UX Design Resources

February 25, 2017
* Re-post from Medium article

LEARNING DESIGN CAN BE CHEAP

A few designers have reached out to me recently about design resource suggestions, such as what books I read and online tutorials I find useful. I wanted to provide an updated list of my go-to tools and resources.

The below resources are either free or don’t require a significant upfront cost. Being a Designer doesn’t have to be expensive, and in my experience you don’t need a master’s degree (or any design degree really) to become a successful Designer.

Some of these resources are books or articles, which may not be the best learning resources for you. When I’m learning a new skill, I like to do a combination of reading resources and applying skills to side projects or projects a work project. Online tutorials can also be great, as long as you’re consistent in going through tasks and absorb the knowledge by completing the tutorials.

QUICK UX RESOURCES

  1. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites
  2. UX Archive
  3. A Book Apart

These are some of my favorite resources from A Book Apart, which I used to level up my design, writing and front-end web development skills:

  1. Demystifying Public Speaking
  2. Responsive Design Patterns Principles
  3. Designing For Touch
  4. SASS For Web Designers
  5. On Web Typography
  6. Mobile First
  7. Responsive Web Design
  8. HTML5 For Web Designers
  9. Design for Real Life

UI PATTERN RESOURCES

  1. UI Patterns
  2. UI Patterns
  3. Mobile Patterns
  4. pttrns

PODCASTS

  1. Inside Intercom
  2. 99% Invisible

COURSES

  1. Treehouse
  2. Coursera
  3. Skillshare

Specifically, these Coursera courses are great for Design Leadership and building UX skills:

  1. Successful Presentation
  2. Design Thinking Innovation
  3. Leadership Through Design Innovation
  4. Testing with Agile
  5. Running Product Design Sprints
  6. Learn How to Design Great User Experiences

WRITING RESOURCES

I’ve specifically focused on writing resources for the web, including content strategy and developing compelling brand personas through content. These are some of my favorite writing resources:

  1. Personality in Design
  2. Design Personas
  3. Content Strategy for the Web

Creative Anxiety Resources

  1. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
  2. Show Your Work!
  3. Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

Meet-ups and Design Events

  1. Girl Develop It
  2. AIGA
  3. Girls Who Code

Design Prototyping Tools

  1. UXPin
  2. Marvel
  3. Invision

Usability Testing Resources

* See above Coursera resources for information on leveling up usability testing knowledge.

  1. Why, How, and When to Utilize Usability Testing
  2. UserTesting.com
  3. Nielsen Norman Group
  4. UsabilityHub

* If you know of any resources I should add to the list, please reach out and let me know.

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