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137 FREE ebooks on User Experience, Usability, User Interface Design and more

by Stefan Rössler on February 11, 2016 –

Free User Experience, Usability and User Interface Design eBooks

Human behavior is amazing. That’s probably why it’s so easy to fall in love with user-centered design. It’s a broad subject that is based on human-computer interaction, psychological triggers, behavioral patterns, and then spits out user interface design, user experience design, web design and more.

It’s a science that pokes into users minds with relentless curiosity. And relentless curiosity is what all creatives have in common.

That curiosity got us to start Userbrain, a user testing service where we help other creatives pick some user brains. Week after week, not just once in awhile. We want to make it a habit.

That curiosity also got us wondering: “What free books on the subjects are spread around the Web that we haven’t found and read yet?”. That is why we went on a wild hunt to gather all the free ebooks that we could find. It took us some time, but the count is in.

135 [now 137] free ebooks are in this library. The topics we found range from Web design, User experience, User interface, Typography, Interaction design, Usability testing, Accessibility and some Marketing & Conversion books.

We invite you to join our hunt and bring your catch to this library. It is an open library so everyone is welcome to take, and everyone is welcome to add.

P.S. We want to salute every one of the authors for taking the effort to write these books and make their knowledge available to everyone.

This list got a lot of “organic” shares. That means the authors efforts are valued, and their knowledge is reaching new curious & creative minds.

So thank you for spreading knowledge, and thank you for sharing this list and adding your finds to it, in the comments, on twitter and everywhere you can.

FREE PDF: Download the full list of all free books including all the covers and all the download links.

Quickly navigate all free ebooks:

Introductory ebooks

The UX Reader by MailChimp

Free ebook: The UX Reader
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Essential, easy and fun information on creating a good looking website with primary coding knowledge.

Free ebook: Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why this book has grown from a 108-page simple guide to a 214-page designer bible that went through 3 editions.
  • Illustrated digital design knowledge with best practices for visuals in web design
  • How-to instructions for Photoshop with a focus on visual design

Free ebook: 20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A short but very interesting book on browsers by the people that know most about them – the Google Chrome team.
  • How browsers evolved through time.
  • The intricate works of a browser.
  • How they have impacted the way we surf the web.

Free ebook: UX Design for Startups
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 127 pages of real-life UX advice from UXPin CEO Marcin Treder.
  • A great guide for startups that helps them integrate UX into their workflow.
  • Learn about all the steps your startup needs to take to grow from good UX.
  • From validating your product assumptions and efficient UX design techniques, to quality research, measuring, and optimizing for growth.
  • Bonus: Get a list of 60+ handpicked UX design tools.

Free ebook: The User Experience Guide Book For Product Managers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The difference between product managers and UX designers
  • How communication works in the design process
  • How product managers can use wireframes for maximum effect
  • Usability studies and UX design tools product managers should use

Free ebook: How to Launch Your UX Career and Get Paid
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What it’s like to be a UX professional and advice on launching your career
  • In the end you will know if a UX professional’s life is a good fit for you.

Free ebook: The Indispensable UX Designer: A Guide to Influential Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 10 qualities that separate great designers from the rest
  • Habits and tactics to make you an indispensable designer
  • How to understand the business goals to earn & keep your seat at the table
  • How to give meaningful design feedback

Free ebook: The Field Guide to Self-Employed Web Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Know the pros and cons of starting your own web design business
  • Avoid common mistakes made by new self-employed designers
  • Tips and tricks for building successful client relationships from the beginning
  • Bonus material from experts at Creative Market

Free ebook: Introduction to Good Usability
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • For user-centered design or usability learners, this is a good reference to get you into the amazing and fun-filled world of UX.

Design Your Imagination by WebGuru Infosystems

Free ebook: Design Your Imagination
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Essential, easy and fun information on creating a good looking website with primary coding knowledge.

Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton

Free ebook: Web Style Guide
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A book written in 1999 still remaining one of the best style guides for web interfaces.
  • How to plan, develop and manage a website or web project
  • Information on web teams and on interface design
  • Highly readable, this book is overflowing with examples and is beneficial for a newbie and trained experts alike.

Free ebook: Bright ideas for user experience designers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 100 pages of real-world advice on UX design
  • 7 myths about paper prototyping
  • What the Beatles can teach us about support
  • 5 shortcuts for laying out Axure pages in record time
  • Card games for information architects
  • Tips for writing user manuals

Free ebook: UX Masters: The Ultimate UX Manager's Guide to Success
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The fundamental principles of successful UX.
  • How to manage relations with other departments in the business.
  • Important tips and tricks that you can implement within your UX team.

Free ebook: The Fable of the User-Centred Designer
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 40 pages long story on user-centered design written by the guy who knows his usability – Dr. David Travis.
  • An interesting journey of one young man as he learns the secrets of good user-centered design.
  • It leaves you with a much better comprehension for the framework of the user-centered approach to UX and UI design.

