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STC Intercom: Call for Articles, January 2019 Issue

September 25, 2018

I am working with Andrea Ames, the editor of Intercom, to gather contributors for the January 2019 issue.

Intercom is STC’s magazine for technical communication practitioners. The authoring guidelines are available from the STC website.

When submitting your query to Kit Brown-Hoekstra, guest editor, please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Job title and company
  • Contact information (email, phone, Twitter, time zone)
  • Proposed article title
  • Summary of article

Article Deadline: 10 November 2018

Theme: The Future of Tech Comm

For this issue, we are exploring the world of augmented and virtual reality. Articles should be 500-1500 words.

Augmented and Virtual Reality are poised to change how we interact with each other and our environment, including how we create, access, and use content. The success of these technologies depend on the quality of both the content itself and the underlying infrastructure that allows the content to appear, when, where, and in the format that the user requires. To be prepared, content and localization teams need new skills and strategies. Or, do they?

Potential Topics:

These are suggestions. If you have another idea, feel free to propose it.

Potential topics include:

  • Management of AR/VR projects
  • Information architecture that supports AR/VR
  • Ethics of AR/VR
  • Visual Taxonomies
  • Localization and AR/VR
  • Skills Needed to Develop AR/VR
  • Criteria and special considerations for AR/VR projects
  • GIS and other geospatial integration
  • Standards

Some questions you can answer with your article:

  • What skills do technical communicators need to develop content for AR/AR applications? What skills do they currently have that they can leverage?
  • What ethical implications do these technologies pose for content development?
  • What needs to change with the way we structure content so that we can better support AR/VR? What works now?
  • Is this technology just another output format? Why or why not?
  • What are the information architecture and usability implications/opportunities for AR/VR?
  • How can we improve the visual taxonomies to better support AR/VR?
  •  Are current structured authoring architectures sufficient to support AR/VR? Why or why not?
  • What are the content management considerations and implications?
  • How does localization fit into AR/VR, and what are the process implications for successful implementation?
  • What aspects of GIS and other geospatial systems can we take advantage of for structuring AR/VR content?
  • When preparing for a project, what special considerations do managers need to think about with AR/VR?
  • What criteria do you use when choosing a project for AR/VR?
interviews, STC, thought leaders

An Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin: 2015 STC Honorary Fellow

November 17, 2015

In April, I had the privilege and honor of interviewing Dr. Temple Grandin when she was selected as one of our STC Honorary Fellows for 2015. Here are the links:

As I mentioned in the Notebook blog post, it was a delightful and fascinating conversation, covering a wide range of topics from leg conformation in cattle and cattle chute design, to autism and education, to Web design and mobile, to 3D printing and augmented reality. The power of her observations transcends disciplines and fires the imaginations of everyone from livestock managers to UX designers.


STC Elections This Week! Vote By 21 March 2014!

March 11, 2014

Day 11 of the 31-Day Blogging Challenge (#31dbc)

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is currently holding its annual election for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. You can read about the election and candidates at

We have a great slate of candidates this year! Please take the time to review their qualifications and to vote.

These positions are key to helping the Executive Director and the staff meet STC’s strategic goals and fulfill its mission statement. Yet, less than 16% of the membership typically votes. Let’s change that this year and increase participation and engagement.

The new Board and Nominating Committee will be sworn in at the annual meeting on 19 May 2014. I will be Society president in 2014-15.

Note: You must be a member in good standing as of 31 January 2014 in order to vote in the Society level elections. If you meet the criteria and did not get an email with voting instructions, please contact the STC office.