404 Magazine, Issue 1
Materials: paper, staples, laser toner
UX writing is poetry. It's written under constraints, it considers the nuance of each individual word and phrase, and it tries to find clarity and simplicity in complicated ideas and subjects.
404 Magazine is a small, humble zine, aiming to connect the dots between poetry and UX writing. Apps and interfaces provide the words, and we play with the form of those words to see if maybe, just maybe, we might find new meaning.
This issue is 20 pages, and measures at just about 4.25" by 5.5". The cover is printed in 5 assorted colors — we'll choose the color you'll get.
Dec 17-Jan 3
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51 reviews5 out of 5 stars
This little zine is the best! It really proves that UX copy can be poetic. Also that the same words in another form/context can take on new meaning—which to me often read as darker than the original (e.g., "just OK" could be a convo between a breakup-initiator and reluctant dumpee, while "You'll stay friends" made me immediately think the opposite). My personal fave was the existential crisis of "Whatever," though. Looking forward to future issues, Andy!
I received this so quickly and it's everything I hoped for and more! I look forward to many more issues! <3
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