UXmas is the digital advent calendar for user experience designers, created by the folks at UX Mastery and Thirst Studios.
If you’ve followed along at home in previous years, you’ll be pleased to learn that UXmas is returning for 2014. We’ve published contributions from some of the best thinkers and doers in the User Experience community—pioneers such as Jared Spool, Indi Young, Jeff Sauro and Derek Featherstone, as well as a handful of less experienced but just as enthusiastic and talented young designers.
Your name could be added to that list! Interested? Read on …
Every year in the lead-up to December, we reach out to friends, colleagues, speakers, authors, designers, and anyone else we think might be interested in submitting an article for our calendar. We cajole and nag and plead, and there’s much biting of nails, pulling of hair … yet somehow we manage to cobble together a quality selection of articles, sketches, and random nuggets of wisdom to inspire, educate and amuse you during the festive season.
This year we’re a bit more organised. We’re opening up submissions to anyone.
If you have an idea you’d like to share, a technique you’d like to teach, or a story you’d like to tell, we want to hear from you.
How this Works
- Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on November 16, 2014, Australian EST. That’s your deadline. We need all submissions by then to be able to fairly assess and review all submissions. Your submission should include:
- your completed article
- a headshot (minimum 200 x 200, colour)
- a short bio. You may include a link to your website in your bio, your Twitter handle etc.
- We will review all submissions, and compile the selection of articles for UXmas 2014.
- We’ll notify you by November 23 whether your article was successful or not.
The advent calendar will then begin on December 1st, counting down with a new article every day until Christmas.
Pretty simple, huh? Well, what are you waiting for? That deadline aint far away, and we’d hate you to miss out.
And if you’re more interested in reading UXmas content than writing it, be sure to sign up here to get daily articles emailed to your inbox throughout December as they’re unwrapped.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write?
The topic of “user experience” is pretty broad. We welcome articles from any discipline that fits under the UX tree: interaction design, information architecture, visual design, usability, user research, careers, strategy … you get the idea. If it’s a topic that will be of interest to UX designers, we’re interested.
Can I bounce my idea past you first?
Sure—just shoot us an email and we’ll be glad to chat about it. But we still require your completed submission by the above deadline for it to be considered for inclusion.
Can I choose what day my article is published?
Juggling the UXmas publication schedule is a black art that requires years of training in order to get just right. OK, that’s complete rubbish, but no, we reserve the right to specify which articles will be published when. We try our best to balance different topics, so your article may appear first, last, or in the middle depending on what other articles are in the schedule.
What’s the limit on word length?
We’re not strict on hard limits, but we’re definitely not looking for novellas. If your story genuinely takes 3,000 words to tell, we’ll still consider it. But we’d rather you kept it short and sweet, like a miniature candy cane. Take a look through the archive from previous years to get a sense for what works.
Do you pay authors?
Sorry, UXmas is a labour of love for the team behind it. We can offer you exposure to thousands of UX designers who are eager to learn from your insightful words, and fame and fortune may well follow—who knows? The site has had over 100,000 people read it. But the biggest benefit you’ll get out of being a part of UXmas is the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’ve given something back to the community during the festive season (and the thrill of seeing your name in lights!)
Who owns the IP of my article?
You’ll retain the copyright for your article, and will agree to grant UXmas an exclusive license to publish it.
What happens if my article is not accepted?
Don’t despair! All your efforts won’t be in vain. You have a few options here. You can either:
- chat to us here at UX Mastery about whether you’d like to publish it on our site instead (and receive a similar level of exposure)
- publish it on your own site
- submit it to another publication
My question is not here. Who can I contact?
Get in touch via this contact form—we’ll be glad to help.