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North West Regional Group Planning Meeting 2nd May

This will be a planning  meeting  to discuss our plans for the following year or so. If you are interested in technical communication, information design, technical editing etc and would like to be involved then come along. We are looking for volunteers to speak on subjects covering the whole range of technical communication, as well as people who are willing to offer up some of their time to help run the group.

The meeting will take place on 2nd May, 7pm – 9pm, at MadLab. Further details and booking can be found on Eventbrite.

West of Scotland Area Group meeting 11 June 2013

The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Tuesday 11th June 2013 from 7.30 pm onwards.  Come along to talk about the latest news and trends in communication, or just to meet other communication professionals.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communication, such as technical authors, information architects, internal communication professionals, report writers, marketing writers, web content writers and graphic designers.

Venue: Waxy O’Connors pub, 44 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DH. Please make your way to the Library area on the upper level.

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6356351017 to help us anticipate attendance numbers.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested.  For more information contact westscotland_areagroup@istc.org.uk.

Cambridge Group – Style Guide Clinic – 21st May

Bring along your Style Guide for others to see.

What are they for? What should they contain? What should they not contain? We will tackle these and many more questions about Style Guides.

To get you started read Daniel Heuman’s website, you can meet and talk to Daniel at the Clinic because he is our guest speaker.

Hosted by Samsung Cambridge.

Full details on EventBrite. If you are contributing a style guide (we hope you are) please make sure you get a “I’m bringing mine ticket”.

Cambridge Group – 16th April – Reminder

Show and Tell: See How another company does tech docs. 16th April at 19:00. Free Event.

Please book your place on EventBrite where you’ll find full details.

The presentation will demonstrate the documentation tools used at ThirdLight and the key elements of the documentation design. Perhaps the highlight here is the use of video as an integral part of the tech doc and the marketing collateral. All tech doc and videos are produced in-house by Gerry who believes most Tech / Marcomm writers can and should use this format which still has a long way to go in terms of deployment techniques and scenarios

Southern Area Group event – User Assistance is Product Marketing – Tues May 14th Guildford

The next ISTC Southern Area Group event is User Assistance is Product Marketing, presented by our very own Rachel Potts.

When: Tuesday 14th May, from 7pm, presentation starts at 7.30pm

Where: The Keep, 29 Castle St, Guildford, GU1 3UW

Rachel will present a case study showing how she designed a new developer website for Caplin for their user assistance content (www.caplin.com/developer), and how the redesigned content works as product marketing. The case study focuses on a set of software development tools, but the principle of putting user assistance to work as product marketing has much wider application, and communicators from a wide range of business sectors will be able to use the ideas covered to increase the business value of the content they produce.

Rachel runs the 3di Software Usability division (www.3di-usability.com) and specialises in improving the customer experience that software and technology companies deliver.

3di have kindly agreed to sponsor a finger buffet.

The event is free, but numbers are limited, so if you plan to attend, please reserve your place at: http://uaisproductmarketing.eventbrite.com. Anyone who is interested in technical communication is welcome. You don’t need to be a member of the ISTC, so tell your colleagues!

More information from: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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