Often times when I get asked from friends, family, and designers about all of the places I learned how to design from, it all leads to this. Here you'll find resources dating all the way back to 2014 where I discovered my passion for design. Without these resources, there is no way I'd be the designer I am today. Every year I expect this to grow with the sheer amount of information and designers out in the world. Remember...
"The day you stop learning is the day you start dying." - Albert Einstein
Designers, Coworkers and People Who Inspire Me
These are people I've met along my design journey, who have given me hours of their time when I needed them most. They've helped play a vital role in learning the fundamentals of UI and UX. They've critiqued my previous work which ultimately helped me grow and land jobs as a designer. As a thank you, and sign of respect, they've made it to my inspiration page.
Here are the YouTube Channels that I've chosen that have paid off the most in both my physical health and in design. Some of these YouTubers are probably in a "Modern Day Designer Starter Kit." If you're a designer that doesn't like to code, check out Webflow. That tool is an absolute powerhouse pounding away at the industry's front door. Most importantly, I always recommend to find a designer that offers a structured course so that you can learn as efficiently as possible. Don't learn with scattered information across the web when first starting out, you'll find it much harder to learn that way.
Books, Audio Books and Podcasts that changed my life
I'm more of a fan of audio books, so I'll listen to those any chance I get. However, the books that I have read that impacted me the most are listed below. I don't expect you to read all of these, or any of these at all, but I believe every designer needs to read "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug to get your feet wet.