Libraries aren’t dead — they’ve just been digitized. Knowledge is supposed to be free, and few understand this better than UXPin, the web design platform that also has released more than 70 downloadable design ebooks all for free.
Below are our top five favorites, all available for download right now.
The recent Web Design Book of Trends 2015 – 2016 discusses the theory and best practices of the 10 most effective trends of the past year, and then analyzes how they’ll evolve in the upcoming year.
The best practices are explained by analyzing screenshots from well-known sites like Apple, BMW, Spotify, Jawbone, Versace, Google, Dropbox, and many more. You’ll also find links to 100+ free additional resources.
More than just a year-in-review, this ebook dives into the hows and whys of these popular trends, offering advice from experts on implementing techniques like hero images, flat design, card layouts, minimalism, animations, HD visuals, dramatic typography, and other trends currently on the fore-front of design.
In the same vein, UX Design 2015 & 2016 gives a similar treatment exclusively to UX design, focusing only on the trends related to user experience trends.
This ebook covers six topics that are hot at the moment in UX Design: multi-device experiences, personalization, microinteractions, user empowerment, reinventing gamification, and even reexamining the conventions of the design process itself.
Drawing on examples from sites like Netflix, Vine, Waze, Tinder, and Hulu, this book explores the impact mobile browsing is having on the entire industry, and how to turn this to your advantage.
The Interaction Design Best Practices series covers 200+ pages of UX advice across two books.
The first volume focuses on the “tangibles” of interaction design, namely visuals and text.
One of their most read ebooks, this explains the best practices for areas necessary in all web design, such as how to manipulate visual hierarchy using size and color, writing crisp copy that can increase sales and conversions, and using empty space to influence what your user sees. This book also categorizes the popular signifiers, and explains when and how to use each.
If you like this book, download the second volume as well, explaining the “intangibles” of time, responsiveness, and user behaviors.
One of UXPin’s earliest ebooks is still one of their most useful.
Web UI Design Best Practices is an all-inclusive guide that explains, step-by-step, the best practices of the design process. In a casual and easy-to-understand language, this books goes through the essential concepts of interface design, perfect for beginners, but with enough practical tips that even aficionados can learn something.
This book looks at the entire spectrum, from understanding users through personas and scenarios, to visual principles and how they affect user behavior, and even looks at team collaboration and activities to encourage teamwork. With its broad range, this is a useful book to keep close-by throughout the design process.
As an app that assists with prototyping, UXPin knows what they’re talking about. The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping lives up to its title, exploring every corner of the prototyping phase and listing every option with their pros and cons, so you can choose the method best for your project.
The book starts with a broad overview that progressively narrows in on the finer details.
It explains the different types of prototyping, even paper prototyping, and what to expect with prototypes of different fidelities. It explains how prototyping fits into the overall process, how to test prototypes with users, and the ten best techniques to remember when prototyping. There are even mini-guides on how to transform Photoshop or Sketch files into prototypes.
Great designers are lifelong students. Whether you prefer ebooks, blogs, podcasts, or printed books, it always helps to go beyond the daily grind to get a wider perspective on your own work. Check out some of the ebooks mentioned on UXPin.
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