Thursday, March 31, 2005
Information Design STC SIG - rechartering input
But it's not all gloom and doom. That same issue issue has an editiorial which is worth reading in its entirity (Getting An Edge On Innovation) that contains this enticing passage:
And far more people should be graduated in the "soft" sciences of anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Whether it's redesigning hospitals to improve patient stays (and lower costs) or building stores to increase the experience of shopping (and raise profits), more of these "right brain" people will be needed. Many of the best jobs in the future will be found in the sweet spot where design, customer understanding, and emerging technologies come together for
In there, along with other recent writing about the value of right-brain tendencies, is the germ of the definition for information design in this globalized, connected world.
*Barbara Giammmona, "The Future of Techical Communication," Technical Communication, 31:3, August 2004.
This text is an edited version of part of my response to an open request to the STC membership from Ann L. Wiley for feedback on rechartering the Information Design SIG.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Technical Writing Profession - a transformation
And yet this looks like just a symptom of what is affecting the larger profession as evidenced by its professional organization, The Society for Technical Communications (STC), which is currenly undergoing a self examination and change under the banner of a Transformation. Given the changes in technology and the larger context, including the economy and globalization, the transformation is much needed. I'll be returning to this topic in the future.
Friday, March 04, 2005
I've had the info-design.com domain for 10 years so as you might guess, I've been journeying in information design for at least that long. The STC links are a good jumping off point for the range of what is meant by information design. Recent touch points on the edges have included speech interaction using VXML, motion based media such as video and Flash, and handhelds. Most recently, I've been working in the more mainstream world of taxonomy, structuring information, search optimization, and content management system vetting.
So this is the kind of stuff I'll be kicking around here. I expect I'll also be unable to resist the occasional observation on our times. Too much formative time in Berkeley.