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The Design of Everyday Things

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shpx: Probably the quintessential book on design, the basic premise is that if you can't figure out how a thing works, it's not your fault.

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thrilleratplay: This should be a required reading for anyone who does UI design. It helps explain why items you interact with subconsciously frustrate you and why product simplicity is typically better than more features.

Ask HN: Good books or articles on UI design?


wodenokoto: ...is really great and I cannot recommend it enough.

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Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?


otalp: It literally changes the way you look at the world, or at least the objects around you.

plainOldText: I believe this is a must read for anyone creating something for other people. I'm definitely a better designer because of it.

d33: Changes the way you look at human-made things, makes you better appreciate examples of design that take functionality into account.

Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?


thedevil: This book ruined my life. I highly recommend it. Every engineer, manager and designer should read this. Maybe every human. I think of this book every time I try to pull a push door, every time I reach the bottom floor of a stairwell and notice the design that might save my life one day, and every time I try to struggle to operate a television or a microwave.

Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?


lorenzorhoades: My wife told me that this book turned me into a design snob and she constantly pokes fun at me for it.

Joeri: This book changed how I look at the world. I highly recommend it.

vizvamitra: Technically this book is about how humans interact with things, but actually it covers a lot more topics that one can think: how humans act, err, how they make decisions, how memory works, what are the responsibilities of conscious/subconscious.

Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?


maxprogram: The bible of design. Read it to know why everyday frustrations with tech are probably not your fault. His book Emotional Design is a good compliment.

majewsky: Describes mental models that I apply all the time when designing products or processes.

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Ask HN: Any recommended books on developing mental models?


paloaltokid: It's not necessarily about developing mental models, but more about the fallout of how people can mistakenly use systems if you don't make the mental model of your design intuitive.

Ask HN: Books you should have read when you start a career in SE / CS?


_hardwaregeek: While they're not strictly software or programming related, I really like the concepts of making interfaces that require minimal thought to use and empathizing with your users. I've seen an unfortunate amount of "programming machismo" where a confusing or poorly engineered system is used and accepted because "that's just how things work in the real world".

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Ask HN: Which non-programming books are a beneficial read for programmers?


yellowstuff: My main takeaway 10 years after reading it is that a bad user experience, even one so subtle that the user doesn't notice, can usually be prevented by careful design.

Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?


beenBoutIT: This book gave me objective ways to explain what would have previously been my "negative opinion". Coming to grips with the reality that bad design is rampant reinforced my growing interest in product design.

Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?


PostPost: Essential for anyone in UI/UX

Ask HN: What's the best book on modern UI/UX?


jasonhong: To improve how you look at the world

plainOldText: It teaches you design awareness, and you'll find yourself noticing and understanding design elements all around you, that you didn't before. Even though it might seem a little old, the information presented in there is timeless, so I highly recommend it as well. It is in fact the first book I would suggest to anyone wanting to learn how to think like a designer.

davidgh: A masterpiece. The age of the book proves it. It is as relevant today as it was when written 30 years ago. The only downside to the book is it will ruin every elevator, door handle and stereo amplifier you ever use. My wife tires of me explaining how a door that requires a “pull” sign is a major UX fail.

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Ask HN: Favorite nonfiction books of 2018?


gs7: Fantastic book that makes you realize how poorly designed many things in our lives are.

Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?


js2: ...Reading it is like being able to see the matrix - but it’s simultaneously enlightening and frustrating when you realize how poorly so many things are designed.

borski: ...changed the way I see literally everything. You’ll never look at doors the same way again, and prepare to forever be frustrated by poorly designed objects, and delighted by incredibly well designed ones.

toomanyrichies: ...Should be required reading for anyone who aspires to put products out into the world.

ismail: Reflecting back I think this is one of the books that has been key to changing my thinking. Was one of the first design book I read, but the lessons have been with me for the last decade+.

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