Thursday, March 25, 2004
Steve Calde, former technical writer and current principal with Cooper, has written a dandy little piece on "Technical writers and interaction design,"
chock full of tips for how to insinuate ourselves into the design
process at a point and in a way that might actually be effective. It's
a subject close to my heart, as I've tried to influence design when I
can, and hope to make it a bigger part of my role as a technical
A few years back I attended a talk by Alan Cooper up in Redwood Shores.
Before the presentation, I went up and introduced myself to Alan,
saying, "Hi, I'm a technical writer, and I hate documenting badly
designed interfaces!" And he knew exactly what I was talking about--he
even worked my comment into his talk! I had him autograph my copy of The Inmates Are Running the Asylum--he wrote: "Inside every disgruntled tech writer is an interaction designer yearning to breathe free!"
I'm inviting Steve to come talk to Silicon Valley STC. I'll let you know if/when that happens.
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