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Contents

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Principles

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Books

Cover Title Author
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability ⭐️ Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability - Steve Krug’s guide to help you understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Steve Krug
The Design of Everyday Things ⭐️ The Design of Everyday Things - In this entertaining and insightful analysis, cognitive scientist Don Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behavior. Donald A. Norman
The Universal Principles of Design The Universal Principles of Design - The first cross-disciplinary reference of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, this book pairs clear explanations of the design concepts featured with visual examples of those concepts applied in practice. Lidwell, Holden, & Butler
Tog on Interface Tog on Interface - Using ideas from such diverse sources as Information Theory, Carl Jung, and even professional beekeeping, the book provides a framework for achieving a deep understanding of user interface design. Bruce Tognazzini
Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions - This books serves as an invaluable compendium of methods that can be easily referenced and utilized by cross-disciplinary teams in nearly any design project. Hanington & Martin
About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design - You'll learn the principles of good product behavior and gain an understanding of Cooper's Goal-Directed Design method, which involves everything from conducting user research to defining your product using personas and scenarios. Cooper, Reimann & Cronin
Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules - Jeff Johnson presents the first practical guide to help designers and developers understand the psychology behind these tried and tested user interface design rules. Jeff Johnson
Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design - UI designers over the years have refined the art of interface design, evolving many best practices and reusable ideas. If you learn these, and understand why the best user interfaces work so well, you too can design engaging and usable interfaces with less guesswork and more confidence. Jenifer Tidwell
Microinteractions: Designing with Details Microinteractions: Designing with Details - This book provides a new way of thinking about designing digital products: as a series of microinteractions that are essential to bringing personality and delight to applications and devices. Dan Saffer
How to Make Sense of Any Mess How to Make Sense of Any Mess - This book outlines a step-by-step process for making sense of messes made of information (and people). Abby Covert
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond - Anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message. Rosenfeld, Morville & Arango
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web - The author gives readers the big picture of Web user experience development, from strategy and requirements to information architecture and visual design. Jesse James Garrett
The Best Interface Is No Interface: The Simple Path to Brilliant Technology The Best Interface Is No Interface: The Simple Path to Brilliant Technology - This book challenges our world of nagging, screen-based bondage, and shows how we can build a technologically advanced world without digital interfaces. Golden Krishna
Designing Interactions Designing Interactions - In the book, Bill Moggridge introduces us to 40 influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology. Bill Moggridge
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design - The book approaches design and design thinking as something distinct that needs to be better understood-by both designers and the people with whom they need to work- in order to achieve success with new products and systems. Bill Buxton
Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services - This comprehensive, full-color volume addresses project management, user research, and consensus-building problems with detailed how-to information, real-life examples, and exercises. Kim Goodwin
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People - This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. Susan M. Weinschenk
Usability Engineering Usability Engineering - The book provides the tools needed to avoid usability surprises and improve product quality. Step-by-step information on which method to use at various stages during the development lifecycle are included, along with detailed information on how to run a usability test and the unique issues relating to international usability. Jakob Nielsen
A Practical Guide to Information Architecture A Practical Guide to Information Architecture - Whether it's organising content, providing clear descriptions or ways for people to get to them, this book is armed with practical advice and examples. Donna Spencer
