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.)
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
No. 73 | Seven places you can find inspiration
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Good interfaces are not, in fact, like jokes
Some of the most insidious design advice ends up sticking around because it sounds true. Or clever. Or both. I suppose this is…
The Consistency Trap for UX Writers (and How to Avoid It)
When reviewing or critiquing design work, it’s so, so, tempting to see something different…a different word, a different phrasing, a different pattern…and want to “fix” that difference. But making things consistent just for consistency’s sake sometimes leads us to the wrong choice.
My most-used UX writing tool is Pastebot
Work faster and lose your place less with a big, super-powered clipboard.
The UX Writing Bible
If I could nominate one book to be our UX Writing Bible, it would be the Yahoo! Style Guide.
The effortful way
Job one is doing the job.
Four Tips on Writing About Design
Some thoughts on producing high-quality design articles that actually get shared.
How many content reviewers are enough?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a perfectly simple, data-driven answer to that question? “Based on an analysis of 1,000…