10 Best Resources for UX Designers
Staying current and at the top of your game can be hard, but is crucial for any leading designer. We never stop learning and nor should you, so to help we’ve compiled a collection of resources, places of inspiration and lifelines to the world of UX design.
In no particular order…
We’re huge fans of InVision as a wireframing and prototyping tool at Tractor, but the InVision Blog also contains some of the best UX insight going around. It’s not surprising they’ve got over 1 million subscribers to their newsletter given the healthy mix of case studies, tips, interviews and opinion pieces. Do yourself a favour and check it out.
UX Apprentice is an awesome interactive website that illustrates each step of UX design process so is great for beginners. As you work your way through, you’ll come across multiple choice questions to ‘test’ your understanding. The testing only counts for you as a helpful gauge of how comprehensive your knowledge is. It features a case-study type narrative, which is also good for putting theory into practice if you’re a complete beginner.
UX Matters is a pure resource site. It’s ironically dry to look at but contains an incredible wealth of knowledge for UX students and also designers at any stage. The columnists and authors are all listed too, so you can feel assured in the expertise of those giving insights.
The Field Guide to Human-Centred Design
The Field Guide to Human-Centred Design is featured on The Design Kit (which is a great place to find other resources too). It’s available for purchase in hardcopy, but free as a PDF. The Field Guide has a step-guide to understanding the people you’re designing for, how to brainstorm more effectively, prototyping your ideas, and ultimately arrive at more creative solutions. This resource was created primarily for NGO’s in the social sector, but has huge value in getting you to think about and solve problems like a designer.
The website for UXPin (a wireframing and prototyping tool) has a knowledge section comprising of ‘thoughtful content’ on everything UX — and each resource is free as long as you’re signed up for their free trial. It’s worth checking out to get access to useful articles on creating effective user experiences, as well as a library of wireframing UI screens and elements downloadable as a kit.
Everyone loves Medium and the best thing about it is that it’ll give you viewpoints and ideas from a range of different authors rather than just a few. The UX section is a fantastic place to stay current on UX opinions, experiences, and industry tidbits across the globe. The value of sharing experiences is the idea that underpins UX, so it makes sense to dedicate an online space for designers to do just that.
52 Weeks of UX
52 Weeks of UX describes itself as “discourse on the process of designing for real people”, and it’s a great resource for a stripped-back look at UX. While a lot of the content is simple and seems basic, each ‘week’ is a thought-provoking reflection on the fundamentals of UX design.
Nielson Norman Group
NNG are a long-standing authority on UX, and they conduct huge amounts of research, which are turned into insightful reports. There are also a number of useful, research-based articles on their website, which are all free.
The blog on Usabilla (a product for user feedback) has a bounty of articles filled with insights around UX and ecommerce. You can select a single feed to see only UX articles, and if you explore the best-of tag, you’ll have nothing but the greatest articles to sift through.
Boxes and Arrows
Similar to Medium, Boxes and Arrows is a collection of peer-reviewed journal-type articles, forming a collaboration of ideas and knowledge from designers, including; graphic and interaction design, information architecture and the design of business.
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Finding sources of inspiration and motivation is a good way to feed our passion and stay updated to the world of design. If you’re ready to delve into UX design, why not enrol with Tractor — our next intake is November 16th.
Originally published at www.tractor.edu.au.