What If Technical Writers Thought of Themselves As Artists?

Technical writers usually think of their job in functional terms: to help end users know or do something, such as configuring their notification settings or changing the engine oil. Creating beautiful content is not part of the equation. But what if technical writers thought of themselves as artists whose aim is to create a thing of beauty? Isn't that, in the end, what makes for a positive user experience?

True Solitude Is Not Retreat

With COVID we have more opportunities for solitude than ever before, and artists of all people should be grateful for that. Right? Well ... what if solitude is less about isolation from the world so you can paint or write, and more about a process of "concentrated fascination" that leads to the production of art not only for yourself but for the common good?