You have to be self-sufficient. You have to be hungry to learn.
Here is a list of everything I’ve found useful in my journey of learning design, and an ongoing list of things I think you should read. This is for budding UX, UI, Interaction, or whatever other title designers.
You have to start from the beginning. You have to understand the basics. Learn to love type, learn to navigate the pen tool, figure out colors, learn from the past, and build up a reservoir of empathy.
Okay, hopefully now you know the essentials. We’ll learn more as we go, but let’s jump into the UX world. The absolute most important thing for you to learn and master is process. This will be the value you bring to any project you work on. Tools change & trends die. Master process over all.
Once you’ve gotten your footing with the basics, learned some of the vocab, and figured out a bit more what interests you; try to absorb as much as you can from high quality sources. These should get you going.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close
And sometimes, we need inspiration. And it’s always a good idea to have your ear to the ground; watch the trends, predict them, respond to them, and know what’s happening in the design world.