Where to get knowledge for a beginner UI

“What is interface design, where to start and what you need to know” There are many articles on the Internet on this topic, but often most of them are just general advice. Looking at such a list of 10 steps, a young designer can get lost and simply do not understand where to start. Therefore, the text below is some manual with specific resources and ideas, which can help beginners to quickly understand the topic and spend less time searching for quality materials. Each of the sources below has been personally tested and received its own effectiveness medal.

1. Youtube

In my opinion, most modern online courses are not effective enough, especially since you can always start with something free. Here are some great channels:

2. Podcasts

Due to the fact that podcasts are most often a dialogue between two experts, you can eavesdrop on a lot of cool insights from the real work process. I usually listen to the following on Yandex.Music: Dark theme, The design is, The design is simple, UX podcast, Mail Design Podcast, usabilitylab, Party design, Between pixels.

3. Media

Interfaces are an area where something new happens every day. A new study, product or gadget that comes out today can absolutely change lives tomorrow. For myself, I chose these resources:

4. Applications

For some reason, this resource is not talked about so often, and very in vain. There are many apps to help designers: color palettes, sketches, lidars, etc. But there are also tutorials:

  • mode. The appendix contains articles from more than ten Russian and Ukrainian publications.

  • Youtoast. Minimalistic cards with English explanations of UI/UX artifacts and a large glossary of terms.

  • strategy cards. A small but very useful library with flashcards in English detailing various product research methods.

5. Mentor. Probably the most effective way to learn. To find a good mentor, it is important to take into account his background, get acquainted with the training program in advance, pay attention to the projects in which he himself worked and just chat with the person. to understand how comfortable you are. Here are the places to look…

  • Through friends. Working with a friend or close friend is always more convenient than with a stranger. Yes, and don’t underestimate networking. Maybe your aunt’s son has been working at Sberbank for a long time.

  • specialized sites. If you know English well, then there should be no problems finding a mentor, since such sites are very quickly googled. In Russia, there are many times fewer such resources, but here’s what I managed to find: ux boost, Solvery or Aichi frame.

    And on h there is an opportunity to buy a session with various well-known designers and prepare with them for an interview, make a portfolio review or just chat.

  • Communities. You can write to various design communities, for example, in telegram channels or suitable topics on websites. Just type keywords into the search and write to everyone.

6. Learning through inspiration. I don’t recommend getting too inspired by Behance and Dribbble, instead:

  • See and analyze real applications, websites and interfaces. Everything from your favorite service to a new toaster will do.

  • Explore collections of works on sites that collect the best interfaces: Land book, one page love, Httpster, Awwwards, site inspiration, Tilda publishing (and on their youtube channel Tilda publishing collections of cool domestic sites with detailed analysis often come out).

  • Also on youtube you can find a lot of portfolio reviews by experienced designers.

I hope all this experience that I have collected during the year of study will be useful to someone. In conclusion, I want to say, look wider and deeper! Don’t just stop at Top 10 Designer Books, Best Figma Course, or even my article and you’ll be good to go!

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