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UX design is more than visual design

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In my own observations and conversations with developers and marketers, UX design is often conflated with visual design or user interface design, when in fact both of these are sub-disciplines within the field of UX design and are not representative of the totality of UX. I’ve been involved in conversations where talk of updating a “page’s UX” has meant adding visual design elements to a page. Anecdotally, I’ve seen calls for “UX designers” in open source when the need was for brand assets like a logo. (In this case, you would look for a visual designer.)

In this short post, I’ll cover some basics of UX design for developers who are interested in understanding what UX is and how it differs from other forms of design.

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The developer's guide to content creation

Stephanie Morillo (content strategist and previously editor-in-chief of DigitalOcean and GitHub’s company blogs) wrote a book titled The Developer’s Guide to Content Creation — it’s a book for developers who want to consistently and confidently generate new ideas and publish high-quality technical content.

We talked with Stephanie about why developers should be writing and sharing their ideas, crafting a mission statement for your blog and thoughts on personal brand, her 4 step recipe for generating content ideas, as well as promotional and syndication strategies to consider for your developer blog.

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Naming things is hard but we still have to try

Stephanie Morillo:

Naming things is hard because languages are hard, and no two people have the same exact understanding of the same word. But we have to ascribe names and labels to things all the time…

This post seeks to help readers understand why labeling is so difficult. There’s a bit of linguistics, library science, and information architecture thrown in for good measure, but the point is this: language isn’t static and the same goes for the websites, databases, and other objects we create and build.

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Things to keep in mind when building an engineering blog

Stephanie Morillo drops some wisdom she gained running the Digital Ocean blog for the past year:

Teams need buy in from the engineering org, a primary owner for all things blog related, a regular publishing cadence, ongoing conversations, flexibility, cross-functional communication, and open dialogue with readers to get the most out of their blog efforts.

Getting buy-in can be the hardest part. I have a hard time convincing myself to blog, let alone other people.

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