Learning UX Research from the ground up
January 28, 2020 6:14 PM   Subscribe

UX professionals: what are the best and/or most essential resources (books, online videos/online courses, etc) for self-learning UX Research principles and beyond? I’m aware of several, but I’d like some input from the hive. Prefer resources that focus on the UX Research learning path, but would also appreciate resources for learning the essentials of the UX Design path.

Also open to resources concerned with the practicalities of how to enter the UX career field; as well as resources that explore UX-niche or UX-intersecting learning paths that would help me round out the foundations of my knowledge.

Note: This is not a question about whether or not to become a UX Researcher. I am not seeking advice or questions on whether or not to pursue this path. Please assume that this has already been thoroughly and exhaustively investigated and vetted.
posted by nightrecordings to Work & Money (4 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: "The Design of Everyday Things" by Don Norman

"The Humane Interface" by Jef Raskin

"Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug
posted by Phssthpok at 6:22 PM on January 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer: "Just Enough Research" by Erika Hall.
posted by jeremias at 7:33 PM on January 28, 2020 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Erika Hall’s other book, Conversational Design Is also excellent.
posted by rockindata at 7:55 PM on January 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer: There’s also the O’Reilly UX Research. I also use Jeff Sauro’s website a lot for reference.

The Nielsen Norman group certifications would be a good option.

So when I recently (1.5 years ago) hired someone into a UXR role, that person was a career changer. He had 20 years in software, so I knew I didn’t have to teach him a lot of the ancillary stuff, and he was partway through a UX masters. But mostly his self-education (he had a portfolio of case studies/work examples) gave me confidence that he had enough knowledge to hit the ground running.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 5:24 AM on January 29, 2020

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