UX Design Resources

Learning Design Can Be Cheap

A few transitional 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.

General UX Resources

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

UI Pattern Resources

Podcasts

Courses

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

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:

Illustration Resources

Creative Anxiety Resources

Meet-ups and Design Events

Design Prototyping Tools

Usability Testing

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

Design Organizations