Product Management Blogs To Follow: Design & UX

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Product Management Blogs To Follow

Regardless of whether you’re a newbie PM or a veteran in your field, staying up to date with current blogs is a great source of inspiration and learning. Having a good resource list in your tool set is a must. It’s like always having your own network of smart experts to consult with. You can almost always find a helpful tip or insight to help you with your daily dilemmas, when you have diverse and high-quality resources to follow. Are you preparing for your first user research interview? There’s a blog for that. Are you getting ready for your first PM interview? There’s a blog for that. Just feeling kind of “stuck” today? There are many blogs for that too. One of the really awesome things about the PM community is the degree to which knowledge-sharing has become second-nature. However, as a result there are a lot (and I mean A LOT) of product management blogs out there. The problem is that it’s a full-time job by itself to follow all of them. So, how do you know which ones are worth checking out? The trick is to know the focus of each blog and ‘consult’ it’s content depending on your needs or what you want to learn. So, to help you out, we decided to compile our favorite product management blogs. To not overwhelm you with new sources, we will share our product management blogs compilation one category at a time with you, in this series.

NOTE: this is not a complete list. There are some great sites we ended up having to leave on the table—at least for now. And, obviously, there is overlap between these buckets. Most influencers are educators, and most of our favorite Medium writers are influencers, as well. These categories are intended as a loose guide, not pigeonholes. We’re planning to update this list frequently, so let us know if we forgot an essential entry!

To help parse the sheer volume of PM writing out there, we’ve organized this list into categories. And to make it more useful, I also added a short description of the focal point for each blog and added a blog post I think showcases their style, so you can easily choose the ones that will benefit you the most.

Design & UX

  1. UserOnboard
    In his signature “teardowns”, which are like Pop-Up Video for the app age, Portland-based designer Samuel Hulick walks readers through the onboarding process for various apps. Along the way he dishes out sassy commentary, resulting in helpful UX lessons PLUS comedy.

     

  2. Cindy Alvarez
    Cindy Alvarez, Director of UX at Yammer, is a longtime leader in user experience and customer development.  She blogs about nurturing customers, honing communication, and product design. She has also tackled issues surrounding workplace culture — including the less-fun parts — and is author of the book “Lean Customer Development“.

     

  3. Users Know
    Laura Klein has made it her mission to help startups master UX. Her recent book “UX for Lean Startups” gives startup product leaders the tools to connect with their users. Prefer a shorter read? Her blog is a great source for user-focused research and ideas, and also contains a series of interviews answering the question “Whose job is user research?“.

     

  4. Christina Wodtke
    Christina Wodtke is coaching, advising, teaching and consulting, with the single goal of bringing great products into the world. She also wrote a book called “Radical Focus” about using OKRS (Objectives and Key Results), predictive roadmaps, and a cadence of commitment and celebration to build higher performance teams. She has held a series of executive roles in the tech industry, most notably leading teams at LinkedIn and Myspace, and leading the design and launch of the Zynga.com gaming platform.

     

  5. Julie Zhuo
    Facebook’s VP of Product Design, Julie Zhuo, was named the #1 product management influencer in a recent analysis of PM content on Medium.com by NomNom and DataStories. Not only is her writing extremely insightful, Julie herself just seems straight-up cool.

     

  6. Jared M. Spool
    Jared M. Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE) and co-founder of Center Centre, is one of the most knowledgeable communicators on the subject of user experience (UX) today.  He loves exploring great user experiences and the wonders of United’s customer service. Jared wrote the seminal book “Web Site Usability: A Designer’s Guide” and co-authored “Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks That Work”.

     

  7. Tobias van Schneider
    Self-taught Designer & Maker and former Lead Product Designer & Art Director at Spotify, Tobias van Schneider, is the founder of Semplice. He blogs with one simple goal in mind: creating a resource for every designer & maker, especially those in the making, where you can find practical tips & tricks, but also thought pieces on design, psychology and self improvement.

     

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