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Takeaway Points

  • Writing manuals and blog posts, as well as creating screencasts, forces you to explain your design to other people. This helps you find issues with your design: if something is hard to explain, it may be hard to use.

  • People read manuals when they’re already unhappy, so manuals should fix the problem, not make people even more unhappy.

  • Press releases and blog posts help you think about your product’s goals and put the focus on the problems you want to solve. Can you explain your product in a single sentence? If not, maybe you’re trying to do too much or you’re not solving a specific problem.

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