Taking Your Talent to the Web by Jeffrey Zeldman

Free ebook: Taking Your Talent to the Web
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A 400-page book on everything you need to get into web design written by the guy behind A List Apart.
  • Why this book had a 5-star rating on Amazon before they released it for free.
  • A great read for print designers who want to design websites, art directors who want to move to the world of web, and professionals who want to deepen their web skills and understanding.

Getting Real by 37signals aka Basecamp

Free ebook: Getting Real
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why this free ebook is the most popular and downloaded book on how to approach building a startup or your next project.
  • The right way to build web applications from the makers of Basecamp (which is now used by more than 15.000.000 people! Wow, that does not happen easily!).
  • Everything from the beginning and sketching your idea on paper, to delivering the final product to the public.
  • Plus tips and tricks for customer support and keeping things alive and kicking.

A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web by Five Simple Steps and Mark Boulton

Free ebook: A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • This guide will teach you the best techniques for designing your website, using the tried and true principles of graphic design.
  • It takes an approach that includes researching the usage of the site, understanding typography, utilizing color for navigation as well as presentation and creating a usable and satisfying layout.

Human Computer Interaction Course Notes by Dr. Keith Andrews

Free ebook: Human Computer Interaction Course Notes
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Dr. Keith Andrew’s notes for his HCI lectures
  • Now you too can follow along with course notes in HCI and build a foundation of the principles of UX.
  • Well worth reading for UX beginners and advanced UXers as well!

Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction by John M. Carroll and Judith Reitman Olson

Free ebook: Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The effects of unchanging human psychology, learning, and mental models on great design
  • While very academic, it contains many useful insights on user-centric design.

Converting the Believers by Usereffect

Free ebook: Converting the Believers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Learn how to use analytics, usability and testing to systematically improve online sales.

Free ebook: UX Storytellers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A massive ebook with interviews and stories from 42 UX gurus on their experiences of being a UX professional.
  • Full of great narratives and rich metaphors, it’s an insightful read that you can pick up anytime anywhere.
  • Insight into UX gurus career paths and design processes, with useful links and references all around the book.
  • Almost every scenario ever experienced by a designer is covered.

Free ebook: Six Circles – An experience design framework
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • This book will provide you with a framework for how to create and utilize an experience design framework in your organization.
  • This is required reading for anyone that is designing or creating experiences for organizations, no matter whether it’s an app, product or website.

The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli

Free ebook: The Vignelli Canon
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A glimpse inside the mind of one of the important figures of modernist design.
  • Clear ideas on what should be the foundations of mostly visual design.
  • Numerous examples that convey applications in practice from product design to graphic design to corporate design.
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Wireframes, Mockups, Prototypes

Free ebook: The Guide to Wireframing
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Who uses wireframes, why and how?
  • 50 wireframing styles you should know about
  • 4 non-digital wireframing tools and 4 digital wireframing tools
  • Pattern and template libraries
  • Design principles for wireframing

Free ebook: The Guide to Mockups
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What are mockups and what makes a good mockup?
  • Best practices for designing mockups in Photoshop and Sketch
  • Advice on how to use mockups of all types and levels
  • 72 example-full pages and design advice

Free ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 5 reasons why you need to prototype and how prototypes improve collaboration, communication, usability testing and more.
  • Why prototyping is mandatory for mobile.
  • How to choose the right prototyping process.
  • How to create prototypes from Photoshop and Sketch files.
  • Examples of best practices from companies like Zurb, Google Ventures, IDEO, Apple, and more

Free ebook: The Practical Handbook to Rapid Lo-Fi Prototyping
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Immediately actionable advice and excercises
  • Pros and cons of the most popular offline and digital rapid prototyping methods
  • How-to lessons on user flows and rapid prototyping

Free ebook: The Guide to Interactive Wireframing
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to use wireframes in the UX design process.
  • A hands-on approach to rapid prototyping
  • Straightforward tutorials with plenty of screenshots, courtesy of Tom Green, Professor of Interactive Multimedia & tutorial author at about.com.

Free ebook: Building UI mockups developers won’t hate
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to empathize and collaborate with developers for a mutual benefit.
  • How to communicate dev-friendly ideas.
  • 20 helpful resources and Photoshop and Sketch plugins

The Woork Handbook by Antonio Lupetti

Free ebook: The Woork Handbook
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A collaborative book about web design and programming
  • Useful guidelines to improve CSS coding and maintainability
  • Introduction to databases, Ajax, and JavaScript frameworks
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Web Design

Web Design is Dead by Ben Hunt

Free ebook: Web Design is Dead
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why the author believes the old way of doing web design is over.
  • What practices are taking over.
  • How designers can better adapt to the ever changing needs of the web.

