Learning how to craft great user experiences can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what UX resources can help accelerate your progress. This list should help you get started on the path to UX success.
Oftentimes, what’s missing from learning resources isn’t the amount of them but the lack of organization from one resource to another. You can flow from one blog post to another, but what have you really learned? Sometimes, you miss the big picture.
The Springboard Learning Path offers you a curated curriculum that will fill in the gaps for free. Take a look and see how every one of the resources we’re going to describe fits into a larger narrative.
If you want to have a collection of the essential UX building blocks you need to learn, look no further than this crash course on the 31 fundamentals of UX Design by Hipper Element.
It starts with the basics (“what is UX”) and goes all the way to the finer details of user psychology. You’ll have a great view on the basics of UX design by looking at every topic presented here.
Some of the best resources on UX design can be found here thanks to UXPin. If you ever wanted to dive deep into specific UX design topics like mobile typography and color theory, this page with all of the ebooks written by UXPin writers will do the trick.
UXPin is a wireframing tool that many designers will use to build out how a new website should look and feel. They’ve decided to give back to their community with as much learning content as they can provide–the books on this page are high-quality and easily followed, making them essential guides to a whole array of design topics.
The best thing about this resource is that it’s entirely free: you’ll just have to provide your email to get access to top-notch ebooks on design.
For those of you who’d prefer getting your information at slightly slower pace, HackDesign offers an email course filled with UX design tips from some of the best UX professionals out there. The email course covers crucial elements of UX design, and presents it to you in an order and tempo which is perfect for somebody looking to learn the rules of UX.
Smashing Magazine is one of the top UX blogs out there. With a collection of ebooks and a Smashing Newsletter with over 180,000 subscribers, Smashing Magazine is a go-to resource on the latest trends in UX design.
UX Magazine offers a long-form perspective on design that can help people who love storytelling and the finer details relate better to all elements of design.
It’s a must-read for people who want to think deeply about design while they learn it.
UX design is a constantly evolving field. Sidebar is a collection of the latest and greatest in design news that pumps out the top five design resources curated by Sasha Grief (the author of Discover Meteor). By checking the platform, you can keep up to date with everything that’s happening around you design-wise.
There’s so much great writing out there on UX design, so much in fact that it can be hard to keep track of everything that’s being written about UX.
UserTesting, a platform that helps you get live user feedback at a reasonable price, has helped whip up this list of top UX blogs. While you might recognize some of them on the list, it’s always good to read as much as you can on UX.
Have you ever wanted to design and build your own iOS mobile app as a fearless team of one? Look no further than this book which will help explain how to both design and build an iOS 9 application. Reading this will give you a good ideas of the challenges out there that differentiate designing for mobile and designing for desktop, and it’s a good view of how designing for mobile can help you think about UX design as a whole.
Have you ever been stuck looking for inspiration? Sometimes, you need to look at what other people have done to get your own design juices going, especially when you’re seeking to learn the patterns and practices of good UI design from professionals.
Look no further than uigarage for great examples of how design pros who’ve done it all tackle difficult design challenges in real life. Much as you need to read widely to become a great writer, you should constantly be looking at great design to inspire your own, and uigarage offers you the easiest way to do just that with a search bar that categorizes photo examples of design in easy-to-find keywords.
A small but important element of UX design is understanding how code works and animates every design it touches. CodePen is a sandbox for programmers to show off cool graphics they’ve built with code. You’ll be able to see and use examples of button animations, interactive elements, and fun screen transitions.
Give it a try! You’ll be able to practice with examples rather than just seeing them. As you learn how to interact with code, you could even share your own examples with the codepen community!
Sometimes, it’s not reading a book that helps you learn, it’s getting out there and engaging with people who are as passionate about design as you are. Luckily, Meetup has a healthy group of design communities around the world that come together to help each other learn.
Meetup offers a view into events hosted in your city based on your interests.
Use Meetup to connect with like-minded design learners and professionals who will help you on your journey to becoming a great UX designer. You might even find a mentor that will help you for the rest of your career!
Over to You
I hope you were able to learn from these resources like I did. Sometimes all it takes is the right spark to light you on your way to learning. You can never achieve greatness without practice and learning: these resources will help you along that path.
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