Posts Tagged ‘North West Technical Communicators Group’

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group


Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 05-12-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Trends in technical Communication

What is happening in technical communication? If anyone knows Ellis Pratt should know, a well known an influential blogger and help strategist. In this talk Ellis will explore what he and his colleagues have seen emerging from their recent meetings with software documentation managers around the UK.

Biography: Ellis Pratt is Director and Help Strategist at Cherryleaf, a technical writing services and training company based near London, in the United Kingdom. He has over fifteen years’ experience working in the field of documentation, has a BA in Business Studies, and is an Associate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was ranked the most influential blogger on technical communication in Europe by Mindtouch for the last three years running.

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, graphic designers and Illustrators.

Please register for on Eventbrite here.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Friday, July 19th, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 03-10-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

A Visual Communication Story in 3D

Description:  Are companies really utilising their design information to share ideas, market their products, and publish documentation that’s interactive and updated from a single source? Paul Hill from Waters Corporation will discuss how the use of 3D CAD data has developed in the Technical Communication community, and how Waters has utilised this technology to share content in its journey towards a fully integrated “Visual Enterprise”.

About the speaker: Paul is a Senior Technical Writer Team Leader at Waters Corporation.  He studied Technical Illustration in Swansea before living in Europe and working on automotive and aerospace projects for a large Technical Publication agency. His work has always centred on documents for engineered products, writing mechanical procedures, creating illustrated parts catalogues, as well as 3D mechanical design. His current role includes the integration of Right Hemisphere visualisation software into SAP and the subsequent training of employees throughout the company.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 01-08-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 02-05-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

This will be a meeting of the North West Techinical Communicators group 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.

In the past we have had sessions on DITA-XML, Usability, Software Tool demos, Confernce Reviews, The Future of Tech Comms, Psychology, and many more.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Friday, November 5th, 2010

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-11-29
End Time: 21:00

User Experience: How people make judgements on design quality

Alistair Sutcliffe

Manchester Business School

University of Manchester

User experience (UX) is a topical interest in Human Computer Interaction research and commercial design of web applications and other IT products. UX is influenced by several criteria ranging from functionality and content to usability and aesthetics. We know from several experiments and empirical studies that users’ overall judgement of experience is context dependent, so it is influenced by the users’ task and their prior knowledge. Judgement criteria (usability, content/services, aesthetics, customisation, engagement and brand) are prioritised according to the decision domain and users’ background and then influence the decision making process, e.g. for entertainment applications, aesthetics and engagement will dominate, whereas for business oriented domains, content, services and brand will be more important. The link between these criteria and design of documentation will be reviewed to investigate how multi-media documentation might be designed to not only deliver information effectively, but also to attract, engage and motivate users.

Alistair Sutcliffe is Professor of Systems Engineering, in Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. His research interests span a wide area within Human Computer Interaction and Software Engineering. In HCI particular interests are interaction theory, and user interface design methods for the web, multimedia, and safety critical systems; application of cognitive theory to design, and design of complex socio-technical systems. In software engineering he specialises in requirements engineering methods and tools, scenario based design, knowledge reuse and theories of domain knowledge. Alistair Sutcliffe is a leading member of both the international HCI and requirements engineering communities. He serves on the editorial boards of  ACM-TOCHI, REJ and JASE. Alistair Sutcliffe is founder of IFIP TC-13 Working Group 13.2 ‘Methodology for User Centred Design’ and member of IFIP working groups 8.1 (information systems) and 2.9 (requirements engineering) and is the editor of the ISO standard 14915, on Multimedia user interface design. He has over 200 publications including five books and several edited volumes of papers and was awarded the IFIP silver core in 2000.