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.
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:
Specifically, these Coursera courses are great for Design Leadership and building UX skills:
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:
* See above Coursera resources for information on leveling up usability testing knowledge.
* If you know of any resources I should add to the list, please reach out and let me know.