The Ultimate UI/UX Design Resources [Updated September 2022]

Your Reading Progress

Yes, we get it. There are tons of resource aggregation articles out there.

As a design school, we get asked about these resources by students all the time. As we “scavenger hunt” the Internet for great round-up articles, we were surprised that we couldn’t find a lot of articles that are as complete as we had hoped they would be.

That’s why we decided to jump on the bandwagon and wrote one, a better one, ourselves.

This article features over 100 design resources (such as articles, blogs, podcasts, shows, books, mockup templates, and color tools) that you can use to take your work to the next level.

Photo by Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

Online Communities

When it comes to networking, helping each other out, staying current with the latest design trends, and staying updated on the latest events, there is no better way than joining active online design communities where you can meet fellow designers.

Here are the top few that we’ve handpicked for you.

Discord Channels

Path Unbound on Discord
Yes, we are a little biased on this one, but since we launched it, it has been growing fast and we would love for you to join! There is an extensive breakdown of channels based on resource categories as well as ways for you to stay updated on the latest design events.

Design Buddies
Art of Mind Design
Design Boat
Graphic Design
IterateUX Community
Nitro Design
The Spot — Art & Design
UX/UI
WE Design
GSIUXD (they were a Slack channel before switching to Discord recently)

Slack Channels

MidWest Design Chat
The Designership
Creative Huddle
fresh2design
UX Mastery
Fearless Community
Contra Community (this one is geared towards creative freelancers)

Facebook Groups

Designers Guild 
This Facebook is very high quality and extremely active. You will see multiple posts a day and usually a good number of responses under each post.

YouTube Channels

Path Unbound Youtube
The Path Unbound YouTube channel has a library of in-depth UI/UX career discussion videos between founder Stella Guan and various industry professionals who have demonstrated significant achievements in their design careers. It is a great place to gain free, actionable, and no-nonsense design career advice!

Flux

Flux is a channel that covers fresh, relevant topics of interest for designers, such as the best design software, guides on how to get started in design, and comparisons of different design tools.

DesignCode

DesignCode is an educational channel that teaches viewers designers how to code, how to use popular design tools, and how to build websites and apps.

The Futur

The Futur is an educational channel where designers can learn about relevant skills, such as problem-solving, entrepreneurship, experience design, content marketing, and more.

DesignCourse

This educational channel has full tutorials and courses on topics such as UI/UX design, graphic design, Figma, web design, and custom fonts.

Design Pilot

Design Pilot has tutorials and courses for beginners on UI/UX design, Figma, logo design, UI animation, Adobe XD, motion graphics, and more.

Yes I’m a Designer

This channel features a certified Adobe Design master and instructor who provides educational content on relevant graphic design and illustration tools, trends, and easy-to-follow tutorials.

Satori Graphics

Satori Graphics provides graphic design tutorials and speed art videos, with topics of interest for beginners and experienced designers alike.

AJ&Smart

This channel uploads content about product design, UX design, and UI design, such as tutorials on how to get started in UX/UI design, design inspirations, and design thinking.

High Resolution

High Resolution is a video series on individuals working in the creative industry and the channel focuses on shedding light on how companies think and approach design.

Websites and Blogs

Path Unbound Blog
The Path Unbound blog has a wide range of design topics from bootcamp selection, UI/UX design job interviews to design career advice — every article provides in-depth analysis of the issue with actionable key takeaway summaries at the end. 

UX Collective

This design publication creates informational, relevant, and thought-provoking articles about UX, visual, and product design.

UX Planet

If you’re looking to learn about anything that falls under the topic of UX, this is a great resource to refer to with topics ranging from UX for beginners to tutorials on how to conduct user research.

Prototypr

This blog focuses on discussing prototyping, UX design, and front-end development. It also features a toolbox that designers can use to discover the latest design tools.

Muzli

This blog features the latest stories on design trends, inspirations, UX/UI design, creative processes, and tips for beginners.

