TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for March 16, 2012

The TechWhirl gang has returned from a great WritersUA conference in Memphis, with pages and pages of notes that are already being turned into articles about the latest and greatest in user assistance, lots of photos on Pinterest, good memories of the home of the Blues, and newfound appreciation for the role of ducks in modern society. Continue reading ...

Technical Communications Primer: Gestalt Theory and Visual Design

Understanding gestalt theory is important for anyone who wants to master information design, not to mention visual design disciplines such as instructional design and user-interface design. But this understanding is important even when all we want to do is create a simple graphic such as a bar chart or an annotated screenshot. Four main principles of gestalt-based design provide this understanding and the tools we need to use it in practice. Continue reading ...