UI/UX for technical communicators is the theme for TC Summer Camp 2017

I sit on the TC Camp board and am sponsoring the Structured Authoring workshop at TC Summer Camp in DC on September 9th.

Every year, we ask what topic people want for the morning workshops. So far only one topic has been in the top of the voting for both the East Coast and the West Coast two years straight:

UI/UX for Technical Communicators

In January, I did a UI/UX post every day on our social media channels. We knew it was hot, but this is the only topic crossing regions for technical communications professionals in 2017.

So we went all out for TC Summer Camp. We talked to two UI/UX professionals.

  1. One comes to us from the University of Maryland iSchool. She’s a computer scientist and, if you were at STC Summit, you saw her on the panel in the closing keynote.
  2. The other comes to us from George Mason University. She’s a professor in the Technical Communications degree program and she’s developing an UI/UX course for techcomm students.

We think it’s going to be a great learning experience.

Tickets are on sale now. The event is on a Saturday. If you’re within driving distance, I can’t recommend it more highly. See the tccamp website to see video of past camps and reviews from attendees.

And see you in September! It’s the best learning experience on two coasts at the most economical price for those of you who want to be the “one who knows” in your departments.

Get your tickets today!

Liz Asks: Will I see you this month? It’s Conference Season 2017!

Conference season 2017 started last month and we’re on the road! In fact, I’m two conferences down with two more to go.  I love to meet people in person and hear their stories.

The last couple of years I’ve started to prefer local events and have made it a point of attending STC regional events. These local conferences average 100 people and it gives you a chance to get to know the people who are really dedicated to their careers and to sharing their knowledge with others in their profession. Sure, the big events are great, but nothing beats a local, smaller event to really connect with someone.

Plus, smaller events give me more opportunity to travel around to where many people actually are.

Where to find us this conference season

I’ll be at two more conferences this season and have a workshop and several presentations scheduled. If you’re going to be at one of them, drop in and say hi! Continue reading “Liz Asks: Will I see you this month? It’s Conference Season 2017!”

Which TC Dojo level are you?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo.

We called it the a dojo because a dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way“. Typically, it is the place for learning and practicing a martial art form. We decided to borrow this theme and apply it to the practice and learning for the art of Technical Communication.

In keeping with the metaphor, we borrowed the notion of levels and color representations. Instead of belts, we have wristbands. Continue reading “Which TC Dojo level are you?”