RE: Sickening stuff from Engineers

Subject: RE: Sickening stuff from Engineers
From: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
To: Steve Hudson <sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:35:52 +0000

?? Neither the article, nor anyone but you, has suggested that design amounts to "a series of equations".

I don't know why you'd presume that somebody who is an engineer, or a mathematician, or a physicist can't also be creative; problem-solving and lateral thinking are important skills in those fields, and are inherently creative processes.

I also don't get why you seem to think that technical writing is a primarily an artistic profession. Yes, there is some creative thinking involved in the sense of figuring out how to effectively convey information, but there are tons of tech writers who don't/can't do design work; they work within templates created by someone else. Being able to think logically and pragmatically -- like an
engineer -- is far more important than understanding typography or layout.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Hudson [mailto:sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: September-02-16 4:37 AM
To: Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>; austechwriter -at- freelists -dot- org; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Sickening stuff from Engineers

I'm standing firmly on the side that says design and layout are ART, and trying to present them, or reduce them to, a serious of equations is fraught with failure. As my comment says, engineers should stick to stuff where formulae rule, and leave the 'other stuff' to experts. Still, I am sure they get equally a good giggle at code written by technical writers

-----Original Message-----
From: Wright, Lynne [mailto:Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com]

Are you implying that the content of the article is somehow wrong or objectionable?

I used to be a typesetter back in the day, using a DOS-based program to generate galleys for print production. Given how limited the options for finessing type were back then, I found this article pretty interesting/illuminating in terms of how to work with digital type for electronic media.

-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Steve Hudson
Sent: August-28-16 12:12 PM
To: austechwriter -at- freelists -dot- org; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Sickening stuff from Engineers

https://medium.engineering/typography-is-impossible-5872b0c7f891#.h6obkxudm

Of course, I couldn't read that without a comment.

To you guys, I will say this. This link contains high macabre comedy regarding how an engineer approaches typography. I need medicating urgently.

Steve Hudson
Word Heretic


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