How to use contrast to your advantage-
Use colors that have varying intensities, not just differnet colors. Focus on how it looks in greyscale
Visualizing Fitt's Law
Software Has personality.
Copy sites you like, such as:
How to make your designs suck less:
Load faster, by doing a low-res version first.
How to do sound design
More on Sound Design
Use smart color pickers
You can make a UI feel responsive, by minimizing the number of clicks
Write Production UIs, never use placeholders
A gradient Tutorial
(An up-mod didn't seem quite sufficient.)
If you read other people's blogs, they find the interesting stuff for you.
When you start to see that they keep linking to a site, and saying there's a good article there, then start reading that site too ;)
There you can find a lot of great posts about user experience.
The book "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug is a classic.
Yup...I liked "Don't Make Me Think".
Jakob Neilson's site is a treasure trove of usability information.
37 Signals will often write blog posts outlining particular design decisions in their products.
For a more specific topic, I have been researching typography. Something really simple to do (for which I am in the process of doing); get your text baselines to line up ("baseline rhythm"). It will make your site easier to read. Here's some great writeups on the subject.
And here's an online tool that will generate a CSS file with all the appropriate measurements:
Functioning Form: http://www.lukew.com/ff/
Bokardo (social design): http://bokardo.com
Jensen Harris (Office 2K7): http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/
Usability in the News: http://www.usernomics.com/news/user-interface-design-news.ht...
Isn't good design supposed to be timeless, or something like that? Maybe the word you're looking for is fashion.
If I hadn't read 'The Quantitative Display of Visual Information' I think that my design work would be much more cluttered and confusing. Reading the book actually made me want to be a better designer -- I knew, instinctively and through his demonstrations, that my work was definitely not up to par. Any book that can cut through the dense pretenses of a cocky young designer deserves some respect ;D
It's on the Functioning Form blog for interaction designers:
The Inmates are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper
Here is another good one, the domain is pretty self explanatory
to be a worthwhile resource, particularly owing to its being based on research.