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According to Joanne, for the past 30 years, she has always worked with
companies where "the job of the writer is to write," and the writers
don't work in any aspect of graphic design.
At some of the companies I've written for, a technical writer who quotes
Joanne's definition wouldn't make it past the first interview. Technical
writers are often expected to do a lot more than just write.
Still, this is the scope of Joanne's experience, and it's pointless to
argue with her about it. A casual stroll through the TECHWR-L archives
will show how broad this field really is.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joanne Wittenbrook
> Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2007 8:23 PM
> To: Condo, Candis; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Graphic design
> It is the case in my current job. It has been the
> case throughout my 30-odd year career dealing with
> several companies, including Microsoft. It is
> still the case in the world of advertising, book
> and magazine publishing.
> When the publication has a marketing or advertising
> spin (it is attached to a product), it is still the
> creative director or art director who calls the
> shots on the visuals.
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