MY BLOG. I’m a long form writer and avid reader at heart. I started my career as a journalist and wrote stories that fell through the cracks that I was passionate about. Essays, interviews, op-eds and features on culture and history, news, media, design and technology, mostly in English and German. 

MY BLOG. I’m a longform writer and avid reader at heart.
I started my career as a journalist and wrote stories that fell through the cracks that I was passionate about. Essays, interviews, op-eds and features on culture and history, news, media, design and technology, mostly in English and German. 

The Semantic Web

Your Content and the Semantic Web

Almost two decades ago, in 2001, the concept of the Semantic Web, aka Web 3.0, was first introduced. Has it succeeded? Are we better off?
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online forms

Bad Form Design & Wasted Time: Resetting Passwords

How easy is it to change passwords or delete accounts? Root canal is less painful. The reason: Poorly designed forms provide dismal user experience.
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persuasive writing

Persuasive Writing: Promoting Your Brand

You have expertise in a topic or an industry? Persuasive writing, including op-eds, can promote your brand and your services and offer real value.
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gender neutral marketing

Don’t Assume I’m A Guy—Gender Neutral Marketing

Are you looking for a winning marketing strategy? Then make an effort to ditch any sexist ways of addressing your clients.
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#GivingTuesday

Donation Emails Done Right

A compelling narrative, visual storytelling and a call-to-action are crucial for a successful #GivingTuesday email campaign. Here are more tips how to stand out.
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cashier check scam alert

Dodging the Cashier Check Scam

Ah, the cashier-check scam. Many freelancers and independent contractors become targets, and victims. Here's my story and tips how to spot—and fight—it.
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The Sins of Past Designs

Sometimes, the shoemaker has no shoes. Being a web designer, you’d think I would take care of my own website first. Wrong. Twenty years after I hand-coded the very first iteration of my website, I finally brought it to the 21st century.
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writing

Writing Should Open a Vein

Welcome to the world of media. You've got the tools to be a writer, but good writing cannot be taught. You either have an inner voice and write from your gut or you haven’t found it yet and are still searching. The rest of you will never look for that spark.
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Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly: Fierce and Fearless

Long before the 1970s, the golden era of investigative journalism, there was Nellie Bly. She was the pioneer in investigative reporting. And the year was 1880.
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startup names

The Web’s Baby Babble

Forkly, Mingly and Grovo. Twitter with its tweets and peeps. Digg, reddit, Bebo and Mixi. Tumblr, Flickr and folkd. Oovoo and Zoomr. Prezi and scribd. Badoo, Rapt, Mubi and Wooxie. Spotify, Blippy and Twilio. Zynga, Scribd and Tsy. Pet names? No, the Web’s Baby Babble startup names.
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About Content + Design

Why Content + Design?

Tekla Szymanski

You are a nonprofit or personal brand with a mission to share or a story to tell and needed a website yesterday? This is your one-stop-shop for content and branding strategy, editorial services, web development, site care and peace of mind—no need to hire separate teams.
Hi, I’m Tekla. Let me help you  create a flexible design that adapts to your unique content needs. What sets me apart? Many web developers don’t come from an editorial and content-creating background. I do.
Together, we’ll get your message out.

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Let’s discuss your content + design needs, brainstorm how to amplify your message and the story you want to tell or how to improve your existing website with a thorough website critique.
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Certifications

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 successfully completed the Structured data course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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