Learn from Great Design by Tom Kenny

Free ebook: Learn from Great Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Case studies from Tom Kenny’s blog Inspect Element where he deconstructs and examines sites and shows what they do well.
  • Page by page deconstruction across all devices
  • Illustrated points with multiple screenshots

Free ebook: The State of Web Design: 2016 Edition
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 24 examples of how Slack, Samsung, Ford, Under Armor and others use these practices.
  • How to use a mobile-first approach by focusing on your content.
  • How to use modular UI design to create reusable elements.
  • A brief introduction to flexbox and what you can do with it.
  • How to handle responsive images and more.

Free ebook: Web Design Trends 2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The new flat design and 5 characteristic components of it.
  • 10 free resources and tools on flat design.
  • How to combine minimalism with other styles.
  • 10 free resources and tools on functional minimalism.
  • Visual examples from companies like Adidas, Intercom, Dropbox, Reebok, Apple, BMW, Spotify, Jawbone, Versace, Google, and many more.

Free ebook: Flat Design Trends 2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The hottest and latest techniques in flat design with dozens of visual examples.
  • How big companies, such as Nike and Corona, are using flat design to attract their users.
  • Tips and techniques for using typography, color, videos, and effects in a flat design.

Free ebook: Top 10 Web Design Trends of 2015
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A basic understanding of 10 web design trends and examples for how to use them effectively.
  • 40 tips and further resources to each of the 10 presented trends.
  • How to use cards, animations, and other flat design techniques for deeper interactivity.
  • How to be more confident in using typography in your design.
  • How to use colors and captivating photography.

Free ebook: Web Design Book of Trends 2013-2014
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 11 trends of 2013-14 shown and explained.
  • 165 visual examples of remarkable design.

Free ebook:Responsive Web Design Best Practices
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Tutorial written by responsive designers for you to use immediately.
  • 2 case studies, 5 responsive design layouts and useful navigation patterns
  • How to use patterns and make useful responsive navigations.
  • How to use media queries, typography, responsive images and more.

Free ebook: Responsive & Adaptive Web Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why and how to achieve a consistent experience accross devices.
  • Responsive and adaptive design techniques
  • Understanding a mobile-first process.
  • Examples from The Guardian, Smashing Magazine, Lookout and Hulu Plus.

Free ebook: The Best Web Designs of 2015–2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Loads and loads and loads of compelling examples from companies like Tumblr, Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Reebok, Coin, Bose, Nest, and dozens more.
  • Inspiration on clever card UI use, brilliant typography, vibrant colors, flat design 2.0, and more.
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User Experience

Free ebook: The Essential Elements of Successful UX Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A set of best practices for designing meaningful products.
  • 24 examples from companies like Apple, Buffer, Treehouse, Slack, and others.
  • 14 resources for successful UX design principles.
  • How to design useful products with goal-centered design and minimal viable products (MVPs).
  • How to improve the usability of your product and make your product more desirable.

Free ebook: The UX Research Methodology Guidebook
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Overview of different types of research (and when to use them)
  • Introduction to research methodologies like remote usability testing, prototype testing, competitor studies, and much, much more …
  • How to organize and share your research results.

Free ebook: The Field Guide to UX Strategy
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Examples for how to communicate UX strategy to your team, define your vision, and turn it into action.
  • How to think about all your different stakeholders (including users and beta testers).
  • How to define the Why, How, and What for your UX strategy.
  • How to use data to inform your UX strategy and validate your UX strategy.

Free ebook: Getting Started With UX Design Process & Documentation
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Descriptions of the most helpful UX documents for any design project in all stages of your project.
  • How to create your personalized UX library.
  • The whole UX process deconstructed, from user research and prototyping, to design and usability testing.
  • UX resources worth browsing every day

Free ebook: The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • All about the 7 product stages and the 25+ documents that help maximize their value.
  • Expert opinions on how to think about each design stage and its deliverables.
  • How to use deliverables in lean and agile environments.

Free ebook: 3 Common UX Mistakes Killing Good Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Pretty self explanatory 🙂
  • Best practices examples from Squarespace & Duolingo

Free ebook: Designing a brilliant user experience through color, font, and icons
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Learn about color theory and UX, and how color impacts your conversion rates.
  • Determine which font is right for your users.
  • Types of icons and their impact on the user experience.

Free ebook: Idiot Buttons: The Placebo Effect in UX Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Learn how to manipulate users minds with the “Illusion of Control”.
  • See how Quora increased the perceived value of their content.
  • Discover how Sketch subtly puts your mind at ease.

Free ebook: Agile UX in the Enterprise
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to apply agile UX in the enterprise environment and how to succeed at it.
  • All the things you have to have in mind during the whole process.
  • The challenges and solutions of doing agile UX in enterprise throughout every phase – from research to development to testing.

