WHAT’S INSIDE ✍
Issue #194 (July 27th, 2022)
Out of this world alt texts
Just a few lines of copy
6 things that destroy product teams
The wonderful world of naming
☄️ … an undulating line between a cloudscape forming a nebula … innumerable stars of many sizes … wispy translucent cloud-like streaks rising from the nebula below …
From whence cometh this galactic poetry, ye ask? Why from NASA, of course!
The text above comes from
the alt text of an image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. Read about the team and process behind these next-level alt texts that help bring the beauty of space to all.
How stunning images from the James Webb Space Telescope were
brought to life for the visually impaired
😱 Teamwork makes the dream work, or so we’ve been told by many a meme.
But what are some of the things that can derail your product team and kill the dream?
6 Things That Destroy Product Teams
MICROCOPY BITE 💬
How should we handle error messages when we don’t know what’s causing the error? Grammarly manages to give users options despite the unknown cause. Nice use of commas, too 😉
UPSKILL: LIVE EVENTS & MORE 📚
Anthony Shore names things … for a living! As the founder of Operative Words, he’s introduced over 250 product and company names to the world over his 30-year career. We cover:
His journey from linguist to typesetting to tech writing
How computational linguistics tools can enhance the writing process
What it was like to be a UX writer in the 1990s
Best practices for naming new products and features
Don’t miss one of the most interesting and unique episodes of Writers in Tech!
The Wonderful World of Naming with Anthony Shore @ Operative Words
Free live event:
Is your team craving growth? Learn about creating a simple growth framework in your team and more with Kate Mas of Preply. (Aug 18th)
Register now for free
Zet user-centered writing op de kaart. If you can read that, then we’ve got a job for you!
Found in Rotterdam is looking for a
. Dutch UX writer
Any British sports fans out there? Sky is looking for a
in Leeds. senior UX copywriter
German strategic design agency Iconstorm is hiring a
in Frankfurt (hybrid) UX writer
Finally, Canva needs a
for its teams & subscription growth
team in Sydney. content designer
All these, and many more on the job board:
UX WRITING HELP! 🚀
Last call for companies looking to boost their UX writing processes. Work with talented and dedicated UX writing students and experienced project managers.
Ding-dong! Who’s there? Jacob Muselmann, with a great collection of work. (Check out the headlines one!)
WHAT’S UP @ THE HUB? ✍
We’re busy as always at the UX Writing Hub!
We recently hit 20,000 people in our free
course. Check it out if you’re looking for an introduction to the field. Taste of UX Writing
We’ve just launched a new self-paced
— our most accessible certificate program. UX Writing Boot Camp We’re thrilled to be working with Uranus Academy in Lagos, Nigeria. was picked up by over 500 outlets! The story of our partnership