Webflow Blog

Webflow Blog publishes stories on Webflow, web design trends, web design courses, and front-end development.

Design + Sketch

Design + Sketch features stories and tutorials regarding design, Sketch, and prototyping.

Facebook Design

This blog is run by the Facebook design team which feature articles on design careers, portfolios, and hot topics in the design industry.

InVision Blog: Inside Design

Inside Design has relevant, relatable articles written by designers with topics ranging from prototyping to creative processes.

UX Booth

UX Booth publishes articles on analytics, research, visual design, interaction design, content strategy, universal design, and more.

Toptal Design Blog

This blog covers a wide range of topics within design, such as the design process, design tools and tutorials, brand design, and UX design.

Laws of UX

This is an excellent site to learn about design principles with beautiful visual examples and simple, easy-to-understand explanations.

Podcasts

Design Uncensored by Path Unbound

Design Uncensored is a weekly podcast featuring co-hosts Stella Guan, award-winning designer, founder and CEO of Path Unbound, and Kerry McPhearson, passionate emerging product designer. The show discusses UI/UX design industry issues in an open, honest, intimate fireside chat format.

Creative Office Hour by Path Unbound

Creative Office Hour is an interview series that focuses on conversations with individuals in the creative industry, such as what kind of lessons they learned from their experiences. The podcast interviews not only established creatives but also those who are still in the process of “making it”.

UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy

UI Breakfast features guests working in design, marketing, and business where they have conversations about UI/UX design, SaaS products and more.

The Futur with Chris Do

The Futur is a podcast that features thought-provoking conversations between industry experts in the world of design and technology.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters is a podcast that’s been running over 15 years that features guests working in the creative industry.

Design Better Podcast

This podcast, which is run by InVisionApp, regularly has guests who are top designers working at well-known companies where they are able to share their insights on the industry.

Wireframe

Wireframe by Adobe focuses on how graphic/UX designers, illustrators, artists and creatives can influence the world around them through their work by discussing popular topics within the design industry.

The Honest Designers Show

If you want a podcast full of relatable hosts who aren’t afraid to tell the truth about the design industry, this is a great resource to listen to.

Latinx Who Design

A podcast featuring Latinx Designers from all backgrounds, focusing on their stories and struggles.

UI Narrative

A podcast featuring People of Color UI designers and their contributions to the UI design industry.

Connect4

A podcast about young creatives of color and some of today’s most influential BIPOC graphic designers.

Art Pays Me 
A podcast about advocating for creative and financial empowerment.

10 Minutes of UX 
A podcast about learning something interesting about UX in 10 minutes every week.

Revision Path 
This podcast is an award-winning weekly series featuring Black designers, artists, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world.

Books

For books on UX design:

For books on product design:

For books on color theory:

For books on graphic design:

For books on branding:

For books on logo design:

For books on typography:

For books on portfolio:

For books on storytelling:

TV Shows/Films

Abstract: The Art of Design

This video series follows designers specializing in different fields, such as digital product design and typeface design, and reveals their creative processes.

The Creative Brain

This documentary film features a neuroscientist who is trying to uncover what goes on in the minds of creative individuals, such as artists and architects.

The Pixar Story

This short documentary shows viewers what goes on behind the scenes in Pixar Animation Studios where they produced “Toy Story”.

The 100 Years Show

This documentary follows the life of a 100 years old abstract painter, Carmen Herrera, who found fame for her work during her 90s.

Events/Conferences

All Design Conferences

This website provides a comprehensive list where you can sort design and/or front-end development conferences by country, date, and category.

Design Calendar

This website curates a list of updated and comprehensive list of design events. It also has a paid community feature.

Design Inspirations

Behance

This website provides projects, images, people, and mood boards that you can refer to for inspiration. It offers search categories, such as creative fields, tools, color, location, and schools, to help narrow down what you’re looking for.

