Hello there! As the summer rolls on here in Tempe, AZ, we thought we’d share some of our favorite usability, user experience (UX), human factors, psychology, and design literature. Some texts are light, others– not so much. Each, however, we find to be quite helpful. The Research Collective Reading List is here!
So whether you’re a designer or a researcher, a working professional, or a student, please enjoy! If there are any books that you strongly recommend, leave a comment!
Usability, UX, & Human Factors
- Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests (Jeffrey Rubin)
- Usability Assessment: How to Measure the Usability of Products, Services, and Systems (Philip Kortum)
- Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics (Tom Tullis & Bill Albert)
- The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology (Kim Vicente)
- Cost-Justifying Usability (Randolph G. Bias & Deborah J. Mayhew)
- Quantifying the User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research (Jeff Sauro & James R. Lewis)
- Usability Engineering (Jakob Nielsen)
- Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (John D. Lee, Christopher D. Wickens, Yili Liu, & Linda NG Boyle)
- The Measure of Man & Woman: Human Factors In Design (Henry Dreyfuss Associates)
- Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches (Arthur D. Fisk, Wendy A. Rogers, Neil Charness, Sara J. Czaja, & Joseph Sharit)
- The Design of Everyday Things (Don Norman)
- Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Atul Gawande)
- Set Phasers on Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error (Steven Casey)
- The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think (Douglas T. Kenrick & Vladas Griskevicius)
- Behave: The Biology of Humans At Our Best and Worst (Robert M. Sapolsky)
- Evolutionary Psychology (Steven J.C. Gaulin & Donald H. McBurney)
- The Origin of Everyday Moods: Managing Energy, Tension, and Stress (Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D.)
- Mapping the Mind (Rita Carter)
- Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind (Gary Marcus)
- Universal Principles of Design (William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, & Jill Butler)
- Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond (Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, & Jorge Arango)
- Visual Thinking for Design (Colin Ware)
- A Project Guide to UX Design for User Experience Designers in the Field or in the Making (Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler)
What books would you recommend? Leave a comment! We would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in more of the Research Collective blog, check out some of our favorites:
- What is Human Factors?
- The Basics of ROI in Human-Centered Design
- Getting started with Biometrics: Galvanic Skin Response
About the Authors
Russell J. Branaghan, PhD | President | Research Collective
Russ is an Associate Professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Human Factors in the Master of Product Design and Development Program at Northwestern University. Prior to joining ASU, Russ spent 15 years leading human factors research teams at Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Fitch, Big Red Rooster and Lextant. Russ is founder and President of Research Collective, a Human Factors and user experience research consultancy based in Tempe, AZ.
Anders Orn | Human Factors Scientist | Research Collective
As a Human Factors Scientist, Anders Orn plans for and conducts observational research at Research Collective. While he is involved in many aspects of research, Anders enjoys in usability testing in the healthcare and automotive industries as they are a unique opportunity to examine human behavior. You can find Anders on LinkedIn here.