7 Ways to Stay Current on Design & UI Trends (without trying too hard)

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If you’ve been wanting to become more immersed into the world of design, there’s a plethora of resources out there that can help you. Unfortunately, sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to explicitly explore them all. Here are 7 implicit things you can do to integrate design inspiration into your life, and stay up to date with the latest trends. Note of transparency: List is pretty Dribbble-heavy.

#1. Install the Benchwarmer Chrome extension — You spend a lot of your time constantly opening up new tabs, so why not just make your ‘New Tab’ show you all the latest work from what’s popular on Dribbble or who you’re following?

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#2. Install the Dribbble HD Chrome extension — When you’re on Dribbble, no need to click on individual shots to see details up close. Automatically display full images when browsing to see the whole picture.

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#3. Visit Designer News daily — Okay, so this one’s not as implicit a task, but Designer News is a great site that you should integrate into your daily morning news-checking routine. Stay up to date on what other designers are talking about.

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#4. Subscribe to Hack Design, well put-together weekly design lessons filled with readings and resources based on specific design topics, curated by great designers from awesome companies.

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#5. Subscribe to 52 Weeks of UX and get a nice little reading on UX every week. 52 Weeks of UX was made by Joshua Porter (Director of UX at Hubspot) and Josh Brewer (Principal Designer at Twitter).

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#6. Install a Dribbble client app — When you’re at Starbucks waiting in line or on the morning train commute, instead of seeing what’s going on in your Facebook or Twitter newsfeeds, open up a Dribbble app instead and get small doses of inspiration in your in-between time.

AndroidOvvvertime (free)Downtown (free)

iOSShotz (free)Ballin’ ($2.99)Travveling ($0.99)

#7. Get some free goodies! — Whether it’s templates, pictures, or icons, free is always good. Sites like Creative Market let you subscribe to weekly free goods.

This list is not at all comprehensive. There’s so much else out there that can get you deeply immersed into design, but this is a good start.

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