Resources

A bunch of resources and references curated by me, with the goal to help others learn something new. For more frequent bursts of resources and other related content join me over on twitter.

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#accessibility

A11Y Project

The A11Y Project is a community-driven effort to make digital accessibility easier.

Stark

The suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

WCAG is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with a goal of providing a single shared standard that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

#animation

Art of the Title

Art of the Title is the definitive industry publication for title sequence design and an educational resource, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries.

CMYK

A story about 3 ways to mix process colors.

Walt Disney's MultiPlane Camera

Walt Disney explains his invention. Probably the most advanced tool ever made in the field of animation. (At least until the computer was made.)

Everything Animated

A channel for admirers of animation. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the greatest animation talent out there carefully handpicked for you!

How Design Legend Saul Bass Changed Film and TV Forever

The designer of famed logos had a rich and important career in designing film titles, too.

#architecture

Dimensions

Dimensions.com is an ongoing reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.

Heatherwick Studio

A multi-award winning British design and architecture studio - buildings, spaces, master-plans, objects and infrastructure.

Visualizing Architecture

Visualizing Architecture explores the different graphics styling you may encounter in the industry.

#artificial intelligence

Elements of AI

A free course covering the basics of artificial intelligence.

Machine Learning for Artists

ml4a is a collection of free educational resources devoted to machine learning for artists.

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.

Writing with the Machine

It’s like writing with a deranged but very well-read parrot on your shoulder.

#branding

A Lightweight Branding Exercise for Startups

A bottom-up, alignment-oriented approach

Responsive Logos

An exploration in scalable logo design.

#color

CMYK

A story about 3 ways to mix process colors.

How to use Colors in UI Design

Color is like everything else, it’s best used in moderation. You will tend to get better results if you stick to max three primary colors in your color scheme.

Grabients

Beautiful and simple UI for generating web gradients.

QULR.Life

Color, Colour, Colors, Colours No matter how you spell it they are beautiful.

#data viz

Derek Watkins

Derek is Graphics Editor at The New York Times, where I work as a designer, developer, reporter and geographer to visually present the news.

Feltron Annual Report

The tenth and final Feltron Annual Report examines the state of state of self-tracking through widely available apps and devices.

Flowing Data

FlowingData explores how we use analysis and visualization to understand data and ourselves.

The Functional Art

Alberto Cairo's weblog about visualization, infographics, and data journalism.

The Functional Art

The Functional Art is an introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, the communication of facts and data by means of charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams

Information is Beautiful

Data, information, knowledge: we distil it into beautiful, useful graphics & diagrams.

Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't

If you take 10 communities and run a simulation, it’s easy to see why we need as many members of the ‘herd’ as possible to get vaccines – before it’s too late

On Broadway

The interactive installation ON BROADWAY represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

Pudding.Cool

We are a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays.

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.

Visualising Data

Data visualization and infographic design

#design systems

Adele

The repository of publicly available design systems and pattern libraries

Australian Government's Design System

The Australian Government Design System provides a framework and a set of tools to help designers and developers build government products and services more easily.

Chicago Design System

The Chicago Design System is the public visual identity of the City of Chicago. It is an inclusive, equitable, cost saving system for City communication and for public use to show civic pride.

Design System Checklist

An open-source checklist to help you plan, build and grow your design system.

#film

Abstract: The Art of Design

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Art of the Title

Art of the Title is the definitive industry publication for title sequence design and an educational resource, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries.

Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing

Path tracing is a method for generating digital images by simulating how light would interact with objects in a virtual world.

Everything Animated

A channel for admirers of animation. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the greatest animation talent out there carefully handpicked for you!

The Infuriating Truth behind Elevator Buttons

The elevator buttons in our office building are slowly driving us all insane. We dropped everything to figure out what was going on and a little science happened along the way.

How Design Legend Saul Bass Changed Film and TV Forever

The designer of famed logos had a rich and important career in designing film titles, too.

