You can use the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Video Workshop to start learning about any application you're interested in, whether you own it or not. The Video Workshop shares expertise from across Adobe and the Adobe community--you'll learn tasks, tips, and tricks from leading designers, developers, and Adobe experts. There are introductory videos for new users, and more experienced users can find videos on new features and key techniques.
The chi-web and sig-ia mailing lists are two email based discussion groups on the topics of web usability, design and human computer interaction (the later with a heavier emphasis on information architecture). To subscribe to chi-web, read the info page or to get a better flavor for what happens there, use its full searchable archive. Alternatively, you can join sigia-l from here or view the sigia-l archive . Using the archives for each mailing list, I've compiled a list of the summary postings from useful threads, and a few personally selected favorite postings. Please note: my list below is not an exhaustive list of summary postings. I just picked the ones I found most salient and valuable for reference. Also, these summaries are collections of contributing posts: they are a mixture of opinions and commentary, with some references to reports, usability data, websites or books.
In this highly interactive workshop, Amy Jo Kidd will present participants with a fun exercise on task-based, structured writing that illustrates in an immediate and clear way how to use Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) to manage a company's inventory of content. The workshop is a must for students, the curious, the fearful, and the eager who have heard the buzzwords—content management, structured writing, single sourcing—but could not get beyond the mind-fuzz that buzz creates.
Exploring Technical Communication is a 30-minute documentary video introducing the profession. It consists of interviews with faculty and students in the University of Washington's Department of Technical Communication and with professionals in the STC.
The guide below assembles and connects a selected interdisciplinary resource base for practitioners, educators, and researchers. The print and online sources it reviews cover a wide range of practical and theoretical information related to multimedia theory, design, development, and production from the past decade. Unlike other annotated bibliographies that review and critique the literature related to a single issue or thematic topic, the focus and scope of this guide is broader, and it is intended to be browsed. While not a comprehensive guide by any means, it constitutes a representative slice of the current research and resources available. Full bibliographic information is included for print items, and URLs are provided for online sources. For periodicals, I have included contact information for subscriptions.
As we stand here at the edge of the new millennium, the same can be said for the current state of multimedia. There are thousands of computer programs, millions of Web pages, and countless PowerPoint presentations. And unlike material in books and magazines, the vast majority of these items are untouched by editors. While new media offers an unprecedented means for sharing ideas with the rest of the world, it is also becoming that much harder to stand out from an ever-growing crowd. That’s where effective writing comes in. By planning and focusing what you want to say, you can better connect with your audience, whether you’re designing a Web site for your family, or promoting your company’s image. This guide is designed to help you effectively use new media to communicate your message with clarity and focus.