Archives for January 2015

The Elements of Visual Communication, by Melissa Clarkson

Are you in the process of composing a set of slides, a handout, or some other graphical document? You may want to read Melissa Clarkson's new contribution to the site, on The Elements of Visual Communication, where she identifies key strategies for graphically communicate (A) hierarchy, (B) grouping and (C) sequence, three relationships that are … [Read more...]

Elements of Visual Communication

 Melissa Clarkson This brief tutorial introduces the foundational elements of visual communication. The emphasis is on techniques to graphically communicate (A) hierarchy, (B) grouping and (C) sequence— three concepts that are critical for designing effective figures, posters, and slides. Here is an overview of the strategy: Position, … [Read more...]

“Once is an incident; twice is a trend; thrice is a tradition” by Michaël Steehouder

  "Once is an incident; twice is a trend; thrice is a tradition” If this saying is true, ProComm 2015 creates a tradition: every fifth year the PCS conference should be held in Europe! Many young students attended Limerick 2005 and Twente 2010 and became good friends. Most of them have made a successful career during the past decade. … [Read more...]

“There Once Was a City Named Limerick…” by Nancy Coppola

Perhaps it was the intriguing medieval castles or the pints raised at local pubs, but there was a bonhomie that developed around IPCC 2005 that made our conference colleagues feel like kindred spirits sharing a remarkable journey. And ProComm 2015 should prove no differently. One of my fondest memories was our trip to the 15th Century Bunratty … [Read more...]

Remembering Professor Tom Williams

It is with sadness that we are writing to tell you that Dr. Tom Williams, Emeritus Professor of the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (formerly Technical Communication), died on January 12, 2015. He passed away comfortably at home after a long illness with his extended family around him. … [Read more...]

Request for Proposals — Technical Communication Editor-in-Chief and Host Institution

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is soliciting proposals for the editorship of Technical Communication for a three-year, renewable commitment. The first issue for the new editor will be January 2016, but the appointed editor should be available to work with the current editor in 2015. The new editor should be an accomplished scholar, a … [Read more...]

“The Total Limerick Experience” Sandy Bartell

I went to the first ProComm conference in Limerick in 2005, and to this day, it is still the best conference I ever attended. Not only was the program outstanding, but all the other things I could see and do in that lovely green part of Ireland provided memories I will never forget — from the social events, to walks along the River Shannon, … [Read more...]

Call for Student Contributions for the “Student Perspectives” Column in STC’s Intercom magazine

The Intercom magazine, the official magazine of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), is interested in highlighting the work of students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs in technical, scientific, professional, or business communication.  To this end, the Intercom has created a new column – “Student Perspective” – dedicated … [Read more...]

“Exchange Ideas and Insights at ProComm 2015” by Kirk St. Amant

ProComm 2015 represents an amazing opportunity for exchanging ideas, insights, and practices not only among individuals from academia and industry, but also with colleagues representing a wide range of nations and cultures. The atmosphere of the conference is one of true interaction and collaboration, and many of us who attended in 2005 were … [Read more...]