Tech Writer This Week for June 14, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for June 14, 2012 by TechWhirl

TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communications and technical writing posts on the web.

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In Technical Communications, Robert Levy (savethesemicolon.com) offers commentary on why tech communicators find problems that others miss. Ellis Pratt (cherryleaf.com) summarizes his thoughts for the future of technical communications. And Column McAndrew (cmcandrew.com) discusses why technical communciation has a lot in common with first aid.

In Content Strategy, Val Swisher (contentrules.com) provides commentary on how we as technical communicators should meet the new demands of content creation. According to Val, we writers are also Coders, Artists, Animators, Videographers, and Sound Engineers. And Sharon Burton (sharonburton.con) has a post on why the tools available to us tech writers and content strategists just don’t cut it.

User Experience includes a primer on responsive design from UXMagazine, and an interesting case study from Good Experience on what happens when the world’s biggest retailer focuses on the wrong thing. In Tech Writing Career, we have great articles on what it what it feels like to be a tech writing intern, tips on landing a tech writing career, and an interview with a working tech writer.

In an important Dilbert follow-up to last week’s Tina encounter, we get to reflect on the usefulness of the PHB. Just in case you haven’t heard, here’s the Genesis of Tina the Tech Writer
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Technical Communications

Why Tech Communicators Find Problems That Others Miss | Save the SemicolonDo you ever feel that you’re doing as much Product Management as you do writing? I’m building an online portfolio, so I’ve gone through a…
Rethinking technical communications, rethinking Technical AuthorsOur June newlsetter contains a links to a flurry of articles on rethinking technical communications. We’ve added comments to a number of …
What can technical communication learn from First Aid? | The RoboColum(n)The sun was shining so I decided to go for a walk into town to get some lunch. On the way I heard a crash behind me. I turned around to s…

Content Strategy

Meeting the New Demands of Content Creation | Content Rules, Inc.Meeting the New Demands of Content Creation I’ve been told that I think too much like a writer. Well, I suppose that’s true – after all, …
I'm about to commit heresy, but stay with me on this | Sharon Burton …4 days ago … I am in despair for our tools in technical communication right now. Here's why. … I' m about to commit heresy, …

User Experience

A Primer on Responsive Design | UX MagazineThe concept of responsive design-the practice of creating digital experiences that adapt to seamlessly deliver content suited to the devi…
Ignore the customer experience, lose a billion dollars (Walmart case study) – Good ExperienceYou’re with Walmart. It’s 2009, and you want to do something new, something transformative, to out-innovate rival Target. You have a sens…

Tech Writing Career

My Internship as a Technical Writer: what I learnt | Save the SemicolonGuest Post By Dave Fruscalzo Over this just-passed Australian summer, I completed a five-week internship as a technical writer for a grow…
Tips for Embarking on a Career in Technical Writing …May 31, 2012 … I was recently invited to give a guest lecture to students at the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland who are study…
Learn the Career of a Technical Writer | CAREEREALISM2 days ago … Have you ever considered pursuing a career as a Technical Writer? This interview takes you through the ups and downs you…
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Craig Cardimon

Craig Cardimon wears many hats and loves all of them -- technical communicator, content curator, and freelance copywriter. In his not-so-copious spare time, he reads, writes, runs on the local trail, and watches way too much "retro" TV.

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