Best Books on UI/UX


Want to get better at your design skills or want to become a better UI/UX designer?

With my personal experience for becoming better at UI/UX, you need to learn fundamentals rather than to learn tools like – Figma, Adobe Xd, etc. But a lot of newbies make the mistake of just learning tools rather than focusing on the fundamentals of design.

Because tools will come and go but fundamentals will stay forever!

So to learn fundamentals you have to read books rather than just dwelling on video tutorials.

Top lists of Best UX Books(2020) :-

1. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited( By Steve Krug)


The book is written by Steve Krug who is a user experience professional based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He has been in this industry for more than 30years.

This book covers:-

  •  Principles of intuitive navigation and information design
  • How to make a product easy to use
  • Make design interface well arranged for better conversion, etc.

2. A Project Guide to UX Design(by Carolyn Chandler and Russ Unger)

A project to UX


This book is written by Russ Unger who is a user experience design and research professional in the Chicago area. He has worked with top-tier digital agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and startups.

Carolyn Chandler is the experience design director for Manifest Digital, an interactive consultancy based in Chicago. She speaks internationally and has been leading UX teams for over 12 years.

This book will teach you:-

  • Recognize the various roles in UX design, identify stakeholders, and enlist their support
  • Obtain consensus from your team on project objectives
  • Understand approaches such as Waterfall, Agile, and Lean UX
  • Define the scope of your project and avoid mission creep
  • Understand and communicate user behavior with personas

3. Smashing UX Design(by James Chudley and Jesmond Allen)


Smashing Magazine is the world s most popular resource for web designers and developers and with this book, the authors provide the ideal resource for mastering User Experience Design (UX). 

This book covers:-

  • How to plan UX projects to suit different budgets, time constraints and business objectives.
  • Guides to when and how to use the most appropriate UX research and design techniques such as usability testing, prototyping, wire framing.
  • Case studies from real UX projects, etc.

4. Emotional Design(By Don Norman)


The book is written by Donald A. Norman is Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University. He is a former Apple guy. He has been in this industry for more than 50years.

This book covers an important point of UX such as- How you should design a product which attracts more customers, teaches the principles of human psychology to apply to the invention and design of new technologies and products, etc.

5. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems(By Jake Knapp)


This book is written by Jake who co-founded Google Meet and helped build products like Gmail and Microsoft Encarta. 

It covers the below topics and tools on how to accomplish them:-

  • Building realistic prototypes
  • Sketching clear Solutions
  • How to make a map and choose a target
  • Testing with target customers

6. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles(by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden)


The book is written by Jeff Gothelf is a designer and Agile practitioner. He is a leading voice on the topics of Agile UX and Lean UX

This book covers:-

  • Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid
  • Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX
  • Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team
  • Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process

7. Thinking, Fast and Slow( By Daniel Kahneman)


The author of the book is Daniel Kahneman who is a Senior Scholar at Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002.

This is not directly UI/UX book but it teaches who to think in the right way. It covers topics like what are the benefits of thinking slow or fast. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.

Top lists of Best UI Books(2020) :-

1.Designing User Interfaces(by MICHAŁ MALEWICZ,DIANA MALEWICZ)


A colorful, 500 pages in PDFs with lots of knowledge, industry know-how, tips, tricks, and experiences in Interface Design. This book covers all the important points such as – Grid, button, spacing, etc in-depth.

And the best part of this pdf is that they constantly update with time so you always learn up to date things in interface design.

2.The Design of Everyday Things(by Don Norman)


This book is written by Don Norman who is a co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group and holds graduate degrees in both engineering and psychology. His many books include Emotional DesignThe Design of Future Things, etc.

This book mainly talks about the design principles and psychology behind the appealing design which we like to see. So if you want to learn about best design practices than this book is definitely for you.

3.100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People(by Susan Weinschenk)


The book is written by Susan Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and a 30-year career in applying psychology to the design of technology. 

This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. It covers the 100 most important things every designer should know.

4.The Non-Designer’s Design Book(by Robin P. Williams )


The non-designers design book is written by Robin Williams who is the author of dozens of bestselling and award-winning books. He has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the Web.


  • The four principles of design that underlie  every design project 
  • How to design with color 
  • How to design with type 
  • How to combine typefaces for maximum effect 
  • How to see and think like a professional designer 

5.Designing Interfaces(by Jenifer Tidwell)


The author of the book is Jenifer Tidwell who is a writer and consultant in interaction design, information architecture. She has designed and built user interfaces for companies such as Google and The MathWorks.

This book covers all the things you need to learn interface design. It covers typography, how to use images, learn to polish the look and feel of your interfaces with graphic design principles and patterns, etc.

What is the difference between UI & UX?

UI OR USER INTERFACE helps to visually represent our apps and websites in an appealing manner. It covers all about look & feel, which color to use, what typography to use, etc.

It helps to convert a sketch to a good looking prototype. It also includes the use of micro-interactions, grid, and animations.

In simple words, we can say that UI( User Interface) is all that we can look & feel in any product( App & Websites).

UX OR USER EXPERIENCE is the subpart of the USER INTERFACE. The work of the user experience is to make products easy to use.

The main goal of a UX designer is to make a product so easy to use that even a lame person can easily use the product by putting the navigation button at the right place, putting the exit button on the right side, etc.

If the role of a UI designer is the look & feel, the role of a UX designer is defining how it will work.

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