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

Yorkshire Area Group September Meetup, Sheffield – Thursday 29th September 2016

Join us for a networking event of professional technical communicators in Yorkshire. All attendees will receive a free copy of the Autumn 2016 ISTC Communicator magazine which includes a special supplement for Science Communication.

All technical communicators are welcome – you do not need to be an ISTC Member. If you would like to attend, please book your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yorkshire-area-group-september-meet-up-tickets-27211171346

Why not join our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4662452

The organiser of the event is Emma Sheridan who may be contacted by email: yorkshire_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 19:30 to 21:30 (BST)

The Old Queens Head – 40 Pond Hill, Sheffield, S1 2BG

Thames Valley Area Group Meeting – Tuesday 6th September 2016

The group will be meeting at its usual venue, The Plowden Arms, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, at 19.30 on Tuesday 6th September. Darren Mitcham will give a preview of his TCUK conference presentation, as a practice and to allow others to hear it who will not be going to TCUK.

 All are welcome – you don’t need to be an ISTC member. If you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thames-valley-area-group-tuesday-6th-september-2016-tickets-27167076457

 The organiser for the event is Darren Mitcham who may be contacted by email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk


Southern Area Meeting, 7pm Thursday 1st September 2016, Winchester

The next ISTC Southern Area event is at The Royal Oak, Royal Oak Passage, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AU, on Thursday 1st September 2016, from 7pm. We have reserved the lower bar (which is supposedly the oldest bar in Winchester).

Matthew Ellison will introduce us to CSS Flexbox.

This evening provides a high–level introduction to the CSS Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module, an exciting new technology that all technical communicators should be familiar with.

Matthew demonstrates how flexible web pages can be coded simply and elegantly for a range of different screen sizes using Flexbox techniques.

We’ll be there from 7pm, and Matthew’s talk will start around 7.30pm. Afterwards there will be the usual opportunity for questions, for serious discussion, or light-hearted chat, depending on your mood and inclination.

The event is free, and is open to ISTC members and non-members. But if you are planning to come, please register on Eventbrite click here so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us. You’ll also find directions and parking information in the Eventbrite listing.

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