The Designer's Toolbox

Your collection of how-to’s, tips, tricks, and best practices in visual, UI, UX, and product design.

The Designer’s Toolbox will help you in becoming a (better) designer by providing you with the tools you need to succeed as a designer. This includes basic knowledge and how-to’s, as well as resources, a Slack UX community, and a UX Mentorship program.

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Landing your first job as a UX designer

Introducing the UX Jobs Handbook. A step-by-step approach to landing your first job as a UX designer. Over 50 pages of actionable tips, tricks, and tutorials to help you land your first job as a UX designer.

Getting started on The Designer's Toolbox

First of all, welcome to the Designer’s Toolbox. We’re happy to help you out! We know you’re here for one of many possible reasons. To provide you an easy starting point, we’ve written down some frequently asked design questions and goals. Check them out below.

What laptop do I need if I want to become a designer?

Designers need a high-performance laptop that is stronger than your average laptop. In fact, as a designer, you might even need more than just a laptop. We’re talking about a monitor, laptop stand, and in some cases even a desktop PC.

We wrote a post on what we believe is the best laptop for UI, UX, and graphic design. Start here and read more on laptops and relevant accessories.

How to become a UX designer

Do you want to become a UX designer? That’s a great plan. We can only support you on your quest to do so. We have a long list of posts and content available that can help you out. This includes tips and tricks on your UX cover letter, your portfolio, and many more.

But first, start with our introductory post on how to become a UX designer.

Daily UI: Get a free challenge and feedback

Doing a Daily UI Challenge is a great way to learn and improve as a UI designer. Challenge your UI skills by doing our free challenges. Use our generator to get your challenge.

Did you finish your design? Get feedback by joining our Slack community!

Frequently asked design questions

Design is booming! There’s a lot to be said and even more to be asked. Here’s a quick list of frequently asked design questions to help you get started. We’ll be adding information and new questions to help you throughout time. Check back soon!

What are books I can read on UX and UI design?

There are a number of great books you can read that will help you become a better designer. We’ve created a list of essential must-read UX books. This list includes top books for beginners as well as for more experienced designers.

As of this moment, our reading list has well over 10 recommended books on UX and UI design. Go check it out!

Who came up with the graphic design is my passion meme?

Graphic design is my passion is a meme that was originally created as a joke on designers. It first appeared on Tumblr many years ago and has received hundreds of thousands of views since.

That’s the short answer. There’s a lot more to read about graphic design is my passion, including how to create your own template or variation.

Latest posts on The Designer's Toolbox

Check out the latest posts from our blog, including posts on UX, UI, Design 101 and best-practices based on real-life design experience.

UX Career coaching

Have you been stuck searching for a job in UX for a long time? No luck getting clients? Talking to a UX career coach will help you get the career breakthrough need!

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How to use shadows in UI design

How to use shadows in UI design

Shadows are used in UI design every day. Popular variations and names include box-shadow, drop shadow, and many more. But how can you use shadows effectively when designing? That’s what this post is about. Welcome to the complete guide to mastering shadows in UI design.

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M1 Pro vs M1 Max

M1 Pro vs M1 Max: which one should I get?

Should I get the M1 Pro or M1 Max for my new MacBook Pro? That’s a question many designers looking for a new laptop are asking themselves right now. We’re talking about picking a CPU and GPU for your new MacBook. Here’s our buyer’s guide.

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