User experience design is the de-facto skillset for the modern designer. Understanding and being able to empathize with the wants and needs of the people using your product is one of the key ways to produce your most effective work.

If you’re studying a design discipline or work in a related industry, it’s essential to integrate user experience into your design process. These highly acclaimed books can help you be the best UX designer you can be.

The UX Five-Second Rules: Guidelines for User Experience Design’s Simplest Testing Technique

You have 5 seconds –  what stands out most about this design? What about this experience is most powerfully preserved in memory? The UX Five-Second Rules book explores the origins of the test methodology, explains how to deploy it into your workflow and promotes using it to critically approve, change or discard of your early prototypes.

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Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designer’s Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous

Agile Experience Design is mostly aimed at designers who have not worked in an agile way before. It criticizes the traditional waterfall approach to design in a digital environment, and makes a profound statement that “you know least at the start of the project“; encouraging teams to be more flexible and iterative in their approach.

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Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

The third edition of usability guru Steve Krug’s classic Don’t Make Me Think, this book re-examines the principles set out in the original book published in 2001. In Revisited, Krug has updated his previous chapters and added an entirely new section on mobile usability. As we’ve come to expect, this UX book is illustrated, humorous and essential for everybody working on user interface design.

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Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology

Bottlenecks is written for designers and entrepreneurs. It uses the application of foundational psychology to determine how receptive customers will be to your apps, prototypes, content and ads. The book includes examples and strategies for how to deploy psychological research and techniques into your projects in order to deliver the best user experience for customers and grow your business.

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Articulating Design Decisions: Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience

Designers usually know best. Particularly when it comes to disagreements with non-designer stakeholders. But it’s often hard to articulate this. This book empowers designers by offering methods and techniques for communicating your design rationale to stakeholders who, given the chance, may wreak havoc on your carefully planned user experience design!

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