Educational Resources from previous months can be found here! If you didn't get around to checking out everything we offered one month or simply want to review it again, previous months' resources will be kept here.
September: Design Systems
To coincide with our September webinar about Design Systems, this month we've compiled a number of resources also related to the topic. Whether you already use a design system in your work, are interested in being a champion for design systems at your company, or just want to learn more about this key design capability, there is something here for you to read, watch, or listen to.
A comprehensive guide to design systems by Will Fanguy (InVision)
DesignSystems.com by Kristina Halvorson
10 Best Design Systems and How to Steal from Them by DesignerUp and Elizbeth Alli
What is a Design System? Design Systems 101 for Designers
DesignTalk Ep. 65: Design Systems Zero to One
Brad Frost | The Technical Side of Design Systems
The Imposter's Design System - Ed Chao, Product Designer, Dropbox
Maya Hampton from REI: Pattern-based thinking on all levels by Design Systems Prodcast
#163 Design systems with Jina Anne by UXPodcast
July/August: Content is UX
Content strategy, UX writing, and the role of words and visual content cannot be understated when it comes to delivering a great user experience. This month, we take a look at some of the best work around content in the UX space.
UX Writing and Content Strategy by Bridgette Hernandez
Good content is good UX by Allison Biesboer
What Does a UX Writer Actually Do? by Yuval Keshtcher
7 Best Practices for Using Imagery on Your Website by Sarah Seward
Measure and Improve UX content by Aaron Sagray (talk by Torrey Podmajersky)
InVision Design Talks - Bridging the gap between UX, design, and content with Lauren Pope
UX Case Study | Content-first approach exceeds expectations
Become a UX Content Designer, with Andy Welfle from Adobe by Design Career Network
33 // Jordan Craig, Twitter // Scaling Content at Twitter by The Content Strategy Podcast
#231 Writing is designing by UXPodcast
June: PrideThis month, we are celebrating Pride with reading and videos related to the LGBTQ+ experience. Though a short list of articles and videos couldn't possibly do justice to the LGBTQ+ experience, we've tried to curate a diverse set of resources here to help amplify the voices and experiences of our LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues.
How to make an LGBTQ+ inclusive survey by Mei Ke
Gender-inclusive product design by Moran Yossef
A 10-step guide to queer UX by Roniece Ricardo
What it's like to be an LGBT Female Leader in Tech by SHECANCODE
Pride 2020: the role of design in the LGBTQ community by Molly Long
Designing for the LGBTQ Community by Chelsea Hostetter
Access to tech jobs: Barriers & Opportunities by Anna Lytical (from QueerTech 2019)
Note: Anna's entire YouTube channel is full of tremendous videos related to coding, UX, and the queer experience within software design and development. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnnaLytical/videos
May: Inclusive UX DesignOn May 13, UXPA-MN welcomes Joelle Allen, Chief Inclusion Strategist at Interaction Traction, Inc. and Director of Client Engagement at kpCompanies to talk us through anti-racist hiring practices and how to find and retain diverse talent.
To coincide with Joelle's virtual visit, we have curated a number of resources related to diversity, inclusion, and allyship within the UX discipline. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list of resources on this topic. We recognize that being a good ally and designing for all types of users is a complex, integral part of our work and there are countless voices in the community from whom we can learn. Please do not hesitate to reach out with additional works on this topic that you think would benefit our community.
Designing for diversity by Daniel Jenkins and Lisa Baker
Designing Ourselves: Identity, Bias, Empathy, and Game Design by Dr. Karen Schreier
Inclusive Design is a Welcome Mat by nngroup
Product Inclusion for More Inclusive Design by UXPA International
Accessibility and Inlusive UX Design with Alexis Lucio by Hello, I'm Alexa
Screaming in the Silence: How to be an ally, not a savior by Graciela Mohamedi
Leading With Empathy & Allyship by Melinda Briana Epler
This entire podcast series is a phenomenal listen, though if you want to focus on strictly design concepts, the April 5, 2021 episode titled "Designing for Intersectional Inclusion with Frieda McAlear" is a great place to start.
April: Information Architecture
April is National Records and Information Management Month in the United States and although it primarily exists as a means to encourage sound record-keeping for individuals and businesses, it is an opportunity for those of us responsible for designing, researching, and developing user experiences to focus on how we can organize information in the most intuitive way for our users. I hope that these resources related to Information Architecture in UX Design help give you new ways of thinking about how you can help users better manage the informational load within the experiences that you're helping to build.
Information Architecture. Basics for Designers. by tubik (UX Planet)
The Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture in UX by Nick Babich (Adobe)
Designing More Efficient Forms by Nick Babich (UX Planet)
Card Sorting: Uncover Users' Mental Models for Better Information Architecture by Katie Sherwin (nn group)
A Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture by Career Foundry
Understanding Information Architecture - Dan Klyn and Shari Thurow at UXPA 2013 by UXPA International
Chris How - Digital Experiences and Information Architecture by Usabilla
Footers are Underrated by NNgroup
10 // Abby Covert, Etsy // Information Architecture and Content Strategy by The Content Strategy Podcast
Web Design Strategy and Information Architecture by coursera