S3E2 Through the Lens of a UX Designer - Discussion on Why Writers Matter! with Matt Rife

Inside Tech Comm with Zohra Mutabanna

Apr 14 2022 • 37 mins


In this quick chat with Matt, we talk about Matt's background and his eventual journey into UX design. Matt works very closely with UX writers, and my goal is to spotlight what that partnership looks like. We talk about the benefits of that partnership and the challenges when writers are not at the table.

Some of the questions we discuss:

  • What was Matt's journey like to transition to UX Design?
  • As a UX Designer, what are you looking for in your partnership with a UX writer?
  • What are the challenges in the absence of a writer?
  • When is the right time for writers and UX designers to start working together?
  • Should writers sit in on research sessions?

Guest Bio

Matt Rife is an award-winning design professional with more than 15 years of experience spanning a variety of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, HR, non-profit, and the public sector.

Matt came to the design world after several years working in IT and uses his unique background to craft exceptional user experiences for the real world. After completing his degree in graphic design he found his way into the nascent world of mobile app design and the rest, as they say, is history.

Matt is currently the head of experience design at nThrive, a healthcare technology firm. He is the founder of Fifty Eight Creative and also runs the Pragmatic XD blog. You can contact Matt on his LinkedIn profile or via his website.