Contributing to UX Booth
If you’ve ever had the goal to make the world a more user-friendly place, you have the expertise we’re looking for to become a UX Booth author.
Send us a paragraph on the topic you’re passionate about, and include a thesis and research that backs it up. We’re excited to work with you!
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?
- 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.
The Fine Print
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 UX Booth to be the sole publisher of your article online. You may republish extracts, however, the article in its entirety must not appear elsewhere. You consent to the full article, extracts, samples or examples from it appearing in other sites, products, and services.