Curated Resources for All Your UX Needs
I haven't had any formal education in UX design (simply because they're rare/non-existent at an undergrad level), so everything I know, I've taught myself, improvising my own curriculum of books, podcasts, and many, many articles.
Today, you'll find out who I follow and where I get all my knowledge, insight, and inspiration. Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, I'm sure you'll find something of value from this list. I'll update this post as it grows, so check back often. Have an amazing design resource? Please share it in the comments! :)
Neilson Norman Group — The authority in UX and UX research
UX Planet — This Medium page is “a one-stop resource for everything related to user experience.”
Design by O’Reilly Media — A vast collection of topics that span design, including wearables, Internet of Things (IoT), and lean UX.
Product Hunt — This site fuels my an unhealthy obsession with downloading apps.
Tuts+ — Comprehensive design tutorials
UX Beginner — Everything that a beginner in the industry needs to know
Luke W — Google’s product director and leader in design
Pain & Pleasure by Whitney Hess — One of my favorite UX designers out there, and not just because she's a woman
Bokardo by Joshua Porter — UX expert and author
The Hipper Element by Joel Marsh — Experience architect and author
So You Wanna Be an Experience Designer—Step 1: Resources — Whitney Hess' valuable repository of design resources. I'll be honest, I'm still in the process of checking out all of them (there are a lot!).
Logopond — Gorgeous identities to spark inspiration
Don’t Make Me Think! by Steve Krug — An essential read for every designer, the web design bible. If you only read one book on this list, make it this one.
UX for Beginners by Joel Marsh — Silly and lighthearted, but another fundamental book on UX design
UX eBooks — UXPin generously offers many free eBooks on their website, but beware of the typos
The Best Interface is No Interface by Golden Krishna — Challenges the status quo with his radical ideas about UX design. Both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Check these out on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast player:
O’Reilly Media Design Podcast — Mary Tressler always has the best guests and conversations, from Katie Dill of Airbnb to Vanessa Cho of GoPro.
UX Intern — The young host, Wesley, is a little awkward, but his guests offer great insight into the industry and advice for beginners.
User Defenders — Jason Ogle’s metaphor of designers and superheroes is unique and makes for a fresh and entertaining listen.
99% Invisible — A long-running podcast about the entire field design, not just UX. This made me realize that design really is everywhere.
UX Design School — Springboard offers a course that guarantees you a design job within 6 months — or your money back.
User Experience Design — Springboard’s free version of the paid course, much lighter and simply links to other sources on the web.
Codecademy — Coding made simple, fun, and free, although some lessons can be unclear.
Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking — A fun and cheap design exercise to do in groups. Great for teams and events!
Invision — Wireframe and prototype like a pro.
Social Media Design Cheatsheet — Handy guide for design and sizing for social media
ColourLovers — If you struggle with creating color palettes like I do, this site will be your best friend.
Check My Colours — Checks the color contrast of your website for accessibility reasons
Grid Guide — Don't let your designs have uneven grids...
Aspect Ratio Calculator — ...Or distorted objects!
Psdddd — Freebies for your next project, curated by the Dribbble community
Premium Pixels — Despite its name, all their awesome design downloads are free.
Unsplash — Stunning stock photos that look nothing like stock photos. I actually have an entire reservoir of attribution-free photo sites, but listing those would be a blog post on its own. Unsplash is my favorite, and it's where I found the header photo for this post.