Can’t recall where I saw this but it struck a chord so I grabbed the main tenets with a view to expounding on them at a later date. However, as simplicity suggests, I really don’t need to bother. Because there is complexity in purity. Elegance in plainness. Intricacy in streamlining. Richness in reduction. Depth in…Continue reading Muji Manifesto
Back after a couple of weeks of merriment, over-eating and general lazing about. Hopefully the festive season was as good to you as it was to me. But enough looking back, this time of year is all about looking forward. So what is coming up in the next 12 months? Well, I’m hoping to start…Continue reading What’s in store for 2008?
Single sourcing is good, I’m sure most of us can agree on that, but I’ve recently been wondering if perhaps DITA isn’t quite good enough? The thing is, I’ve been looking at DITA as a solution for our single sources needs for a while now. I’ve attended conferences, read whitepapers, listened to vendors and everything…Continue reading DITA is not the answer
As I mentioned previously, the opening presentation at TICAD was by Adobe and featured their vision of the future of Technical Communications and information development. Apparently that future includes video. Video has been available to many for a few years now, yet it is never really the main focus of a documentation team. Tom has…Continue reading This is not a video
Many years ago, when I was just starting out in Technical Communications, my boss at the time gave me a piece of advice. Every now and then it pops back into my head and, as well as allowing me a small smile, reminds me to do just what he suggested. His advice was one word.…Continue reading A word of advice
Over the past year or so, as I’ve started to struggle to keep up-to-date with the multitude of websites that interest me, I’ve increasingly turned to RSS feeds to help me manage the load. With that in mind, I’ve been compiling a list of Technical Communications feeds that I find interesting. Some are by Technical…Continue reading Do you RSS?
… no we didn’t win the Lottery, but if we had, I’d have a year long “see the world” holiday (and I mean real world, not “luxury hotel” world.. well ok, a few luxury hotels..), then distribute as much of the money as I could, leaving enough for Louise and I to live off without…Continue reading Briefly…
I’ve hit an unexpected problem with this blog, one which I didn’t think I’d hit for quite a while, if at all. I can’t seem to find a focus. Now, considering that this blog has the breadth of topics that the umbrella of “Technical Communications” covers that really shouldn’t be possible. But that isn’t really…Continue reading Searching for focus
Without meaning to I seem to have taken some inspiration from this post, whilst I’m not directly offering a counterpoint, it’s worth a read. ~ Every trade or profession has a skill set, a unique set of talents that make one role different from another. For most people in the IT industry we all have…Continue reading Skill Set
Like most people, I ‘fell’ into the world of Technical Communications. I didn’t choose this career, and like many I didn’t study anything that remotely involved writing. But then, who really knows what they want to be when they are choosing what to study at university. So, after spending a few years learning about Electronic…Continue reading Handling Information Laziness