Re: {Possibly Forged} TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 100, Issue 12

Subject: Re: {Possibly Forged} TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 100, Issue 12
From: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: ginger -dot- moskowitz -at- kaba -dot- com
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:36:35 -0600

I think as long as the TW's primary job title/function is tech writing,
knowing how to also design stuff will not confer any measurable increase in
longevity or pay scale. Writing will always be seen as secondary at best
by the people who make the decisions that affect the revenue flow. Doing
things that create marketable product will always be more important. Having
"technical writer" listed as your primary occupation will always limit your
chances.


On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM, <ginger -dot- moskowitz -at- kaba -dot- com> wrote:

> > Does anybody else get the sense that GUIs are fast approaching a brick
> wall? I mean, there are thousands of reconfigurations of check boxes,
> drop-down menus, text fields, etc., and you just relabel to suit your
> needs.
>
> > Where are the innovations in Web design these days? That aspect too has
> almost hit the wall.
>
> > I think the whole UX/CX field is approaching its limit and won't show a
> significant break until somebody leaps out of the point-and-click
> interface world.
>
> > I'm not saying a writer shouldn't contribute to the GUI or that this
> isn't a valid area of skill. But it's getting such a "been there, done
> that" feel and I have to say it's almost been like that since the 90's or
> certainly since the early 2000's.
>
> Isn't web design focused on mobile apps now...or designs that can work on
> both a PC and a mobile device? It seems like tech writers need to be able
> to not only write the text for these platforms but also be able to design
> as well. The more technical we are, the more marketable we are. Has anyone
> else found this to be true, and if so, how did you pursue further
> education?
>
>
> With Best Regards,
>
> Ginger Moskowitz
> Technical Writer
>
>
>
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