UX Writing Weekly #170

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WHAT’S INSIDE ✍️


Issue #170 (Feb 9th, 2022)
  • The problem with skimming and scanning
  • Writing better headlines
  • Lessons from a UX writing conference
  • 6 AI writing tools


ARTICLES 📰  
🤳 It’s no secret that when online, we scan texts rather than read every word. UX writers know this and help create scannable screens with short, useful texts.

But is this new and now ubiquitous reading style affecting our ability to process longer texts? Are atrophying attention spans affecting our ability to think deeply and critically? And are digital product writers part of the problem?

This thought-provoking article raises important questions.

Are Screens Robbing Us of Our Capacity for Deep Reading?

✏ No matter what type of writer you are (or which “writer’s hat” you’re currently wearing), at some point, you’ll have to write a headline. Lots of handy, well-organized tips here.

Do You Make These Common Headline Mistakes? 7 Awesome Fixes

💡 On the heels of attending her first online UX writing conference, UX writer Melissa Geissinger has condensed a few bite-sized chunks of UX writing wisdom in this quick, insightful read.

3 ways to be a better UX writer in 2022



MICROCOPY BITE 💬

This week’s microcopy bite is just a bit of venting. Why? Because our start node is nowhere to be found!




PILLARS OF COMMUNITY 🏛️
Hot topics and trending posts from community members. Join the conversations below!


UPSKILL: LIVE EVENTS & MORE 📚

Don’t miss our next free UX Writing Hub event with talented UX Copywriting Consultant Susan Reoch:


The Relationship Between UX Writing and Copywriting (Free on Feb 17th)




JOBS 👔

Is there a UX researcher in the house? Join Viber’s product team and help bring insights into the user experience. Ramat Gan, Israel (Hybrid)

Later,  the world’s #1 Instagram marketing platform, needs a UX writer in Vancouver.

Nulab creates collaboration software for modern teams and is hiring a UX writer in New York.

Christie’s, the world’s largest Art Business, needs a UX product copywriter in New York/London.


Many other new opportunities around the world await you on the job board:



PORTFOLIO 🎨

Tom Waterton is a veteran content designer at IBM. He believes content and design go together like tea and biscuits.

https://tomwaterton.com/portfolio




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— Written and curated by Yuval Keshtcher, Aaron Raizen, and the UX Writing Hub team —