Mobile First Mobile First - Former Yahoo! design architect and co-creator of Bagcheck Luke Wroblewski knows more about mobile experience than the rest of us, and packs all he knows into this entertaining, to-the-point guidebook. Luke Wroblewski
Think First: My No-Nonsense Approach to Creating Successful Products, Memorable User Experiences + Very Happy Customers Think First: My No-Nonsense Approach to Creating Successful Products, Memorable User Experiences + Very Happy Customers - Think First serves as a roadmap to building a solid foundation for UX that’s strong enough to withstand any weather as projects move into design and coding. Joe Natoli
Designing Web Navigation Designing Web Navigation - This book demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology - it's about the ways people find information, and how you guide them. James Kalbach
Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences - The author takes a fresh approach to designing sites and interactions based on the stages of seduction. This beautifully designed book examines what motivates people to act. Stephen P. Anderson
The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide - The book prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Leah Buley
Design Systems Handbook Design Systems Handbook - A design system unites product teams around a common visual language. It reduces design debt, accelerates the design process, and builds bridges between teams working in concert to bring products to life. Learn how you can create your design system and help your team improve product quality while reducing design debt. Marco Suarez, Jina Anne, Katie Sylor-Miller, Diana Mounter, and Roy Stanfield
Defensive Design for the Web: How to Improve Error Messages, Help, Forms, and Other Crisis Points Defensive Design for the Web: How to Improve Error Messages, Help, Forms, and Other Crisis Points - This book shows the right (and wrong) ways to get defensive, offers guidelines to prevent errors and rescue customers if a breakdown occurs. Matthew Linderman & Jason Fried
UX for Lean Startups UX for Lean Startups - UX expert Laura Klein shows you what it takes to gather valuable input from customers, build something they’ll truly love, and reduce the time it takes to get your product to market. Laura Klein
GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and DOS GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don'ts and DOS - The book looks at user interface design bloopers from commercial software, Web sites, Web applications, and information appliances, explaining how intelligent, well-intentioned professionals make these mistakes--and how you can avoid them. Jeff Johnson
The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed. The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed. - The textbooks are assembled in a gigantic 4000+ page encyclopedia covering the design of interactive products and services such as websites, household objects, smartphones, computer software, aircraft cockpits, you name it. Mads Soegaard & Rikke Friis Dam (eds.)
User Interface Design for Programmers User Interface Design for Programmers - Author proposes simple, logical rules that can be applied without any artistic talent to improve any user interface, from traditional GUI applications to websites to consumer electronics. Joel Spolsky
A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web - Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs, making the difference from a good design to a great one. Free to read online Mark Boulton
Design for Hackers Design for Hackers - By the end of this book, you'll be able to apply the featured design principles to your own web designs, mobile apps, or other digital work. David Kadavy
Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design - This is the first book on the topic of simplicity aimed specifically at interaction designers. It shows how to drill down and simplify user experiences when designing digital tools and applications. Giles Colborne
Just Enough Research Just Enough Research - Learn how to discover your competitive advantages, spot your own blind spots and biases, identify small changes with huge potential impact, and why you should never, ever hold a focus group. Erika Hall
Atomic Design Atomic Design - This book introduces a methodology for thinking of our UIs as thoughtful hierarchies, discusses the qualities of effective pattern libraries, and showcases techniques to transform your team's design and development workflow. Free to read online Brad Frost
Prototyping: A Practitioner's Guide Prototyping: A Practitioner's Guide - Prototyping is a great way to communicate the intent of a design both clearly and effectively. Prototypes help you to flesh out design ideas, test assumptions, and gather real-time feedback from users. Todd Zaki Warfel
Tactical UI Design Patterns Tactical UI Design Patterns: The Handbook to Faster design - Easy to digest and practical for everyday design. Know how to choose the best UI pattern, prototype patterns, customize patterns, and create your own pattern library. UXPin

