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The 8 Mind-blowing Best User Experience Books in 2017

The UX design process is becoming an increasingly important aspect of creating quality website applications and software products. For many, user acceptance depends on it. There’s an endless push to deliver an even better design with each release of an application or as new devices come onto the market with greater and greater capabilities. This push requires designers to seek out new techniques and inspiration constantly. There are countless UX design books out there to choose from, each covering a myriad of different techniques and methods. It can be challenging to figure out which new books that came out this year deserve your attention, so we’ve put together a list of some of those we feel are worth your time.

Here are the eight best UX design books of 2017 to help you improve your UX skills.

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Prototyping for Designers: Developing the Best Digital and Physical Products

by Kathryn McElroy

This practical guide Is designed for beginning and intermediate designers who are new to prototyping and user testing. Covering the goals and methodologies behind these techniques for both physical and digital products users will come away with an understanding of the various prototyping methods, from fast and dirty to high fidelity and refined, and methods for testing prototypes with users.
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Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences

by Amir Shevat

This practical book is ideal for designers looking to design the next generation of conversational bots capable of helping people be more productive. Covering the bot design process, best practices, practical design patterns, and an overview of the bot ecosystem you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t with real-world bot examples. You’ll also learn how to outline different conversational flows, implement an effective onboarding process, define your bot's personality, and choose the right balance of rich control and text.
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Tragic Design: The Impact of Bad Product Design and How to Fix It

by Jonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier

While other books focus on great design, this one teaches by exploring how poorly designed products can result in sharply negative reactions and adverse results, including death, by people who use them. Examine why the designs are bad, learn about the impact caused by these designs, and learn how these mistakes can be fixed to create better solutions. You’ll come away with a better understanding of how design goes beyond looks to the total product.
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Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology

by David C. Evans

In this book, you’ll learn about the application of foundational psychology to user-experience design in social media, in-vehicle infotainment, multiplayer video games, and apps. See how simple psychological alignments can enhance the effectiveness of your designs by exploring examples of interfaces before and after simple these alignments were made. Learn the psychological that determine whether customers will be receptive to your digital innovations and strategies for aligning your marketing and product development with them.
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Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

by Richard Banfield and Martin Eriksson

In the quickly evolving technology environment, maintaining a competitive advantage often relies on the quality of your product management. Learning to navigate complex product roadmaps while managing people is a challenging task, and it’s rare to find a product manager who can lead a project from concept to launch without running into a couple of major issues. With interviews from nearly 100 leading product managers from all over the world, this book has captured the themes and patterns of successful teams and their leaders, and ways to attain those characteristics. Includes approaches for guiding product teams through the startup, emerging, and enterprise stages.
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Designing for Wearables: Effective UX for Current and Future Devices

by Scott Sullivan

The wearables industry is quickly developing. This book explores the wearables ecosystem, how to design services around wearables, and how wearables are changing our relationship with computers. You’ll also learn about the tools available for creating new products and methodologies for measuring their usefulness.
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Borge Mogensen: Simplicity and Function

by Michael Müller and Børge Mogensen

Learn about great design by exploring the career and style of Mogensen, an influential and significant representative of Danish furniture design. The book looks at his fascinating approach to design and presents his most well known and most popular pieces of furniture that were always, above all, functional. The book includes workshop drawings, sketches, and photographs of his furniture as well as archival pictures from his everyday life.
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Designing with Data: Improving the User Experience with A/B Testing

by Rochelle King, Elizabeth F Churchill, and Caitlin Tan

This practical guide shows you how data science and design can work together help designers and product managers develop a better understanding of users so they can craft elegant digital experiences. Learn how to conduct data-driven A/B testing for making design decisions on everything from small tweaks to large-scale UX concepts.
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Creative Development Director at QAT Global
is the Creative Development Director at QAT Global. She has over 20 years diverse marketing, design, and business experience. Karie is responsible for driving creative strategy and execution to develop and produce quality creative web and marketing solutions that meet internal and external client's business objectives and goals. @KarieBarrett