User Experience Books – May 2012

User Experience Books – May 2012

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I’ll be honest. My reason for publishing brief posts about upcoming User Experience books, like I did in an earlier post, is two-fold. First, there is a real drive to let others know which books inspire my every day work and help me learn more about my profession. Second, is to keep this blog up and running… affiliation.

The books that I discuss, put in the spotlight, are books that I would personally recommend to anyone who has enjoyed at least one article on this blog. I am self-taught and in doing so, I have been able to undertake many professional challenges in my career. The work in our profession is very fragmented, there is so much knowledge out there that I cannot imagine one person knowing it all. Reading articles online, reading books on my Kindle (and sometimes print) allow me learn so much more, I feel an obligation to tell others of how to do the same.

Books are released quite regularly and I think that it would only be fitting to keep my readers up to date on some upcoming books that have caught my eye.

This time around I will introduce 3 new books, all still in their pre-order phase, so I won’t be able to give you my personal opinion about them… yet.

The UX Books

Lean UX

Jeff Gothelf isDirector of User Experience at, a website built with the purpose to put job seekers in touch with recruiters. Besides his day job Jeff is Lean UX evangelist, spreading his vast amounts of knowledge and vision during frequent public speaking events and his personal blog.

In Lean UX, Jeff describes his 5-step program to building a lean user experience environment. The 5-steps being:

  1. Solve problems together
  2. Sketch
  3. Prototype
  4. Pair developers and designers
  5. Create a style guide

Now, although this methodology doesn’t sound new, what Jeff will do in his book is talk about actually taking these steps. Jeff will discuss why past attempts at creating a Lean UX environment have failed and how, now, to properly breakdown the silo’s restraining creativity and development within your business environment.

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Smashing UX Design

The folks over at Smashing Magazine need little to no introduction. Their blog is the place where I regularly catch up on industry and technological developments.

In this book, part of the Smashing Magazine Book Series, authors Jesmond Allen and James Chudley walk you through the advent of user experience design and how it has closed the gap between technology, e-commerce and users. The book discusses the following (copy & pasted) items:

  • Examines the essential aspects of User Experience Design (UX) and looks at how it has become a vital part of a successful user experience
  • Provides a solid foundation to implementing UX techniques while not sacrificing the user for the search engine
  • Shows you ways to go from good to great user experiences, and points out ways to identify bad user-experience design
  • Clarifies how to use the right UX tools

All in all I think that this book will be a good addition to anyone’s UX library. It might not necessarily be a book that you’ll constantly be using as a reference, but I can definitely imagine myself using this book help educate others in the field of User Experience… a great loaner!

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Observing the User Experience

This is the book that I am personally looking forward to the most. As I mentioned at the start of this blog post, the user experience field is huge. With many angles to cover, it is hard for anyone to really stand out in all fields considered to be user experience. I consider myself to be more of a user researcher, with a specialty in voice of the customer research, so this book has already been pre-ordered!

In this book, authors  Mike Kuniavsky, Andrea Moed, and Elizabeth Goodman will walk us through 13 proven user research techniques. Techniques that have been thoroughly used in the development of better web sites, software, and mobile applications. The sentence in the summary that got my attention the most was “provides advice about how user research can be done cheaply, quickly and how results can be presented persuasively”, something that I have been doing for quite some time on this blog with my Tips & Tricks posts. It is great to see how more and more user experience professionals are sharing affordable methods for performing research.

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About Matthew Niederberger

Matthew works as Conversion Optimisation Manager at Ziggo BV. In his free time he enjoys family life as well as digging into online user research material whilst frequently generating some of his own, which he freely shares here on


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