Resources

A list of useful books, podcasts, and articles intended for deep-diving into the world of UX. This page is ever evolving.

Find me on Meetup & see what’s on my night stand via Good Reads. And, as always, feel free to contact me for recommendations.

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Best Starting Points

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

If you choose one book out of this list, make it this one!

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Watch his TED talk here.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz.

If it’s good enough for Google Venture, it’s good enough for me.

More in-depth

UX Strategy: How to Device Innovative Digital Products That People Want by Jaime Levy

Deeper dive into the world of UX. Great read, but over your head if you’re unfamiliar with the basics.

Any book from A Book Apart collection

Professional development

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferris (Collection of world-class performers’ tools, tactics, and routines!) He host an insightful interview podcast series if that’s your cup of tea.

 

Words That Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence by Shelle Rose Charvet.

This is one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” instances. Awful cover, great book.

Podcasts worth a listen

Design-specific:

  • The Deep End Design
  • What is Wrong with UX
  • UX Blog: User Experience Design, Research & Strategy
  • UX Podcast
  • User Defenders
  • UX and Growth Podcast
  • UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design adn Product Strategy
  • UXPod

NON-UX:

  • Hidden Brain
  • The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
  • Happen to Your Career: A Podcast for people who want Career Happieness
  • The Profile Life with Jeff Goins
  • Profit. Power. Persuit. A CreativeLive Podcast with Tara GEntile
  • Side Hustle School

Interviews with inspirational people of all walks of life:

  • Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
  • Dan Harris’ 10% Happier
  • Tim Ferris
  • Joe Rogan podcast
  • Rich Roll

Events about town

Design Driven – monthly speaker series. Free to attend, but quickly fills up. Speakers from: Buzzfeed, Kickstarter, VICE, GitHub, Audible, Facebook, eBay, SVA, etc. I attend almost monthly.

IxDA – Interaction Design Association.

Meetup and Eventbrite are best sources for local events as well, particularly talks, panels, portfolio nights, weekend UX events such as Protohack and Service Jam. All you need to do is a search of terms on either site.