UX & Design Books

This is a brief list of

This is a brief list of our favorite user experience and design books. Enjoy!

General Design

  • Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
  • Citizen Designer by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne
  • The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters by Chip Kidd
  • Design is Art by Bruno Munari
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander
  • Change By Design by Tim Brown
  • The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
  • Thoughtless Acts? by Jane Fulton Suri
  • Exposing the Magic of Design by Jon Kolko
  • Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss
  • 79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut
  • Designing Design by Kenya Hara
  • The Nature of Art and Workmanship by David Pye

Graphic Design

General Graphic Design

  • Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton
  • Art is Work by Milton Glaser
  • How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
  • How to Think Like a Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman
  • The Smashing Book by Sven Lennartz
  • The Non-Designer’s Design Book By Robin Williams


  • Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
  • Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann
  • The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
  • Typographic Design by Rob Carter, Ben Day, and Philip Meggs

Grid Systems

  • Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann
  • Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara

Interaction Design

General Interaction Design

  • Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
  • Thoughts on Interaction Design by Jon Kolko
  • About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper and Robert Reimann
  • Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
  • The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  • The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett
  • User Interface Design for Programmers by Joel Spolsky
  • Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
  • Designing for the Digital Age by Kim Goodwin


  • The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
  • Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
  • The Humane Interface by Jef Raskin
  • The Inmates are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper


  • The Persona Lifecycle by John Pruitt


  • Communicating Design by Dan Brown


  • Serious Play by Michael Schrage

Design Research

  • Design Research: Methods and Perspectives by Brenda Laurel
  • Mental Models by Indi Young

Data & Information Visualization

  • Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
  • The Information Design Handbook by Jenn Visocky O’Grady
  • Rapid Viz by Kurt Hanks
  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Sustainable Design

  • Cradle to Cradle by William McDonnough and Michael Braungart
  • Out of Poverty by Paul Polak
  • Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek

Design + Business

  • The Design of Business by Roger Martin
  • Design Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti
  • Making Meaning by Steve Diller
  • Building Design Strategy by Thomas Lockwood

Creativity & Problem Solving

  • The Universal Traveler by Jim Bagnall
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows