“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain
In the article I wrote last week, I wrote about how to create a system for constant learning. I outlined an 8-step process to help you pick what to learn, how to choose resources, and how to master a concept/skill faster.
I mentioned there that a core part on how to learn fast and consistently is knowing what are the best resources to use.
And one of the best ways to know what resources to use is to ask people who have already learned those skills/concepts — to ask them which resources they would recommend the most.
I might not be an expert yet at UI/UX Design, but I have consumed a lot of resources on it. Whether it be podcasts, articles, or YouTube videos, I’ve consumed quite a lot, and a lot of resources have been recommended to me as well.
In this article, I’ll be listing the best resources I’ve found and loved, which you can use to learn about the wide-ranging field of UX design. I’ll be listing down resources I’ve consumed myself and recommend, and resources that others have recommended (even if I haven’t read/watched them).
Hopefully, this will be a good starting point for you to immerse yourselves in learning more about UX Design!
Podcasts are a great place to start learning any topic, because you get to learn while doing other tasks, like doing chores or commuting/driving.
If you’re on Android, you can download the app called Podcast Addict, which lets you search and download hundreds of podcast episodes to your phone. It’s the app I use, and I haven’t heard of a better Android alternative.
You can just search for any of the podcasts below on it, click ‘subscribe’ to that podcast, then find and download the podcast episodes I’ll recommend below.
For iOS users, Apple has a standalone Podcasts app, where you can search and download/stream episodes from. All 3 podcasts below are available on Apple Podcasts!
I’ll recommend 3 podcasts I’ve listened to that let you learn more about UI/UX design and what’s it like to be a UI/UX designer:
Roots is a podcast about the stories of Filipino designers, hosted and produced by Alexis Collado, one of the founders of UX Society, which I’m part of. Alexis also happens to be my good friend and mentor, but that’s not why I’m recommending this podcast.
I’m recommending it because it makes being a UI/UX designer more realistic and possible, because you get to listen to other Filipino designers who already are in the field. For a Filipino like me, it’s very inspiring and educational.
There are two episodes I’d recommend:
Inside Intercom is a podcast by Intercom.com, a fast-growing & successful startup that provides in-app customer messaging. In this podcast, they interview a variety of startup/tech professionals, including product designers and product leaders.
These conversations are a lot more serious and can be technical, but some of the learnings you’ll get here are valuable and rare. I listened to quite a few episodes here while I was interning as a Product Designer at Kalibrr. Here are a few I can recommend:
Masters of Scale is one of the most entertaining and well-produced podcasts I’ve listened to. It’s a podcast where Reid Hoffman, co-founder of Linkedin, interviews some of the most successful businessmen, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Brian Chesky of Airbnb.
Most of the episodes here are more about how to start and run a startup, but there are a few related to UI/UX design. Here is the one I love the most:
The episode with Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, is pretty good too. But all the episodes are pretty good, so just listen to any that interests you.
A great place to read resources is on Medium.com, which is where I wrote and posted this article. Medium is one of the best places to write and publish blog posts, so a lot of people, especially UI/UX designers, use it to publish articles.
Medium also has a lot of “Publications”, which are like blogs/Facebook Pages within Medium. You can follow these publications to read great articles that are curated by the editors. You can even contribute an article and get your article published by them.
If you don’t have a Medium account yet, go create one now! Just click the “Get Started” button on the top right, then follow the publications and authors below. It’s a website I now visit every day. Just don’t be bothered by all the “Featured Stories”, which are only available to paying subscribers. There are a lot of good, free articles on Medium too.
Below are some of the best blogs or Medium publications that post about UI/UX Design.
The UX Collective publication is the largest Medium publication on UX Design, with 154,000 followers. They post new articles almost every day, and I’ve read quite a few good articles on it. Here are a few I can recommend:
UX Planet is also one of the top publications on Medium, and it’s mainly managed by Nick Babich, its Editor-in-Chief. Nick is a software developer who’s deeply passionate about UI/UX design. He writes a lot of good articles, and he posts most of these on UX Planet. Here are a few good ones:
The Interaction Design Foundation is a non-profit community established in 2002, and they have a large library of articles on design. They have 5 open-source books too, available to read for free online. These books hold a lot of information about interaction design and other related topics.
Apart from these books, IDF releases articles regularly to give specific advice on how to do various UI and UX methods. They also have self-paced online courses available, and you can take multiple ones at a time for a flat fee of $8/month. I haven’t tried any of their courses, but I’ve found some of their articles to be very valuable. If you’re wondering how to do a UX method or how to improve your UI, they probably have an article for you.
Another great place to learn UI/UX Design is YouTube. YouTube has a lot of talks and tutorials on UI/UX Design. Here are a few I can recommend:
You’ve probably seen a lot of links on this article, and you might feel overwhelmed. So here’s some advice:
Anyway, that’s all! If you have a resource you love or want to recommend, feel free to comment them below. I know there’s a lot of other great resources out there, (such as books like The Design of Everyday Things, and sidebar.io), but this article would be too long if I tried listing them all.
There are so many great resources on UI/UX design, and we just have to find and use them. I hope you find some of the resources above valuable!
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Brian Tan is a 21-year-old UI/UX designer and writer from Manila. He’s also the Vice President for Human Resources at User Experience Society, the first student organization for UX Design enthusiasts in the Philippines. Get in touch with him at [email protected].