There are no shortcuts in UX (Let’s not count Sketch shortcuts). The only way you’ll ever make a memorable product is if you do your homework and put in the effort that’s required. One of the things that makes this easier is to be on top of the latest trends and tools, and to be constantly on the look out for design inspiration. That’s whywe decided to put together this curated list of the most influential UX blogs that we check every day in the hopes of staying in the loop.
If you do this for a living, or you’re simply trying to break into this beautiful world, these blogs are really gonna up your game ?
Smashing Magazine is probably the most popular web design blog on the Internet. It provides really useful information on the latest trends and techniques in design and development.
Its content is divided in six categories (Coding, Design, Mobile, Graphics, UX Design and WordPress) and each one has its own dedicated group of specialist writers. It’s a must read for both experts and beginners.
We totally recommend you check out the UX Design section.
Creative Bloq delivers a mix of advice and inspiration for web designers, graphic designers and illustrators. On a daily basis, It brings a huge amount of creative work to its audience in order to keep them up to date with the latest trends in the field. They have some worth reading articles and guides on UX Design.
Nielsen Norman Group is arguably one of the most influential voices in the User Experience field. Through their blog they conduct groundbreaking research and evaluate interfaces of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great source of inspiration for any UX designer.
A List Apart is an online publication made for people who make websites. Their blog features a wide range of design and development topics with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
A List Apart has been around since 1998 and it’s a collaborative space where designers, programmers, writers, project managers and all sort of professionals can submit their own articles.
CO.DESIGN blog by Fast Company puts special focus on business and web design, including all the areas in which these two topics converge. It counts with the contribution of plenty great designers speaking their minds in blog posts as well as in the comment section.
Web Designer Depot is one of the most complete web design publications out there. They deliver the latest news, techniques and resources on UI/UX on a daily basis.
The blog also covers a wide range of topics and content formats, including interviews with great designers and free assets. They have some really cool articles on UX Design, they’re definitely worth a read.
Designmodo is another great source of information for both designers and developers. It includes tutorials, giveaways and tons of inspirational content. If you are looking for articles on UX design, responsive design or app design, this is a great place to start.
A few months ago, we had the chance of visiting USTWO at their NY HQ and we talked a lot about the design industry with their co-founder and former partner, Jules Ehrhardt. They have a lot of amazing things to say about UI, UX and product design and their blog is one of the channels they use to do so. Definitely worth a follow.
Web Design Ledger blog is written by and for web designers. As they state on their website, the primary purpose of WDL is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources. If you need any design inspiration or some useful tips on UX, you should pay them a visit.
InVision Blog is an excellent source of educational content in the product design field. It has plenty UX design articles and it’s a great place to start your journey on the UI/UX world. Also, if you haven’t tried the InVision app for prototyping yet, you should totally do it.
1stWebDesigner is another great publication made by and for web designers. It offers tons of educational articles on web design, development and UI/UX. If you’re interested in learning something new or if you simply want to share your work with the web design community, this is the place for you.
Design Shack showcases inspiring examples of design, alongside resources and articles that will help you create your own products. It also has daily community news to keep you up to date with the latest developments elsewhere.
UX Booth is a blog made by and for the user experience community. It’s a great source of inspiration for beginning-to-intermediate UI/UX designers. It’s usually updated once a week and is highly regarded in the community.
Vandelay Design focuses on sharing great design tools to help creatives, small business owners and entrepreneurs to grow their business. Their blog provides designers, photographers and UI developers with the latest design news and trends, while also supplying them with the creative bouts of inspiration.
UX Mag is an online publication that explores all facets of UX design and strategy. They work closely with UX Design leaders in order to provide a constant flow of engaging and useful content. They also usually feature location-based listings for design conferences, talks, workshops, informal meetups and classes.
Boagworld is a online publication run by the UX expert and writer Paul Boag. Since 2006, Paul has been sharing lessons he’s learned throughout his successful career. If you are looking for advice on digital or user experience design, look no further.
Boxes and arrows is a peer-written journal focused on the practice, innovation and discussion of design. It usually features articles regarding design principles, researches, processes and interfaces. If you’re in the industry, you should check it out and maybe send them your own articles.
Designer News is a global community of people working in design and technology. It compiles a great amount of useful content for any type of designer. Every story uploaded to DN is submitted and curated entirely by users. Chances are that you already know Designer News, but if you don’t, be sure to check it out.
UXmatters in another great publication that provides insights and inspiration to professionals working on UX Design, as well as those who are just beginning their journey in this field. Its articles cover everything from practical, actionable advice and best practices, to in-depth thought pieces that explore strategic aspects of User Experience.
As designers, most of what we learn about UX comes from the internet: articles, tutorials, resources, blogs. UxDesign.cc is a Medium publication that curates the content and gives it back to the community in a more structured and digestible way. Plus they count with the collaboration of really big names of the industry. You should pay them a visit.
UXPin Blog contains a lot of great advices on UX Design and a free collection of useful tools including cheat sheets, patterns and wireframe guides. They also have some interesting ebooks and tutorials on this matter.
UsabilityGeek covers a wide array of topics in the digital field: usability, UX, conversion, Human Computer Interaction and Information Architecture. They accept guest posts from people who share a common love for a great user experience. It’s definitely possible to get featured, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Muz.li Blog is another great Medium publication that features articles, insights, tutorials and case studies on User Interface Design, Usability, Interaction Design, Prototyping, Product Design, and any other topic that relates to designing and building digital products, art & design industry.
They’re open to collaboration, so if you want to share your work with thousands of other designers, this is one of the best places to do it.
Interaction Design is one of the world’s largest UX blogs. This site is established and maintained by the Interaction Design Foundation and it features a lot of interesting and informative articles updated every day.
Why did we make a list of the best ux blogs?
We make a habit of trying out new things here at Aerolab. That goes for products, ideas, and even for the content we consume. We like to take what we like of each source and build our own experiences and expertise from that.
In order to improve and stand out in any field, be it design or whatever you have in mind, you must be willing to constantly learn and challenge what you already know. We sincerely hope this UX blogs list helps you with that.
PS: If there’s a blog you love that wasn’t featured here please let us know through the comment section at the bottom! We’re always looking for new sources of inspiration!