Free ebook: Designing Better UX With UI Patterns
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Introduction to neurodesign
  • A useful shortcut to pattern recognitions
  • Examples from companies like Dribbble, Jawbone, Duolingo, Dropbox, MailChimp, Medium, and more …
  • 4-step approach to finding the right pattern for your needs

Free ebook: 10 Pro Tips for Smarter UX Design Process
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to use the scientific design processes to be more creative.
  • How to change perspectives and uncover new insights that lead to better design.
  • Lots of visual examples to illustrate each tip and point.

Free ebook: Timeless UX Design Trends
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to design web services instead of web pages.
  • 4 websites that go beyond web design.
  • Examples of how 7 top companies like Vine & Volkswagen design websites as part of a multi-device experience.

Free ebook: UX Design 2015 & 2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 71 examples from companies like Waze, Tinder, Nest, Lookout, Vine, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify
  • Adaptive and responsive design for multi-device consistency, and why both are better than m-dots.
  • How to use onboarding, invisible UIs and feedback to empower users.

Free ebook: UX Design Process Best Practices
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • An overview of the 3 stages of design and how to document them.
  • Best practices for requirements gathering, user research, UI design, usability testing, and more …
  • How to conduct (and document) stakeholder and user interviews.
  • How to do (and document) user surveys and competitive analysis.
  • How to create personas, user stories, scenarios, and customer journey maps.
  • How to create low- and high-fidelity prototypes.
  • A practical approach to usability testing

50 User Experience Best Practices by Above The Fold

Free ebook: 50 User Experience Best Practices
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why this classic of an UX eBook outlasted even the UX design agency that created it.
  • 50 tips to improve your UX across the board, spanning the fields of user research, process flow, content strategy, planning and front-end development.
  • A casual tone and memorable graphics

Free ebook: UX Gamification Redefined
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How gamification evolved, what went wrong with it, and how it came back.
  • 7 examples of great gamification from Duolingo, Sublime Text, GitHub, Trello, Kiip, Nike+ Apps, and Reddit
  • How to gamify designs based on the habit loop.

Free ebook: 8 Steps to Building Features Your Users Actually Want
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Identify the problem your feature should solve and define how you measure success.
  • Mockup the frontend, collect user feedback and refine.
  • Release partially, collect qualitative feedback, and decide if the feature stays.
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User Interface

Task-Centered User Interface Design by Clayton Lewis and John Rieman

Free ebook: Task-Centered User Interface Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 8 usability studies conducted in 4 countries.
  • Learn the most important thing – how people actually use websites and apps.
  • How mental activities such as perception, learning, memory, and problem solving affect usability.
  • A walk through the steps of designing systems based on user-centered tasks.

Free ebook: Tactical UI Design Patterns
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How users interact with design patterns.
  • How to apply empathy to UI design patterns.
  • How to plan, prototype and apply UI patterns.
  • 100+ web UI pattern examples from Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, AIGA, ESPN, Full Sail University, Hotels.com, IMDb, Microsoft Developer Network, the Atlantic, Discovery Channel, and more.

Free ebook: Storytelling in Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Topics on involving users as characters, gamifying interfaces, supplementing actions with interactivity, using easter eggs, and creating user journey maps.
  • 7 examples analyzed in-depth from Squarespace, Foursquare, Tesla, and others.

Free ebook: The Visual Storyteller’s Guide to Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why visuals are such a compelling tool for retention, information processing, evoking emotions and more.
  • 3 powerful types of imagery in visual storytelling
  • How to select the right visual style for your storytelling.
  • 29 analyzed examples from Tesla, Fitbit, Microsoft, Squarespace, Foursquare, and more.

Free ebook: The Building Blocks of Visual Hierarchy
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to strategically influence the user flow and decisions with visual hierarchy.
  • Quick tips on creating visual hierarchy with size, color, layout, spacing and style.
  • 18 examples from companies like MailChimp & RelateIQ

Free ebook: Winning Over Users With Attractive UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How beautiful designs impact your usability and draw attention.
  • Topic on design consistency, types of symmetry, the functional & emotional role of visuals, best practices for attractive design, and more.
  • 22 visual examples from the likes of Dior, Pinterest, Apple, Squarespace, Hulu, and more.

Free ebook: Elegant Web UI Design Techniques
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Past and future of the use of colors on the web.
  • 40 examples from Google, Squarespace and more.
  • 10 free resources and tools for you to use.

Free ebook: Color Theory in Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Best practices for contrast and complementary colors, mixing colors and more.
  • 24 illustrated examples from Mozilla, Squarespace, Cadbury, and others.
  • 7 color tools you can use on your next project.

Free ebook: Zen of White Space in Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to design with the power of nothing.
  • 14 in-depth examples of white space best practices
  • The dangers of too much or too little white space, and how to find a golden ratio.
  • A list of typography tools and grid generators to help you with your next design.

Free ebook: White Space in Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to tackle the feared white space and come out on top.
  • 11 elegant examples analyzed in-depth.
  • How white space actually gets your users to interact more.