Dribbble

Dribbble is a creative platform where designers and creatives can post and find design work, such as animation, branding, illustration, print, product design and typography.

Siteinspire

Siteinspire showcases the best web and interactive design projects and sorts them by styles, types, subjects and platforms.

Design Hunt

Design Hunt is a platform focused on delivering users the best creative inspirations, products, and news.

Web Design Museum

This website showcases web design between the years 1991 and 2006, where you can look at the timelines of companies and old web design software.

One Page Love

One Page Love is a website that offers one-page websites, templates, and resources on topics such as portfolios, resumes, and photography.

Pttrns

Pttrns showcases mobile design resources, interface patterns, and inspiration between the years 2012 and 2018.

Mobbin

Mobbin is a collection of the latest iOS UI design patterns.

UI Design Daily

This site is a great resource to get UI design inspiration as well as download templates for your next UI projects.

UX Archive

UX Archive is a library of mobile user flows from top mobile apps where you can sort by flows, such as logging in and signing up.

Really Good UX

Really Good UX showcases great examples of UX where you can sort by categories such as redesign, modals, tooltips, user onboarding, upsell prompts and mobile apps.

Really Good Emails

Really Good Emails is a collection of the best and most innovative emails in terms of their design and code.

UI Jar

UI Jar is a collection of handpicked, high-quality design projects that you can sort by website, graphic design, and UX/UI design.

Land-book

Land-book is a gallery of the best hand-picked design projects where you can sort by landings, portfolios, blogs, stores, and templates.

The following are website competition platforms where users can vote for and explore the best design and development projects:

Color Tools

For color accessibility:

For color palette generators and inspiration:

For gradients:

For all-in-one color tools:

For color knowledge reading:

Color Matters

Browser Extensions:

Site Palette (extract color palettes from websites)

Website Builders

Webflow

Webflow is a website building and hosting platform that allows users to customize elements of their website with no coding required. There is a free pricing plan but it’s limited in ownership.

WordPress

This article is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a WordPress website. WordPress is a website building platform that requires some coding knowledge in order to customize the website, such as CSS and HTML.

Web Hosting

If you choose to build websites with WordPress because you need its flexibility and power, you will need a reliable website host. We recommend the following affordable and reliable web hosting companies that we’ve personally used and tested.

Hostinger

Hostinger offers fast, reliable hosting for individuals and businesses of all sizes. It has servers located around the world and support is very efficient via chat and email. They are among the most affordable hosting service with an excellent user experience, even for tech newbies.

We have an exclusive discount code for them (receive up to 91% off): PATHUNBOUND

Siteground

Siteground is another great hosting provider also with fast and reliable service. It has excellent support that answers your questions via phone, chat or email. It is more expensive than Hostinger.

Flywheel

Flywheel is optimized specifically for WordPress. It provides excellent hosting services for agencies, businesses and individuals.

Fonts

For databases with free fonts:

For databases with free and paid fonts:

Mockup Templates

Mockup World

Mockup World offers the best, free Mockups where you can sort by categories like packaging, iPhone, posters, and fashion.

Graphic Burger

Graphic Burger offers both free and paid mockups for a variety of projects, such as apparel, phones, videos, and books.

Lstore Graphics

This platform offers free and paid mockups for graphic designers.

Free Design Resources

Free Design Resources has free, high-quality design resources, such as fonts, mockups, graphics, templates, add-ons, and UI kits.

Icons

For databases of free icons:

For databases of free and paid icons:

Stock Photos

Unsplash

Unsplash is a collection of free, high-resolution photos that anyone can use.

Pixabay

Pixabay is a platform that offers free, high-quality stock images, videos, and music.

Pexels

Pexel offers free stock photos and videos for your creative projects.

StockSnap

StockSnap has high-resolution photos that you can use for commercial or personal projects.

Stock Vectors and Illustrations

DrawKit

DrawKit offers free and paid hand-drawn vector illustrations and icon resources.

