The top emerging trends within the technical communication industry 2017 – QoSL

The ISTC asked its Business Affiliates what they thought were the top emerging trends within the technical communication industry at the moment, and why they thought they have come about. We also asked if they thought information development professionals are having to change the way they work (or train) due to the emerging trends. Below are highlights from the response from James Bromley, Director at QoSL:

High Tech-High Touch (Megatrends, Naisbitt, 1982) – there is going to be a growing divide in consumer/customer loyalty between those organisations that understand this dynamic, and practice it, and those that don’t.

Implications for ISTC members : a business opportunity to encourage and facilitate their employers and customers to ‘cut the channels’ and facilitate ‘It’s good to talk’. 


Thames Valley Group Xmas Meeting – 6th December 2016

The December 6th meeting will be at the Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill, Nr Reading. To guarantee some space, we will aim to book an area in the restaurant from 19.30. To that end can you confirm if you intend to come for the December meeting.

 The theme for the meeting is a hand written list to Santa of all the things you want for Xmas (can be tech pubs based or not). Of course they will have to be flexible for new comers or if anyone drops out from disease.

Please use this link to Eventbrite to register your attendance

The organiser for the event is Darren Mitcham – email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Thames Valley Area Group Meeting – 1st November 2016

The November meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st November at the Bird-in-Hand Country Inn, Knowl Hill, Nr Reading from 19.30 hours when we will be discussing the riveting subject of archiving documents. This is a free event, all are welcome and you don’t need to be a member to attend.

If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/istc-thames-valley-area-group-meeting-1st-november-2016-tickets-28650167422

The organiser for the event is Darren Mitcham and he may be contacted via email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Guest post – Technical Communication – another term for User Experience?

This is a guest post from Claire Wood MISTC, and it reflects Claire’s personal experiences and opinions. 

We hear a lot about how user experience, a design concept that has changed the way we interact with products, be they websites or apps, on a PC, but mostly on a mobile device. However, if you’ve ever had to explain to someone what a technical communicator does, and got a confused look in return, it could be they are confusing you for a user experience (UX) designer or developer. Indeed, there seems to be confusion as to what UX actually is and should cover.


Thames Valley Area Group Meeting – Tuesday 4th October 2016

The group will be meeting at the Bird-in-Hand, Knowl Hill on Tuesday 4th October and we will have a general discussion on what we all learned at TCUK.

The meeting is open to all and the organiser for the event is Darren Mitcham who may be contacted by email at thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite here

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