Screenshot and archive everything
OK, so you’ve done all this work to mock up your UX writing. Shouldn’t you now save it for posterity? Or at least so you can reuse your work for future projects?
I can’t tell you how many items I get handed a new project and think, “Wait a minute, I did this kind of work a few months ago, I can just reuse what I did, if only I can find it…”
If it’s in your “everything doc,” then it’s easy!
It’s pretty simple: every time you mock something up, take a picture of it and throw it in your everything doc.
My everything doc is just a simple Paper doc of screenshots, reverse-ordered by date (so the newest screenshot is at the top). I’ll type the actual UX copy right below the screenshot so it’s easier to search for. That’s it.
Get in the habit of archiving your work, even if it never sees the light of day. You never know when a project might come back to life. And if it does, your copy will be all ready to go!
Steer your career
As with my previous articles, I want to end this one with a reminder to # steeryourcareer.
By following the suggestions in this article, you can:
- Mock up your UX writing work to collaborate better with your partners
- Count on an “everything doc” for easy reuse of your work
- And lastly, use your everything doc as a ready source of writing samples for your portfolio
In the words of The Office’s Michael Scott, that’s what I call a win-win-win! 🙂
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Thanks to Andrea Drugay, John Mikulenka, and Michelle Morrison for their help in putting together this article.
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