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Fred's UX Book List - Part 2: User Research

Frederick Beecher
The list author says: "Understanding the behaviors, goals, motivations, environments and contexts of the people who will use what you design is the heart and soul of user experience design. These books will teach you how to plan your research, observe users effectively, analyze and interpret the data you collect, and document your findings. The books on this list are arranged roughly in the order in which you should read them. In some cases there is some overlap, but when it comes to research you can't read enough. Please note that this list does *not* include books that focus on usability testing. That and its related methods are big enough to warrant their own category, Evaluation.

This list is part two of a five part series. Please see my other lists for additional content: Intro to UX, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, and Evaluation"
Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research
Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research
"This book offers a detailed intro to all the major methods of UX inquiry and research documentation."
Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions
Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions
"This one is very new. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it comes very highly recommended to me from someone I trust. Besides, simply looking at the table of contents gets me all giddy. This book might well replace (or at least complement) "Observing the User Experience.""
User and Task Analysis for Interface Design
User and Task Analysis for Interface Design
"Yes, this book is old and dated. Yes, itÂ’s expensive. Yes, itÂ’s worth every penny. It details  how to plan & conduct a contextual inquiry (a very common & efficient UX research method) as well as how to analyze and make sense of what youÂ’ve observed."
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
"Interviewing is one of the most critical skills you'll need to learn as a UX designer. Any research plan will include some amount of interviewing, and the better you are at it the better a researcher you'll be."
Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner's Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis (Human Technology Interaction Series)
Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner's Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis (Human Technology Interaction Series)
"Think of this as the Analysis Book. It gets quite philosophical at times, but when you're dealing with human cognition that's hardly avoidable. This book will help you promote your observations to the level of insights."
Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior
"Consider this an analysis and documentation book. It will teach you an alternative to personas in terms of interpreting and documenting user research. In my experience, personas aren't the right tool for all situations. Where that's the case, mental models often fit the bill."
Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services
Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services
"This is a great book on design process that just happens to do a stellar job of teaching you how to articulate the findings of design research with useful tools called personas & scenarios."
The Essential Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas
The Essential Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas
"The strength of this book is that it communicates how to use and evolve personas over time. Do not be tempted by the larger version of this book... this version has all you need."