Free Illustrations

Free illustration library with great filters for file types.

Font Awesome

Font Awesome has free and paid pricing plans for their resources on vector icons, logos, styles, kits, and page views.

Humaaans

Humaaans has free vectors and illustrations where you can customize the elements of the human illustrations to your liking.

unDraw

unDraw is a platform where you can find free SVG and PNG downloads and customize the accent color with a color wheel.

Black Illustrations

Black Illustrations offers free and paid illustration packs of Black people for your digital projects.

Free Vector

Free Vector is a collection of free vector art that you can sort by categories, such as logos, office, and shopping.

Vecteezy

Vecteezy offers free, high-quality vector art, stock photos, and stock videos.

Freepik

Freepik is a collection of free vectors, stock photos, and PSD.

Scribbbles

This site provides a collection of funky scribble illustrations (for $4) for projects that would benefit from abstract shapes in a hand-drawn style.

Shapefest

This is a massive, free and high-quality 3D shape library that will benefit designers looking to use 3D illustration in their design or use 3D device mockups for thumbnails in their portfolio.

Image Optimization

Compressor

Users can optimize JPEG, PNG, SVG, GIF, and WEBP files by compressing them.

ImageOptim

This free tool compresses images without sacrificing quality to allow your website to load faster.

Kraken

Kraken is a free image optimizing tool where you can select optimization mode and resize your images.

Optimizilla

Optimizilla is a free, online image optimizer where you can compress JPEG and PNG images.

Optimole

Optimole offers monthly and yearly pricing plans for its image optimization services.

TinyPNG

TinyPNG is a free tool where you can compress PNG and JPEG files.

File Storage and Organization

Dropbox and Google Drive are great but there are many downsides to them as well. For example, it is hard to comment and collaborate on your files on both platforms, not to mention the fact that storage is quite limited without paid plans.

Playbook

We are thrilled to have discovered Playbook, a cloud storage platform that is designed for creatives by creatives, with an offer of 4TB storage for free for students at Path Unbound.

Build Real-Life Projects

Catchafire

Catchafire matches skilled volunteers with nonprofits where volunteers are able to create meaningful, real-life projects.

Development for Good

Develop for Good is one of the largest intercollegiate technology and design for social good organizations. You volunteer your design skills to nonprofits thats are looking for technology solutions. It’s recommended that you team up with developers for the projects.

Taproots Foundation

Taproots Foundation is yet another great way to volunteer and work on real client projects using your design skills. Don’t stop at hypothetical projects. Work on real projects and gain tangible experience.

Junior Design Jobs

Early Stage Design Jobs

Most job boards have an abundance of design jobs that are for mid-to-senior level folks. This one is curated just for early-career job hunters in the design field. It is a much-needed resource for entry-level candidates.

Subscribe to our new podcast Design Uncensored and Creative Office Hour


Path Unbound is a design school that offers customized curriculum for students who want to make design a career. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all curriculum — skincare and medicine is not one size fits all, why should education be? We offer visual design courses in 9 different topics that culminates to a high-value and affordable certificate program which includes career coaching and hands-on portfolio building.

Unlike many other schools, we do not use “mentors” to teach students. We only work with highly-qualified instructors who had previous teaching experience and also currently active in their design practice. Our boutique model creates a highly effective education experience for students who want to learn from the best and receive the most amount of individual attention at a fraction of the price.

We also collaborate with recruiting firms as well as startups to provide students with real world project experience before they graduate.

Stay Updated On Our Latest Articles

You Might Also Be Interested In...

How To Choose The Best UI/UX Design Bootcamps

August 17, 2022

How Can Bootcamp Graduates Compete With Designers with 4-Year Degrees

August 7, 2022

The Best and Affordable UI/UX Design Bootcamps in 2022

July 18, 2022
Share
Scroll to Top

Neither are we – that’s why we recommend custom course packages to students based on their individual needs.