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The Dash: How to create a killer UX writing portfolio

The rest of your career starts here. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve recently found yourself starting again, this week’s Dash is for you.

This is the published edition of our weekly UX writing newsletter, The Dash. Sign up to The Dash to have these updates sent straight to your inbox! 

From preparing your brand new portfolio to establishing the UX writing function at your organization, we’ve collected a bunch of content from our industry’s best and brightest to help you through.

This edition was published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

  • Need to give your UX writing portfolio a boost? Andy Welfle doesn’t really need intros around here anymore (but in case you need a refresher: he’s the Content Strategy Lead at Adobe and co-author of Writing is Designing). He wrote the latest piece for our blog, all about designing a kickass UX writing portfolio to nail your next job application.
  • On the sofa with… As part of Rachel McConnell’s Youtube series with UX writers, she chatted with Elaine Short from in Stockholm. They talk about the UX writing community in Sweden, from establishing UX writing at Spotify to now working in start-ups, the evolution of UX writing, and their remote collaboration tips.
  • Trailblazer. Are you the first or only UX writer at your organization? Maybe you can find some solidarity in Jess Ashworth’s article about being the first UX writer at a fast-growing company. (And yep, you’ll always need to create a style guide.)
  • What is UX writing like in Spain? This is a casual chat with UX writer Mario Ferrer, founder of UX Writers Spain. He talks about his past work as a traditional ad copywriter, his time as a UX writer at King Games (Candy Crush, anyone?) and his interest in localization.
  • “Trust your instincts, but always test them.” Written from the perspective of a UX researcher, Alex Samuels discovers a new love for UX writing (and design, and strategy, and copywriting…). Here are his top 5 philosophies to help with the writing process.
  • Any non-writers in the house? You might like this one. While it’s a long one from the Interaction Design Foundation (estimated 17 mins… sorry!), it’s packed with 8 tips to supercharge your UX work, using—dun dun dunnnn—WRITING!

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