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Become a UX Daily author

Get your message delivered to an audience of more than 400,000 people

Does the following describe you?

The perfect UX Daily author is someone who:

  • is an experienced design professional
  • is a regular participant in professional community discussions
  • writes (almost) perfectly in English
  • is eager to learn and to share knowledge

What we offer you

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Impact the right audience

Our readers are design professionals from all over the world. Through the UX Daily, our social media channels and our email list, we will deliver your thoughts to more than 400,000 UX practitioners and scholars. That means you will get instant international recognition for your expertise. Your articles will be published with a biographical note and a link to your website, so you will stand out as an author in the global UX community.

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Benefit from your contribution

If we accept your article, you will be rewarded. While we do not offer direct monetary payment, we will sponsor one or more months of free IDF membership depending on the volume and value of your contribution.

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Grow as a design writer

You can use this as a way to grow as a writer and to improve your written communication skills. Writing for the UX Daily involves entering into an editorial process that will help you develop your skills as a (design) writer and communicator.

What to write about

Anything that you would like to find in a “Design Body of Knowledge”

  • We understand design in the greater sense of the term. That includes not only user experience, usability, interaction design, information design and visual design, but also service design, industrial design, product design, content creation, among others. We also want this body of knowledge to cover other aspects, such as how to become and grow as a design professional, how to communicate about and advocate for design, how to teach and learn design, etc.
  • Within this large field of design, choose your topic. Each article should focus on a concept, term, method, principle, case study, framework, or any other element that can serve as a building block of the go-to place for design practitioners and students when they want to learn about both foundational and advanced design concepts.
  • Write to teach (while you learn!). Using a conversational style, find the right balance between evidence-based argumentation and opinion. Use hard facts and research to teach our members, and add concrete examples, pictures and practicalities to make your point. Each article should be a coherent and outstanding piece of educational material. It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your findings with zest and flair, using a journalistic slant that hooks and satisfies readers of all expertise levels with both an everyman appeal and carefully selected, erudite content.

How to write about it

UX Daily articles are "learning snippets".
To allow our readers to focus on the content and not the form, the articles have a common voice built through the following guidelines:

  • Engage the reader from the beginning! The title needs to contain the concept you will be talking about and make it relevant to the reader.
  • Each article should serve to introduce a concept/method/idea/etc. and start with a summary of what to expect from the piece as a whole. With this introduction, we set the readers’ expectations.
  • We aim to combine a conversational tone of voice with hard facts and real data. So as to achieve this, your piece needs to cite results from research, projects and/or cases studies.
  • Keep the reader as close as possible to what you are presenting. Little techniques such as writing “Here,” instead of “In this article,” and limiting the passive voice (to all but essential use of it) work wonders there.
  • We want pieces that will stand up and remain relevant years from now. So, “future-proof” your writing by taking out time-sensitive words such as “nowadays/now” and “ten years ago” and replacing them with, for example, “in the early 21st century” and “in 2008”. It's a small detail but one that can save your work for coming across as “dated” or “stale” far into the future!
  • The reader has to “leave” the article with the feeling that she/he has learned something. To emphasize this point, each article should end with a section called “The Take Away”.
  • To enable the reader to dig deeper, your piece should also include a set of keywords and a set of related terms.
  • There should also be a section called “Where to Learn More” with a small set of annotated references, as opposed to just a bibliography list. For instance, one source might offer insights into a subject related to yours. So, not only will you help some readers to find out more; you'll also be able to reflect your own expertise through your comments.
  • We want our readers to learn! So, from the title to the end, we need to add a hook that grabs them and keeps them engaged until the end! This is where the angle we use comes into play, while always making sure we keep the opinion side of things anchored with the solid meat and measurements of our subject.

Maybe these guidelines strike you as a little overwhelming right now, but do not worry—they are there to help you. Just give it a try! And iterate. You will find the craft becomes easier as you persevere.

How to become a UX Daily contributor

  1. Submit your article.

    Send a submission email with the subject "UXDaily-Submission-<your article title>" to editors@interaction-design.org.

  2. Wait for our feedback and edit your article.

    We are perfectionists, and the quality of writing comes through iterations. We'll let you know whether your submission is accepted—if it is, you will work with our editor to get it ready for going public.

  3. Your article is published.

    Once your article is published, you will notice how people will connect with you, share their opinions, and even offer you jobs. You can keep track of your article reads, likes and shares as well as see how your article (along with your key points) propagate throughout the whole world.

Have more questions? Please feel free to contact us!