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The Best Articles in UX

The most useful articles in UX from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 UX Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in UX by Refind users.

  1. The heuristics of Neurodesign
  2. Spotify’s Embodiment Of Emotional Design
  3. Designing The Perfect Mobile Navigation UX — Smashing Magazine
  4. Design Principles: why a design works
  5. 8 mental model design heuristics

Videos

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in UX—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in UX.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in UX, including:

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Ryan Singer

Software designer, builder, product strategist. Author of Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work That Matters. Email rjs@hey.com

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Meng To

Founder at @designcodeio. I teach designers code and developers design.

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zeldman

Author. Designer. Web Standards Godfather. Employer Brand at @Automattic. Publisher, @AListApart, @ABookApart. Ava’s dad. Pete’s brother. He/him.

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Brad Frost

Design system consultant, web designer, speaker, writer, & musician. Author of Atomic Design. Mastadon: https://mastodon.social/@brad_frost

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in UX, including:

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UX Collective

Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.

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Nielsen Norman Group

User advocates offering evidence-based user experience (UX) research, training, consulting. Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman, Tog, and colleagues.

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UX Magazine

Defining and informing the complex field of user experience (UX) through frequent publication of high-quality articles for experts and newcomers alike.

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GV

Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV supports innovative founders moving the world forward.

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