Creating a good user experience requires diligent research, inspiration, staying up to date with latest trends and of course, your own instincts.
We know how hard that can be. That’s why we decided to compile a list of 10 absolutely amazing blogs that you should start following now for great UX advice.
Here it goes!
A-List Apart stands true to its name. It used to be heavily focused on web standards and best practices, but has broadened its scope now. They now write for all the people involved in web design and development, covering topics like CSS techniques, UX design, and even business. The content is very high-quality and well-curated, and you’ll find articles of varying lengths. You’ll have to do some digging if you want UX-specific content, but it’s worth the effort.
Regarded as pioneers in the field of human-computer interaction, NNG has been a trusted authority on all things UX since before UX was an actual term. It was coined by Donald Norman in 1993. NNG is a UX consultant company and the experts over there often share their amazing insights. Their posts generally deal with user testing, usability, user behavior, interaction, and design. The data is backed with research and examples. You’ll find amazing tips here, and you should also subscribe to their newsletter, “Alertbox”. Besides that, they also offer a fantastic UX certification program. You can check it out here.
Smashing Magazine is a well-established online magazine for web designers and developers and has a huge following of people. It has been a huge influence on the web development and -design industry since 2006 as the articles are amazingly conceptualized and well-written. Check out their dedicated UX Design section. It has a lot of great articles. Also lookout for the various offerings they make on the blog, usually aimed at designers. They will help you grow and cover your bases.
The peeps over at UX Booth are very thorough in whatever they write, so their content is top-notch. You’ll find lots of well-researched and high-quality articles on the blog. Their authors aren’t hesitant to share their unique perspectives and insights, and it promotes brilliant discussions. The articles tend to be long but are full of refreshing content. Beginner and intermediate UX designers will find it perfect for their needs.
You’ll find a ton of UX-related information on Boxes and Arrows. This UX blog has been around since 2001, and even though the articles are published less frequently, they’re of supreme quality. They provide the latest information on design, user interaction, information architecture, experience, and much more. The articles are well-researched and thought-provoking.
You should also check out the Boxes and Arrows podcast. They interview authors from the site as well as other professionals in the field of User Experience, Information Architecture, and Interaction Design from around the world.
UXPin is a UX Design platform where you can quickly create wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and then collaborate on them with your teammates to gather feedback and make improvements. But it’s much more than just a tool or a platform.
The UXPin team runs a wonderful blog which you can check out here, and they also have a ton of free resources on UX designing and related topics. You can download their UX libraries and eBooks for free right here.
UX Magazine is an online publication that discusses everything happening in the ever-evolving world of UX. It was started in 2005 and has since become a staple source of information that explores all facets of UX design. They publish well-researched articles on a wide variety of topics every week, containing credible and up-to-date information. It’s a must-read for UX practitioners and students alike.
They also have listings of jobs in the UX sector which you can see here.
Usability Geek started out as Justin Mifsud’s personal blog back in 2011. In the beginning, he used to write only about usability issues in web design and how to go about improving them, but the site slowly evolved into a much bigger domain. It now publishes posts about a wide array of topics, including UX, information architecture, conversion, and human-computer interaction.
Usability Geek provides practical advice on UI, UX, user behavior, and even business through comprehensive and data-backed articles. It also reviews useful resources, websites, and other things regularly. Be sure to check it out.
UXmatters is a great UX blog for best practices in UX and design. They’ve been posting since 2005, and their content appeals to designers of all levels. Their articles provide insights and inspiration to designers working at every stage of their careers. They publish multiple articles every Monday.
Currently a Product Director at none other than the incredible Google, Luke Wroblewski is an expert in the mobile design industry, internationally renowned as a digital product leader. He has designed software used by over a billion people.
Luke regularly shares his insights and lessons on his blog Luke W: Ideation+Design. You can find his conference notes, How-To videos, and lots of articles related to UX on the blog. He attends a conference almost every month, and his library of tutorial videos is a fantastic resource. His Twitter feed is a regular source of interesting content on UX.
So these are the top 10 UX blogs in our opinion. Tell us about some of your favorite UX blogs. We would love to hear about them in the comments section.
And hey, while you’re at it, why not subscribe to this Twitter list containing all these blogs and more? You’ll get all the latest updates from them. If you have friends in the UX community, ask them to subscribe too. After all, sharing is caring.
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