Free ebook: Zen of White Space in Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 23 examples of white space best practices from Apple, Square, Lever, Wunderlist, SketchApp, and others.
  • How to create a sense of luxury and emphasize content with white space.
  • Effective types of white space in web design.
  • How to create relationships with space.

Free ebook: Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Principles of Visual Consistency
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to uncover users’ expectations before the design stage.
  • Examples from Squarespace, Wunderlist, Jukely, Redhat, and others.
  • How to be original with UI but still familiar so that your usability doesn’t suffer.

Free ebook: Consistency in UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 22 amazing examples of the best use of color in web design.
  • Topics on color palettes, contrasting colors, emotions of color, texture and more.
  • 10 free resources and tools to help you with your next design.

Free ebook: Web UI Trends Present & Future by UXPin
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Flat color palettes, high contrast colors, the emotions of color, how to pair color and texture, and more.
  • 22 captivating examples representing the best use of color in web design.
  • List of resources and tools for using color in web design.

Free ebook: Web UI Trends Present & Future: The Elegance of Minimalism
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to get into the minimalism mindset, create harmony and contrast, and design with space.
  • Why minimalism is not for every site.
  • 28 examples of best minimalist designs according to the boys at UXPin.

Free ebook: Web UI Trends Present & Future: The Evolution of Flat Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How flat design came to be and evolved, and its pros and cons.
  • 18 illustrated examples showcasing the past, present, and future of flat design.
  • 10 free resources and tools

Free ebook: Web UI Design Process
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Understand the different purposes and uses of mockups versus wireframes and prototypes.
  • Best practices for using mockups in the design process.
  • A short but actionable book with to the point explanations.

Free ebook: Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Content Patterns & Typography
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to effectively use the content-first design approach.
  • All about the F and Z reading patterns.
  • How to visually communicate through typography.
  • Visual case studies from 27 companies including Design Milk, Amazon, The New Yorker, TED, Dropbox, Hulu, Abduzeedo, CreativeBloq, and AirBnB.

Free ebook: Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Colors, Space, Contrast
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What are and how to apply Gestalt principles to web UI design.
  • How to design space through subtraction, visual relationships, contrast, vibrancy and more.
  • Visual case studies from 33 companies including Tumblr, Etsy, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Intercom, and Bose.
  • How to do a 5-second test for visual hierarchy.

Free ebook: Web UI Trends Present & Future: Dramatic Typography
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to use dramatic typography to draw attention and appeal to people’s visual senses.
  • 21 examples of the web’s most beautiful typography.
  • Tips for working with type of all sizes, from small to oversized.
  • 10 free resources and tools

Free ebook: Web UI Trends Present & Future: Card Design Patterns
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 19 live examples including Google, Trello, Dribbble, and Bezar.
  • Pros and cons of card design, how cards work with responsive design, understand cards in Material Design, get pro tips for a visually striking card interface, and more.
  • 10 free card design resources and tools

Free ebook: Web UI Design Best Practices
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How UI shapes UX.
  • How to effectively use knowledge about your users and their needs to drive further decisions.
  • In-depth explanations of visual hierarchy, interface design and UX design.
  • 63 web UI patterns you can implement.
  • How to effectively collaborate in the design process.

Free ebook: Web UI Design Patterns 2014
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to use UI patterns.
  • How to use design to get input.
  • How to design successful and clear navigations.
  • 63 web UI patterns you can implement.
  • Examples of best solutions from the best companies in 2014.

Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

Free ebook: Search User Interfaces
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why copying someone’s search user interface is not all that smart.
  • What complex issues lie below the surface of search interfaces.
  • Large body of research that explains what works and why, in a practical way ready for applying.
  • How to analyze, create, and understand the full range of problems and new potentials for search design.
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Typography

Practical Typography by Matthew Butterick

Free ebook: Practical Typography
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • One of THE best free resources for learning all about typography.
  • Excellent advice for anyone who wants their writing to look professional.
  • Quick, clear, entertaining sections that inspire and encourage you to act immediately and feel the power of what Butterick is discussing.
  • Entertaining writing with sarcastic comments that give you all the education you need to be a typography power user.

Free ebook: The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to make the best use of text in web design.
  • How to achieve great readability and delight your audience.
  • Top-notch typographic style information

Free ebook: Meaningful Mobile Typography
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to choose the right typeface for mobile, use the right size, pair colors and more.
  • 17 great examples of some of the best mobile typography out there.
  • 10 excellent resources and tools
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Interaction Design

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Free ebook: Designing Interactions
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Industry insider’s stories and interviews done by non other than the founder of the design firm IDEO and the designer of the first laptop – Bill Moggridge.
  • Learn why Google is the search engine of choice, why PCs all have Windows in desktops, what made Palm’s handheld organizers so successful, and much more.
  • The story of Bill’s own design process.
  • Why IDEO’s focus on people and prototypes has been so successful.
  • How the needs and desires of people can inspire innovative designs.

