King, Simon & Chang, Kuen, Understanding Industrial Design: Principals for UX and Interaction Design, 2016
IDEO design directors give an introduction to the Industrial Design principals sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. There are many outstanding real-world examples illustrated and described throughout.
Founder of the Khan Academy describes how we can revolutionize teaching and learning. Well designed. self paced, online coursework can be used to cover course content. Time with students and teachers is used for solving problems and working on colaborative, creative projects together. Khan also explains the benefits of setting higher standards.
Topol, Eric, The Patient Will See You Now, 2015
This book discusses amazing tech advances that are lowering healthcare costs and making healthcare much better. I find it useful because it brings up a treasure trove of problems that will need to be solved in order to make the tech work best for people.
Neil, Theresa, Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2012
This book has hundreds of examples of user interface patterns. All are conveniently categorized for reference. Learning the names of these patterns facilitates design communication. Be sure to get the color edition of the book or access it online.
Golombisky, Kim & Hagen, Rebecca, White Space is not Your Enemy, 2010
This is a great Graphic Design Reference for those who haven’t been to art school. It gives techies the vocabulary to speak to artists and graphic designers. It lists many important details to consider for your multimedia designs.
Scott, Bill & Neil, Theresa Designing Web Interfaces, 2009
Great reference for Rich Interaction Design. Build app functionality in web browsers.
Few, Stephen, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, 2006
Show’s how you can take large amounts of complex information and present it “at a glance”. Few advises appropriate use of color and graphics. The very useful “bullet graph” is also recommended here.
Krug, Steve, Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2005
If I could give someone only one book for creating usable websites this is it. I’d recommend this especially for people who work in a field other than usability and design. Here’s the authors website- http://www.sensible.com/
Rosenfeld, Louis and Morville, Peter. Information architecture for the World Wide Web, 2007
A must have reference, especially for professionals involved with large websites and huge amounts of information.
Norman, Donald. Emotional design : why we love (or hate) everyday things, 2005
For those left brained people who think aesthetics & emotions do not impact usability. Authors website: www.jnd.org For the serious User Experience professional I recommend all of Don Norman’s books.
Cooper, Reimann and Cronin, About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 2007
Methods, deliverables and IxD details. A great book!
Kuniavsky, Mike, Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research, 2003
A helpful research guide, filled with examples.
Saffer, Dan, Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices, 2006
A great overview of IxD.
Books that are more historical:
Moggridge, Bill, Designing Interactions, 2007
A history about inventors of everything HCI from Doug Engelbart’s mouse on. The last chapter has great ideas from IDEO about how to design. www.designinginteractions.com
Battelle, John, The search : how Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture, 2005
This book tells what happened to Infoseek & Excite, who bought who, explains how search works, that a googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros, about black hat and white hat SEO, and the future of search. I loved it.