UX Design Guide

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User Experience Basics

In this comprehensive online resource, Usability.gov gives an introduction to the fundamentals of UX and what they entail

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What is UX?

In this video, the Google Android team gives a high level introduction to UX Design

Information and Guides

Publications

Nielsen Norman Group

Original research from one of the most respected authorities in UX.

Luke W

Very short, straightforward, and visual articles from a Product Design veteran.

Smashing Magazine

High quality, vetted design content from a collection of experts.

UX Magazine

A large collection of articles covering virtually every UX subset.

UX Matters

Long form, evergreen articles dating back to before UX was a thing.

Usability Geek

Wide range of usability and tech related articles and guides.

UX Mastery

A giant guide covering all of the basics for getting started in UX.

52 Weeks of UX

Thought-provoking niche UX topics from Josh Porter and Josh Brewer.

InVision Blog

High quality design articles, guides, and interviews.

Communities

Designer News

Board for design discussion, critique, and content sharing.

Designer Hangout

Slack community (more than 6,000 members) that is focused on UX.

/r/UserExperience

Subreddit for UX related content, tools, and conversation

Email Lists

UX Design Weekly

Curated weekly newsletter with UX articles, media, and portfolios.

UX Weekly

Short, weekly curated newsletter with one link per category.

Measuring U Newsletter

Very in-depth articles on statistics and quantitative usability data

Mailchimp UX Newsletter

Periodical newsletter on Mailchimp UX and design in general.

Hey Designer

Curated articles on UX and Design (you set the frequency).

Benedict’s Newsletter

Comprehensive newsletter on tech and everything Silicon Valley.

Podcasts

UX and Growth Podcast

A tactical, actionable UX podcast that I co-host with two friends.

User Defenders

In-depth interviews with influential UX designers, hosted by Jason Ogle.

Design Review

Weekly reviews of products and their user experiences.

What Is Wrong with UX?

Laura Klein and Kate Rutter discuss current issues in UX.

Design Details

Casual interviews with designers and product creators.

Dorm Room Tycoon

Interviews with major influencers in design, business, and technology.

Books

A foundational book on UX and Design, introducing design as a competitive advantage in business.

A straightforward book on usability, serving as a great introduction to UX.

An introduction to statistics and data visualization (and how they can both be manipulated).

Part of the Lean Startup movement, this book introduces the process for Lean UX.

Tools and Resources

Quantitative

Google Analytics

Free, standard yet robust web analytics with wide adoption.

HubSpot

In-depth analytics, A/B testing, SEO, CRO, and more.

Mixpanel

Free, fully custom and integrated mobile & web analytics platform.

Heap

Automated analytics platform that captures every action.

Crazy Egg

Heat mapping, click mapping, scroll mapping, and more.

KISSmetrics

Easily configured funnels and reports based on user behavior.

Optimizely

Javascript-based A/B testing and multivariate testing platform.

Google Optimize

Free A/B testing platform that’s integrated with Google Analytics.

Qualitative

UserTesting.com

Fully integrated user testing platform with a participant panel.

UserZoom

All-in-one qualitative research and user testing platform.

Try My UI

Remote unmoderated usability testing panel and platform.

Silverback

Screen recording software for remote moderated and in-person testing.

Screencastify

Free Chrome plugin with screen, tab, and webcam recording.

Google Hangouts

Free and easy way to connect to users and record feedback sessions.

Ethnio

Quickly test where users would click in wireframes and mockups.

Knowbility

Recruit participants with specific disabilities for accessibility testing.

Hotjar

Remote test wireframes, prototypes, and live sites in short sessions.

Usabilla

Collect live user feedback on-site with ratings and forms.

Qualaroo

Quickly test where users would click in wireframes and mockups.

Survey Monkey

Collect live user feedback on-site with ratings and forms.

Optimal Workshop

Remote card sorting, tree testing, and first click analysis with participants.

Usability Hub

Remote test wireframes, prototypes, and live sites in short sessions.

Verify App

Quickly test where users would click in wireframes and mockups.

Lookback

User research platform with live testing and collaboration features.

Validately

Platform for recruiting users, running tests, and analyzing results.

Loop11

Platform for testing wireframes and prototypes, usability, and accessibility.

Diagrams

Gliffy

Free Chrome plugin for drawing diagrams, flowcharts, and more.

Google Drawings

Create, share, and collaborate on drawings in your Google Drive.

Coggle.it

Visually map out concepts during brainstorming sessions.

XMind

Free tool for quick and easy to edit Mind Mapping.

Keynote

Great for creating personas, task and competitive analyses, etc.

Wireframes

Balsamiq

Basic, straightforward wireframe tool with web and desktop versions.

Axure

Robust interactive wireframe tool with prototyping functionality.

Omnigraffle

Robust diagram and stencil tool that can be used for wireframes

Mockups

Sketch

Streamlined, flexible interface design tool that is optimized for web.

Photoshop

Bitmap editing tool that can be used for image and interface editing.

Illustrator

Vector-based design tool that is ideal for scalable elements like icons.

Prototypes

InVision

Prototyping, collaboration, and project management tool for teams.

Adobe XD

Design, interaction, and prototyping tool from Adobe.

UXPin

Wireframe, prototyping, and collaboration tool in the browser.

Framer

Code-based prototyping framework with interactions and animations.

Marvel

Prototyping, collaboration, feedback, and design tool.

Webflow

Visual, responsive design tool that produces code.

Flinto

Lightweight prototyping tool for Mac and iOS devices.

Origami

Free prototyping tool that is used and developed by Facebook.

Avocado

An open source prototyping toolbox, build by IDEO on top of Origami.

3D and Virtual Reality

Cinema 4D

One of the more intuitive and powerful tools for designing in 3D.

Sketchfab

Free service for displaying 3D and VR models on the web.

A-Frame

A Javascript framework for building WebVR experiences.

Accessibility

Sim Daltonism

Simulate different forms of color blindness while designing.

Tota11y

A toolkit for simulating how a site works with assistive technologies.

aXe

A plugin for evaluating the accessibility of any web page.

Web Accessibility Toolbar

A toolbar for evaluating various aspects of accessibility.

Accessibility Inspector

Accessibility testing tool that is pre-installed on all Macs.

W3C Evaluation Tools

A list of tools for evaluating accessibility, from the W3C.