Free ebook: The 5 Building Blocks of Interaction Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How usability is essential to your design process.
  • A 5-step process for improving your interactions.
  • The basics of goal-driven design including personas, scenarios, and experience maps.
  • The difference between affordances & signifiers in design.
  • The importance of learnability to hook users on your product.

Free ebook: Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering Words, Visuals, Space
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The 5 pillars to successful interaction design
  • 5-step process to improving interactions
  • Using content to create amazing user conversations.
  • Human reading patterns, emotion in copy, and microcopy.
  • Importance of size, distance, and space in interaction design.

Free ebook: Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering Time, Responsiveness & Behaviour
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why and how time matters in interaction design.
  • Influencing user decisions with interaction design.
  • How and when to use animations.
  • How to design for user behavior.
  • How applying delight transforms user experiences.

Free ebook: Demystifying Delightful Interaction Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The building blocks and 5 pillars of delightful interaction design.
  • Where delight does and does not fit in web design.
  • 24 examples from the likes of MailChimp, Virgin America, Bitly, and Medium.
  • How to use delight to the max and not hurt usability.

Free ebook: Interaction Design Unlocked Vol.1: Designing the Details
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 5 psychology secrets for enduring interaction design.
  • 4 deconstructed examples of delightful interaction design + 30 more examples.
  • The importance of copywriting and different forms of it.
  • Learn about micro-interactions and how to use them.
  • How to connect emotionally and design with mental triggers.

Free ebook: Interaction Design & Complex Animations
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Modern interaction design techniques
  • 47 examples from AirBnB, Dribbble, Disney, and others.
  • The past, present, and future of animations in web UI design.
  • 10 free resources and tools to use on your projects.

Free ebook: Interaction Design Trends 2015 & 2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 36 examples from the likes of Uber, Dropbox, Slack, and others.
  • 20+ additional resources on copywriting, minimalism, framing, and more.
  • How to communicate clearly and simplify user flows.
  • How to design persuasive paths for your users.
  • How to delight your users in context and write copy that works.
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Designing for Mobile

Free ebook: 50 Ways To Please Your Customers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 50 great tips for designing for amazing mobile websites.
  • 2 major problems you need to address when designing your mobile experience.
  • 5 strategic approaches to creating successful multi-screen designs.
  • 50+ mobile design best practices.
  • Lots of visual examples on everything from layout to typography to performance.

Free ebook: Mobile Developer's Guide To The Galaxy
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A comprehensive handbook for beginners and experienced players in the mobile galaxy.
  • 270 pages (that went through 15 editions since 2009) about creating app concepts, mobile UI and UX design, coding and app marketing.
  • Walkthrough of almost every facet of mobile development – perfect for planning stages.
  • Introductory guide with good hyperlink reference leads.

Free ebook: The Four Mobile Traps: The Most Common Mistake Made by Mobile Apps and Websites
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Trap #1 – Clinging to legacy: “Porting” a computer app or website to mobile
  • Trap #2 – Creating fear: Feeding mobile anxiety
  • Trap #3 – Creating confusion: Cryptic interfaces and crooked success paths
  • Trap #4 – Creating boredom: Failure to quickly engage your users

Free ebook: Mobile UI Design Patterns
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What are and how to use UI design patterns.
  • Everything from using gestures, animations, buttons, navigations, grids, cards, you name it.
  • Over a 100 pages of illustrated examples of problems and solutions.

Free ebook: Timeless Mobile Design Trends
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 15 examples illustrating the best flat mobile designs available.
  • Flat 2.0 design techniques, flat responsive design
  • How to pair flat with minimalist design, use animations in flat design and more.
  • 10 excellent mobile flat design resources

Free ebook: Mobile UI Design Trends Present & Future
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 24 great examples showcasing some of the best card-based mobile designs.
  • The future of mobile card design and how they relate to user behavior patterns.
  • 10 excellent resources and tools for your projects.

Free ebook: Mobile Book of Trends 2014
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 156 pages of great visual examples.
  • 12 sections including: typography, flat design, gestural interfaces, pure guidelines and more.
  • A bonus: 10 must-have metro apps for Windows Phone

Free ebook: Mobile Design Book of Trends 2015 & 2016
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 79 examples of the best techniques for mobile UX.
  • 61 ressources and tools for gestures, layered mobile interfaces, and more.
  • Best practices from Slack, Nike, Google, Apple, Buzzfeed, Spotify, Waze, Tinder and others.
  • How to design gestures for Apple’s 3D Touch.
  • A thorough analysis of Google’s Material Design, with tips on tactile surfaces, adaptive design and how it all fits with other trends.
  • 10 resources and tools at the end of each chapter.

