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Sr. UX Writer | Designing content at Sapera, Berlin. 🌿 Using words, concepts and strategies for the planet and all its beings.

So much inspirational discourse out there — if I can be of help to narrow down the options, I am happy to! Every month, I will be sharing what I am taking in as an active member of our UX community, ranging from books and magazines, podcasts and of course webinars and meetups.

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.

1. All ears for these:

Could it be that consistency is *not* the holy grail of content designers, UX writers and content strategists?

How to gain a clear advantage in the first step of candidate selection

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:

  • “How do I make it in the UX writing field after being already successful before, but in another discipline?”
  • “Where can I get certified as a UX writer to show my expertise?”
  • “How can I show that I am suited for the job I am applying…

During all of my school years and beyond, my love for mathematics always seemed unrequited. A label for our relationship? “It’s complicated.” What’s so sad: it could have unravelled way differently. Biases, in all kinds of shades, got in the way. Join me for a reminiscent glance over my struggle with this very particular, neurodiverse part of my brain.

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…

Aiming at full accessibility, inclusion and equity. Let us consider taking a step back and reflect on the how and why of design choices. Plus, if you are neurodiverse yourself or know someone who is, you can take the survey yourself.

black and white drawing of human faces, connected and partially crossed out by black lines on a white background
black and white drawing of human faces, connected and partially crossed out by black lines on a white background

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.

two people in a video call, smiling while chatting with each other
two people in a video call, smiling while chatting with each other

First off, what’s pair writing?


How might we avoid that UX writing experts getting pressured into career-focused mentoring in their own time — and how can we maximize results for all parties? Essentialism and its principle of zooming in could be helpful.

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.

Why I think protecting all of our mental health will save our community’s energy for more sustainability:

  • Mentorship comes in many forms and not all of the answers you’re looking for belong in the chat with an experienced UX mentor.
  • Remember: UX mentors offer their spare time for free. Most of the…

Andrew and Katrin come up with questions and answers. Pretty straightforward, but let’s see what happens!

Q1 — What’s your best piece of advice for anyone trying to break into the field?

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.

  • For group one, I would say you need to practice your (general)…

A mini-series about crafting your UX writing portfolio with minimal effort and maximized outcome.

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:

A mini-series about crafting your UX writing portfolio with minimal effort and maximized outcome.

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. …

A mini-series about crafting your UX writing portfolio with minimal effort and maximized outcome.

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.

Notion is versatile — but not omnipotent

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…

Katrin Suetterlin

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