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#39115

An Interview with John Carroll

Interview with John Carroll, best‑known among technical communicators as “The Father of Minimalism,” a title he earned as a result of his popular book, The Nurnberg Funnel.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2015). Articles>User Centered Design>Human Computer Interaction>Minimalism

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Badass—An Interview with Kathy Sierra

Kathy Sierra is the author of many successful books, including the award winning Head First series with Bert Bates. She’s an in-demand conference speaker, trainer, programmer, and the founder of the online community JavaRanch. In this interview, she and Nicky Bleiel discuss her new book, Badass: Making Users Awesome.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2015). Articles>User Experience>Information Design>Cognitive Psychology

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The Essentials: Handy Editing Resources   (members only)

This edition of The Essentials features some of my favorite editing resources. I’ve amassed and updated this list over the years; I believe one of the first versions was shared in my “Cool Tools for Tech Writers” talk at the 2007 STC Summit in Minneapolis. Now I use it in my tech writing classes. This isn’t the entire list—and I’m sure you have a few favorites of your own that aren’t here—but I think you’ll find something useful to add to your toolkit. Please add your own favorites to the list at Intercom Online (http://intercom.stc.org/).

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2012). Articles>Editing>Tools

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The Essentials: Online Help Outputs   (members only)

This quick reference outlines the most common online Help outputs for software documentation. Online Help in a software application is customarily a complete reference that has a table of contents, and is searchable and indexed. (Help for mobile applications is the exception.) Online Help should also be context-sensitive (dialog boxes/screens include help buttons or icons that open the appropriate Help topic) within the software application if possible.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2011). Articles>TC>Help>Online

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The Essentials: Responsive Design   (members only)

Responsive design makes it possible for our content to adapt to any device. This means that technical communicators no longer need to spend time designing and creating deliverables for different devices, we can instead focus on developing and delivering high-quality content. Responsive design gives us the opportunity to create once and deliver to thousands of devices: new ones, older ones, and ones that don’t even exist yet.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2014). Articles>TC>User Interface>Help

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#39116

Interview with Nancy Duarte

Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell. In this interview, Nancy Duarte, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc., discusses her book "Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences," and other topics. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience, helping the presenter create a human connection.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2015). Articles>Presentations>Business Communication>Audience Analysis

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#39117

Interview with Nancy Duarte

Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell. In this interview, Nancy Duarte, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc., discusses her book "Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences," and other topics. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience, helping the presenter create a human connection.

Bleiel, Nicky. Society for Technical Communication (2015). Articles>Presentations>Business Communication>Audience Analysis

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Minimalism Revisited: An Interview with John Carroll   (members only)

It has been 23 years since John Carroll’s landmark book The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill was published. The title of the book refers to the legend of the Nurnberg Funnel, which was said to make people wise very quickly after the right knowledge was poured in. The year 1998 brought Minimalism Beyond the Nurnberg Funnel, a collection of essays exploring the evolution of minimalism by Professor Carroll, Hans van der Meij, JoAnn Hackos, Ginny Redish, David Farkas, and other luminaries. In this Q&A, Nicky Bleiel discusses these groundbreaking works with John Carroll, who is currently the Edward M. Frymoyer Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Nicky Bleiel. Society for Technical Communication (2013). Articles>Interviews>Minimalism

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