Free ebook: A Guide to Mobile User Experience Research
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Mobile usage: research to date
  • Mobile research: methods & tools
  • Mobile remote usability testing
  • Tips for designing a mobile unmoderated remote study.
  • A case study on mobile unmoderated remote research.
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Usability Testing

Free ebook: The Guide to Usability Testing
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The importance of research and testing.
  • Defining usability goals and metrics.
  • How to choose tests and participants.
  • How to design gestures for Apple’s 3D Touch.
  • Value of various scripted tests.
  • 30 website and mobile usability testing methods.

Free ebook: How to Recruit Participants for Usability Studies
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to set up and manage a recruiting program to get the right users for usability studies.
  • Know when it’s appropriate to outsource to a recruiting agency or use in-house recruiting.
  • Learn how to plan for recruiting, screen and schedule participants, and run the test sessions.
  • Sample scripts and forms to use in your own projects.

Free ebook: Bridging the Distance: Tips for Remote, Moderated Usability Tests
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 5 tips for how to moderate a usability testing session.
  • How to explain the remote process to your participants.
  • How to deal with disturbances and pay attention to non-visual clues.

Free ebook: The Marketer’s Guide to User Testing
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Introduction to user testing and how it can help marketers.
  • 5 steps to getting actionable customer insights with user testing.
  • Free template to measure your overall brand impression and usability.

Free ebook: How to Supercharge Your Mobile User Testing Strategy
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 7 mobile testing best practices (test the right platforms, test early, test often, commit at least 50% of user testing to mobile, and more).
  • Bonus: Mobile testing checklist

Free ebook: Lessons Learned from Watching 200,000 User Testing Videos
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 7 of the most common usability issues like multi level navs are not user friendly, links should look like links, not all icons are universal, and more.
  • Solutions for giving your customers a great experience.

Free ebook: A Complete Guide to User Testing Your Next Project
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to define your objective and identify what you need to measure.
  • Create your tasks, write great questions, and test out your test.
  • 6 tips every researcher should memorize.

Free ebook: When Unmoderated Remote Usability Testing is the Best Choice
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The value behind in-lab usability testing.
  • The value behind unmoderated remote usability testing.
  • When to use unmoderated remote usability testing for your research.

Free ebook: Get Going With UX Testing Handbook
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 10 user task templates
  • 12 real-life case studies
  • Test analysis checklist
  • Mobile testing best practice tips

Free ebook: How Agencies Can Get Clients (and Keep Them Happy) with User Testing
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to make your next pitch with user testing.
  • Best practices for maintaining positive relationships with your clients and delivering a better product with less wasted time.
  • How to leverage user testing to deliver value to your clients.

Free ebook: User Testing and Design Improving Yelp's Website
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Guiding principles for the design process
  • How to deconstruct and analyze a business.
  • How to use found insights to make user testing and design decisions.
  • How to gather and maximize use of collected qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Wireframes and interactive prototypes of Yelp’s redesigns.

Free ebook: Getting Out of the Office: Testing Mobile App Prototypes With Users
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Why to test prototypes with users, and how to save time, resources, and sanity.
  • Hot to incorporate user testing with your prototype cycle.
  • A short list of their favorite prototyping tools including InVision, Axure, Balsamiq and others.

Free ebook: The Essential Guide to Integrating User Experience and Usability Testing in Agile
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How UX integrates into the Agile environment.
  • Common UX myths about usability testing in an Agile Design Process.
  • Practical tips and measurable metrics for testing in Agile.
  • A case study on how Autodesk Inc. was able to pilot new techniques to integrate usability testing into their product development process.

Free ebook: Practical User Research for Enterprise UX
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to sell the value of user research in the enterprise.
  • How to get the right support.
  • How to choose the right methods, and document your results to prove ROI.
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Style Guides

Free ebook: The Critical Components of Web UI Style Guides
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How style guides help improve your UI design and collaboration.
  • 22 visual examples from the likes of Yelp, Starbucks, MailChimp, and Facebook.
  • All the components that make a style guide, like layout, typography, colors, branding, media treatment, iconography, naming conventions and more.

Free ebook: Style Guides for Web UI Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What are style guides and why they matter.
  • Examples from big companies like Adobe, Facebook, Atlassian, BBC, Ubuntu, Lonely Planet, and Yelp.
  • How to do mood boards, style tiles, brand style guides, and front-end style guides.
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Accessibility

Free ebook: Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to integrate accessibility throughout the entire design process.
  • How to improve your products by implementing a user-centered design process.
  • Very practical and readable book that helps you find different ways of including people with disabilities in your design process.

Free ebook: Building Accessible Websites
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Not a theoretical discussion, but a guide to techniques and practices that improve the ability of websites to convey their messages.
  • Written with great clarity and elegance, it presents a powerful case for accessibility that is a pleasure to read.
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Collaboration

Free ebook: UX Design Collaboration With Developers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Tips on how to make your collaborations on wireframing and prototypes with developers work out for the best.
  • UX storyboards, flowcharts, wireframes, interaction design, rapid prototyping, collaborative usability testing, and more.
  • Examples of efficient design documentation

Free ebook: The Designer’s Guide to Collaborating With Developers
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to communicate openly and treat documentation as a dialogue.
  • How to include developers in different stages of design: planning features, wireframing, prototyping, mockups, and usability testing.
  • Collaboration secrets and advice for designers.

