NOTE: THIS IS A READING LIST YOU’LL ACTUALLY FINISH
For UX Beginners, a good book will ground you in UX fundamentals and help you learn the lingo. There’s a difference between casual reading and taking the time to study a topic. And anything worth doing – switching to a UX career – requires study.
These are my favorite time-tested UX books that are easy to read and will set you apart from 90% of other designers out there.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles 1
The Design of Everyday Things 2
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be 3
The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web 4
Design Is a Job 5
Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services 6
Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks 7
Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design 8
About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design 9
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability 10
Just Enough Research 11