Designing with Words

How to Write for Interfaces

By Michael Metts & Andy Welfle

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  • Without words, apps would be an unusable jumble of shapes and icons, while voice interfaces and chatbots wouldn’t even exist. Words make software human-centered, and require just as much thought as the branding and code.

    Learn how to use language as a design tool—from high-level messaging frameworks to tactical guidance for error states and accessibility, Designing with Words will help you think about writing for interfaces strategically, iteratively, and with the user in mind.

    Go beyond writing clever copy. Start designing with words.

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    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Beyond buttons: Why writing is design
    Chapter 2: Creating clarity: What are you designing?
    Chapter 3: Error states and stress cases: The complexity of interface content
    Chapter 4: Inclusivity and accessibility: Writing that works for everyone
    Chapter 5: Voice: Discovering and developing identity
    Chapter 6: Tone: Systems for situational awareness
    Chapter 7: Strategy: Establishing principles and patterns
    Chapter 8: The role: Building your practice