Paul McAleer
Paul McAleer
Helping people by design.

UX Resources

It always happens. When I give a talk or teach a class, people want links to check out. So in lieu of telling people, “I'll email it to you!” I've chosen to set up this page of UX-related things you need to check out.

Books

The links below will take you to Amazon, and I'm an affiliate. But I encourage you to check your local library, independent bookstore, or the publisher's site as well.

Titles from A Book Apart or Rosenfeld Media are highly recommended.

Skills you will likely need

  • Active listening
  • Empathy
  • Writing
  • Presentation/public speaking (even in small doses)
  • Critiquing and providing feedback
  • Analysis and synthesis of qualitative & quantitative data
  • Drawing, sketching, conveying ideas visually

Tools you may use

These aren't hard and fast rules. You don't have to code; you do have to know the medium you're working in.

  • Something to make flows, prototypes, wireframes: OmniGraffle, InVision, Axure RP, Keynote, Photoshop, Sketch.
  • Something to present: Keynote, PowerPoint, Paper (for iPad)
  • Something to write with: Word, Pages, TextWrangler/BBEdit
  • Something to code with, if that's your thing
  • Something to draw with: Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (maybe)

Meetups and Groups

  • chiDUXX – Chicago Women of Design and UX
  • IXDA – Interaction Design Association
  • IAI – Information Architecture Institute