Writers of Silicon Valley

Writers of Silicon Valley

Patrick Stafford
Oct 10, 2020 36 min

Think bigger: how UX writers can embrace content strategy, with Kristina Halvorson

This month Kristina Halvorson will launch Button - Brain Traffic’s first conference dedicated to product content strategy. In this chat, we talk about Button, why UX writers should be excited about it…but also, we pick up on something Scott Kubie and I discussed: what is the future of UX writing? Kristina makes the point that UX writers shouldn’t necessarily stay UX writers forever. They need to embrace content strategy if they want to move forward in their careers.
Sep 20, 2020 44 min

What UX writing and content strategy get wrong (and how to get better), with Scott Kubie

Scott Kubie is one of the most well-regarded voices in content strategy. Currently a free agent on contract at Mailchimp, Scott's worked previously as the Lead Content Strategist at Brain Traffic (alongside content strategy expert Kristina Halvorson). Before that, he worked as a content strategist and interface writer at Wolfram Research and a mobile app startup.
Aug 05, 2020 41 min

Ditto: the two Stanford grads creating UX writing software

In this episode, I speak with Jessica and Jolena about their product Ditto, what it means for UX writers and content strategists, how they developed the product, what it’s like going through the Y Combinator process, and where they want to take it. If you’ve been on the search for a way to manage your copy within a full system, this interview is for you.
Jun 21, 2020 31 min

12 essential pieces of UX writing wisdom

It's been just over a year since I started Writers of Silicon Valley. In that time I've interviewed 12 expert UX writers and content strategists from around the world. They've worked at companies like Google, Spotify, Facebook, Netflix, Uber, and more. I've gone through the past year's worth of episodes and combined what I think are among the 12 best pieces of advice for UX writers, both beginner and veteran alike.
May 06, 2020 39 min

Accessibility and diversity in UX writing, with Google's Shayla Byrd

This might be one of the most illuminating conversations I’ve had in a long time. Shayla has an extensive history, ranging from poetry to journalism. She joined Google to work on accessibility tools. In this episode, we talk about accessibility and diversity in UX writing, what it’s like to work as a Google UX writer, how UX writers can make sure their copy is truly accessible
Mar 03, 2020 39 min

How to be a successful UX writer at Netflix (and anywhere), with Ben Barone-Nugent

Early Bird tickets for the UX Writing + Content Design Summit are now on sale! Buy now and save $100. Don’t miss out! Visit www.uxwcdsummit.com. In this conversation, we cover: what’s it like to work at Netflix? How do you succeed as a UX writer there? What are the specific design challenges you have when it comes to using words in an app like Netflix? And what is A/B testing like there?
Jan 22, 2020 26 min

#11: The essential book on UX Writing, with Andy Welfle and Michael J Metts

There have been a few books on UX writing published, all of them very good, but I think this one might take the cake. Andy Welfle and Michael J Metts have written "Writing is Designing". I think it advances the conversation as it approaches writing as a design tool, and builds on the great work that has already been published by other UX writers.
Jan 05, 2020 44 min

Episode #10 - How to get hired as a UX writer in 2020, with Gordon MacRea

Are you looking for a job as a UX writer in 2020? Then no hyperbole: you need to listen to this podcast. Gordon MacRae is an instructional designer, product manager, UX writer, and more. He started the UX Writing Jobs newsletter in 2018 to collate all the opportunities for UX writers around the world, and he's learned more along the way about the market than just about anyone else.
Nov 26, 2019 37 min

Episode #9 - UX Writing at Spotify, with Tamara Hilmes

Tamara Hilmes is a UX Writing Manager at Spotify, and she and I spent some time talking about her background, what makes working at Spotify so great, and the skills she needs to succeed at a major company there - and how to succeed as a UX writer, specifically.
Sep 04, 2019 36 min

How does UX writing work at Dropbox? With Angela Gorden.

Dropbox is one of those fascinating companies. Steve Jobs wanted to buy it at one point. Now it's huge. HUGE. With that growth comes a need for UX writing, and that's why Angela Gorden is here today. Angela Gorden is all about making big ideas easy to absorb. Currently a UX writer and manager at Dropbox, she studied design thinking at Stanford University and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Angela blogs about product, design, and writing on Medium.