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A Pocket Guide to the Craft of Words, Part 2 - Microcopy

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Almost every interaction you make, through a website or application, involves words. Words can help, words can hinder. They can ease a user on their journey or they can get in the way, causing frustration. Given their power, it’s no surprise to discover that companies like 37signals and MailChimp, to name but two, position words at the heart of their design process.

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Published June 25th 2013 by Five Simple Steps Publishing Ltd
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Karen Mardahl
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Hmm. Second attempt to add a review. Moral: don't leave the page to do something else mid-review!)

This is a short-and-sweet easy read for all designers and technical communicators. Especially just after they have read Microinteractions. I will add this to my "recommend at work" list. I could share it with developers and tell them this is why they should leave the writing to the writers. I can also just share it with the other writers and have them train their developers. :)

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Andrea
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
A very basic overview of using clear, consistent, and appropriate words in microcopy for forms, errors, and other elements of interface design. There is a lot of great information about writing microcopy online, for further analysis of this craft. Goes together with A Pocket Guide to the Craft of Words, Part 1 - Macrocopy.
Lauren
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
This quick little read is packed with information about using words to delight users across a website or other design project. Quick, easy, and informative read. I wish it were more than a pocket guide, and I wish the quotes, etc, were better cited.
Alexander Debkaliuk
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ux
A good little piece of reading that will freshen up your respect for microcopy with some finely selected examples.

One sitting read that manages to get the point across and repeat it multiple times.
Mateus Pinheiro
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice book, but maybe too superficial. Worth reading, but does not keep up with the expectations raised by the previous one.

It scratches the surface of microcopy, and leave not much follow-up after you finish it.
Jason
Oct 13, 2013 added it
A short look at writing good microcopy: where to use it, when, and why. A quick read that will help you focus on an often overlooked, but important aspect of design.
Lisa
Nov 23, 2013 added it
Short and sweet and useful. Best when paired with Part One.
Trevan Hetzel
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A good high level overview of how the use of words in interfaces can make or break a good user experience.
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