I have been dying to get into UI design for some time now. Sure, I have experience designing UIs for websites. But, I’ve never had the opportunity to design a UI for a web platform to be used by thousands of people. This opportunity came to me after completing the website redesign for www.salesequity.com – an awesome startup software company based in Acton, MA. Loving the look of the site, I was asked to take it a step further and design the interface for their new software set to launch ASAP. Of course, I was intrigued and excited to get started!
Over the next few weeks as I design the UI for SalesEquity from the ground I’ll use my blog here to chronicle my adventures, in hopes that this will help other designers just branching out into UI design. I’ll cover UI research, development in HTML/CSS, and other relevant topics.
Initial UI Design Resources
Here are some of my favorite UI resources that may help others starting in UI design:
Behance – Inspire your design with designs of others. Check out Behance’s UI/UX page.
Dribbble – Don’t forget about the #1 place for all kinds of design inspiration, not just UI design.
UXPin – I’m loving UXPin. It’s a super simple, easy to use UX/UI creator platform. You can do everything from wireframes to polished prototypes. And nothing can beat their tagline – Design is really about solving problems.
UXPin Best Practices Whitepaper – What’s better than to learn best practices from one of the best UX software companies.
Quora – Have any questions about anything tech related (or non tech related for that matter)? Quora is your source for answers. The link here links to an article on the differences between UX and UI. But, for pretty much any question you can think of on UI design, you can turn to Quora. Not answered there yet? Pose the question yourself. I’ve found this site to be an invaluable resource.
That’s it for now! Stay tuned for my UI Design Chronicles.