In addition to writing and maintaining documentation, tech writers are often expected to perform other text-related tasks. For example, at my current job I write and review UI texts and collaborate with the UX team. As we live in a design-centered world, I think the ability to take up UX/UI-related functions will become more and more popular for tech writers in the future.
In my talk I would like to cover such aspects as:
- Why the tendency of combining functions occurs
- Why tech writers are perfect candidates to write UX/UI texts
- What approach to choose when combining functions
- My experience of writing the UI Text Style Guide and benefits of such guide
- What I find the most difficult in writing UI texts and how technical writing experience can prevent you from writing “cool” UI text
My talk contains two main points:
- The tendency for tech writers to combine different functions will grow bigger in future.
- UX and tech writing have many things in common yet are very different. They overlap, even sometimes confront each other in user assistance. Being a tech writer and collaborating closely with UX is my example of how to combine functions. UX is a very popular topic nowadays, yet it is rarely discussed in combination with tech writing.