#games

HTML Spirograph

HTML Spirograph - creates awesome psychedelic drawings

Method of Action

Method of Action creates tools, toys and games to help you learn design, for free.

User Inyerface

User Inyerface - A worst-practice UI experiment

#illustration

Avataaars

Create avatar illustrations in Sketch App with this free library. Combine clothes, hair, emotions, accessories, and colors.

Humaaans

A Mix-&-Match illustration library of humans

Pose

A simple web app for character posing. Design a character exactly the way you want it and follow the easy guidelines to bring it to life using your favorite app.

The Patten Library

This on going project compiles patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

unDraw

The design project with open-source illustrations for any idea you can imagine and create. Create beautiful websites, products and applications with your color, for free.

#inspiration

Codrops

Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities.

Lapa Ninja

Lapa Ninja is a gallery featuring the best 3154 landing page design inspiration, free books for designers and free UI kits from around the web.

On Broadway

The interactive installation ON BROADWAY represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

Really Good Emails

The web's best and most attractive, curated collection of emails, showing both design and code.

Visualising Data

Data visualization and infographic design

#maps

Cartography Comparison: Google & Apple Maps

What are the biggest differences between Google Maps & Apple Maps? (2016)

Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a repository of different color schemes for Google Maps aimed towards web designers and developers.

#newtoDev

CSS Reference

CSS Reference is a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

CSS Vocabulary

Learn what all the parts of CSS are called

Visualizing Git Concepts with D3

This website is designed to help you understand some basic git concepts visually.

#newtoUX

BBC Global Experience Language

Welcome to BBC UX&D. We do the layer between people and technology. Every day, we focus on the stuff that makes things special, as well as the stuff that makes things happen.

Figma Design Dictionary

This dictionary of design terms will help you learn about a broad range of important terms you'll hear in your career as a designer.

DesignGold

A podcast about all things design and technology, how we can create better experiences and the pitfall of things not considered or overlooked.

Design Kit

Brought to you by IDEO.org Design Kit is hardly the only place to learn about the power of human-centered design. These books, guides, and free downloads are all great destinations to help you routinely innovate and solve big problems.

The Infuriating Truth behind Elevator Buttons

The elevator buttons in our office building are slowly driving us all insane. We dropped everything to figure out what was going on and a little science happened along the way.

Laws of UX

Laws of UX is a collection of principles that designers can consider when building user interfaces.

Method of Action

Method of Action creates tools, toys and games to help you learn design, for free.

Refactoring UI

Learn how to design awesome UIs by yourself using specific tactics explained from a developer's point-of-view.

10 Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.

User Inyerface

User Inyerface - A worst-practice UI experiment

UXR Presentation

A intro to the world of design.

A wish list of three for UI / UX for the casual user

Don't forget about designing for the some times users.

#photography

Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing

Path tracing is a method for generating digital images by simulating how light would interact with objects in a virtual world.

Tips for shooting aerial photos with your drone

Some great tips for getting your drone shots.

Unsplash

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.

#product development

Shape Up

This book is a guide to how we do product development at Basecamp. It’s also a toolbox full of techniques that you can apply in your own way to your own process.

Want a Better Pitch?

A good read to help position your next pitch for success.

#reading

BBC Global Experience Language

Welcome to BBC UX&D. We do the layer between people and technology. Every day, we focus on the stuff that makes things special, as well as the stuff that makes things happen.

Cartography Comparison: Google & Apple Maps

What are the biggest differences between Google Maps & Apple Maps? (2016)

How to use Colors in UI Design

Color is like everything else, it’s best used in moderation. You will tend to get better results if you stick to max three primary colors in your color scheme.

Want To Design Great Digital Experiences? Start Working With Architects

Hans Neubert was chief creative officer at Frog and Huge. Here’s why he jumped ship for the largest architecture firm in the world.

Elements of AI

A free course covering the basics of artificial intelligence.

