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About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently consults for Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.

I’m a writer. So, explain to me why I should know HTML?

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. It’s been a very busy year! I’ve started articles for the blog, but then forget or don’t finish them. I’ll catch up eventually. In the meantime, this topic has been really relevant … Continue reading

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Keep your (digital) motor running…

Wow, it’s 2021 already? Geez, I know I haven’t written here in a while, but it was longer than I thought. I did start a post at the beginning of the year, but then decided not to publish it because … Continue reading

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So, how was your 2020? Good for you, too?

Let’s face it–2020 was a horrible year for everyone for a variety of reasons. And it was no different for me. One of the things I’m trying to do as I reflect back is understand how lucky I was in … Continue reading

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The Nine Principles of UX Design Psychology: Can You Predict the Behavior of Your Users?

You design not a product, you design interaction with the user — the psychology for UX design Source: The Nine Principles of UX Design Psychology: Can You Predict the Behavior of Your Users? Thanks to CJ Walker for originally posting … Continue reading

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LavaCon 2020 is coming up! Get my special discount!

As 2020 winds down, there are still a few more virtual conferences that are scheduled, and among them is the very popular LavaCon.  I have attended them in Portland, and it was my introduction to the tech comm conference scene, … Continue reading

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Why We’re Moving From Content Strategy to Content Design

After over a decade of pushing to make our product experiences simple, straightforward and human, our Facebook Product Content Strategy… Source: Why We’re Moving From Content Strategy to Content Design This is interesting, and might help those of us who … Continue reading

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A memorial tribute to Donn DeBoard, 1954-2020

This past week has been rough. One of my friends and tech comm mentors, Donn DeBoard, passed away.  He was one of my biggest advocates, and I will sorely miss him.  I wrote a memorial announcement that’s going to be … Continue reading

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Work with Persona — Beyond Empathy Map

Step to facilitate the user-centered design process Source: Work with Persona — Beyond Empathy Map Kirk St. Amant posted this on Facebook today, and I found it interesting. I’m not sure that I’ve always been taught to include empathy and emotions into … Continue reading

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How to Prevent UX Workers From Quitting

Solving one issue can clear up so many of the problems user experience practitioners have on the job. Source: How to Prevent UX Workers From Quitting If you’ve ever worked in UX or CX or content strategy, this is an … Continue reading

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Maintaining Your Principles While On the Job

Ooh…she’s going into controversial territory here… (Well, yeah, I am. What’s new?) I’ve heard some people say that the COVID-19 pandemic and world events really has them looking at life very differently now on a number of levels. One of … Continue reading

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