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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 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 become a noticeable author in the global UX community.

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Benefit from your contribution

If we accept your article, you will get rewarded. While we do not offer a 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 large sense of the term. Including 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 and advocate 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 be a building brick 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, add concrete examples, pictures and practicalities to make your point. Each article should be a coherent and outstanding piece of educational material.

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 article. With this introduction we set the reader's expectations.
  • We aim to combine a conversational tone of voice with hard facts and real data. To achieve this, the article needs to cite results from research, projects or cases studies.
  • 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, the article 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 “commented” references, as opposed to just a bibliography list.
  • 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!

Maybe these guidelines might feel overwhelming right now, but do not worry, they are there to help you. Just give it a try! And iterate.

How to become a UX Daily contributor

  1. Submit your article

    Send a submission e-mail with 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 has been 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 - and see how your article (and your key points) propagate throughout the whole world.

  4. Keep up with the engagement and readership

    Keep the impact and your readers' engagement high for the long term by responding to comments on your article.

Have more questions? Please feel free to contact us!