I’ve wanted to write for years. I started writing and publishing when I realized I couldn’t buy being better at what I was doing. No new computer, tablet, or software will make me a better designer. Writing, however, can help me become a better designer.
There was nothing left for me but to write. And publish.
I decided to publish on Medium, because I’d heard that articles on this platform have a greater organic outreach than in any similar place (which is true).
- Finally beginning to write after many years of thinking about it and several unsuccessful attempts
- Writing in English
- Publishing at least once every month for a year
After 12 months:
- 2 distinctions
- Author’s status in 8 publications on Medium
- 29,358 views
- 11,394 estimated reads
- 583 “fans” (this is a construct on Medium)
- 525 followers
- “Top writer in Design on Medium” status
- Interview on the Balsamiq blog
Constraints and process
With the experiences of my unsuccessful approaches to writing fresh in my mind, I decided to impose a few restrictions on myself:
- The articles must be in English
- They shouldn’t exceed 2 A4 pages (3,600 characters, 3 minutes of reading)
- I should publish at least one article a month
To learn more while writing, I worked with an editor on each of the articles.
I quickly learned that on Medium, it’s best to publish articles in the so‑called “publications,” not on medium.com itself.
After a year and a half of writing, I have author’s status in several Medium publications you may know: UX Collective, UX Planet, freeCodeCamp, Hacker Noon, Prototypr, and Design + Sketch. Author status means that I can submit my articles for publication using a shortcut, inside Medium, with some dose of additional trust.
As of this writing, after 18 months, 569 people are following me on Medium.
Balsamiq asked me for an interview a few months ago. I didn’t refuse.
My writing continues.
Examples of my writing
- Questions to ask yourself before starting a design side project
- Timeline: What a short pro bono civic tech design project for a non‑governmental organization looks like
- Design podcasts: Where to start? 2018 Edition
- What won’t change in prototyping in 2018
- What has changed in Material Design in 2017
- Don’t risk making a crappy UI, use Material Design
- When & how I use Balsamiq
- Dear designer, everything is a remix
- How to responsibly help NGOs with technology
- Sketch? I use it every week, but can’t pass indifferently by Affinity Designer