I'm helping a teacher gather a list of books to teach design students about psychology. The course will be particularly tailored for students of UX design, so I'm curious to know what the books about behavioral psychology were invaluable to you practicing UX designers out there (or whatever UX people are calling themselves nowadays).
Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things
Thanks for the feedback! That looks like a great list to get started.
- Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug
- 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People - Susan M. Weinschenk
+1 for 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People... its a great resource to justify design decisions with research, and its a quick read as well.
It's hard to find this book at a reasonable price in Spain, but i've found "100 MORE Things..." by the same author. Do you know if this is just an updated version of the same book?
I don't know for sure. Based on the title I'd guess its different content in the same format. Guess I'll have to order it and see!
The book arrived last week and its new content based on things we've learned since the original was published. I'd recommend reading both!
It's sort of a follow-up book, Paco.
Thank you both! Good to know. I'll read ti for sure.
Currently reading and recommend 'Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion' by Robert Cialdini
Don't make me post Scott Adams persuasion master memes at you. I do want to read this, though. With my ears, if possible.
Big 2nd for 'Psychology of Persuasion'.
Charlie Munger's talk on psychology of human misjudgment is also massively insightful - http://web.archive.org/web/20151004200748/http://law.indiana.edu/instruction/profession/doc/16_1.pdf
Thanks for the recommendation. I've never head of that one before, and will definitely check it out.
I'm going to have to add some of the suggestions below to my own list, but I've compiled a library broken down by specific topics. Here's a list I made of the top UX-specific books on psychology: https://uxcellence.com/library/topic/psychology
I also compiled a list of essential UX books across a number of topics, including 4 specifically around various aspects of psychology here: https://uxcellence.com/2017/01/25/essential-ux-library
Cognitive Lode (from the team at Ribot) - is a really useful blog/newsletter that curates a list of biases that have relevance to product/service design http://coglode.com/
Nir Eyal: Hooked - Is a really good entry book, to understand how some of these biases can work in practice.
Books like Nudge, Drive, Contagious, Predictably Irrational - all good books and worth your time, but can get a bit long in some places.
I agree that http://coglode.com/ is definitely a great resource and intro for designers. The other books you mentioned seem like a great list to get started too. Thank you for the recommendations.
I have recently written a blogpost on Medium about my top 3 books for beginners and some other tips how to start learning UX :) I hope it's gonna be useful https://blog.daftcode.pl/how-to-start-learning-ux-299acb604347#.qwy34k6o5
LOL, I just recommended 2 of the books in your link in my comment.
Thanks for your response! Resources like those are super helpful.
Glad to hear that! Good luck!
Probably, one of my favorite books in the matter: The Design of Everyday Things by Don A. Norman if you like the psychology part of the design to be understood properly: https://www.amazon.es/Design-Everyday-Things-Don-Norman/dp/0465050654/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487032493&sr=8-1&keywords=the+design+of+everyday+things
Inside the Nudge Unit https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Nudge-Unit-Changes-Difference/dp/0753556553
You are Not So Smart https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Not-So-Smart/dp/1592407366
The Paradox of Choice https://www.amazon.com/Paradox-Choice-Why-More-Less/dp/149151423X
Unintended Thought https://www.amazon.com/Unintended-Thought-James-Uleman-PhD/dp/0898623790
Designing for Behaviour Change: Applying Psyc & BE https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Behavior-Change-Psychology-Behavioral/dp/1449367623
The Organised Mind (currently reading and enjoying so far) https://www.amazon.com/Organized-Mind-Thinking-Straight-Information/dp/0147516315
100 Thing every Designer needs to know about People https://www.amazon.com/Things-Designer-People-Voices-Matter/dp/0321767535
The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information by George Miller, a paper submitted in 1956
I don't know how many UX/UI designers have read about this but I believe this should a bible for information chunking. The human brain can best crunch information when in chunks of seven +/- two.
The American telephone numbers without the area code are seven digits. Seven deadly sins, seven notes of the musical scale, seven days of the week, seven primary colors.. the application is endless. It's just a simple google search away.
Here's a link to the paper. http://www.sns.ias.edu/~tlusty/courses/InfoInBioParis/Papers/Miller1956.pdf
- Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- A Mind For Numbers (Oakley), it's really about how people learn & think
- Neuroeconomics (it's a text book, but the sections on behavioral psych/ decision making/ physiology of the brain)
- Science & Human Behavior (Skinner)
- Why We Do What We Do (Duhigg)
- Decoding the New Consumer Mind: How and Why We Shop and Buy (Yarrow)
- Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow
I made a GoodReads list related to this: here ya go
Thinking, Fast and Slow — By Daniel Kahneman https://www.amazon.es/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 Its an amazing book!
"100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People". Easy to understand theories with practical advices and examples.
Worth a read -Indigenous Research Methodologies by Bagele Chilisa
Make sure you know and understand cognitive biases.
Wow. That's a helpful list, thanks for sharing.
BJ Fogg's "Persuasive Technology" is a must-read in this category.
I keep a running list of recommended UX books here -- and cordoned off the behavioral stuff for this thread:
- The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman
- Designing for Emotion, by Aarron Walter
- Don't Make Me Think, by Steve Krug
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
- Focus, by Daniel Goleman
I'm looking to order and start reading "The Best Interface Is No Interface". I've heard good things and it seems to be a pretty commonly referred to book in the design industry.
The Inmates Are Running the Asylum By Alan Cooper
Design for Dasein - it's not as explicitly behavioural psych as many of the books already suggested (Everyday Things, Nudge, Thinking Fast & Slow are all great), but it goes into the deep on the philosophy of experience design and phenomenology, then transitions into practical applications of it all. Highly recommend it - it's unlike any modern design book I've read. Great for people who enjoy the academia of it all, but also want to finish a book with practical takeaways to use in their work.