If you’re a UX writer, content designer, or similar, you need to learn to resist the pressure to be clever, to be funny, to be creative, to “make it pop”, to “give it personality” — especially if you’re not sure that it’s appropriate for the experience. (It’s probably not.)
Category: Blog Posts
Fresh ideas about craft, clarity, creativity, and personal growth, as well as updates on my projects, media recommendations, and links to all the weird and delightful things I find on the internet.
Who doesn’t want to wear the ribbon?
I’ve learned not to trust what I think I think, what I think I believe, what I think the answer is, right in the moment.
Three Years + 125 Issues of UX Writing & Content Events
This originally appeared as Issue No. 125 of the Content.Events weekly newsletter on April 24, 2023. It’s our anniversary, or…
David Rakoff on writing
“[I]f seated at the computer, I check my email conservatively 30,000 times a day. When I am writing, I must have a snack, call a friend, or abuse myself every ten minutes. I used to think that this was nothing more than the difference between those things we do for love and those we do for money. But that can’t be the whole story. I didn’t always write for a living, and even back when it was my most fondly held dream to one day be able to do so, writing was always difficult. Writing is like pulling teeth. From my dick.”
David Rakoff, Don’t Get Too Comfortable
Writing for Designers in Tokyo
I had the great pleasure of visiting Tokyo recently, to speak at the long-running, COVID-interrupted UX Days event. From my…
What the heck is content ecosystem mapping?
Good question. To fully answer it, we have to explore a few related, but distinct, terms: Content ecosystem mapping is…
Live learning: Where to find UX content classes, workshops, and events
These are some of the places I check regularly to populate the weekly events list I publish through Content.Events, and places I would personally recommend to someone interested in taking a class or course.
I still care about content.
A few years back, a local reporter and columnist attended a content strategy conference at which I was a presenter.…
Do I need to learn Figma to do UX writing or content design?
A: Not necessarily, but it’s not going to hurt. Knowing the basics will be expected for some roles, especially more…
Do you need a portfolio to apply for UX content roles?
Transcript Do I need a portfolio to apply for UX content roles? Yes, but possibly also no. I recommend to…