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.
Top 5 UX Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in UX by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- Removing uncertainty: the tip of the iceberg
- Why Chatbots Are Not the Future
- Navigating the Discovery Phase
- The Anatomy of a Good Design: An Analysis of 4 Sites
- Reversing UK mobile rail tickets
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Thinking on ways to solve TOOLTIPS
In today's GUI Challenge, @Adam Argyle builds a tooltip with a custom element (no web component!), :has(), transforms, and logical properties. Besides a smal...
What is ...?
New to UX? These articles make an excellent introduction.
A beginner’s guide to customer journey maps
A look into the makings of and reasoning behind customer journey maps.
How to ...?
How to evaluate the UX maturity of a company
I was presented with this opportunity in the summer of 2015. Until that point, I had spent two years living in Germany and working for an early-stage startup in Luxembourg. It was the job that I moved…
How to design delightful dark themes
Dark themes are the latest trend in app design. Here we share how to design dark themes that are readable, balanced, and delightful!
These links are currently making the rounds in UX on Refind.
The Rhythm of Your Screen
It’s 2023 and I’m still frequently asked by clients about scrolling. I understand why. Every design comes with assumptions about how much content
Why Chatbots Are Not the Future
Last night, over wine and seafood, the inevitable happened...
“That little island changes everything”
How we designed Lyft Live Activities to elevate the rider experience
The problem with sticky menus and what to do instead
Adam Silver – interaction designer - London, UK
Be Careful Using ‘Menu’
TL;DR: Be careful when using the word menu. Be certain you have chosen the term that accurately describes the control you want. If this post looks familiar to you, that is because it is essentially a…
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Removing uncertainty: the tip of the iceberg
We build mountains underwater so that others can see the tip of the iceberg. To keep momentum, we must continually reduce uncertainty.
«This is because the more uncertainty that you reduce, the more predictability that you gain, and the closer that you get to your goal.»
The revenge of the pop-up
How did one of the most hated elements of web design make a comeback?
The Anatomy of a Good Design: An Analysis of 4 Sites
Visually pleasing designs use consistent type styles and spacing, create a visual hierarchy, and utilize an underlying grid structure.
How people read online
Tips for accessible text.
Navigating the Discovery Phase
Kicking off a big design project? Ashley shares tips and tricks for the all-important discovery phase.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles in UX.
16 little UI design rules that make a big impact
A UI design case study to redesign an example user interface using logical rules or guidelines
Behind-the-Design: Meet Copilot
When the system is the product; on crafting the next generation of user experiences
Mastering Website Navigation: The Ultimate Guide
Shared by 364, including Thomas Pleil
Reversing UK mobile rail tickets
The UK has used small credit-card sized tickets to pay for train travel for years and years, since long before I was born — originally the APTIS ticket1, which later got replaced by a slightly easier…
Microsoft Loop and the Future of Collaborative Experiences
The design thinking and user research that turned into Microsoft Loop
We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in UX, including:
Software designer, builder, product strategist, advisor. Author of Shape Up. Prev: 37signals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder at @designcodeio. I teach designers code and developers design.
Author. Designer. Web Standards Godfather. Employer Brand at @Automattic. Publisher @AListApart + @ABookApart. Ava’s dad. Pete’s brother. He/him.
Design system consultant, web designer, speaker, writer, musician, & artist. Author of Atomic Design. Mastadon: http://mastodon.social/@brad_frost
🎆 🌸 Samuel Hulick 🌸 🌄
I help Self-Serve SaaS orgs convert more customers | http://SelfServeSaaS.com | prev @UserOnboard | they/them
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in UX, including:
Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.
Nielsen Norman Group
User advocates offering evidence-based user experience (UX) research, training, consulting. Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman, Tog, and colleagues.
Smashing Magazine 🇺🇦 🏳️🌈
An online magazine for designers and web developers. Questions? We've got your back: @SmashingSupport, @SmashingConf. Curated by Iris, Vitaly and the team.
http://uxplanet.org official twitter account
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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