Free ebook: Design Collaboration in the Enterprise: Building the Foundation of Brilliance
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • The benefits to fostering a collaborative culture in the enterprise.
  • Dozens of techniques such as preventing useless feedback, collaborating without committees, balancing data with design, prioritizing features together, and more.
  • Best practices from companies such as Venmo, Amazon, Hubspot and Vice.

Free ebook: Design Collaboration in the Enterprise: Mastering Remote Collaboration
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to collaborate regardless of location.
  • How to run remote workshops.
  • How to wireframe/prototype remotely.
  • List of 11 UXPin’s favorite tools for an easy remote design collaboration.
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Bonus: Marketing & Conversion

Knock Knock by Seth Godin

Free ebook: Knock Knock
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Filled with examples, easy and fast to read book by America’s greatest marketer.
  • How to use new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.

Free ebook: Inbound Marketing’s Most Wanted: 33 Website Design Crimes to Avoid at All Cost
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Web design examination from an inbound marketer’s perspective.
  • 33 common mistakes when trying to draw new customers.
  • A structured list of best practices from the planning, execution and post launch.
  • Subsections on homepages, internal pages, and landing pages.

Free ebook: 25 Ways to Make Your Mobile E-Commerce Revenue Skyrocket
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 5 ways to tap into mobile-specific functionality.
  • 6 fixes to keep cart abandonment low.
  • 14 methods of making your site easy to browse.
  • A checklist of all 25 tips ready for printing.

Free ebook: The 2014 Mobile E-Commerce Strategy Playbook
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 4 strategic methods to increase mobile conversion rates, revenue and customer satisfaction.
  • The keys to successful mobile e-commerce strategy.
  • How to optimize design for conversion.
  • How to integrate tablet commerce into your mobile strategy.

Free ebook: Lead Generation Techniques for High Conversions and Great UX
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Learn 3 different techniques to generate leads for your business.
  • How to create a laser focused content upgrade to increase your subscriber rates.
  • How to create a social squeeze page to give people valuable information.
  • How to write magnetic headlines and copy that resonates with your users.

Free ebook: How B2B Companies Can Use Customer Feedback to Get Ahead
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 3 stages to grow your audience, delight customers, and boost sales.
  • 5 key tactics to building awareness.
  • 5 key tactics for boosting conversions.
  • 3 reasons why post-conversion matters deeply.

Free ebook: Measuring and Evaluating Your Omnichannel Customer Experience
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • A book for marketers, CX professionals, e-commerce managers, and researchers about why the omnichannel customer experience matters.
  • How to research the omnichannel CX using analytics, surveys, and user testing.
  • How to use your results to improve the omnichannel customer experience.

Free ebook: Analytics + UserTesting: The Secret Weapon of Conversion Rate Optimization
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Using analytics to understand what is happening on your site.
  • Identify users and devices to test and determine where to start user testing.
  • Find pages with high optimization potential and rethink “positive” and “negative” stats.

Free ebook: Why Mobile Doesn't Convert, and How to Fix It
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • How to overcome smartphone hardware limits.
  • Common usability mistakes by mobile commerce companies.
  • Why you should look beyond traditional conversions.
  • The most effective action plan to increase mobile conversions.

Free ebook: Why Your Customers Are Abandoning Their Carts (And What You Can Do About It)
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Reason #1: Difficulty with the checkout process
  • Reason #2: Shipping surprises
  • Reason #3: Lack of trust
  • Reason #4: The user becomes distracted

Free ebook: Combat Shopping Cart Abandonment
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Quick and easy methods to convert lost customers and grow your online business.
  • Optimization strategies to increase customer loyalty and boost sales.
  • CX and UX best practices that every ecommerce site should follow.

Free ebook: Mobile Commerce Optimization
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • 8 strategies to optimize your mobile ecommerce website and boost conversions.
  • Quick and easy wins to provide an optimal mobile user experience.
  • Boost customer loyalty and stand out from the competition with these best practices.

Free ebook: Designing a checkout flow that converts
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Learn how to encourage your customers to add products to their cart.
  • Apply best practices to keep your customers engaged and push them to checkout.
  • Provide a great user experience and minimize shopping cart abandonment.

Free ebook: How Consumers Research and Purchase Smartphones during the Upgrade Process
Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • What factors drive a purchase decision?
  • What features and functionality are important to them?
  • How does the Internet aid in making these decisions?
  • What types of sites do they visit?
  • From which site do they prefer to purchase a smartphone?
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