Useful free eBooks for UX designers, interface designers and product designers — on everything from accessibility and typography to management, IA and content strategy.
These books have been kindly shared by the community, with lessons learned by authors for everybody to read and benefit from. A sincere, enormous thank-you to the authors for making their work available to everyone for free. Hopefully you and your friends will find them useful, too.
If you are looking for a categorized, searchable list of UX books, The Monster List of UX Books is a fantastic up-to-date list of UX books, grouped by categories, ranked, tagged, searchable and with references to authors. You can suggest and rate books as well. Kindly maintained by Chris Oliver.
Some of the most remarkable books I’m remembering reading are the ones that questioned what I believe in, and change my view of the comfortable universe which I have built around me over the years. Here are some of such books that I keep very close to my heart (in no specific order):
The User Experience Team of One, by Leah Buley
The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero
Just Enough Research, by Erika Hall
How To Make Sense of Any Mess, by Abby Covert
Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design, by Kat Holmes
Design Systems, by Alla Kholmatova
Universal Principles of Design, by Jill Butler, Kritina Holden, William Lidwell
Making of a Manager, by Julie Zhuo
Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte
Form Design Patterns, by Adam Silver
Change by Design, by Tim Brown
Meeting Design, by Kevin M. Hoffman
The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda
Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon
Build, by Tony Fadell
I could never emphasize enough just how grateful I am to authors taking the time to put together their thoughts and experiences in a book. I know just how much I personally learned from each of the books — and there are so many other wonderful books to discover!
If you can, please support authors and your local stores — and perhaps even send a warm hello to them to let them know just how valuable and impactful their writing has been to you.