You asked for it and we did it. Now, here it is – the list to end all lists.
We scoured the web for the world’s top User Experience bloggers, thought-leaders and gurus and we asked them a question: who do you follow and who are you inspired by? So, using their input as a guide, we compiled an aggregated score of the top resources as voted by the UX community.
This is the definitive list, in order of popularity and as voted by the best of the blogosphere to decide, once and for all, the best UX blogs you need to follow.
The number one spot could only belong to Nielsen Norman Group. The UX community is unanimous in its belief that NNG is the top resource. Its trustful, endless resources and groundbreaking research has shaped user experience in the modern era, cementing itself as the backbone of professionals.
2. UX Booth
Not following far behind, UX Booth is a publication for and by the UX community. It delves deep into all aspects of UX, from philosophy to architecture.
Boxes and Arrows is a peer-written journal on all things design, aiming to stimulate real conversation in the process.
Offering all kinds of editorial content for web developers and designers, Smashing Magazine is a globally-renowned resource. Sign up for their newsletter and be part of 230,000 modern designers.
5. UX Magazine
UX Magazine, partner of Mashable, is your one-stop shop for all things user experience. Check their editorial pieces or participate in one of their UX conferences!
Justin Mifsud started Usability Geek in 2011 as a personal project to bridge the gap between academic research and practical application of usability. Since then, it has grown into an educational partner and an essential read for any UXer.
7. UX Matters
UX Matters is a blog that serves the interests of the wider UX community. They tailor the conversation to the needs of UX professionals and those of stakeholders in businesses, product managers and front-end developers.
8. UX Myths
Since 2010, Zoltán Kollin and Zoltán Gócza have been debunking misconceptions about user experience. If you’re second-guessing your design choices, it’s always worth cross-referencing with UX Myths.
9. A List Apart
ALA is a comprehensive magazine ‘for people who make websites’. There are well over 300 articles on all aspects of UX – and then there’s everything else to read!
10. Studio by UX Pin
UXPin are strong advocates of Agile UX and it’s pretty clear why. Their blog has some great ideas on streamlining collaboration and design in user experience.
11. UX Movement
Showcasing all things good and bad in design choices, UX Movement demonstrates how these practices can affect user behavior.
12. Luke Wroblwski
Luke Wroblewski’s 22 years of experience in digital product design becomes a comprehensive library of almost two thousand articles on usability, strategy, design, and so much more.
The Balsamiq team’s mission is simple: to spread knowledge about User Experience. While the Balsamiq blog shares tips and tricks of the trade, they also curate sister resource UX Apprentice to introduce fledgling designers to UX.
14. 52 Weeks of UX
This 12-month project has turned into a vital resource for UXers everywhere. Use their lessons from wider reading to inform your way of design.
15. Creative Bloq
Let the stunning visuals and intellectual artistic conversation on Creative Bloq inspire you to create something amazing in your designs.
The team behind uxdesign.cc aims to curate the best of the noisy UX sphere and relay that information in an easily-digestible way.
As well as numerous articles on web design and development, Designmodo create beautiful UI sets for you to download and use in your own creations.
Floris Dekker has brought us daily joy in the form of Little Big Details. There’s something new to read every day on the finer details of design.
Telepathy realises that design is long, continual process. So, they share their breakthroughs in design methodology and company culture with the world so that we can succeed faster.
Jeff Sauro is a pioneer in quantifying user experience. His MeasuringU blog discusses practical ways to measure UX and other issues within the community.
Usabilla’s focus is gaining user feedback on the web. Their articles are particularly attentive to user needs and are well worth a read.
22. UIE Brain Sparks
Jared Spool’s expertise has been on-hand since 1978, before the word ‘usability’ was even associated with computers. His teachings and inspiration can be found all over his website, User Interface Engineering, including his inspiring Brain Sparks series.
23. Designer News
Technology and design professionals cross-over on Designer News and engage in discussion on design. There are stories to be read on the forum and there’s even a podcast to enjoy.
24. Invision Blog
For inspiring thinkpieces on collaborative design, Invision is second to none.
Noupe strives for its readers to communicate positively and effectively on the web and offers dozens of resources for you to do just that.
Dmitry Fadeyev’s Usability Post is more than just UX. Its wide interests include art, design, history and philosophy and is a great source where those schools all merge together.
27. Useful Usability
Craig Tomlin is an award-winning UX, marketing and conversion professional. He’s also a certified usability analyst with a history of improving conversion on the web since 1996. He publishes his thoughts regularly on his home on the web, Useful Usability.
