Volunteer editor Margaret Tipps brings you this month’s newsletter. Feel free to express any questions, comments or concerns in the comments.

Sept 8 Program Meeting – The Value of Visual Content and a Simplified User Interface


September’s program meeting on September 8 taught the professional how to use Simplified User Interface (SUI) when using visuals in an interface. This method keeps the user and the professional in mind to provide a easy-to-use and easy-to-produce experience in interface design. Research provided demonstrates the effectiveness of this method on visuals.

Semantic Interaction Design Lecture


Guest lecturer Professor Daniel Rosenberg presented Semantic Interaction Design as a efficient approach to UX that uses conceptual models and cognitive science to deliver a product of high initial quality, faster. Professor Rosenburg introduces his book, UX Magic, in the same presentation as the source material of this method.

You can contact Professor Rosenburg through his Facebook profile here.

You can read more about the event here.

Program Meeting – What Harry Potter Professors Teach Us About Instructional Design


H-E-B Communication Advisor and Instructional Design & Learning SIG Treasurer Jamye Sagan examined the instruction styles of various Hogwarts professors as it applies to real training strategy. Sagan equipped participants with training devices to meet a variety of demands on October 13th.

STC Alliance Competition 2020

STC heralds its 2020 Alliance Competition of excellence in technical communication. Submit your entry by December 8, 2020 at 6 pm for a chance to get your professional skills recognized! Learn more on the official website, or through this promotional video.

CAC Virtual Open House

The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) welcomed members to a virtual open house to meet the new CAC Community Outreach Service, present news, and to ask questions of general interest on October 21st.

Reference: The Single Reason Why People Can’t Write, According to a Harvard Psychologist

Article by Steven Pinker

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker presented the logic and science behind common writing problems and how they can be corrected and avoided by the professional. Pinker addresses conciseness and clarity of language to package meaning into comprehensible and skillful communication.


STC TechComm Roadshow and Kick-off

The STC Alliance Competition is back and to kick-off the 2020-21 Competition season, we are delighted to host a virtual STC TechComm Roadshow event on November 11, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm. EDT. The event is free but you must register to get the join link and URL to view winners’ entries online.

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