Posts Tagged ‘NWTCG’

North West Technical Communicators Group

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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: 2012-02-02
End Time: 21:00

North West Premier of “Push the Button

The documentary “Appuyez sur le bouton : au pays des modes d’emploi” was produced and broadcast across France in 2008. The film is an inventive and entertaining approach to an unusual subject, and it deserves showing in the UK, particularly to professionals working in the field of technical information.
“Push the Button” is an excellent little film: telling the story of how our lives have become so dependent on and entwined with the technical instructions that support so much of life’s stuff. The ISTC and the IDA organised the English subtitling of the film and the production of DVDs so that the film could be rented out to technical communicators and information designers.

North West Technical Communicators

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators-Who enjoys filling out an application for a driving licence.
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-12-01
End Time: 21:00








Who enjoys filling out an application for a driving licence?

Robert Hempsall will be reprising the talk he gave at TCUK11 with Caroline Jarrett

Both of them had to tackle the UK Driving Licence Application Form (D1) recently, and found that it was particularly problematic, with extensive notes and instructions. But does it need to be like that? They presented a redesigned version of the form and notes, and how they got there. Along the way, they had some successes and some surprises. The overall aim is to demonstrate how a revised design can save time and stress for the user and money for the organisation.

Robert will talk about their  findings from usability testing and how they tackled the design and writing processes to make the form and the notes more user friendly. he will also be sharing the feedback he got at TCUK.

About Robert Hempsall

Robert is a specialist in making information easy to understand, through the use of plain language and navigable design. During 6 years working for Information Design Unit and branding agency Enterprise IG, he worked on lots of bills and forms for clients such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, HMRC and the Department for Transport – along with airline timetables and hospital wayfinding to keep things interesting. Now working independently, Robert splits his time between his own client work, providing his skills to other creative agencies, and blogging about examples of confusing information that make him cross.

North West Technical Communicators

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group Group TCUK 2011 post conference review
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-10-06
End Time: 21:00

If you weren’t able to attend TCUK come along to this to find out what went on. Discover what the latest buzz in technical communication is and find out what the highlights of the conference were. If you were able to attend come along and share your experiences.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Monday, May 9th, 2011

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: 2011-09-08
End Time: 21:00
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Chris Atherton is a passionate and influential advocate for evidence-based information design. She spent the last nine years researching and teaching human cognition and perception at the University of Central Lancashire, challenging conventional approaches to classroom delivery and developing a keen interest in user experience. Chris will be spending summer 2011 with the Experience Research team at Skype, then hopes to find similar work in a related area. She tweets as @finiteattentionspan, and occasionally blogs in long form at http://finiteattentionspan.wordpress.com/


North West Technical Communicators Group

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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: 2011-06-07
End Time: 21:00










Beyond the boundaries of technical writing


Speaker: Jen Phillips


Abstract:

There is constant discussion on how technical authors can do much more than write user guides for software. I intend to go beyond that debate into other fields, looking at how standard technical writing practices can apply to areas as diverse as games, litigation and yoga.