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6 timeless books on the principles of User Experience Design

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Whether you're just entering the field of UX or a seasoned professional, explore the fundamentals of human-centered design and information visualization with these timeless works by industry leaders.

The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman

What can the design of a kitchen stove possibly have in common with a mobile app or web site? Everything! In this timeless book by design expert Don Norman we learn many of the fundamentals of design: direct mapping, affordances, cognative psychology and the limits of human memory, and proper feedback mechanisms to name a few.

The Design of Future Things

by Don Norman

In his sequel to The Design of Everyday Things, Don Normal applies the timeless fundamentals of human-centered design to the world of high technology.

The Humane Interface

New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
by Jef Raskin

Jef Raskin created the Apple Macintosh. In The Humane Interface, we join him on a journey into an alternate reality in which computer interfaces are more consistent and flexible. Along the way, you'll be introduced to ideas which can be applied to your daily work to make meaningful improvements to the experiences of your users.

Envisioning Information

by Edward R. Tufte

In the first book of his information design trilogy, Edward Tufte takes the reader on an engaging journey into presenting information in an honest and readily-consumed manner. Though this book may not appear to be about UX design at first glance, if you ever have to design an interface that includes charts and graphs, you'll be glad you read Envisioning Information!

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

by Edward R. Tufte

Edward Tufte's second work in his timeless information design trilogy builds on Envisioning Information you'll dive deeper into practical usability improvements to many common types of charts and graphs.

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

by Edward R. Tufte

The final book in Tufte's trilogy, Visual Explanations examines how our designs enable users to not only answer the questions "what" and "how", but to dive into causal relationships to answer the most important question: "why".

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