The Miscellaneous Debris of a UX Designer: Week 33, 2020

Every week, I’ll share with you how I find UX inspiration. I’ll literally go through my browsing history and share the creative nuggets and helpful resources that keep me on this creative path. The UX practitioner must embrace continuous learning and a commitment to constant creativity if they want to stay relevant in the product industry.

Here’s my miscellaneous debris for this week:

Apps

The following apps caught my attention this week. In some way, they are inspiring me, well designed, and helping me explore new thoughts, perspectives & hobbies.

Google Primer

Primer is a free, fast and easy way to learn new business and digital marketing skills. Primer works offline too, so you can take a lesson on UX, business planning, management, sales, digital advertising, social media, content marketing, SEO, analytics, branding, and more whenever you have 5 minutes free — anytime, anywhere.

Books

Whether I’m listening to an audiobook or feeling the pages on my fingertips, UX inspiration comes to me in the form of a good book by an exceptional author. The key is to then go practice what you read!

Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories, by Steve Portigal

Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries examines the bizarre, comic, tragic, and generally astonishing experiences that researchers have out in the field. Steve Portigal is well-known in the UX space as an experienced user researcher who helps companies harness the strategic power of insights.

Fonts

Fonts give character, life, and meaning to a design. Throughout my week, I’ll usually have a chance to try something new and give my designs a bit of flair with some new fonts.

Red Rose

Red Rose Pro is a latin display typeface designed by Jaikishan Patel. It was exclusively designed for posters of Genre: Love, Romance, Drama, Thriller, Noir and Passion.

Podcasts

There a so many podcasts, it’s hard to find the time to listen to just one consistently. But, finding just a little bit of time to let one hit your ear throughout the week can give you a creative spark!

Awkward Silences

The best description for the podcast comes right from their site: “We interview the people who interview people.” I’ve only listened to a few episodes thus far, but it’s extremely good content for user research and UX design in general!

Quotes

Sometimes you come across that one quote in the week that changes your whole perspective on work, life, or things greater than yourself.

Jon MacDonald, Founder of the Good

“It’s really hard to read the label from inside the jar.”

Use empathy and help people accomplish their goals on your product.

Social

We all consume design content through various forms and mediums. Occasionally, I like to peruse the various designers on social platforms and quickly take in some inspiration for the day. You’ll find amazing, popular content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social sites.

Steve Krug, Twitter

Steve is the author of Don’t Make Me Think and is quite active on Twitter. As a UX leader, his perspective is one to consider, and the content he shares regarding design is usually pretty helpful.

https://twitter.com/skrug

Tools & Resources

Ah, the neverending list of UX tools! There are so many tools to help in your creative process. I won’t be able to cover even a fraction of what’s out there, but here’s what I’ve been using this week.

Mobbin.design

Mobbin is a hand-picked collection of the latest mobile design patterns from apps that reflect the best in design. Get inspiration from over 170 iOS apps and 10,000 patterns (screenshots from iPhone X) available on the platform.

Who to Keep Your Eye On

There are so many great leaders and voices in the design space, people that are championing others and making a difference around the world. These are the folks I’ve been paying attention to this week.

AJ&Smart

The folks over at AJ&Smart are creating digital products for top companies all over the world. They have so many resources on their Workshopper blog and have a healthy dose of content on YouTube.

YouTube

Each week brings new opportunities to find exceptional, educational content on YouTube and from other videos across the interwebs. These resources help me be a better UX practitioner and a better person.

Howard Pinsky

This is a little plug for XD here, but that’s where I live most of the time I’m pushin’ pixels! Howard works for Adobe and puts out a ton of helpful content. He’s always showing off the latest features and gives practical examples of how you can apply these features right away in your own designs.

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Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis

Senior UX Designer / I help people get jobs / Top writer on Medium / Helping you design the UX of you / 20+ years in design, marketing, & sales.