Graphic Content Warning: The Pros, Cons, and Alternatives to Screenshots


There are multiple reasons to use screenshots, from introducing new features and helping confirm the context of content to simply breaking up walls of text. However, screenshots can carry a lot of overhead, including localization considerations and short shelf-lives due to continuous deployment, which may make them more effort than their worth. For content that appears in context of the UI, screenshots can also be redundant and unnecessary. As alternatives to screenshots, there are several visual content strategies to consider to engage audiences and convey and complement concepts and UIisms, including infographics, illustrations, and abstract "simplified UI (SUI)" representations. Which you use depends on your intent and message.

  • Conference: Write the Docs PORTLAND
  • Year: 2018

About the speaker

Steve Stegelin