Curiosity is both my biggest quality and my biggest “defect”. Yes, I’m always looking for new things to learn but I also know the value of a few good resources that never let me down. It’s with this thought in mind that I decided to group together, and divide into categories, relevant UX design resources I use (almost) on a daily basis. In my opinion, these are the best resources UX designers could find on the web to improve their work and speed up their career.
- UX Stack Exchange: are you stack in a UX hamlet’s doubt? In this Q&A based website, you can ask anything about UX and learn from others experiences and point of view. It’s not uncommon to find great and unexpected solutions here.
- UX Booth: it’s my favourite UX blog. Its articles are divided into well-structured and well-explained categories. The blog covers a lot of different topics around the digital world, such as visual design, accessibility and business and content strategy.
- Interaction Design Foundation: this is not just a website, it’s an online interaction design school with user experience courses divided between levels of knowledge: beginners, intermediate, and experienced. Whether you are a complete newbie or a top-notch UX designer this is the right place to learn something new and fundamental for your job.
- Norman Nielsen Group: is an American computer user interface and user experience consulting firm, founded in 1998 by Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini. Their articles and case histories are the most technical and top-notch resource available in the interface and user experience design world.
- A List Apart: when you are a designer specialized in building websites, this webzine is the right place to find incredible UX design resources about web design, web development and web content with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
- UX Booth: yes, like the website, UX Booth is a phenomenal collection of UX design resources. Their monthly newsletter groups together articles from other relevant websites posted the previous month. I usually pick no more than 1 or 2 articles I’m interested in and read them as soon as I get the newsletter. Never forget it in your email box with the “I’ll read it later” excuse!
- Kenny Chen – UX Design Weekly: similar to UX Booth newsletter, UX Design Weekly groups together not just articles from the web but also tools and resources, media, great UX portfolios from designers and a “Last but not least” very affecting news from the UX world.
- TUx: when I’m in Turin I like to participate in the Turin UX Meet Up. This is the most interesting meet up I’ve ever participated in. It’s structured in a very brief part of speech from the creator, Alessandra Petromilli, plus a longer part of a workshop where all the participants lay their hands on real UX projects. Every Meet Up is based on different and relevant topics.