What I read and recommend
The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience
The UX Book: Process and Guidelines for Ensuring a Quality User Experience aims to help readers learn how to create and refine interaction designs that ensure a quality user experience (UX). The book seeks to expand the concept of traditional usability to a broader notion of user experience; to provide a hands-on, practical guide to best practices and established principles in a UX lifecycle; and to describe a pragmatic process for managing the overall development effort.
I admit it’s a bit of a mountain to climb but once you’re through the first few chapters it’s an enormous source of UX expertise. Especially all the practical cases and applications really give you an insight into UX work.
Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences
What happens when you’ve built a great website or app, but no one seems to care? How do you get people to stick around long enough to see how your service might be of value? In Seductive Interaction Design, speaker and author Stephen P. Anderson takes a fresh approach to designing sites and interactions based on the stages of seduction. This beautifully designed book examines what motivates people to act.
By far one of the best books I’ve ever read about Interaction Design – the author knows how lay down the hard facts in a way you enjoy it like a novel. Along the book I strongly recommend the “Mental Notes” card sets – it’s a fun and effective way to step up your UI game when you’re stuck.