Category Archives: Professional Association

Collaborative Information Architecture

Thanks to Abby Covert (by way of UIE Webinar), I had a chance to reflect on my own effort as an Information Architect. Beth Fowler and the TriUXPA gang that brought us the webinar at TEKSystems this past week were … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the User Experience Process

You wouldn’t think that an event on a Thursday night would be so fun and exciting, but when you bring together about 45 professionals who share a common interest and you give the evening a tone of being an event … Continue reading

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Prototyping in 4D

After remembering veterans on November 11th, it was fun to join a group of fellow user experience professionals for a night out later in the week on a less solemn occasion. World Usability Day provided the opportunity to get together … Continue reading

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WritersUA Conference Topic

I’ll be presenting at the upcoming WritersUA – The Conference for Software User Assistance. Here’s the cover slide of my presentation: Here’s the prose summary of my presentation: User assistance must be understood in a larger context in order to … Continue reading

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Robert Perry Takes Helm at STC Carolina Chapter

Robert Perry is off and running as the new chapter president of the Carolina Chapter of STC (Society for Technical Communication). I first caught up with him, after not having seen him for the past few years, at the Mez … Continue reading

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Augmented Recognition

At tonight’s TriUXPA meeting, Mona Singh did a great job of giving us some perspective on the emerging technologies that are called “Augmented Reality”. She showed us some apps on her smart phone and let us all see some small … Continue reading

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Extreme Judging

For a day of intense technical communication, comes the event of the year – STC Carolina Chapter Competition Judging. Last year, the chapter did a great job of taking a long drawn-out process of providing feedback on competition entries – … Continue reading

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Affordances are not Afterthoughts

When we have a great event, such as the TriUXPA meeting tonight, we realize what great things collaboration can accomplish! Richard Phelps, the president of the chapter; the speakers, Rex Hartson from Virginia Tech and Pardha Pyla from Bloomberg; Lulu … Continue reading

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Designing is Getting Touchy

Introduction Last Thursday, I joined other local TriUPA members and listened to Josh Clark‘s webinar titled “Buttons are a Hack”. He ostensibly was trying to get us to do more with gestures and less with traditional windows controls, menus, and … Continue reading

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Profession Realignment

Today I’m comparing the list of program tracks at the STC Summit for 2011 and 2012. Notice the difference in names of tracks. Maybe that’s telling us something about the profession. Here are last year’s tracks (“Before”): Usability and Accessibility … Continue reading

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Vision Day 2011

You just can’t miniaturize or automate some things. You can’t miniaturize time spent with friends, time working through what a local chapter should do in one year, or time sharing ideas for reaching a new and changing demographic. Even with … Continue reading

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Surveying Online Surveys

This past month I took a few web-based surveys related to technical communication and information architecture. Each was relatively short, taking less than 20 minutes to complete, and each offered some insight into our profession. I don’t know if surveys … Continue reading

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How Social Can We Go?

Sometimes I am late to the party. For you those of you who are like me in that respect, I offer an introduction to some online social networking groups related to our profession. My apologies to those who for whom … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons to Avoid a Tech Comm Conference

Warning: There is some ranting in this post that may sound like STC bashing. I intend it solely as constructive criticism and fodder for brainstorming sessions for the benefit of the profession and of STC. Once again, Tom Johnson fulfills … Continue reading

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Dim Sum and Then Some

The STC Carolina Chapter did a great job of hosting the Best of Show judging at their most recent chapter meeting this past week. It was held in a restaurant called Dim Sum House and all fourteen of us judges … Continue reading

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Judgment Day in STC Competition Land

Yes, today was the last day for us judges (for the STC Carolina Chapter competition) to have our evaluation forms submitted. I got my forms in just in time and our team leader is probably glad that’s over with. I’m … Continue reading

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