10 Must-Read Articles for Getting Started with UX
Getting started in UX can be overwhelming.
With so much to learn, lots of different tools and methods and a diversity in people’s understanding of the UX process, it can be difficult knowing where to start.
If you’re feeling a little lost on your path of UX enlightenment, we’ve put together a list of must-read articles to help you get on your way.
A consistent and reliable resource, you can depend on NN/g (Nielsen Norman Group) to provide up-to-date, research-backed insights on topics of UX & usability. In this article, web usability guru, Jakob Nielsen outlines the basics of the what, why, when, where and how of usability.
This is usually the first article we point people towards when they ask us “What’s usability?”
Another essential read from NN/g, this article lists out Jakob Nielsen’s definitive and widely used usability heuristics for interface design. When it comes to understanding the basics of designing a usable interface, these guidelines are a must read.
UserTesting’s blog article provides a fairly comprehensive (while straightforward) definition of what user experience actually is. It also offers a collection of questions that UX designers should be taken into consideration when building a product.
This article from Mashable clears up what user experience design is NOT. These days many companies and people constantly talk about how they “do” UX, yet they actually don’t. Understanding what UX design doesn’t mean is important for beginners who may not have a complete understanding and could be susceptible to misinformation.
UX and UI are often mistaken for being the same thing. This article clearly defines and differentiates each one, as well as providing core UX and UI terms, tools and resources to get you on your way.
A slightly longer read than the others, but definitely worth it. UXmatters provides all the details you need if you’re planning on launching a career in UX design. Focusing on self-assessment techniques to better understand which area of UX would suit you best, this article is a great place to begin your professional development in UX.
Learning through examples can be an effective way of understanding different principles and methods. This Smashing Magazine article delivers guidelines to create web designs providing visual examples for each principle making them easier to understand.
Understanding how human behavior affects the way we design for the user requires getting to know the psychology behind it. This UXMag article focuses on describing a psychologist’s approach to understanding UX design and usability.
To build successful user experiences, you must understand the reasons why people behave the way they do. This UX crash course delivers 31 brief but content-rich topics on basic UX psychology with practical ideas and techniques to apply in your designs.
Knowing where to avoid mistakes when designing will you save time, money and effort in rework to fix those problems. This NN/g article highlights the worst mistakes of web design and provides tips to avoid them.
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