The Culinary Model of Web Design

If you want to create a meal that nourishes and satisfies, and can even become a memorable experience, you hand-pick fresh, honest ingredients and combine them with care. It’s how the “mothers,” the great women chefs of Lyon, earned accolades and loyal customers—and it’s a great model for web design, too.

Source: alistapart.com

Rick Sapir on Google+ turned me on to this article, and it’s brilliant! The author has created an incredibly delicious analogy comparing web design and culinary skills. Whether you are an amateur cook, food enthusiast, or neither, you’ll find this article enlightening. I highly recommend it! Read it now! 

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Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

The company will present their new Arduino Materia 101 at Maker Faire Rome next weekend.

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Here’s another new entry in the 3D printer world from Arduino. The price is also not too bad. Looks like 3D printers are starting to become more mainstreamed, so the prices are getting better and more people are getting into the game. Read this article about the latest one to join the many models out there. 

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Why Content Strategists Shouldn’t Lose Sight of Actual People

It seems that many marketers on the whole may struggle to understand the discipline of content strategy. So a few content strategists were asked to get thoughts on the subject from Facebook content…

Source: contentmarketinginstitute.com

I had the chance to first meet Jonathon Colman on Twitter, and then in person in an elevator at the 2014 STC Summit after giving his fantastic keynote speech there. He’s a really awesome guy. I like his insights, and that he truly brings everything back to the key of all technical communications: the audience. 

 

Read this excellent interview/article by Jonathon. He haspresented great insights here that all content strategists and technical communicators need to pursue going forward in the industry. 

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Autism: Decoding Emotions Through Glass

Ned Sahin is a neuroscientist and technologist with advanced degrees from MIT and Harvard, and an entrepreneurial background. His latest venture, Brain Power, is working on software and hardware to transform Google Glass into a tool to help children and families quantify and manage the challenges an…

Source: www.glass-community.com

While I didn’t have the best experience with Google Glass myself, I’ve never said that it was not a good tool. I saw Google Glass promote this article on Google+, and by golly, it’s worth a read. THIS is mobile learning at its finest. THIS is using technology used for the good of special abilities kids, specifically autistic kids. This article pushes all the right buttons for me. It’s amazing what people can do with the right technology in their hands to make the world a better place! 

 

What do you think of this use of Google Glass/m-learning?

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Darin L. Hammond on Writing Style and Einstein

Albert Einstein was a simple man who believed in the scientific principle of Occam’s Razor , paraphrased as:   “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the…

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Another gem from Darin Hammond. I love the Princeton connection in this! Well, I live in the suburbs of Princeton, after all, where there is Pi Day celebrating the number 22/7 and Albert Einstein’s birthday, and I’m familiar with Cornell West’s presence. But I digress…Darin’s point is clear, and this point is especially important in technical writing, not just in blogging. If you can’t explain a technical thing simply, then you need to think it through until you can. A presidential candidate once said something to the effect of, "If you can’t explain the issues to your grandmother at the kitchen table, then you need to learn the issues better." I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the idea. Read the article. 

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17 Reasons to NOT Become a Technical Writer | Kingoranges.com

Do you really want to be a technical writer? Though it is one of the best paying professions, but you have to sacrifice a lot of your normal life to be the best.

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This is a great article by Ajay Narang. As Ajay points out, technical writing is not for the faint of heart! I think much of this list applies to technical communications as a whole. Can you relate to this list? Do you agree or disagree with some of these "sacrifices"? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Learnlets » Design like a pro

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This is a great blog post by Clark Quinn, e-learning guru whom I think highly of. His post talks about whether there is a science to learning (spoiler: there is) and how e-learning professionals should frame it as learning engineers. It got me wondering how content engineers and other technical communicators beyond those in the e-learning field approach this.  

 

What are you thoughts after reading Clark’s post? Answer in the comments section below. 

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