Dec 13, 2021

Top Examples of UX Writing and Microcopy: Writing as a Design Tool

Top Examples of UX Writing and Microcopy: Writing as a Design Tool

Are words the unsung heroes of design? A mighty tool that can guide users around your website, stir up emotions, be universally understood, are available for everybody to use, and you don’t even need to create them. UX writing is the discipline of how words are used in your digital projects, and although it’s not a new concept, its importance is steadily gaining more recognition.

Writing is designing too - UX writing goes way further than microcopy, (although yes we do love cute tidbits of copy that surprise and delight us along our journey), and it’s fundamental to the user experience as a whole. Words guide users’ interactions, can help them complete tasks quickly, and can build brand loyalty and conversions for your company - amazing! UX writing can take many forms on your website or app, on call to action buttons (CTAs), longer contents, conversations, forms, cookies, notifications, error messages, content architecture, accessibility, localization, and much more.

But it’s not a “one vibe fits all” practice, brands need to also consider voice & tone - which does not just depend on the personality of the brand, but must also be sensitive to where the user is in their part of the journey - i.e frustrating moments related to password errors or payments being declined is not the appropriate time to 'get the cheeky LOLS in' with wacky error messages, but maybe when someone has completed a sale, or successfully signed up to something, kerching, you could ride the wave of the good feels with some irreverence in the written tone of your notifications.

Although UX writing is finally taking its place at the design table, it’s still a developing field, and themes like inclusivity, accessibility, and AI language models are all areas it will need to evolve alongside as we move forward on the web.

Coming up, some handpicked examples of UX writing from the awwwards team that jumped out at us when we were browsing the latest nominees.

If you have any more examples of UX writing that stand out, we'd love to see them, so please post them in the comments section below.

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