Now the hardest part of getting into the new field is understanding the concept of it.
Many people aren’t too interested in spending tons of money learning subject matter, and many more don’t have the time to find those resources. If you’d like to know the basics of what a UX Designer or UI Designer does, you can find a link to another article I wrote here.
There are many books, courses, communities, and other literature you can research into that aren’t featured here. Personally, the resources I find the most useful are the ones that answer my questions and bring to light new topics within the field. Important resources include not only ones that go over broad topics, but also those that are talking about UX/UI in popular culture or daily applications, or those that research concepts in interesting ways. If you do research resources on your own, you want resources that you can interact with so that they are memorable. This is a general list of my favorite free resources in relation to UX/UI, and why they are my favorite:
Website Magazines, or content creators as I like to refer to them, are really great resources for scrolling through when you’re on your lunch break and you want to feel productive with yourself. I’m not saying you’ll actually learn anything, but the resources are really great for helping you feel connected with the community and understanding what’s going on.
1. Interaction Design Foundation
Holy shnikes, if you want literature you have come to the right place. They got books on articles on research papers (link found here).
Probably the biggest #UXUIinspo since the day it was born, plus it’s sports? and I guess we like sports? idk (link found here).
If you’re interested in UI, this is the place for you. It has a great amount of visual techniques that are actually possible for a dev team (or yourself) to create (link found here).
4. UX Magazine
Good for looking up broad informational topics like data visualization designs and empathy techniques, (sometimes) updates its job board (link found here).
I have a commute to work in the morning and it is NOT enjoyable. For all of those that are tired of listening to the same 5 radio pop songs on repeat, I suggest downloading these and listening to them. You can also listen to them at work, I don’t own you or your life. P.S. I took all of these descriptions from the actual Apple summary the speakers wrote themselves because I WORK SMART, NOT HARD.
5. UX Podcast
“UX Podcast is for those who are passionate about balancing business, technology and people within the realm of digital media. Moving the conversation beyond the traditional realm of User Experience. Hosted by Per Axbom & James Royal-Lawson every other Friday from Stockholm, Sweden.” (link found here)
6. What is Wrong with UX – User’s Know
“Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.”
This description is everything I am right now, except I am one person with an inner dialogue (link found here).
7. The UX Intern
“The UX Intern is an interview show in which seasoned User Experience Designers share their wisdom and experience with a UX Intern.” (link found here)
“ShopTalk is a podcast about front end web design, development and UX. Each week Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert are joined by a special guest to talk shop and answer listener submitted questions.” (link found here)
9. The Accidental Creative
“The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.” (link found here)
10. The Futur
The Futur goes over a lot of basics of what you need to know to get started, and are far more eloquent than I’ll ever be. I think they might’ve actually like prepared and proofread and stuff. Crazy.
11. UX Mastery
You ever heard of that little book called “The Design of Everyday Things”? Well, if you’ve ever taken a class or curriculum or watched a video on design, people go CRAZY for the book because it contextualizes design in a very relatable way. This guy wrote it, and surprisingly enough he has a youtube channel.
12. Laith Wallace
Very chill guy, Laith has a very short series on UX and UI Design. He’s super casual about the whole thing, and he has a British accent so someone from the good ol’ US of A (aka me) can actually stay awake and enjoy listening to him.
13. Michael Locke
Michael’s got some interesting theories that I may not completely agree with, but his arguments are logical and unique – and I respect that. His videos are more centered around Pop Culture and he can go a tad overboard on the rant but also he has mad dedication for what he does.
If you REALLY REALLY want to get down to the nitty-gritty of making UX Design mockups and wireframes, or making UI Design style guides then you’re going to have to get schooled on it. That’s right – I found FREE UX/UI resources that teach you what you need to know. Don’t blame me if you think they suck, I didn’t make them – also beggars can’t be choosers.
14. UX Tree
GREAT for understanding UX and they also have a lot of classes on UI as well, some of the courses are NOT free. I am not going to be held responsible for you accidentally spending your hard-earned money on this. It even says in big bold letters which ones are free and which ones aren’t. BE FREE! (link found here)
15. Adobe Creative Cloud
BE WARNED: This curriculum is for those who have the cash to dole out for Adobe CC, or those lucky enough to be part of a University System that gives it to them. BUT it goes through an awesome livestream of how to use their products in an effective way.