A look into 10 Awesome UX Blogs
The UX community is extremely generous when it comes to sharing useful and meaningful information related to the field. Whether its tips on how to tackle your first survey to case studies, podcasts, interviews, UX cartoons and more.
As I’ve come to learn, UX is a broad concept with many interdisciplines that continue to evolve as we learn more about how to best execute and evaluate good UX. The best place I’ve found to learn and grow in the discipline is subscribing to blogs that publish content based on their own research and experience. Here are some of the blogs I follow and I recommend you follow them to! But before you follow them, make sure to subscribe to this blog at A Better User Experience.
1. UX Magazine
UX Magazine is a one-stop resource for everything related to user experience. They provide a steady stream of current, informative and credible information about UX and related fields. This blog is especially beneficial to UX practitioners and those exploring the field. Their articles are published by experienced professionals who work in all areas of UX and cover the field from diverse angles and perspectives.
2. UX Booth
The UX Booth is a publication by and for the User Experience Community. They produce articles and share resources on usability, user experience, and interaction design.
3. Alertbox: Current Issues in Web Usability
Alertbox is a Bi-weekly column by Dr. Jakob Nielsen, AKA “the king of usability” (Internet Magazine), “the guru of Web page usability” (The New York Times), “the next best thing to a true time machine” (USA Today), “the smartest person on the Web” (ZDNet AnchorDesk), “the world’s leading expert on Web usability” (U.S. News & World Report), one of the top 10 minds in small business (FORTUNE Small Business) and “the world’s leading expert on user-friendly design” (Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany). So if you are into UX, following this blog is a no brainer. Since it was published on the Internet in 1995, its current readership reaches 12 million page views per year).
Dr. Jakob Nielsen is the principal of the Nielsen Norman Group, which specializes in Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting.
4. User Interface Engineering Blog
User Interface Engineering (UIE) is a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in web site and product usability. Their blog takes us inside the brilliant minds of user research pioneer Jared Spool and his team at UIE. Into podcasts? They do that too! The blog is great for giving design tips- check out his latest post, 6 popular articles from 2012.
5. Online Behavior
This website is a source of knowledge for anyone looking to understand how customers behave online. The site utilizes articles, cartoons (check them out here), videos and e-books. In their blog, they discuss a broad range of techniques and strategies to help optimize websites. Their topics tend to cover…
- Targeting & Segmentation Learn how to increase website relevance in order to increase conversions and customer satisfaction.
- Website Testing & Usability Understand what affects user experience and get ideas on the most profitable way to test your website.
- Web Analytics & Optimization Learn the most advanced conversion optimization techniques to optimize your current traffic.
6. Nick Finck’s Blog
Nick Finck is a popular user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile. He writes about these things in his blog. Although he’s only producing new content months, but when he does, its worth paying attention to. I mentioned Nick in an article “9 Websites to Help you Find Awesome Gifts for UX Professionals” for his blog post “Gifts for User Experience Geeks 2011“. The list doubles has resource for UX Tools!
7. A List Apart
A List Apart Magazine is loaded with insightful articles exploring the design, development and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. The articles are written by designers, developers, architects, producers, project managers, and other assorted specialists. Their article topics include: Code, Content, Culture, Design, Mobile, Process and User Science.
Interested in being a contributing writer for A List Apart? Click here.
8. Boxes and Arrows
Boxes and Arrows is a blog devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business. Since 2001, it’s been a peer-written journal promoting contributors who want to provoke thinking, push limits, and teach a few things along the way.
I’ve mentioned Abby Covert, one of their contributors, before in my article 6 Amazing UX Women You MUST Follow on Twitter.
Interested in writing for Boxes and Arrows?: Click here
9. UX Matters
UX Matters is a web magazine that publishes essays, articles, and columns on topics related to UX, especially as it pertains to Information Design and Usability. This website is a Mecca of UX knowledge contributed by experts in the field from all over the world. It covers theory and practice, presents innovative ideas and practical solutions, and introduces abstract concepts as well as useful tips. So yeah, “UX MATTERS!”
10. Usabilla’s Blog
The Usabilla Blog is brought to you by the team behind Usabilla Live, Usabilla Survey and Usabilla Discover.
This blog is the place to be if you are looking for insights and practical tips on visual design, analytics, usability, user experience, and remote research. Some of my favorite articles come from Sabina Idker, Usabilla’s community manager, technical writer & UXer.
Want to know more about writing for the blog? Click here
There are tons of resources to learn, grow and explore the world of UX. But let’s face it, if you want to be a UX Know-It-All…then make sure you follow the 10 blogs I just mentioned.
As always, great post! I had not seen any of these sites before, I really dig usabilla.com! Thanks!
Great list! I always reference Jakob Nielsen’s blog
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Also check http://www.measuringusability.com/. Very insightful!
Good list. There has been an important change (at least I think it is important) to one of the 10 sources listed here: Alertbox.
The Alertbox content has been migrated to the NN Group web site, instead of being on usetit.com. I noticed it 2 days ago – http://www.usableweb.org/useit-gone – so I have not seen an announcement yet from Jakob and I still see some bugs. I bet they will take another week to fine tune it and then let everyone know.
I am sure Jakob will still be adding to his 450+ articles, but these articles will be better integrated with other NN Group content (like research reports and training). And people will no longer have the useit.com visual design to complain about. (^:
Also check out http://www.usercentric.com/blogs/uxnuggets for great UX insights as it applies to the healthcare, medical devices, mobile technology, and automotive industries.
Really enjoyed the very insightful Nielsen Norman UX blog. Thanks for putting this list together.
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IMNSHO If you aren’t reading Whitney Hess’ blog “Pain and Pleasure” you’re missing one of the most important thinkers about UX on the Web
Thanks for your comments. I agree about Whitney. I actually mentioned her in another article, 6 Amazing Women You Should Be Following on Twitter. http://abetteruserexperience.com/2012/11/5-lady-ux-professionals-you-should-be-following-on-twitter/
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Thanks Jenna for the wonderful resources! These are really helpful 🙂
Glad you enjoyed them! If you come across any others, please share them in the comments.
just wanted to add some good resource for UX inspiration
Great list! I follow all of the above. May I add my own blog UsabilityGeek here – http://usabilitygeek.com
Cheers and keep it up!
Thanks for the compilation Jenna.
It was great to read through your list. Here’s my list…
Thanks for the great resource!
UX Magazine is a really, really great resource – top of the class.
Let me introduce you to my own UX blog – http://www.tasteux.com
It’s still new, but I hope you find it interesting! 🙂
New, for advice on UX career progression check out THINKING from UXswitch. http://www.uxswitch.com/thinking/
This week, tips for how to not get stuck in your UX career: http://www.uxswitch.com/stuck-in-your-ux-career/
Great list Jenna – I read a lot of these too! I work for Akendi (full disclosure), a UX firm headquartered in Toronto, and our blog has been getting pretty good feedback as well! Check it out http://akendi.com/blog/
Cool! But I just found an Indonesian UX blog. Check this out –> UniteUX http://uniteux.com
I prefer the http://kaizen-ux.com/ Peter W. Szabo’s UX blog. He is the head of UX at Europe’s largest UX research company, and a sci-fi writer, so the writing style is great.