Sometimes, we all need a new source of inspiration.  Here a few that I turn to.

Websites

UXNewsMag.com – The site I created to bring the best UX writing to the world, featuring pieces from a variety UX professionals (myself included.)

UXMastery.com – How could I not start with the group that has helped me the most in getting me where I am today? UXMastery was full of everything I needed to get up-and-running when I first dipped my toes in the UX waters, and now that I’m more established they keep me coming back with more advanced content and the best UX community on the internet.

UXBooth.com – Focused on providing introductory-to-intermediate level instruction and information, UXBooth is an excellent source of knowledge for budding UX professionals.

Smashing Magazine’s Usability & User Experience Section – one of the premier names in design publishing, Smashing Magazine prides itself on creating unique, insightful content that you won’t find anywhere else.

NNGroup.com – Long considered the end-all, be-all usability experts, NNGroup.com’s thought leadership articles date back to the early 90’s. What’s crazy is how much – and how little – has changed in that time. Even with decades of articles and studies available online, they do an excellent job of keeping things updated. Chance are if you have a usability question, you can find an answer on NNGroup.com.

Twitter Accounts

@WhatUsersDo – While they are primarily in the business of selling UX testing software, you’d never know it from their Twitter feed. They do a better job of engaging the UX community than any other company on the site, bar none. Between gathering expert opinions on trending UX issues to running the best, industry-leader-run UX discussion sessions on Twitter (search for #UXChat on Thursdays at 11 AM EST), they do more to promote UX in general than their own platform, and that’s a win for the UX community at large.

@JoeNatoli – Our very own @joenatoli has an excellent Twitter account, sending out insightful UX thoughts from his own well-written website, his various UX podcasts, and the Twitter world in general. It’s no secret to anyone here on UXMastery that I’m a big fan of Joe’s, but not everyone knows that he was my very first UX follow on Twitter. I’ve never had occasion to regret it, and I’m confident I never will.

@SarahDoody – Full of great UX tips, products, and thoughts, Sarah has been the genesis for more than one of my big ideas (shameless plug for #LetsFixBoarding here). I go to her feed for inspiration and insight on a daily basis, and she never disappoints.

@darkpatterns – Learning good UX design is as much about learning what to do as it is what to avoid. To that end, @darkpatterns (run by the fine folk at darkpatterns.org) highlights all that’s wrong in the world of UX. Showcasing the sneaky, underhanded, and deceptive practices some companies use to leverage our decision making processes against us, @darkpatterns is a fascinating study of psychology and the problems with HCI.

@nickf – Nick Finck is a UX design leader with years of experience both practicing professionally and teaching UX to new professionals.  He is a fountain of knowledge, wisdom, and skill, and his feed is full of nuggets of useful, actionable information for UXers of all skill levels.

Books

The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley – UX is, too often, a solo endeavour at many companies. Never has there been a better guide to starting in UX and building a culture of great design on your own than this work from Leah Buley. It’s a must-read for any UXer getting their feet wet – and totally on their own in their business.

The Monster List of UX Book Recommendations – If this list of books is short, it’s because @chrisoliver did the footwork to make it so by combining every good read in the UX world into a single Google Sheet. Searchable and well-maintained, you can find a book for any UX topic here.

Podcasts

The Unusable Podcast – Without a doubt the most entertaining UX podcast out there, The Unusable Podcast stars two delightful, entertaining, and knowledgeable UX pros (David and Andrew) that share their woes about all that’s unusable in the world.  With intriguing insights, funny stories, and superb chemistry, this podcast is a can’t-miss for any UX pro.

Making UX Work – The UX podcast ecosystem is full of best-practice tips and tricks from the experts, which is great – unless you want to know what it’s actually like to work in UX. Enter @joenatoli’s “Making UX Work” podcast, where Joe spends an hour interviewing a full-time UXer on the front lines of making UX work for their company. If you’re looking for peek behind the curtain into the trials and triumphs of everyday UX work, you need look no further.

Why’d You Push That Button? – From the folk over at The Verge, this podcast is dedicate to answering one question: why did you push that button? This podcast is an interesting examination of the psychology behind the choices we make when interacting with a website. With listener stories and anectdotes mixed in, it’s hard not to find this podcast endearing and fascinating.