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2019 UX Resources Brain Dump

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

In the last couple weeks, as many people have asked me for a list of UX Design resources. It felt like time to throw up a page. I am assuming this will not have longevity as the tools and exercise popularity seems to shift every 2–3 years, so feel free to look back at this and have a laugh in 2023.

Best Newsletter & Blog subscriptions: 

My Favorite UX Books: 

The "Animal" Textbooks by O'Reilly are all pretty great and hold up decently: 

  • Information Architecture (the Polar bear)

  • User Story Mapping (the bird)

  • Designing Interfaces (the duck)

  • UX Strategy (the wolf)

  • Org Design for Design Orgs (fish)

Cog Psych category: 

  • Hooked: How to build Habit forming products by Nir Eyal

  • Influence, the psychology of persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

  • The Social Animal, Elliot Aronson

  • 100 things every designer needs to know about people by Susan Weinschenk

  • Honorable mention: The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz

General UX and intro to UX books:

  • Aaron Walter, Designing for Emotion

  • About Face, the essentials of interaction design Alan Cooper

  • Don't make me think Steve Krugg

  • The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman

  • Sprint, Jake Knapp 

Rosenfeld media has a lot of great (and frankly, a few not so great) books on specific UX topics. Some of my favorites are: 

Design Books:

  • Envisioning Information, Tufte

  • Visual Intelligence: How we create what we see


  • Letting go of the words, Janice Ginny Redish

Book to give to someone new to the value of UX Design

  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Useful Links, Learning & Resource websites:

Software Tools:

Hardware tools:

  • Love me some large screen imacs - so much better to be able to see the whole map and once and zoom in on details in design. Don’t get me started on color and contrast accuracy and high resolution needs for pixel perfection before we launch to thousands of people. You can also buy a Mac Laptop and a large color calibrated monitor separately, but by that point you've spent about the same amount of money amirite?

  • Sony Recording Device - Sony ICD-UX560 to record interviews and the mic is surprisingly great! Makes me feel like an 80's journalist. Five stars.

  • Individualized Designer hardware needs, I know some designers are lost without their Cintiq I have a feeling the ipad pro and pencil are going to play a bigger factor going forward too. I personally use a Apple magic mouse and Apple trackpad combo with Sketch as modified by Better Touch Tools quick zooming in and out of large design maps. Got to protect the money makers!

illustration of people running on a hamster wheel with a poppy yellow background from the book cover.
Illustration from Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit, Book cover

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