How this series came to life: I am all for easy access, such as gathering intel in one place. So when I noticed people were so happy to hear recommendations of podcasts, articles and getting inspiration out of it, I wanted to attempt a recurring format to do so. Let me know what you think in the comments, write to me, or let’s schedule a video call.
Since you have read the title and the intro you already might have more than a hunch where this is going. The inspiration for this article existed as a mere spark during my own job search. It surely was growing while so many people were reaching out to me for guidance, asking questions like:
I’m a writer. I write for fun, and for a living. I have always been a writer, without even knowing it. I studied other writers and even got a masters degree in Modern English and German Literature out of it.
I used to be a reader, too, but nowadays, audiobooks and podcasts are more fit for my lifestyle. And I even write about what I listen to:
Neurodiverse state of mind: doing well with words, failing with numbers
A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk at The UX Writer Conference about neurodiversity and its potential to teach my…
This article refers to a talk I gave at the June 2021 edition of the UX writer conference, called “Every Brain Is Different: Neurodiversity’s Significance for UX Writing and Content Design”. I feel like we’re onto something here, so let us make the most of the momentum to take a step back and reflect (thanks again Steven Wakabayashi of QTBIPOC Design for reminding us all to do so in his own talk “Designing for equity” at the same conference).
1 in 5 humans ‘has a difference in their brains’. Of course, each and every brain is nothing like the other…
When Andrew and I met virtually, there were riots on the streets in his home town Atlanta, Georgia. As you might imagine, in such times, we hardly needed a conversational ice-breaker; we immediately hit it off. We soon met up regularly online, talking about our shared profession in UX writing and dealing with Covid-19, #blm and a parting Trump government in turmoil.
If nothing else, this piece's takeaway is how easy we all could transform inspiring conversations with folks around the whole world into something that stays for the world after the ongoing pandemic.
First off, what’s pair writing?
The UX coffee hours, ADPlist, Design Buddies, Floxies, Adelante, UX Copenhagen — various mentorship platforms for aspiring UX professionals are thriving, especially since the pandemic hit. There is more need in the market than UX writers can realistically offer. I ask myself: Should UX experts have to explain themselves why they do not mentor, either in those communities or one-on-one? Spoiler alert: No, they shouldn’t.
K: That’s a tough one! I think, it highly depends, what your background is. Someone fresh from uni with a degree in UX could be at the same level zero for UX writing as a person who has worked in HR or IT for a decade. This is the non-writer archetype -so to speak.
But there is also the group of people who are transitioning to UX writing from a classical writing field such as PR, copywriting, social media content production, and similar disciplines. Meet the writer archetype.
In my previous article leading up to this mini-series, I outlined the way to successfully amping up your confidence for your UX writing job hunt:
When I first looked into how I could present my work online, I wondered how I can make it lively, dynamic and stand out from the crowd. With colours and designs that match my chosen case studies. I needed my portfolio page online to accompany my PDF portfolio and was long overdue for my freelance work’s online presence, too.
Little did I know, this path would lead me down to accepting a great job at Sapera, Berlin, where I left a great impression with my PDF portfolio. …
With Notion, you are able to do so many things, like corporate wikis, documentation, transcript repositories or…portfolios! Notion even offers a template for exactly this purpose. When I started out looking into online portfolios, I came across Notion, along with uxfolio and carbon.made.
The template in Notion already provides you with dynamic links between all pages, showing you placeholders and building the structures for you on all the subpages. I would have maybe used Notion for my online presence, if I would not have come across carbon.made, that made it easier and fancier to set everything up, while uxfolio offered…