Designers who play with words

How to use writing in your design process

Melody Quintana
Jan 16, 2018 · 6 min read

Organize your thoughts

Writing exercise: Create a process journal

Try keeping a daily journal of your work. Each day, aim for 10 minutes of uninterrupted writing that’s for your eyes only. In my experience, this works best when done at the very beginning or end of each day.

Craft your story

Writing exercise: Envision your future headline

Journalism is one of the most efficient forms of storytelling. Headlines and subheadlines boil down lengthy narratives to their essence. Many articles use the inverted pyramid structure to reveal information in easy-to-read chunks.

Design with words

Writing exercise: Conduct a verbal exploration

When we plan interfaces, we often go broad and explore lots of visuals and interactions. Try the same technique for the words in your UI. (Bonus: Work with a UX writer if you have one on your team!).

Write on

If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s that the best way to get better at writing is to do it. Here are some of my favorite design-minded resources for better writing.


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Melody Quintana

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Designer, writer, and toddler-chaser. Currently unleashing creative energy @dropbox. Formerly @facebook, @thetileapp, @svaixd.

Dropbox Design

We believe joy is the engine that powers all the best ideas. We’re designing an elegant and intuitive way of working, so you can love the way you work. More on https://dropbox.design.