With the continued increase of new technologies and emerging marketplaces, the job title of designer is becoming increasingly vague with each passing year. Due to the huge influx of companies focused on creating interfaces for multiple screen sizes in addition to providing interactive digital experiences for their consumers, the demand for designers with expertise in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) is more prevalent than ever.
Before we dive into resources for UI & UX designers, let’s quickly discuss what these terms mean in context of the current job industry.
What does a UX designer do?
A UX (user experience) designer’s job at the end of the day is to make sure the product feels right to the customer whether it is a mobile app, computer software or responsive website. They are responsible for researching and developing strategies to predict and solve potential problems the customer might have. Due to the fact there are a million different ways to approach a problem, some tasks UX designers might perform include defining interaction models, performing extensive user testing, creating user task flows, prototyping, and thinking through entire end-to-end user experience.
What does a UI designer do?
UI (user interface) designers are responsible for how things are going to look and be laid out. Once the user flow and methodology has been established by the UX designer, the UI designer must then visually communicate that by designing the screens, buttons, forms or any other elements involved. They are also responsible for maintaining a style guide to ensure that a consistent visual language is being utilized throughout the entire project.
15 Resources for UI & UX Designers
Designing user interfaces and enhancing user experience is no easy feat that requires constant research. Below is a list of resources we recommend for all current and aspiring UI & UX designers.
One post per week during one year – by Joshua Porter and Joshua Brewer.
A site dedicated to understanding deceptive user interfaces, by Harry Brignull.
3) A List Apart
Design, development, and meaning of web content, with focus on web standards and best practices.
4) Luke W
Luke Wroblewski’s writings about digital product design and strategy.
5) UX Magazine
A central, one-stop resource for everything related to user experience.
6) Good UI
A great reminder and collection of 71 UI best practices, in a checklist format.
An interactive checklist with all steps involved in the work of a UX Designer.
8) UX Recipe
Mix the UX ingredients and quickly estimate your project’s costs.
A broad checklist to catch common usability problems before user testing.
10) IxD Checklist
An interaction design checklist organized by design principles.
Eliminate guesswork and rely on NNG’s ground-breaking reports, research and articles regarding user experience.
12) UI Patterns
User Interface Design patterns are recurring solutions that solve common design problems. Design patterns are standard reference points for the experienced user interface designer.
13) UX Archive
“In the creative process of shaping such an experience you need to explore what others have done to define what works, what doesn’t and to observe patterns that you should or shouldn’t integrate in your app. UX Archive aims at helping designers in this process. We lay out the most interesting user flows so you can compare them, build your point of view and be inspired.”
Classic collection picked by a community of curators. Pttrns provides holistic collection of mobile design patterns, resources and inspiration. This site flaunts invaluable collection of iPhone and iPad user interface patterns covering several app elements, such as launch, discovery, share, lists and much more.
A great tool to test out complex mobile interactions, animations and transitions.
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