ANDREW SHEA

New York, New York

Write, Designers, Write.

We write more than ever. Many of us spend several hours each day crafting emails. We fine-tune creative briefs and send scores of text messages. Our sketchbooks include lists, reminders, and the occasional epiphany. Yet few of us consider ourselves to be writers. In fact, most of the designers I talk to claim to be bad writers.

So where do timid writers start? Here are three suggestions:

First, recognize a key similarity between good writing and good design: it results from a process. This short passage involved research, brainstorming, a first draft, revising, a final draft, revising, and proofing. It is similar to most design projects that I start. I had no idea what the final product ...

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