David Dylan Thomas lead STC-PMC members through his agile living process in his presentation “Agile Living: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Never Be Done.” Attendees gathered in Strafford, PA on January 26th to explore how technology has evolved to better leverage unpredictability and how that relates to agile being a better way to think about life and ourselves.
Designing the User Experience with Linda Daniels
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Join us for the STC Philly Metro Chapter’s monthly chapter meeting. All are welcome. Whether you are creating a new project, product, developing an app, launching a website or designing a brick & mortar experience, join us to learn about the latest strategies in concept, design & development. During this session we will highlight specific techniques and workflows to help you kick-off any project the right way. Learn how to communicate a concept, improve communication between stakeholders, analyze the real needs of your users and present solutions BEFORE you start development.
What you’ll learn:
- How to start your research, collect feedback and prioritize next steps.
- How to sketch ideas, create user journeys and incorporate prototyping into your process.
- Techniques using paper, digital and web-based prototyping.
- Waterfall and Agile Workflows and how to apply them to your projects.
- Numerous resources and tools to get started.
Food, beverage, and dessert are included in the ticket price!
Linda Daniels is a Design Thinker, Artist and Educator with over 20 years experience leading digital and traditional teams for a list of well-known Fortune 500 companies such as Merck Pharmaceuticals and M&M Mars. She specializes in the strategic direction and design of projects and products for internal and external organizations; creating exceptional user experiences to maximize results for corporate, consumer and educational initiatives. She also serves as a thought leader, collaborating with multidisciplinary top thinkers and innovators who are always in search of excellence and the next big thing.
To find out more about Linda you can find her here:
Kanbar Performance Center
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
- STC-PMC Member: $15
- STC Member: $20
- Non-Member: $25
- Student: $10
CONDUIT will be taking place in a few days– Saturday, March 28, 2015!
You’ve waited until the last minute to register for Philadelphia’s premier annual tech comm event? Why? Time’s a ticking and available seats are almost gone!
You can still grab your spot and take advantage of some of the leading regional and national thought leaders speaking at this one-day event!
Benjamin Franklin, the famous founding father from Philadelphia, was a scientist, a writer, and a diplomat, mostly famous for his discovery of electricity. It could be argued, therefore, that with these qualities, he was one of the first American technical communicators with these skills. Franklin was known for explaining his scientific and philosophical findings through the written word, and being someone who liked to network with others to bring about community.
It is in that spirit that we bring you CONDUIT – Connecting Minds, the STC-PMC Mid-Atlantic Conference. Our objective is to help technical communicators from all backgrounds connect to share new ideas and concepts with each other in this digital age.
CONDUIT will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 between 8:15 AM and 4:30 PM at the Giant Conference Center in Willow Grove, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
Join us for our annual full-day conference featuring multiple sessions in three tracks following a keynote presentation by Harold Hambrose, CEO and founder of Electronic Ink, as well as several local and international experts presenting.
The conference will feature a variety of topics including content strategy, user experience, technical writing, and much more. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect and network with your peers.
A continental breakfast, lunch, and fabulous door prizes will be provided!
For more details or to register for CONDUIT, visit the STC-PMC Conference webpage.
SEE YOU THERE!
Techniques for Mobile UA Webinar by Joe Welinske
Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Smartphones have sparked a huge, new software segment – the mobile app. This creates an important pair of questions for user assistance professionals: What is our role going forward in mobile and how can we prepare to take that on? User Assistance does have a role in supporting mobile apps. As the mobile app market continues to soar, this is becoming the next frontier for user assistance professionals. This session provides an overview of current issues regarding design, writing, tools, and planning of your mobile UA.
You Will Learn
- About contemporary design for user assistance in mobile apps.
- Why traditional desktop UA translates poorly to the small screen.
- What techniques are particularly useful to employ.
Note: This session will only be available as a live streaming event. It will not be recorded. Login details will be emailed to participants prior to the webinar.
About Joe Welinske
Joe Welinske specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. The UX of a robust product is also enhanced through comprehensive user assistance. This includes Help, wizards, FAQs, videos and much more. For over twenty-five years, Joe has been providing training, contracting, and consulting services for the software industry. Joe recently published the book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He also teaches courses for Bellevue College, the University of California, and the University of Washington. Check out the Events page for upcoming classes and industry presentations.
Can’t make it to this webinar, but want to know more? Check out:
User Assistance Boot Camp
Seattle – April 15-17
We’re going to hit an aggressive agenda at WritersUA West with two separate sequences of UA-specific learning – for newbies and pros. “UA Boot Camp” features certificates in Basic Training and Grad School. Over thirty sessions covering all aspects of software user assistance. Registration is just $695. All of the conference details are here: http://west.writersua.com/