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Articles

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Disciplines

Information Architecture

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Interaction Design

Universal Design & Accessibility

Research

Content Strategy

Visual Design

Courses

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Design Systems

  • A comprehensive guide to design systems - Let’s dig into the fundamentals of design systems, plan how you can build and implement one in your organization, and explore several examples of organizations that are using design systems to drive success.

  • Researching Design Systems - Physical and digital highlighter in hand and pixels, I pored over some of more popular design systems out there to see what insights I could glean. By Dan Mall.

  • Designing UI Guidelines - User interface is easy to make a mess out of. It doesn’t matter if you are a guru or just dabbling, inconsistencies in the design will most probably arise.

  • Design System in Figma - A design system helps your team build modern products faster and more consistently. This is the starting point of bridging design and development.

Examples

  • Material Design - Unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences, by Google.

  • Fluent Design System - Eloquent design system for a complex world, by Microsoft.

  • Ant Design - UI Design Language, by Ant Financial.

  • Apple Human Interface Guidelines - Get in-depth information and UI resources for designing great apps that integrate seamlessly with Apple platforms.

  • IBM Design Language - Living Language. A shared vocabulary for design.

  • Duolingo Design - Brand design and user interfaces of Duolingo.

  • Mozilla Style Guide - This guide serves as a resource to bring together all our brands and to help define their visual and stylistic elements.

  • Clarity Design System - UX guidelines, HTML/CSS framework, and Angular components working together to craft exceptional experiences.

  • Photon Design System - Launch recognizable, enjoyable Firefox products and features faster.

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Patterns

  • GoodUI - Here is a running idea list which we're actively testing and turning into highly effective conversion patterns (real evidence-based stuff).

  • UI Patterns.io - Explore & play with interactive UI design patterns and learn how to solve common UI problems.

  • UI-Patterns.com - User Interface Design patterns are recurring solutions that solve common design problems.

  • Mobile Patterns - Library of iOS and Android screenshots for designers and developers to reference.

  • Pttrns - The mother of all design resources.

  • Patterntap - Interface patterns to inspire your next design project.

  • UI Garage - All the latest UI Design Inspiration and UI Patterns collected in one place.

  • Welie - Pattern Library for Interaction Design.

  • Dark Patterns - The purpose of this site is to spread awareness and to shame companies that use tricks in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to.

  • Android Patterns - Set of interaction patterns that can help you design Android apps.

  • 10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To - This article goes over 10 interesting UI design patterns that you can use in your own projects.

  • User Interface Elements - Whether they are aware of it or not, users have become familiar with elements acting in a certain way, so choosing to adopt those elements when appropriate will help with task completion, efficiency, and satisfaction.

  • Inclusive Components - Blog trying to be a pattern library. All about designing inclusive web interfaces, piece by piece.

  • MODALZMODALZMODALZ - We use too many damn modals. Let's just not.

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Techniques

Think Aloud

  • Thinking Aloud: The #1 Usability Tool - "The method it serves as a window on the soul, letting you discover what users really think about your design. [...] You usually learn why users guess wrong about some parts of the UI and why they find others easy to use."

Five seconds test

  • Five-Second Testing - Form of usability testing that allows you to determine whether a design quickly communicates an intended message or impression. It can provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback that lets you optimize a design and encourages iterative improvement.

Usability (expert) reviews

  • A guide to carrying out usability reviews - In this article, author walkthrough a method for examining the usability of an interactive system (website, application, mobile app etc.) by using a combination of a scenario based and heuristic (i.e. best practice guidelines) based review.

Style Tiles

  • Style Tiles - Help form a common visual language between the designers and the stakeholders and provide a catalyst for discussions around the preferences and goals of the client.

Usability Testing

  • The 1-page usability test plan - A critical document to help you manage and organise a usability test. But it can sometimes appear too documentation-heavy in agile environments. What would a usability test plan look like if it was re-envisioned as a single page?

Card Sorting

  • Card Sorting: A Definitive Guide - Card sorting is a great, reliable, inexpensive method for finding patterns in how users would expect to find content or functionality.

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Newsletters

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Websites & Blogs

  • UX Booth - Publication by and for the user experience community.

  • Boxes and Arrows - Devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business.

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Communities

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Tools

Pen & Paper

Design Apps

  • Sketch - Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. Mac only

  • Alva - Alva lets you design interactive products based on the same components your engineers are using for production websites.

  • Figma - Figma is the first interface design tool based in the browser, making it easier for teams to create software.

  • Marvel - Simple design, prototyping and collaboration.

  • InVision - The Digital Product Design platform powering the world’s best user experiences.

  • Adobe XD - The all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and more.

  • UXPin - The Full-Stack UX Design Platform

  • Webflow - Gives designers and developers the power to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually, while writing clean, semantic code for you.

  • MockFlow - Super-easy wireframing and UX suite for designers.

