Design Books: A list Sept 2010

  • About Face (Alan Cooper)
  • Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand (by Malcolm McCullough)
  • Agile Experience Design (by Anders Ramsay)
  • Card Sorting (by Donna Spencer)
  • Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning (by: Dan Brown)
  • Contextual Design: Defining Customer-Centered Systems (Interactive Technologies) (by Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt)
  • Design of Everyday Things (Don Norman)
  • Designing for the Digital Age (by Kim Goodwin)
  • Designing Interactions (Bill Moggridge)
  • Designing Interfaces (by: Jenifer Tidwell)
  • Designing The Moment (by Robert Hoekman)
  • Designing The Obvious (by Robert Hoekman)
  • Designing Web Interfaces from O’Reilly (Bill Scott, Theresa Neil)
  • Designing with the Mind in Mind (by Jeff Johnson)
  • Don’t Make Me Think (Steve Krug)
  • Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software (by Jonathan Anderson, John McRee, Robb Wilson)
  • Envisioning Information (Edward Tufte)
  • Handcrafted CSS (Dan Cederholm’s)
  • Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems (by Jeff Raskin)
  • Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? (Susan M. Weinschenk)
  • Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer’s Brain (Patrick Renvoise, Christophe Morin)
  • Prototyping (Todd Zaki Warfel)
  • Sketching User Experiences (Bill Buxton )
  • Storytelling for User Experience (Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks)
  • The Art of Interactive Design: A Euphonious and Illuminating Guide to Building Successful Software (Chris Crawford )
  • Thoughtful Interaction Design: A Design Perspective on Information Technology (by Jonas Löwgren, Erik Stolterman )
  • Thoughts on Interaction Design (by Jon Kolko )
  • Web Form Design (by Luke Wroblewski)
  • Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works (by: Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler )

I made Squidoo lense to rank these.


  1. Michael, I’m with you on the subset of these that I’ve gotten round to. I generally keep Luke W’s and Jenifer Tidwell’s books close to hand. And I cannot recommend Krug’s book enough.

    Different topic, do you know of any useful books that deal with hardware device design? I’m especially interested in portable consumer devices.

    1. Hardware device design has a longer history and should have some excellent books. I do not have any. What you want to look for is Industrial Design books.

      Here is a couple of zines online: and
      The consulting company IDEO specializes in this and has some good books and references.

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