The top 20 UX blogs you HAVE to read if you are in any way associated with UX or user experience design
I have been in the business of creating and marketing applications, websites and mobile experiences for quite a while now (over 20 years, ouch). I have built up a list over the years of my favorite UX blogs I visit. I use these to catch up on the latest trends in user experience and design. In the spirit of giving to the community here’s my list, feel free to add a comment at the bottom if I’ve left off your favorite UX blog. Enjoy!
Top 20 UX Blogs in Alphabetical Order:
1. A List Apart
A List Apart has been around since 1997 (their website was launched in 1998), almost as long as me! Their tag line is: For People Who Make Websites, but don’t worry, there is lots of good stuff on all aspects of UX. Other than the excellent content, their cut off masthead is probably the most annoying thing on the web (other than spammers hijacking websites that is). Their An Event Apart series is also very motivational.
Adaptive Path touts itself as one of the first design firms focused on user experience. They have been active in the UX blogosphere for a long time. If you’ve heard of Jesse James Garrett (for those of you not into UX, not the Jesse James of wild west fame) then you know they have UX thought leadership up the wazoo. Hanging out on their blog is always a great way to learn about UX.
The Apple developers blog (aka news and announcements) is probably more for you techies. But if you are developing mobile apps, or any Apple related projects, you need to hang out here (you probably already are). Every now and again there is a pretty cool UX update so it is worth scanning this even if you are not a techie. And to all my techie friends, love ya man!
Boxes and Arrows is nothing but a great big blog with tons of interaction design and UX articles. Having been around since 2001, it’s one of the few peer-written publishing sources that provide a platform for the latest thinking on design, interaction, experience, research and testing. It’s an informative read and always worth a read, make sure you bookmark this! Now!
Econsultancy is a digital marketing firm, so this blog admittedly is mostly marketing focused. But you will find plenty of interesting UX articles here, especially as they relate to how people consume and interact with digital content. It is interesting the number of times their blog comes up when I’m searching for a specific UX topic. Well done Econsultancy content team!
Experientia, the global design consultancy based in Italy provides another great source for UX thought leadership and information. Not only do the Italians make an amazing Fettuccine, they also create some amazing blogs on User Experience and design. This blog is definitely worth coming back to often, if you are not already in the habit. Putting People First is an apt name for the content here.
7. HFI Connect
Human Factors International’s Connect website is a blog and more, containing videos, discussion groups and other useful content for the UX crowd. I owe most of my UX career to Eric Schaffer and his HFI team for the training and inspiration they provided me back in the 1990s. There is plenty of good UX content to sink your teeth into on HFI Connect so make sure you bookmark this blog and visit regularly.
LukeW (aka Luke Wroblewski) is a leading authority on web design and especially forms and functions in the online world. But the only thing harder than spelling his last name correctly is finding the great articles by subject in his blog (Luke, a SEARCH tool might be handy. Just sayin). Luckily Google search can help you find the amazing content available on his blog, it’s worth the effort!
Mashable is the very well known publication of founder and CEO Pete Cashmore (who could have been a billion dollar male model if he had wished). Their articles cover all aspects of online life, but for UX fans there is a UX category that has interesting content worth reviewing. Some of the articles go to sources mentioned above, but all are good.
Charles L. Mauro, considered one of the founding fathers of the HCI/UX movement he started waaaaay back in the 70s (and leader of MauroNewMedia) has this little blog, which is waaaaay worth your time to browse. The blog is not updated often, but has a variety of topics that cover the range of user experience and, dare I say, “Human
Computer Device Interaction.” And anybody that worked on the Space Shuttle is way cool in my book!
Having given the Apple developers a nod, it’s only fair we also include the good UX posts available over at Microsoft. The Microsoft MSDN blog is where the public can access the thoughts and ideas shared by the Microsoft developer team. Doing a Search for UX on the MSDN blog will provide you with a wealth of interesting and informative thoughts on user experience and design.
The NN/g Alertbox is another staple of UX and design thought leadership. If you need to learn the right way to do UX, you should definitely spend time here. Interestingly, most of the articles published even way back years ago still apply today. Good design is, well, good design! By the way, if you are looking for cool graphics don’t come here! This is all about usability and information flow. Cat videos on YouTube this ain’t.
Smashing Magazine has been a staple for the online design community since 2006. Owned by a German firm, the quality of their content is probably some of the very best you’ll find on the interwebz. The articles in the UX category are usually rich with information and a great resource to refer to again and again.
TandemSeven is a UX company that provides design and development services along with some pretty cool UX tools. Their blog has a heavy focus on Personas, which is in my opinion right on, as I believe Personas are the most critical based of any development or design exercise. Adding my bud Phil Goddard PhD. to the team adds to their research and testing thought leadership.
15. UIE Brainsparks
User Interface Engineering and the Brainsparks blog is the creation of Jared M. Spool, a renowned force in the user experience world (and hater of bad airline trips as his tweets will testify). There is an excellent amount of UX content here, salted with a dash of marketing fluff for their conferences and talks. But hey, that’s business, right? This is a must bookmark site for UX aficionados.
User Experience Magazine is the online version of the traditional printed quarterly magazine. The UXPA (formerly UPA) or User Experience Professional’s Association is the publisher. I had the opportunity to be on the editorial board for a while, and it was a real pleasure working with Gerry Gaffney, Aga Bojko, Aaron Marcus and the rest of the team there. Each quarter, make it a necessity to drop by the magazine and be enlightened.
17. Useful Usability
OK, it is my website (but then again it is my list). Actually, I have been known from time to time to write pretty decent and helpful blog posts, including the most popular 24 Usability Testing Tools and a few others. I’ve also been privileged to post a few interesting interviews with some of the movers and shakers in UX including Dave Garr (UserTesting.com) and Paul Veugen (Usabilla).
18. UX Booth
UX Booth was created in 2009 by founders Andrew Maier and my friend Matthew Kammerer. The site is focused toward beginner to intermediate UX fans but frequently there are highly informative and interesting articles there for just about anybody that is into UX. With over 31,000 subscribers it’s gratifying to know this source of UX information has been very popular among UX practitioners across the globe.
19. UX Magazine
UX Magazine was founded in 2005 and is one of the top sources of UX information on the internet. The constant stream of high quality and educational articles makes this a must stop destination for UX practitioners or students. Among the articles there are also UX job postings and listings of events and scholarly papers and books. Because of the news magazine format, it’s not only educational, but a delight to read. Make sure you bookmark this site and visit often!
Another long-time UX online publication, UXmatters was founded by Pabini Gabriel-Petit in 2005, and provides insights and inspiration to both professionals working in all aspects of user experience from students to advanced practitioners. It’s well worth bookmarking and visiting often.
Conclusion: Top 20 UX Blogs the DEFINITIVE List
So there you have it, my list of the top 20 UX blogs you have to read to stay current with the latest and greatest in UX and user experience design. If you feel like I’ve left off your favorite be sure to include it in the Comments below!