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rndmize · 2017-07-01 · Original thread
In that case, a few more things.

You'll probably want to do some reading on common components of design such as color, spacing/negative space/white space, grids, typography.

I feel like even experienced designers can have trouble coming up with something that will work on phones, tables, and various desktop/laptop screen sizes all at once. I'd pick one platform to target initially, get something working there, and then see about the others later; otherwise, you're taking something you already aren't practiced at and multiplying your difficulty several times.

Here's another design book I like and which is more in the direction of case studies, but the material (dashboards) is very specific and might not be useful to you -

Another great read is "Don't Make Me Think"
studiofellow · 2014-08-15 · Original thread
There are quite a few good resources for developers to learn design.

Disclaimer: I wrote a book on this topic, but because of that, I know resources made by other people too.


Sacha Grief’s ebook is good for an in-depth example:


Design for Hackers by David Kadavy is also well written. He explores the more traditional way to learn design, with the history of fonts, color theory, etc.


A different approach might be reading about creativity. My friend Paul Jarvis has some great books about creativity, especially his new one, The Good Creative, if you’re looking to get inspired:


Nathan Barry’s design books are great. He also has a course on Photoshop if you’re looking to learn.


One of the best books about UI/UX/usability is Don’t Make Me Think:


Great place for topic-specific books. Some of these are more advanced and intended for designers. I'd suggest these for after you read up on the basics.


My book focuses on design fundamentals instead of advanced theory. It's intended as a starting point for things you can do right now. Actionable, focused on building skill instead of knowledge.


Email me anytime if you need help. My email address is on the site above.

Edit: formatting

natch · 2014-03-03 · Original thread
Especially for you:

pay close attention to the part about providing a clear call-to-action. :-)

aj_mihalic · 2014-03-01 · Original thread
Lean UX by O'Reilly Media - This is a good read for a better understanding of the lean UX principles but seems to focus on teams with a few more resources than a startup. However, many of the principles can work within a startup if adjusted to account for it.

Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug - This is one of my favcorites. Steve challenges you to really think about how you are building a product (mostly web) so that your users have the most frictionless experience possible and ensureing that things are made obvious to them.

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill - This book isn't so much about web or digital focused UX as it is for physical space. Specifically, retail. It gives you great insight into the thought processes behind consumers and how some stores take this into account when designing their own store layouts. Very interesting read for any UX Designer.

Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks - This one I grabbed tidbits of useful info out of here and there. Gives you a better understanding on just how to better build user stories for your product as well as usability testing etc.

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