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Posts tagged "microcopy"

Dec 10, 2012
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What do you call the opposite of a Screenshot of Despair? Thanks, Gmail app. I will.

What do you call the opposite of a Screenshot of Despair? Thanks, Gmail app. I will.

Mar 23, 2012
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Screenshots of despair

Rob Walker’s plea for us to help built out the site:


  The Tumblr’s creation was announced a few weeks ago, this way: “I am trying to collect a bunch of screenshots illustrating the feelings of desolation that can often accompany social networking and life online. SO FUN!”
  
  …My strong suspicion is that if the Internet could get excited about this, Screenshots of Despair would be flooded with more examples. Because the project, even in the handful of images new collected, almost instantly changes the way the reader/viewer thinks about these default communiqués of the networked world, the little stand-in placeholders that prod us all to, you know, interact. Get some friends, , declare some favorites, do something to earn some “compliments,” get some new friends.


These are all mostly examples of sad microcopy.

Screenshots of despair

Rob Walker’s plea for us to help built out the site:

The Tumblr’s creation was announced a few weeks ago, this way: “I am trying to collect a bunch of screenshots illustrating the feelings of desolation that can often accompany social networking and life online. SO FUN!”

…My strong suspicion is that if the Internet could get excited about this, Screenshots of Despair would be flooded with more examples. Because the project, even in the handful of images new collected, almost instantly changes the way the reader/viewer thinks about these default communiqués of the networked world, the little stand-in placeholders that prod us all to, you know, interact. Get some friends, , declare some favorites, do something to earn some “compliments,” get some new friends.

These are all mostly examples of sad microcopy.

(Source: nevver, via screenshotsofdespair)

Mar 22, 2011
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Writing Microcopy

Microcopy is tiny copy (often shorter than a sentence) that helps clarify, explain, reduce commitment, or otherwise assuage someone when performing (or considering) a task or using a product.

Love this Flickr pool of Microcopy examples.

See also:

The Construction of Instruction

Copywriting is Interface Design

Writing Microcopy

Microcopy is tiny copy (often shorter than a sentence) that helps clarify, explain, reduce commitment, or otherwise assuage someone when performing (or considering) a task or using a product.

Love this Flickr pool of Microcopy examples.

See also:

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