I was hoping to see if anyone could help me out by sharing suggestions for great places to check out for tutorials, worksheets, tips and even books to improve ui design skill. This would perhaps be for sort of a free-time, DIY UI/UX education, one might say.
I have checked out some sites such as uxmag.com, smashing magazine, and some others with not too much luck. I would love as many awesome learning materials as I can get my hands on! I am especially interested in improving my UI sketching skills (especially conveying dynamic things, such as animation, highlighting, scaling, and other effects), but welcome any general UI/UX educational materials as well.