28. UX Blog
UX Blog is a relatively new project but its sophistication is anything but infantile. Its articles and podcasts are always relevant to the modern UX professional.
Wireframes Magazine showcases samples of the best UX and design across the web.
Boagworld is run and managed by Paul Boag, a User Experience designer specialising in digital transformation for non-for profit businesses and universities. His blog provides a rich source of insight, specifically around UX design and digital transformation.
Designer, researcher and public speaker Leisa Reichelt currently leads a team transforming the Australian government’s digital services to really understand the needs of its users. Her thoughts can be found on her no-nonsense blog, disambiguity.
Effective’s blog aims to enlighten professionals outside of UX and what it’s like to work alongside an agency.
33. Felt Presence
Setup and managed by Ryan Singer, he has created a small but concise blog resource covering topics around service design, software interface design, UX and UI product development.
34. Practical Service Design (Previously Hello Erik)
With over 19 years experience designing for the web, Erik co-founded Practical Service Design to help educate and inspire the next generation of service designers. He writes regularly on UX service based design principles, check him out.
Over the last twenty years, InfoDesign’s Peter Bogaards has catalogued more than 7000 posts on the growth and development of information design. As the site proudly states, “sharing knowledge is better than having it”.
The Justinmind team are the brains behind the high-fidelity website prototyping tool. Their blog is equally as brainy as their program!
37. Keep it Usable
The blog of Manchester-based ‘Keep it Usable’ details great ideas and reviews tools for great UX design.
UsTwo is a digital design studio whohase recently made a splash with their BAFTA award-winning mobile game Monument Valley. If you liked that game, then you’ll love their blog.
39. UX Mastery
It’s safe to say that UX Mastery is the all-in-one toolbox for UXers. Take an online course, read their articles or learn with their professional community – you can do it all with this site.
40. UX Planet
Whether you’re just starting out as a designer or looking to push the boundaries with your research, UX Planet has all the resources you need to get even better.
Jakub Linowski makes a second entry on this list with GoodUI. His easily-digestible page of design suggestions is a great read – have a look and see which ideas you can implement into your own creations.
42. Conversion XL
How do you optimise conversion rates on your site? Let the superb ideas on Conversion XL’s blog help you turn those visitors into customers.
Yes, you read that right. The Government of the United States has a fantastic free resource that’ll aid to in creating more useful and accessible websites.
44. Gerry McGovern
Author and speaker Gerry McGovern has created a research and management model to help large organisations improve their customer experience. He has spoken in over 35 different countries. His blog is rich with insights on improving customer service and has written 6 books on writing better web content and digital transformation.
45. Bob Moesta
Moesta was among the principal architects in the mid-1990s of the Jobs to Be Done theory, one of the basic and vital building blocks for helping to make innovation more predictable and successful.
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen is the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation.
International UX professionals Experentia curate a regularly-updated blog, Putting people first, focused on the human interaction side of design.
48. Ling Lim
Previously an architectural designer in Singapore, Ling Lim decided to explore her possibilities in San Fransisco. She is now Head of Design & User Experience at a growing startup, myWebRoom. As a writer, speaker and mentor her blog is a wealth of inspirational tips and thoughts about UX.
49. Experience UX
Dorset based UX agency, they have over a decade of experience in multiple sectors, not just nationally but internationally too. Their blog features case studies from household brands such as Fat Face, Booking.com and British Gas as well as run regular meet up events such as UX Bournemouth.
Like a Pintrest for user experience, Muzli is the professional designer’s moodboard. Start your visual voyage here.
And so concludes the top 50 UX blogs and resources you need to follow for inspiration, tips and knowledge. Check them out.
Additional resources considered for UI inspiration you should consider bookmarking.
Apple has always been a disruptive force in design and the latest iPhone X proves they’re not slowing down anytime soon.
Of course, Google design blog has to be mentioned here, wither non-stop innovation and continuous improvement.
For web devs and UI designers around the globe, Adobe is the go to tool to build beautiful user experiences, their blog expands on their enterprise level experience.
Mashable is, without doubt, the go to resource for tech and digital news – check out their UX category for some great content.
With thanks to our featured contributors.
Basia Montauk – UXPin
Jessica Orellanes – Balsamiq
Craig Tomlin – Useful Usability
Nick Babich – UX Planet
Peter Bogaards – InformationDesign
Ryan Singer – Felt Presence
Paul Boag – Boagworld
Zoltan Kollin – UX Myths
Jakub Linowski – GoodUI