Typeface & Tech Comm

What is typeface, and why does it matter in technical communication? “Impression Management Using Typeface Design”, which is featured in the Journal of Marketing and was written by Pamela Henderson, Joan Giese, and Joseph Cote, describes the fact that while both academics and practitioners generally agree that typeface design is “an important visual tool for …

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Humanistic Rhetoric and “Mediation”

A quote by David N. Dobrin in his piece What's Technical about Technical Writing? was very interesting to me. He states that teaching technical writing should not be described as teaching students to write manuals or technical prose. Rather, it should be described as teaching students how to make their work useful to the people they …

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Increasing Knowledge about English Degrees

The English degree seems to have become a thing of fear and a sign of a doomed career and unemployment. In an article called “Going for the hard sell as interest in English major declines, the Washington Post states statistics that acknowledge the decline of bachelor’s degrees in English while other degrees such as Computer …

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Redesign of a “Course Sampler”

The Wayne State English department created a course sampler to give students a general understanding of what they can expect from different courses. It is useful in understanding the basics of what a class is about, what will be expected from the instructor, what sort of assignments there will be, and other helpful information. However, …

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Writing in my field / What I have learned

I am an aspiring technical writer, and I already have a year of experience as a technical writing intern. Technical writers seek to convey crucial information to their readers in clear, concise writing. It is important that the information is accurate and understandable, because in some situations a person's job-or their life-could depend on it. …

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Explaining the Two-Component Report

The purpose of the two-component report is to indicate a topic and discuss it thoroughly, in an informative and persuasive manner. This includes identifying a solution, along with persuading the reader of the effectiveness of my proposal while still "protecting" myself by ensuring that what I are suggesting is reasonable and realistic. The structure of …

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