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So, I Think I May Want to Be a UX Writer—but What Do You Do Exactly?

Over the past few years, I've been on the "knower of things" side in several informational interviews with friends of friends looking to get into the business of UX writing. Here are some of the resources I shared with them to learn more about everything from microcopy to content strategy, information architecture and back again.

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Books

The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World

by Chris Barr (Ed)

The book I wish I'd had when I was starting out. Who knew Yahoo! had all this figured out back in 2010? I sure didn't!

 

Writing is Designing

by Andy Welfle and Michael Metts

Helps define UX writing as a design practice.

 

Content Strategy for the Web

by Kristina Halverson, 2nd edition 

Another oldie, but goodie. Everything you need to know about content strategy, I think... 

 

Podcasts

https://www.contentstrategy.com/

Halverson's podcast. Episode after episode of people trying to explain content strategy, lol.

These are the biggest names in the business.

 

Conferences

https://www.buttonconf.com/

This is the place to be.

Study Guides + Design Systems

 https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ux-writing-study-guide/

Nielsen Norman is pretty much the UX expert on pretty much everything.

 

https://polaris.shopify.com/

Especially the content section.

 

 https://spectrum.adobe.com/

Especially the content section.

 

https://contentdesign.intuit.com/

The whole thing is a content section!

But Aren't You Worried AI Is Going to Take Your Job? 

Umm... not yet.

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