  • Framer - Design everything from detailed icons to high-fidelity interactions—all in one place.

  • Atomic - Advanced interactive design features like logic, data, and variables, into the hands of every designer.

  • Affinity Designer - The perfect tool for UI and UX design.

  • Pencil - An open-source GUI prototyping tool that's available for ALL platforms.

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Complementary tools

  • Modular Scale - Tool to help web designers size their type in a more meaningful way.

  • Grid calculator - Download your grid as Illustrator, Photoshop or PNG files with a pre-made guides ready to go.

  • WebAIM Color Contrast Checker - Enter a foreground and background color in RGB hexadecimal format or choose a color using the color picker.

Testing Apps

Usability testing

  • POP. Prototyping on paper - POP helps you transform your pen and paper ideas into an interactive iPhone or Android prototype.

  • UserTesting - User Experience Research Platform.

  • Loop11 - Informed design decisions built from numbers & stories.

Technical testing

  • Testing with Xcode - UI testing gives you the ability to find and interact with the UI of your app in order to validate the properties and state of the UI elements.

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Languages

HTML

  • HTML, from MDN - To build websites, you should know about HTML — the fundamental technology used to define the structure of a webpage.

  • HTML Reference - Free guide to HTML. It features all elements and attributes.

  • HTML Fundamentals - SoloLearn interactive HTML tutorial is comprised of carefully selected content, quizzes, and checkpoints to ensure that you learn as much as possible, while also having as much fun as possible.

  • Learn to Code HTML & CSS - Outlining the fundamentals, this guide works through all common elements of front-end design and development.

  • How to Code in HTML5 and CSS3 - Book that helps people start making websites.

CSS

  • CSS, from MDN - While HTML is used to define the structure and semantics of your content, CSS is used to style it and lay it out.

  • CSS Reference - Free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

  • Marksheet - CSS Basics - For developers eager to learn how CSS can define the style and layout of a webpage.

  • CSS Grid Guide - The CoffeeCup Guide to liberating layout through CSS Grid.

  • CSS Cheat Sheet - Reference for CSS goodness.

  • CSS Animations - Hello, animation!

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Javascript

  • JavaScript, from MDN - Prototype-based, multi-paradigm, dynamic language, supporting object-oriented, imperative, and declarative (e.g. functional programming) styles. Learn how to program in JavaScript with guides and tutorials.

  • Bestof.JS - Check out the most popular open-source projects and the latest trends about the web platform and node.js.

  • FreeCodeCamp - Learn to code for free.

Libraries & Frameworks

CSS Only

  • Pure.css - Set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.

  • Milligram - Minimalist CSS framework.

  • Bulma - Modern CSS framework based on Flexbox.

  • Basscss - Lightning Fast Modular CSS with No Side Effects.

  • Skeleton - Dead simple, responsive boilerplate.

  • Lit - World's smallest responsive css framework.

  • Tailwind CSS - A Utility-First CSS Framework for Rapid UI Development.

  • Picnic CSS - Lightweight and beautiful library.

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CSS + Javascript

  • Semantic UI - User Interface is the language of the web.

  • UIkit - Lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces.

  • Bootstrap - Build responsive, mobile-first projects on the web with the world's most popular front-end component library.

  • Foundation for Sites - It includes a wide range of modular and flexible components that are easily styled. These versatile and lightweight building blocks make it easy to bring your ideas to life.

  • Materialize - Modern responsive CSS framework based on Material Design by Google.

  • Metro UI CSS - The front-end framework for developing projects on the web in Windows Metro Style

  • Office UI Fabric - The official front-end framework for building experiences that fit seamlessly into Office and Office 365.

  • HTML5 Boilerplate - The web’s most popular front-end template

  • Material-UI - React components that implement Google's Material Design.

  • Framework7 - Full featured HTML framework for building iOS & Android apps.

  • Element - Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers.

  • Shoelace - Back to the basics CSS starter kit. For when you don’t need the whole boot.

  • AT UIKIT - Lightweight and Modular Front-End UI Library.

