UX Writing Weekly #178

What to do when the abyss gazes back at you!
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WHAT’S INSIDE ✍


Issue #178 (Apr 6th, 2022) 

  • How to handle legacy copy

  • The psychology of Wordle

  • Writing for screen readers (free event)

  • Confirm discard changes?

ARTICLES 📰

😱 Racing heart, sweaty palms, and a chill down your spine. You inch closer, mustering the courage to peer over the edge and gaze into… the abyss. (DUN DUN DUUUUN!!!)


And just what’s inside said abyss? Something truly frightening—legacy copy! But fear not! UXWA friend and mentor Bala Meenakshisundaram will set you up with a game plan for when the abyss gazes back at you.


Taming the beast that’s legacy copy


🧩 OK word nerds—or should I say Wordle nerds? Turns out there are some fascinating and useful psychological lessons behind everybody’s favorite new word game. 


The Fascinating Psychology Tricks That Make WORDLE So Addictive

🗣 New to the field? If you haven’t yet learned the modern and now largely accepted approach to voice & tone in UX/UI copy, this no-frills article will give you the basics.


Defining Your Product’s Voice and Tone for the Best UX

MICROCOPY BITE 💬

If you had trouble parsing the headline in this modal, there’s a reason. Having the verbs confirm and discard together like that will give many readers a sort of mental processing error. Might this be some legacy copy in Gmail’s settings? 


PILLARS OF COMMUNITY 🏛


Hot topics and trending posts from community members. Join the conversations below!

UPSKILL: LIVE EVENTS & MORE 📚

On Thursday, April 14th, join Neil Osman of Wix for a free live event. Get useful tips on crafting engaging experiences for screen reader users and why web semantics is essential for content UXers in general.


Screen Readers and Content Experience (FREE event, April 14th) 👈


Podcast:

Join the conversation with Punit Chawla, founder of DesignWings, and explore the seemingly endless possibilities of Figma! 


Figma Plugins for UX Pros with Punit Chawla @DesignWing

UX WRITING ACCELERATOR 🚀

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JOBS 👔

Stellar opportunity for a Sr. UX writer on Amazon’s Word & Voice Design Team. (USA/Canada)


Faethm is an augmented analytics platform that provides scenario-driven predictive analytics on the impact of external trends on the workforce. Easy, right? They’re looking for a content designer in Sydney


Hey Tel Avivians! Do you have a duda to make life easier for web-design professionals? Then join Duda as a product writer in Tel Aviv!


PORTFOLIO 🎨

Check out Lisa Jennings Young’s portfolio to see how Mad Libs were used in the creation of vision and strategy statements. Good stuff!


https://www.lisajenningsyoung.com/content-strategy.html

GAME TIME 🎲

Need a quick break? What to test and/or improve your font knowledge? Look no further than typewar. (Things get tricky once Garamond enters the field.)


VOX POPULI 🗣️

Join our online communities, and take part in the discussions and debates that are shaping the field.


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See you next week 👋


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