Contributing to UX Booth

Thanks for your interest in contributing back to the design community. Please read everything on this page before getting in touch.

UX Booth cares about the author experience and, as such, we do not accept fully written drafts outright. Instead, we pair authors with editors in order to facilitate collaboration throughout the writing process. We work with authors for four-to-eight weeks before publishing, and as a thank you for your contribution, we pay $100 per article.

Does this sound like you? If so, let’s write something, together! Contact our editors →

Let’s write something.

Please note that due to the number of pitches we receive we are unable to respond to everyone who writes in.

Article Template

All UX Booth articles follow the following template:

  • [Lead+thesis]: Here’s where you grab the reader’s attention, and let them know how this topic relates to his or her life.
  • [Intro]: In the introduction you summarize the main points of the article, to prepare the reader for what’s to come.
  • [Main points]: In the body of the article, you’ll go through 2-3 main points, each supporting the main thesis.
  • [Next steps]: Instead of conclusions, at UX Booth we offer “next steps,” or suggestions that will help the readers to implement the information you’ve provided.

Questions to Consider

Before you start writing your article, consider:
  • What do you want to share with readers?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How did you learn about this?
  • What else has been written on this topic?
  • What examples can you think of that support your main point?

Guidelines

  • Length: UX Booth articles are between 1200-1800 words long.
  • PoV: UX Booth articles are written from a 3rd person point of view as much as possible. Obviously any narrative you tell about your own experience should be in the 1st person, but that said, we avoid second person like the plague, and as such write sentences such as “Including usability testing in the process helps designers observe more” as opposed to “if you include usability testing in your process, it will help you observe more.”
  • Research: We rely on research to support our theories, so please link to relevant articles if you are making a statement that someone else has also made, or provide your own data if your team has learned something through practice.
  • Show, don’t tell: Rather than telling the readers, (for example) “content audits are important,” we ask that authors show us through examples. Tell a story about a time that creating a content audit made a difference in the course of a project.
  • We aren’t the place for sales: Articles aren’t the place to showcase your cool new product. Articles are the place, however, to share the user-centered thinking behind your cool new product.

Assumptions on our part

Unless otherwise agreed to beforehand, drafts submitted to UX Booth must be original – they may not have been previously published elsewhere. Once published, you grant an exclusive, royalty-free license to the UX Booth to be the sole publisher of your article online. You may republish extracts—for example, on your own site – however, the article in its entirety must not appear elsewhere without the expressed consent of UX Booth (we’re really pushovers in this regard, though). You consent to the full article, extracts, samples or examples from it appearing in other sites, products, and services.

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