Planning and Creating Engaging Infographics

Michael Opsteegh, originally presented 24 October 2013

Infographics are a powerful way of communicating large amounts of disparate data to inform or persuade your audience in a manner that is often more engaging than text alone. This presentation covers the different methods of data visualization, steps for planning and wireframing, tools that can be used, and ethical considerations.

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Plain Talk: Get the Marbles Out of Your Message

Eric Koup, originally presented 17 September 2013

It's difficult to understand someone speaking with a mouthful of marbles. Your written content can be full of marbles, too (metaphorically, of course). This session will outline how a "Plain Talk" philosophy can help you produce clear communications, provide some tips on writing more "Plain Talk-y," and discuss how to sell the Plain Talk philosophy at your job.

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Planning User Documentation When You Are a Startup Business

Ellis Pratt, originally presented 19 February 2013

In this presentation, we’ll look at how to plan a user documentation project when you’re working for a startup technology company. Working in this environment gives you the opportunity to work “from a clean sheet,” but it also has its own challenges of working in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.

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Pattern Recognition for Technical Communicators

Kai Weber, originally presented 8 August 2012

Pattern recognition is an essential mental strategy for acquiring and disseminating knowledge, though most of us are not aware of it. When applied consciously, technical communicators can employ pattern recognition processes to develop effective documentation more efficiently and help readers orient themselves.

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