There's a lot that goes into creating a beautiful (and usable) interface. It's a constant balance between creating something that looks amazing and still makes sense to your users.
We're big fans of excellent UI design, and we want to help you be the best designer you can be. We've collected 29 of our favorite resources, from tips and articles to books and more, curated just for our UI friends!
So sit back, relax, and dive right in!
For the UI Beginner
UX Beginner has a great intro to getting started with UI by, you guessed it, copying other designers!
An entertaining and informative guide for true UI beginners from Erik Kennedy.
Part 2 of Erik Kennedy's awesome guide to UI for beginners.
Our friends at Treehouse share a great intro to UI fundamentals in this article.
If you really want to understand the roles UX and UI play in design, this post from Just Creative is just what you need.
The folks at 99 designs want you to know about a few crucial laws to live by when it comes to UI.
An article by UX authority Nielsen Norman Group on the principles of UI design. Enough said.
Paul Boag with Boagworld shares some great insight on how bad UI can ruin an experience.
What happens when what we design is no longer contained to screens? This great FastCoDesign piece introduces you to the concept of Zero UI.
Wired takes a look at Apple's newest UI for the iPhone 6S. Taking selfies will never be the same again.
This great post from our friends at InVision highlights the importance of typography in communicating great UI.
UX Booth shares this great post on the benefits of implementing user stories into your design process.
Learn how to build a series of simple apps with the UIKit framework for iOS.
Learn principles and techniques of user interface design, and how to put them into practice using Photoshop.
Gain a strong understanding of user interface design, including web design, user experience, and usability principles.
Ramp up your Photoshop skills with course on creating user interface elements.
If you want to give your UI knowledge a boost, check out Daniel Wigdor and Dennis Watson's great book on designing for gestural, touch-based user interfaces.
One of the most popular books on user experience, this is a must read for anyone involved in the design process.
To many this is the bible of usability. Steve Krug, a veteran in the field of usability, makes it fun and easy to understand the principals of intuitive navigation and information design.
Science fiction isn't just for entertainment. Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel's book takes a fun and informative look at how sci-fi movies influence interaction design.
A hefty library of components, icons, and glyphs to help save you time and make design work easier.
If you're designing an Android app, this kit is a lifesaver. 100 drag and drop UI templates that are easy to use and look great!
Balsamiq has a detailed tutorial about how mockups can work with RWD concepts, and the techniques that you can use.
Use Monotype’s tool to design working prototypes with their visual controls and fonts. It even allows you to export production ready HTML or CSS.
Bonus! UserTesting Resources
Color is one of the most powerful tools in a designer's toolkit. Find out how it impacts UX and conversion rates.
Learn more about natural user interfaces, and how their design impacts the user experience.
Find out how to make your typography both beautiful and usable.
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