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16 must-read articles for the UX newbie

| March 29, 2019
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Interested in learning more about all things user experience but don’t know where to start? These resources will give you the rundown on UX, UI, and usability, along with a dash of psychology.

1. User Experience: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

By Amy Harvey on Usability Geek

If you’re brand new to the world of UX read this before going any further. We’ll be here when you get back!

2. The First Rule of UX

By Joshua Brewer on 52 Weeks of UX

Now that you know what UX is, what’s next? This article will help you get more familiar with the terminology and best practices. If you read all 52 weeks, you’re well on your way to becoming a UX pro.

3. Thirteen Tenets of User Experience

By Robert Hoekman, Jr. on Smashing Magazine

A UX professional offers the most important principles he’s accumulated over the course of his career: one for each year of experience.

4. Don’t Make Me Think: 20 Wise Thoughts about Usability from Steve Krug

By Tubik Studio on UX Planet

Don’t Make Me Think is widely regarded as one of the most important books on web usability. This article shares quotes from Krug’s most important teachings.

5. The Beginner’s Manifesto

By UXBeginner

If you’re lacking confidence in your path, this manifesto is for you. Don’t doubt your skills or abilities and remember everyone starts somewhere.

6. 52 Research Terms You Need to Know as a UX Designer

By Guy Ligertwood on UX Planet

This is your A-Z list of research terms in plain English.

7. Dark Patterns and Aggressive Persuasion – 3 Reasons to Avoid!

By Paul Boag on Boagworld

You might’ve heard about how unethical dark patterns are, but it’s also important to understand the business impact they have and why you should avoid them at all costs.

8. Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking

By Sarah Gibbons on Neilsen Norman Group

Learn how visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data.

9. UI vs. UX: What’s the difference between user interface and user experience?

By UserTesting

This is a question that comes up often, so we thought we’d answer it for you. In this blog post, we dig a bit deeper into UI and UX to help you get a better understanding of the differences between them.

10. 7 Unbreakable Laws of User Interface Design

By Peter Vukovic on 99designs

With a rising demand for more dynamic and customized experiences, user interface design will become more and more important. 

11. The Usability of Your Website Starts with Its Content

By Patrick Frehtenbaum on Usability Geek

We all know that awesome graphics and SEO are important, but this article reminds us that even the most attractive website is still only as good as its content.

12. The Importance of Designing for Readability

By Carrie Cousins on Design Shack

Users can quickly get frustrated with text that’s hard to read. Here’s a crash course on maximizing text for readability (no prior knowledge of graphic design required).

13. A Comprehensive Guide To User Experience Design

By Christopher Murphy on Smashing Magazine

It can be easy to get lost in the details until you have everything mapped out. This guide will help you stay on track during the iterative design process.

14. Why User Experience is Critical to Customer Relationships

By Brian Solis on Fast Company

This article emphasizes how vital UX is for brands that want to stay relevant in an increasingly customer-centric world.

15. Methods to Achieve User Delight

By Catriona Cornett on InspireUX

Designers often talk about delighting the user. But what exactly does that mean, and how do we do it? This article gives 19 pointers for creating delightful experiences.

16. The Most Fundamental Concept in Usability

By Jeff Sauro on Measuring Usability

This core concept, that you are not your user, explains why usability testing is so important, and why it’s necessary to include users from your target market in your usability testing.

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