Resources

Ongoing growth and learning is something that is incredibly important to me. I write often about various topics and include reference links throughout the posts.

Below is a list of my personal favorite resources. Use these as rabbit holes to dig deeper.

Books

Physical copies, Kindle, or audiobooks.

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

If you choose one book out of this list, make it this one!

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Watch his TED talk here.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz.

If it’s good enough for Google Venture, it’s good enough for me.

UX Strategy: How to Device Innovative Digital Products That People Want by Jaime Levy

Deeper dive into the world of UX. Great read, but over your head if you’re unfamiliar with the basics.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath

Any book from A Book Apart collection

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferris (Collection of world-class performers’ tools, tactics, and routines!) He hosts an insightful interview podcast series if that’s your cup of tea.

 

Words That Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence by Shelle Rose Charvet.

This is one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” instances. Awful cover, great book.

Podcasts

Informative audio programs for when you’re on the go or washing the dishes.

Design-specific

  • User Defenders
  • In Conversation with UX Magazine
  • UX & Growth
  • UX Podcast
  • The DGDC Deeply Graphic Designcast
  • UX Blog Podcast
  • UIE.fm
  • 2 Bobs with David C Baker and Blair Enns
Business, career, etc:

  • Hidden Brain
  • The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
  • Happen to Your Career: A Podcast for people who want Career Happiness
  • The Profile Life with Jeff Goins
  • Profit. Power. Pursuit. A CreativeLive Podcast with Tara Gentile
  • Side Hustle School
  • 2 Bobs with David C Baker and Blair Enns
Interviews with inspirational people of all walks of life:

  • Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
  • Dan Harris’ 10% Happier
  • Tim Ferris
  • Joe Rogan podcast
  • Rich Roll
Online / in-person

Professional organizations & hubs of information.

O’Reilly

Their Online Learning is worth every penny! They publish books, produce conferences, live training, and provide certifications. Highly recommend.

Interaction Design Foundation

Online courses and certification on all UX-specific topics. Encyclopedia-type of content by highly esteemed giants in the industry. Get 2 months free when you use my link. Win-win.

IxDA

Interaction Design Association is a localized group of UX professionals. I'm a part of their NYC chapter and can attest they throw incredible events.

Design Driven (NYC)

Monthly speaker series on topics of design, data, and dev. Free to attend, but quickly fills up. Speakers from: BuzzFeed, Kickstarter, VICE, GitHub, Audible, Facebook, eBay, SVA, etc. Their in-person events are the bee's knees.