  • Frend - Collection of accessible, modern front-end components.

  • Amaze UI - Mobile-first and modular front-end framework.

  • Vuesax - Frontend Vue components.

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Javascript Only

  • Vue.js - The Progressive JavaScript Framework

  • React - JavaScript library for building user interfaces

  • Angular - One framework. Mobile & desktop.

  • Moment.js - Parse, validate, manipulate, and display dates and times in JavaScript.

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Environments

  • Storybook - The UI Development Environment You'll ♥️ to use.

  • React Styleguidist - Isolated React component development environment with a living style guide.

  • Source - Living Style Guide Platform. The most advanced tool for documenting, testing and managing UI components achieving productive team work.

  • VUEDS - An open source tool for building Design Systems with Vue.js.

Resources

Inspiration

  • Ui Parade - User Interface Design Inspiration.

  • CollectUI - Daily inspiration collected from daily ui archive and beyond. Hand picked, updating daily.

  • UI Movement - UI Movement is a community of design enthusiasts who share and discuss the most interesting and unique UI designs.

  • Inspiration UI - Inspiration UI is a community that aims to provide the best design resources for those who create for the web.

  • UPlabs - Web - Hand-picked Web UI Elements.

  • UI Temple - Curated Collection of the Best Web Page Designs & Inspirations.

  • Dribbble - Show and tell for designers.

  • Little Big Details - Curated collection of the finer details of design, updated every day.

  • Little UI Details - Collections of little tips from Steve Schoger to improve your visual design skills with the little details that make a big difference.

  • UIDB - Find live examples of any UI.

  • Inspired UI - Mobile Apps Design Patterns [iPhone]

  • Calltoidea - Light up your imagination!

  • UI Design Interactions - New apps added every week.

  • Nicely done - Products & pattern designs inspiration.

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Freebies

  • Freeui.design - Free UI Design for Designers.

  • UIGradients - Beautiful colour gradients for design and code.

  • FreebiesUI - FreebiesUI is an ever-growing collection of quality UI resources designed by talented creatives who choose to share their work for free with the rest of the community.

  • Freebie Supply - Free, high quality design resources for Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, Adobe XD and Figma.

  • XD Guru - The biggest collection of free & premium resources for Adobe XD.

  • Sketch App Sources - We curate hundreds of icons and UI kits for web and mobile to help you design, prototype, learn, and ideate faster.

  • UI Space - Thousand of great freebies. Search for an high quality and Hand-crafted freebie.

  • UI Freebies - Free Design Resources for Sketch. Hand-picked design resources, updated daily.

  • UI8 Freebies - 209 awesome design freebies to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Juntoo.co - 44 Awesome Resources for Sketch.

  • UICloud - The largest user interface design database in the world.

  • Android Nougat Free GUI - Based on system and native app's screens from Android 7.0 Nougat.

  • Figma Freebies - A collection of design resources for the figma community.

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Colors

  • Color Hunt - The collection serves thousands of different hand-picked color palettes and is growing everyday.

  • Coolors - The super fast color schemes generator!

  • Picular - Google, but for colors.

  • ColorBox - Created by Lyft Design, Colorbox is a color tool to produce color sets.

Icons

  • Font Awesome - Get vector icons and social logos on your website with Font Awesome, the web’s most popular icon set and toolkit.

  • Bytesize - Tiny style-controlled SVG iconset.

  • Heroicons UI - Set of 104 free premium SVG icons.

  • We Love SVG: Free SVG Files - Open source library that allows embedding icons from any icon library.

  • Iconstore - Free Icons by First-Class Designers.

  • SimpleSVG - Modern replacement for glyph fonts. One library, thousands of icons.

Fonts

  • Fontsquirrel - All things fonts, font-face, and webfonts. FREE, hand-picked, high-quality, commercial-use fonts, even if that means we send you elsewhere to get them.

  • Google Fonts - Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography.

APIs

  • UINames - Simple tool to generate fake names for use in designs and mockups.

  • DataFakeGenerator - Useful tool in the creation of data for use cases.

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