10 of the Best Christmas Gifts for UX Designers
Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. But how to present your freaky friend who is doing some weird UX design stuff? Don’t worry – just dig into our 10 Christmas gift suggestions for UX designers.
1. A book Apart, Gift card
- Get it here: A Book Apart
- Price: $25.00 – $100.00
A Book Apart publishes highly detailed and meticulously edited examinations of single topics. The books are brief enough (about 100 pages) to read them out in a few hours and topics cover HTML5, CSS3, content strategy, responsive web design, and more. My favorite ones include Just Enough Research by Erika Hall and The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane.
2. UX myth posters
- Get it here: Behance
- Price: free
The UX Myths project is a project of the Hungarian user experience designer Zoltán Gócza. Alessandro Giammaria created a poster dedicated to each of the top 32 myths included in the gallery of beliefs. The best thing: You can download it for free on Behance.
3. Website Stencil Kit
- Get it here: UI Stencils
- Price: $29.00
Brainstorm website and app ideas with ease using a Website Stencil Kit. Wireframe quickly and efficiently with the most commonly used iconography and interaction techniques.
4. Userbrain Subscription
- Get it here: Userbrain
- Price: starting at $29.00/month
If you want a great site, you have to test. Usability experts recommend testing as early and often as possible and to do many small tests rather than a few large studies. That’s why we started Userbrain – a subscription service for usability tests. I know, shameless self-promotion :). We send you weekly videos of people using your website on desktop and mobile devices while thinking aloud. All you have to do is carve out a few minutes each week to watch your videos and keep finding and fixing your site’s usability problems.
Special offer for our blog readers: Drop me a line at markus[at]userbrain.net and I will add an additional free usability test to your account right after your signup.
5. Website UX deck
- Get it here: UXKits
- Price: $19.00
Now you can brainstorm your website architecture – away from your computer and distractions. The deck includes 53 wireframe cards, with common page names, plus a key to find them.
6. Jawbra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker
- Get it here: Amazon.com
- Price: $64.99
There isn’t anything as annoying as bad sound quality during presentations of your usability findings. I switched to the Jawbra Solemate Speaker after one client presentation. There wasn’t a speaker in the meeting room and I had to repeat every sentence said in the videos because the internal speaker of my MacBook was too quiet.
The Jawbra speaker runs on batteries (Up to 8 hours) and you can get your sound in via Bluetooth or 3.5mm Audio cable (hidden inside the “Sole” of the speaker.). No quiet usability videos anymore.
7. Device Lab
- Get it here: Vanamco.com
- Price: $149
UX Designers know that designing for different device types and resolutions can be laborious. The Device Lab responsive stand allows you to organize your responsive development devices in one single space and make them conveniently available.
8. Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk
- Get it here: Refold.com
- Price: $300
Made in New Zealand, the $300 version of the Refold Portable Standing Desk even has a waterproof top – while being made completely out of cardboard. Be sure to send us a selfie when freelancing in 5th avenue.
9. Gift a Udemy Course
- Get it here: Udemy.com
- Price: varies
Udemy offers awesome online courses on UX and usability topics. Keep an open eye on Udemy deals – they often reduce a course to just $10-$15. My favorite UX Udemy courses so far have been How to carry out a usability expert review by David Travis and User research: Personas, scenarios and Task Analyses by Susan Weinschenk.
10. Columbo: The complete series
- Get it here: Amazon.com
- Price: $72.99
You could call Columbo the best UX researcher of the world. He’s always asking the right questions, and he will always find a solution by the end of an episode. That’s why UX designers should get a Columbo DVD box for Christmas to learn how to do user research.
Bonus: How to get your christmas gifts for free
Sick of getting ugly sweaters, pajamas or socks for Christmas? Buy your own presents this year. Start testing for Userbrain and earn $3 for every 5-10 minute test.