Face it. Even if you believe yourself to be the world’s most creative designer or developer, we’re all in need of some inspiration every now and then. We like to call this, ‘having a mindset for growth’. And one of the best places to find this inspiration as well as stay ahead of the latest trends and best practices in the user experience space is to consult expert opinions, which – you guessed it – are often found in articles on User Experience (UX) blogs.
Luckily for you, part of my job as a content marketer in the UX space is to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in user experience; a task which requires quite a bit of online research. That being said, here are our top 10 favorite and hottest user experience blogs that we think you should be following:
1. UX Booth
UX Booth is a UX blog that covers a wide range of topics including Analytics, Business Strategy, Content Strategy, Interaction Design, Visual Design, Universal Design & Accessibility and more. Trusted by over 100,000 user experience professionals, this blog is sure to provide you with all kinds of tips and tricks in your field.
2. UX Movement
Articles featured on UX Movement are a combination of research, reasoning and experience. Author and editor Anthony (and guest writers) provide lots of useful insights into UX design covering categories such as forms, navigation, buttons, content, mobile, wireframes and more.
Founded by Pabini Gabriel-Petit in 2005, UXmatters is blog and community platform that enables leading UX experts to share their insights and expertise. The blog serves up plenty of advice and best practices as well in-depth thought pieces and future trends in UX. Their mission was to provide the ‘premier source of information and inspiration for UX professionals’ and that has certainly become a reality.
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4. UX Magazine
UX Magazine offers a wide range of content on experience design. It is a great resource if you’re looking for UX tips and tricks, reviews, news in the industry, and information on conferences and meetups (if you’re looking to get in touch with other designers and connect). Users can even search UX jobs or post their own job postings for free.
5. UX Planet
UX Planet is a user experience blog that runs on the online publishing platform Medium. This blog covers everything under the ‘UX sun’ from general user experience blogs, articles for beginners, user research. They also have a ‘Career’ category that includes a few articles covering design career tips.
6. The UX Blog
Created by Nicholas Tenue in 2015, the UX Blog is a nice resource for UX design, user research and UX strategy. The blog has contributors from a wide range of disciplines so as to give its readers ‘insightful and actionable advice that has practical application in the workplace’. Users can subscribe to their newsletter to receive updates on the latest posts. And bonus! They also release weekly podcasts talking about trends, hot topics and more.
7. UX Studio
While UX Studio is primarily a UX agency, they happen to publish a lot of interesting and useful articles on their blog. On top of a number of case studies, there are also plenty of articles that serve up cool ideas for future tech, UX design methods, UX research and more.
8. UX Collective
Another Medium-based UX blog (yes, we are fans of Medium!) we know and have come to love is UX Collective. UX Collective is a fun collection of stories and how-to’s around user experience, usability and product design. Users can subscribe to their weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest.
9. Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine has published around 3300 articles in the past 12 years so if its quantity you’re looking for, Smashing might be your best bet. This blog covers quite a few different topics under ‘Design and Development’ such as Accessibility, Animation, Design, Mobile, Usability and User Experience. The UX / UX Design section covers the top trends every month so that you can stay abreast of the latest developments. Note: they also publish print books and ebooks.
10. Usability Geek
Last and certainly not least is Usability Geek! This blog, which has been around since 2011, provides practical and useful insights into topics such as Usability, UX, Information Architecture and more. What’s great about this blog is that they offer tons of case studies all focused on user experience.
Keep in mind that the list above is by no means complete. There are plenty of other great UX blogs available online that also serve up inspiring and informative articles around user experience. You just have to know where to look.
Hungry for more? While Mopinion’s blog focuses on quite a few different topics such as customer feedback, customer experience, digital marketing and more, we also regularly publish articles on user experience. So be sure to visit our blog and further expand your UX expertise!
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