We all agree, the internet’s great. There’s nothing you can’t learn if you’ve the willpower to resist baby goat videos and all of Twitter. Designers are especially blessed, with tutorials on everything from typography to portfolio photography.
However, designers hoping to improve their writing must scratch a little deeper for useful resources. I’ve done you a solid and collated a list of those links I turn to when I want to to tighten up, kick off and kick creative block into touch.
Perfect for starters, Hemingway app forces the writer to use “short, declarative sentences,” obliterating waffle. The simple word substitution feature is particularly beneficial to design writers, making short shrift of industry jargon. Just don’t grow too reliant on it or your own style will never evolve.
Start writing about design and you’ll be amazed by how often you repeat words like ‘clean, engaging’ and ‘modern.’ I’m going to put it out there and say a thesaurus is the design writer’s most important piece of kit; keeping your paragraphs fresh and free of repetition. As your confidence grows, a thesaurus will add much needed spice to your writing.
Pair writing for collaboration
As much as I think I am; we can’t all be experts at everything, all the time. Sadly, there will be times when you’ll need to work alongside someone clever than you. Audun Rundberg’s talk on pair writing is a must if collaboration doesn’t come easy. Having run this workshop myself, I can assure you it’s also great if you need to crush a few ‘expert’ egos.
Gather Content Blog
There’s nothing quite like a bit of professional jealously to spur you on which is why I devour those design blogs I aspire to. Gather content’s blog is a valuable resource, written for all facets of the design industry.
Given there’s little point writing well if nobody reads it, the Gather Content blog is also vital for when you feel ready to build an audience for your writing.
Missed anything? I’d love to hear about those writing resources your very career is reliant on.