Let's tech communicate

February 2024

In each edition of Let's tech communicate, we list articles, tools and links we hope will help you with your everyday mahi as a technical communicator.

Formatting long-form content

The Nielsen Norman Group explain 5 writing techniques to help us clearly communicate topics over 1000 words.

5 formatting techniques for long-form content

10 usability heuristics to help with your technical communication

Are you interested in user experience (UX) and want to know more about what will best serve the end-user? Here’s a useful article that presents Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interface design.

10 usability heuristics for user interface design

Why PerfectIt aren't adding AI to their product

Here's a thought-provoking article about what AI does and why PerfectIt won't be using it. The article examines AI, some of its pitfalls, and why, in the end, people are just better at editing.

Why we’re not adding AI to PerfectIt

2024 technical writing trends and predictions

Tom Johnson from I'd Rather Be Writing shares his predictions for 2024 technical writing trends. There's a balanced blend of pros and cons here, with hints towards us keeping a logical and practical mindset as technical communicators.

2024 technical writing trends and predictions

Preparing for challenges for technical writers this year

Barb Zinck from Paligo gives advice to help us prepare for potentially big challenges for technical writers this year: technology changes, global expansion, and regulatory change.

The 3 biggest challenges for technical writers in 2024

Lucid product resources

For users of Lucidchart and other Lucid products, their site offers many resources. There are discussion groups for users to interact with each other, templates available for use, and blog posts on various topics. Here are some examples:

Lucid groups

Lucid templates

Lucid blog – how to create a customer journey map