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100 best Psychology books

Psychology books for design and UX

Psychology books designers must read

Introductory & Popular Psychology Books

Getting started. Primers and popular science books that are easy to read and give a good overview of psychology. Light on application in design, big on explanation.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. One the best books ever written on psychology. How people make decisions, view the world. An essential read.
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Nudge by Richard H Thaler. The classic on encouraging people to change their behaviour. From eating healthier food managing their finances better. Great for big conceptual problems life sized problems and how to design to address them.
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Drive by Daniel H Pink. All about motivation. What motivates people to do what they do. Great for setting product design direction.
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Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely looks at how our unconscious mind influences what we do.
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Applying Psychology to Digital and Product Design

Books that apply psychology to design. Practical advice and tips you can apply to your designs right away.

Psychology for Designers by me. A primer on Psychology outlining all you need to know to get started with psychology from the different types of psychology to finding and applying psychology theories to your design problems.
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Universal Principles of Design is a book I return to again and again. It offers a clear overview of 115 key theories and their application within design. If you buy any book make it this one.
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Psychology of Price by Leigh Caldwell. A great little book on how people process monetary value and how to frame and set the right price.
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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk does what it says. Lots of theories applied to design.
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Mental Notes from Stephen P. Anderson are a set of cards that highlight a psychology insight and suggests a way of using that in design. A really useful, practical resource.



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What are the best books on psychology?

Should Psychology be a Science by J. Abra and The Savage God: A study of suicide by A. Alvarez are both recommended reads.



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