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The Denver UX Designer Starter Kit

UPDATE #21, MAY 2 2019

I’m what you’d call “experienced.”

When I started my design career 25 years ago, designers didn’t have it easy.

Computing was expensive. The sharing economy hadn’t hit. “File transfers” required driving your car with a disk in your hand. Design resources were few and far between. The internet was a baby. I mostly dug through tons of super-sketchy forums looking for any nuggets of wisdom. I bought and read books. Plus, I was stuck offline. There was no such thing as a “web app” that was powerful enough to do…much of anything, let alone build and store prototypes, design and edit photographs, or build a whole website in the next couple hours.  And besides, the internet was so slow, you didn’t really want to do much there anyway. God, that was depressing. 

All that to say this to you, aspiring UX Designer:

You have no excuses.

Everything is awesome. You don’t have to wait for the next software update to do something amazing. You don’t have to get that “perfect” job. You can do it. Today. And mostly with little or no money.

With that in mind, I’ve been curating a list of resources for the last few years. I said curating on purpose – this is not meant to be an endless list of anyone who will pay me. This is my list. My recommendations. 

You’re going to love it. It kicks ass. And it keeps getting better all the time. Enjoy.


The list.

Analog

UI Patterns card deck

Persuasive Patterns card deck

Validation Patterns card deck

The best vintage click pen ever

Browser Whiteboard

Whiteboard Stencil

Wireframe card deck


Inspiration

Dribbble

Mobbin

Awwwards

CollectUI

Muzli

Interactions of the Week

https://challenges.openideo.com/

Designspiration

Lapa

Landbook

httpster

Made by Folk


Process

GV Design Sprint

Ideo: Better Brainstorming

Post-Its meeting tools & tactics

Atomic Design


Type

FontPair

MyFonts

YouWorkForThem

FontSquirrel

House Industries

Emigre

Typewolf

Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit)


Color

https://color.adobe.com/

http://labs.tineye.com/multicolr/


Photo Editor/Pixel Pusher

Adobe Photoshop

Pixlr


Forms & Business

Usability.gov

Proposify

Freelancers Union


Invoicing & Taxes

Invoiceto.me

Harvest

Paymo


IxD / Code / Portfolio

Semplice

Format

Codrops

Wordpress

UXfolio


Wireframing & Prototyping

Invision

Sketch

Marvel

Framer

Axure

UXPin

Overflow

Adobe Illustrator


Research

Lookback

UsabilityHub

OptimalSort

Descript

Dovetail

CanvasFlip

UserInterviews

Fifteen (15) UX Research templates


Must-Read Books

Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann

Just Enough Research by Erika Hall

The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide by Leah Buley

Microinteractions by Dan Saffer

Microcopy: The Complete Guide by Kinneret Yifrah

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert

User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton

Hacking Product Design by Austin Govella

Articulating Design Decisions by Tom Greever

UX Research: Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products by Brad Nunnally

Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories by Steve Portigal

Remote Research: Real Users, Real Time, Real Research by Nate Bolt

Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design with User Psychology by David C. Evans

Innovating for People: Handbook of Human-Centered Design Methods by LUMA Institute

Undercover User Experience Design by Cennydd Bowles & James Box

Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary Klein

Designing for Trust: The Data Transparency Playbook by Greater Than Experience


Networking

DenverUXers Slack

Denver UX Meetup

Denver UX Newbies (0-2 years experience)

Denver UX Book Club

Develop Happy Hour

Creative Mornings

Ad Club Colorado


Memberships

User Experience Professionals Association


Major Denver UX Events

Experience Design Week

Develop Denver

Denver Startup Week


Blogs

Inside Design by Invision

Design Better by Invision

Magenta by Huge

Studio by UXPin

Boxes & Arrows

Nielsen Norman

Interface Lovers

52 Weeks of UX

SurfaceMag

UsTwo blog

Web Field Manual

Smashing Magazine

24 Ways

Mismatch

100 Days of Fonts

The blog of control panels


Ethical Considerations

Ethical Design Manifesto (video)

Ethics in User Experience Design

The UX of Ethics: Should Google Tell You If You Have Cancer?

Ethics and the User Experience

Stop Shaming Your Users for Micro Conversions

Using Ethics in Web Design

Design for Cognitive Bias (video)

Confronting the Ethics of Your Design Choices

The Future of Digital Product Design is About Human Empowerment


Bonus! Other random badass stuff

The UX-in-Motion Manifesto

GatherContent

LucidChart

Readability Test Tool

Web Accessibility Checklist

Principles of User Interface Design

Tapwater

Todoist

Typography Cheat Sheet


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