What User Experience Is and Why Tech Writers Should Care – 4 January 2018 [Meeting]

Back in the day, tech writers were the vanguard of software usability; the way to make software easier to use was to write a better user manual. But then along came usability, and writers discovered that they could better serve their readers by helping engineers to make software easier to use. Writers also made their instructions more accessible by providing user assistance in the form of UI text, tooltips, and context-sensitive help.

Nowadays we hear less about usability and more about user experience. In fact, the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) recently changed its name to the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). How did this happen, and what does it mean for the future of our profession? What is the role of technical writing in this new universe?

About Our Speaker

Nicki L. Davis, Ph.D. wrote her first user manual in 1980 while studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry. She has worked as a technical writer for over 35 years and conducted her first usability test in 1992. Nicki has served the Berkeley chapter of STC as treasurer, secretary, and most recently as president. She holds the honorary rank of STC Associate Fellow.

Meeting Logistics

Date: Thursday, 5_JANUARY 2018.
Location: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
About our meetings

Directions

Going 680 North, take Crow Canyon Road exit, turn left, cross over the freeway.

Going 680 South, take Crow Canyon Road exit, turn right.

Then, take the 1st right onto San Ramon Valley Blvd. Restaurant is ½ mile on the right.

Schedule

5:30 – Networking
6:15 – Dinner
6:45 – Chapter Business
7:15 – Program
8:30 – Adjourn
We hold a raffle at the end of the meeting.

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