Why Better UX Journalism Is Key to the Future of UX Design

Patrick Faller
Sep 17, 2018 · 7 min read
Illustration: Justin Cheong.

Claps, hearts, and likes over critiques

During the course of writing their essay, Fabricio and Caio explored a fundamental issue facing the creation of UX design content: who creates it, how they do it, and how that affects the content we see online. Experienced designers and leaders are usually too busy with their day jobs to write in-depth thought leadership about the industry. Often, they’re even too busy to read thought-provoking articles about UX. Meanwhile, platforms like Medium have made it easier than ever for anyone to create a post and share on social media.

Look familiar? Image Credit: UX Collective.

The dangers of not correcting course

We’ll get to that big opportunity in a minute, but first, Adobe’s own principal designer has a few thoughts on the big risk of not changing our approach.

Opportunity and the responsibility of the reader

The fault doesn’t lie entirely with content creators, according to Khoi. UX designers themselves need to approach UX journalism in a different way to help create meaningful change in the industry. Designers should ask themselves when they read an article, blog post, or list, whether it challenged their assumptions or opened them to new ideas.

Strategic design content rarely receives the reading time more tactical content does. Image Credit: UX Collective.

Resources should equal responsibility

But why should companies like Adobe follow suit with the content they’re creating? It seems unlikely, given the findings, that investing in in-depth design journalism over simpler, easier-to-digest content will result in more conversions, purchases, and clicks. For Caio, it’s about a certain responsibility companies have to create space for discussion.

A brighter future for UX journalism (if we have anything to say about it)

At Adobe, we know what’s good for UX design in general is good for us and the designers we serve. In addition to continuing to create content to help designers learn and master Adobe XD, we’re renewing our commitment to creating thought-provoking, industry-advancing articles and blog posts that push the boundaries of UX journalism and discourse. You’ll see a lot fewer posts on surface-level UX topics that have been covered several times on our blog and others, and a lot more content discussing the unique issues, challenges, and solutions on the forefront of our industry.

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