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UX/UI Resources you need to know about

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Posted on 18/09/2020 by Diane Scally

As might be expected from a group who design for a living, the available UX/UI online resources are a joy to use. However, there are also a lot of them. To save you some time, I’ve collected a range of resources to meet your UI and UX needs. Here are my top picks.

The all-in-one resource

You can’t get far in UX research without knowing Don Norman’s name. He’s known for both coining the term ‘user experience’ and as the author of ‘Design of Everyday Things’.

The Nielsen Norman Group are world leaders in research-based user experience and their website is an incredible resource. Freely access over 1000 articles detailing research findings, research methods and hot topics in the industry. They also provide links to training, events, and online seminars. To keep up with them, sign up to their newsletter or follow them on any of their social media channels.

Myth busters

Do you think white space is wasted space? If it works for Amazon, it will work for you? Or that all pages should be accessible in 3 clicks?

If the answer to any of these was yes, then head over to UX Myths. A simple but elegant website detailing 34 (current count as of August 2020!) of the biggest myths in the industry. Articles are short, evidence-based and a great way to quickly update your knowledge.

Podcasts

There are so many UX/UI podcasts – it’s tough to choose only one and yet people regularly swear by UI breakfast. It’s an interview-style podcast with a fantastic guest list including designers, writers, engineers, and company founders. You only need to take a look at previous episodes to get excited about this one. I’d also recommend High resolution, a limited series interviewing 25 top-quality guests from companies such as Google, Spotify, Airbnb, Facebook, Microsoft and more.

A slightly different podcast that’s well worth a listen is Wireframe. Hosted by senior director of product design for Adobe XD, episodes feature well researched, behind-the-scenes discussion about user experience. While they do interview guests, they remain focused on their episode theme. Previous episodes have covered design ethics, city-planning, and ageism in design.

Community

The UX/UI industry is home to a vibrant online community. Of course, which one is best for you completely depends on what you’re looking for. For example, Facebook groups tend to be excellent for informal advice whereas LinkedIn is more suited to formal networking.

Luckily, the UX beginner website provides an extensive list of the available groups, plus information about each one to help you decide which is for you.

Inspiration

UX Collective is a fantastic place to learn about UX/UI and keep up with hot topics in the industry. They also have a fascinating collection of case studies featuring redesigns of major products such as Lyft, Fitbit, Google Pay and more. These are particularly useful if you’re currently trying to put a portfolio together and need some motivation.

Design Shack is a magazine publishing articles about design and UX. Their online design gallery is full of beautiful websites and products sure to inspire your own work – check out Neuro and Kudu for some lovely examples.

UX libraries

Usually, if you come up against a design problem then the chances are that someone else has too. UI/UX patterns are reusable solutions to common usability problems – and they can save you a lot of time! UI-Patterns and UI Garage are two large and well-organised libraries. There’s also Adele. No, not the singer, it’s a design systems and patterns library repository named after Adele Goldberg (one of the most important computer scientists focused on interface design).

By Jenny Morris