I’m often asked my favorite research resources, so I’ve put together a very brief list of go-to books and articles. These are suitable for researchers, designers, or product managers of any level of expertise:
- Just Enough Research: Erika Hall masterfully explains the elements of research as they relate to products, design, and users.
- Interviewing Users: Talking to users is essential to build the right products for the right audience, and Steve Portigal demonstrates how to do it right.
- How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Research is information, and Abby Covert organizes it in ways that help frame and solve messy problems.
- Google Ventures User Research Library: Stories, documentation, and resources from one of the best design teams on the planet.
- The UX Research Plan That Stakeholders Love: UX leader Tomer Sharon shares a concise and powerful way to think about, frame, and share projects.
- Complete Beginner’s Guide to UX Research: The fine folks at UX Booth put together a great introduction to UX research, ranging from methods and tools to books and people to follow.
- Practical Design Discovery: Dan Brown’s second chapter, “Frame the Problem,” provides a concise overview of practical design research.
Updated April 28, 2017 to include Practical Design Discovery by Dan Brown.