UX Writing Weekly #66

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While on the UX Writing Hub annual retreat here in Thailand, Iโ€™ve taken time to do some group creative writing sessions, explore the island of Ko Pha-ngan, create some new content for the Hubโ€™s community, and (wait for it) started taking lessons at the gym of a 2-time Muay Thai world champion.

This got me thinking about how Muay Thai can be a lot like UX writing 🤔

Understanding the user
In Muay Thai, itโ€™s important to know whatโ€™s going on in your opponentโ€™s head. The better you understand what theyโ€™re thinking, the better youโ€™ll be able to predict their next move or expectations.

Balance is the key
If you donโ€™t have a routine, youโ€™re going to burn outโ€”badly. Make sure you take some time for writing (or boxing) and keep your work-life balance in check.

Practice till you sweat
If you want to be a great writer, keep writing! Listen to what those with more experience have to say, optimize, and youโ€™ll get better and better. Put your ego aside and get ready to learn.

Hadouken!



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You may have never heard of Intuit, but if you live in the USA, youโ€™re almost guaranteed to have heard of their far-reaching products QuickBooks and TurboTax. They've been around for yearsโ€”since before the dot-com bubble burstโ€”and theyโ€™re still going strong today.

In a time when some tech giants fall as fast as they rise, just imagine whatโ€™s going on in the cycle of a tech company that's been around for more than 30 years!

I talked with Stephen Curran about the UX research process of a content designer, and much more!

Listen to it here


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In honor of National Novel Writing Month (which apparently is a thing), hereโ€™s a super inspiring post by the wonderful team at Dropbox about how you can write a novel (or anything else youโ€™d like to) in 30 days.

Picture from Content Modelling: A Master Skill
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โ€œSo, we can just post a video or a blog post every week and weโ€™re cool, right?โ€ Guess again. When it comes to content strategy, scheduling content is only the tip of the iceberg.
Here is the complete guide to content modeling.


โœ… Donโ€™t miss this fantastic project by Zoshua Colah. It includes tons of UX resources, all in one place. Welcome to UX Library.

The best error messages are actionable error messages. In this example by Shopify, they make sure you can easily get back to the homepage, instead of just leaving you lost and cranky. Simple and effective.

What other actions would you suggest they add to this screen?

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Our friend and creator of the UX library happens to have a fantastic portfolio as well! Hit him up if youโ€™re looking for an experienced and talented UX designer for your next project.

https://zoshuacolah.com/


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🇪🇸 Product Support โ€“ Chatbot (Conversational Design & Training) @ Caravelo, Barcelona, ES

🇺🇸 Product Content Strategist, Conversation Design @ Chime, San Francisco, CA, USA

🇺🇸 UX Writer @ Google, New York City, NY, USA

🇨🇦 Product Content Strategist @ Shopify, Ottawa, CA

🇮🇱 UX Writer @ SimilarWeb, Tel Aviv, IL

🇮🇪 UX Writer @ Verizon, Dublin, IE

🇺🇸UX Writer @ Cypress HCM, Los Gatos, California, USA

🇫🇷 UX writer @ MyScriptยฎ, Nantes, FR

🇺🇸 UX Writer 2 @ Nordstrom, Seattle, WA, USA

🇺🇸 UX Writer @ Opendoor, San Francisco, CA, USA

🇺🇸 UX Writer @ Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN, USA

🇸🇪 UX Writer @ iZettle, Stockholm, SE

🇧🇷 UX Writer Jr. @ Gympass, Sรฃo Paulo, BR

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Nicole Winestock is a gamer and product designer whoโ€™s currently working at Booking.com. Exactly one year ago, she told me about the connection between design, copy, and gaming. Great stuff!

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"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." โ€”Arthur Plotnik

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See you next week!

Yuval





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