the topic, none that I've read personally.

This one from that list: "The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg." made me think a bit more about "User Modelling" inside a UX, with the system chooseng presentation methods. Might be interesting to find a book focussed on that dynamic adaptation of the UI, if anyone has been reading something like that?

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