What User Interface design books are must-reads?

I've already read "Don't make me think!" by Steve Krug and I'm half-way through "Web Form Design" by Luke Wroblewski... but I'm hungry for more.

I really liked Steve Krug's book. It's not as theoretical as "Web Form Design".

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I would recommend Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design , it goes through many design patterns and is riddled with examples. Mainly from software user interfaces but the same is applicable in web applications.

A book that has inspired me to be more zealous about my usability and interaction designs is Alan Coopers The Inmates Are Running The Asylum. It's pretty theoretical but talks about how poorly designed tech products including software impact our lives, on a larger scale. It also talks about what can be done about it and what is often missed out in the software/tech development process.

Interaction design and usability is more of a way of thinking, so understanding about what it's all about is almost more important than methods and "tricks".

Answered over 9 years ago by Jens Hedqvist

Defensive design for the web

Answered over 9 years ago by Tony Crockford

I would actually recommend reading Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman. It doesn't go into user interfaces "exactly", but it shows how the design of every day things we use (besides the computer) that are designed well or horribly wrong. Really brings light to certain things you should pay attention to.

Answered over 9 years ago by Ascalonian