Author archive: Megan Alford

What is an instructional designer?

What is an instructional designer?

What is instructional design? Instructional design is the development of education materials, content, and delivery modes. Analysis of learner needs is an important initial stage, as is the identification of desired learning outcomes. Education technology is highly viable – you’ll hear terms like LX (learner experience) and LMS (learning management system) drawing from everything from…

What is an Information Designer?

  We can think of technical communication as one large, continuously developing field, and information design as a related discipline or additional skill made up of graphic design, human factors design, and writing. Famous examples of information design take us back to Florence Nightingale’s Diagram of the Causes of Mortality and Charles Minard’s Carte figurative…

Spotlight: Gabriel Forbes

Spotlight: Gabriel Forbes

In December’s Spotlight, we feature Vancouver Island’s Gabriel Forbes. He currently serves as the STC Canada West Coast chapter Coordinator for Vancouver Island. A senior technical writer who boasts a wide array of in-depth experience and leadership insight, Gabriel has worked with Trimble, MDA, and Sierra Systems, and is now with Victoria’s Reliable Controls. STC…

What is a technical illustrator?

What is a technical illustrator?

(This is the first in a series of articles exploring the world of technical communication from the perspective of specific job titles and functions. This month’s article looks at technical illustrators.) A technical illustrator creates illustrations that visually communicate complex technical information. These illustrations include drawings, diagrams or photographs that convey accurate proportions and dimensions,…

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