Laws of UX

Laws of UX is a collection of principles that designers can consider when building user interfaces.

Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't

If you take 10 communities and run a simulation, it’s easy to see why we need as many members of the ‘herd’ as possible to get vaccines – before it’s too late

UX writing: the definite guide for designing text in mobile apps

A must-have UX Writing resource: 40 rules for writing microcopy that looks stunning, from a UI design standpoint.

There’s no such thing as “minor design changes”

Sharing a quick story I found on Intercom’s blog about how there’s no such thing as a small change in a product. “We want to limit the length of a review in the product to 140 characters, because we…

Sidebar

The five best design links, every weekday.

Sketching Interfaces

The time required to test an idea should be zero. This was the very first sentence I wrote when considering the Airbnb design tools team vision.

10 Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.

Tips for shooting aerial photos with your drone

Some great tips for getting your drone shots.

Typographic Illusions

A collection of free tools for demonstrating typographic phenomena, for anyone teaching or studying typeface design.

The UX of Lego Interface Panels

Two studs wide and angled at 45°, the ubiquitous “2x2 decorated slope” is a LEGO minifigure’s interface to the world.

UXPin Books

Thoughtful content on mobile & web prototyping, wireframing, mockups, usability testing, project management, design process & more.

A wish list of three for UI / UX for the casual user

Don't forget about designing for the some times users.

#research methods

Design Kit

Brought to you by IDEO.org Design Kit is hardly the only place to learn about the power of human-centered design. These books, guides, and free downloads are all great destinations to help you routinely innovate and solve big problems.

#sound

Bensound

Royalty free music

#tools

Dimensions

Dimensions.com is an ongoing reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.

GIF Brewery

Creating fine-crafted GIFs for Mac users worldwide.

Goodbye John Doe

Peculiar names for the placeholder connoisseur. Placeholder name generator.

Jeffsum

A little text placeholder generator of Jeff Goldblum awesomeness.

Lapa Ninja

Lapa Ninja is a gallery featuring the best 3154 landing page design inspiration, free books for designers and free UI kits from around the web.

Loopy

A tool for thinking in systems

Noun Project

The most diverse collection of icons ever. Download SVG and PNG.

Responsively

Multi-panel responsive browser.

Retrobatch

Flexible, super charged, batch image processing for your Mac.

Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a repository of different color schemes for Google Maps aimed towards web designers and developers.

Stark

The suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams.

Subtle Patterns

A bunch of subtle patterns

The Patten Library

This on going project compiles patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

Unsplash

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.

#typography

FontMap

Hundreds of fonts arranged using machine learning

Fonts in Use

A searchable archive of typographic design, indexed by typeface, format, and topic.

Google Fonts

Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography

League of Moveable Type

The League of Moveable Type is the first open-source font foundry, dedicated to helping you level up as a designer.

Space Type Generator

Playing with type in 3D space

TypeTerms

Type Terms. The animated typographic cheat sheet.

Typographic Illusions

A collection of free tools for demonstrating typographic phenomena, for anyone teaching or studying typeface design.

#web dev

Codrops

Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities.

CSS Reference

CSS Reference is a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

CSS Vocabulary

Learn what all the parts of CSS are called

DzgnIO Toolkit

A open set of web development resources to help you develop better and quicker with simple styling blocks.

MDN Web Docs

Mozilla's web dev documentation, learn how and when to use HTML and CSS appropriately

Responsively

Multi-panel responsive browser.

#workflow

Design Vault

Browse a curated collection of mobile, web & desktop screenshots from the world’s best apps and websites. Gain insights, explore trends and understand competitors and best practices.

User Onboarding

A bunch of walkthroughs of onboardings out in the wild, the good and the bad.

UX Archive

We lay out the most interesting user flows so you can build your point of view and be inspired to design the best user experiences.

🎉

Easter Eggs! Explore the projects to see notes giving you a look behind the curtain