I’m a UX writer and content designer in the Seattle, Washington area.
- Over 10 years of experience working in content
- 3 years in a UX writer role
- Certificate in content strategy
- Degrees in life sciences (B.S. in biology, M.S. in ecology)
What I love about UX writing: creating microcopy is about packing the maximum meaning into the most concise text. Simplicity and clarity have to be your guiding principles. It’s also about the whole user experience, not just a few words: the text is part of the context of the user journey on the site or app.
There’s also the context of who the user is. What are their needs and what terms do they use to describe those needs? How is the existing UX and content meeting those needs? Are there gaps? And what do we want that experience to be? Is it fun, conversational, or matter-of-fact?
I also love learning new things and organizing information. That’s what got me into tech, when I took my first college class about Fortran programming. In those days, tech was a small, nerdy corner of the world. Now it’s part of most people’s daily experiences, from taking transportation to buying household goods to reading the daily news. Those of us who work in this field have a great responsibility and opportunity, and it’s exciting to be part of that.