Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


In the Spotlight: Kathleen Ruggeri

This month, Lines & Letters caught up with long-time member, Kathleen Rugerri, who recently changed roles at Rockwell Automation. Kathleen was the previous Manager of Information Development. Kathleen’s new role is Manager, Information Architecture and Content Strategy. In this role, she and her team are responsible for creating technical content strategies for Rockwell Automation’s complex … Continue reading…

Lies!

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel was a renowned fountain designer turned photographer, famous for her definitive work on American mailbox photography, and a book titled Flags Up! Mountweazel’s life was cut tragically short in 1973 when, on assignment for Combustibles magazine, she exploded. Lillian Virginia Mountweazel is a copyright trap. She’s a made-up person who was included … Continue reading…

A Look at Emerging Technologies

This look at current thinking about top emerging technologies should help us in our own work to see how we might use these technologies. Whether it is social media, wearable technologies, the latest in printers, personalization, big data, cloud computing, mobile apps, analytics, digital identity, haptic interfaces, augmented reality, or the internet of things, we … Continue reading…

September Program Meeting Follow-up: Tips for Technical Illustration

On September 10th, Tricia Spayer of Pressco Technology kicked off the new program year with an engaging talk about using effective visuals in technical communication. Drawing on her 20 years of experience in technical illustration, Tricia provided guidance in these areas: Making illustrations more useful How to not scream amateur Following ISO standards for icons … Continue reading…

Membership News

Now is the time to join or renew your STC membership for 2016! Current members with a Classic membership can take $30 off the price of their renewal. To receive this limited-time discount, use promo code STC2016 on the payment page. This offer expires in early December, so act now. Members who renew now receive 15 … Continue reading…

Talk of the Town

October 20 of this year (and every year) is the National Day on Writing. “Lines & Letters” is looking for articles about this topic. Please contact us at newsletter@neostc.org with your ideas or drafts. Let’s honor this year’s social media theme, and combine that with writing to extend the National Day on Writing to a year … Continue reading…

Digital Marketing and Technical Writers: A Great Combination

Technical writers can bring their skills of communicating clearly about technical topics to today’s world of digital marketing. This can apply to communication about important current topics in the field including programmatic ads, B2B digital marketing, mobile applications, and skills digital marketers need today to be successful. Going along with this idea of communicating clearly … Continue reading…

What Is the National Day on Writing… and Should We Care?

The site at http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting explains that the National Day on Writing recognizes “the significance of writing in our national life, draws attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and helps writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.” The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) established the … Continue reading…