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Couldn't attend the STC Summit? Now you can, with SUMMIT@aClick
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The STC Summit just finished up, and attendees were tweeting all week (#stc12) about the great things they learned. But not everyone can travel to the Summit. That's why STC offers SUMMIT@aClick. SUMMIT@aClick is an online collection of the conference's content, with audio and PowerPoint synched together. It’s like being able to bring the entire content of the conference back to share with the rest of your company. The 2012 Summit included over 80 sessions in 10 tracks and SUMMIT@aClick includes almost all of them. And it's available for purchase at the special presale price of $149 for members and $249 for nonmembers, through 13 July. Buy now and bring the Summit back home to you. More



What's responsive Web design all about?
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When you consider how many different tablets, laptops, Web browsers, and operating systems access the Internet on a day-to-day basis, it's a small miracle that Web designers and developers manage to stay sane. There are, of course, Web standards and entire organizations that exist for the sole purpose of making sure the Internet you see is generally the same Internet that everyone else sees. But the sheer number of devices can pose a bit of a problem when you're attempting to create a site or service that works well for the masses. More

Adobe: Tablet devices will generate more Web traffic than smartphones by early 2013
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Tablet devices will generate more Web traffic than smartphones by early 2013, and consumers find browsing websites on tablets nearly as engaging as on PCs, according to a study by Adobe Systems. The report examined how global website traffic and engagement differ when the visitor is on a tablet, smartphone, or personal computer. The results indicate that tablets have become a channel very distinct from smartphones. More


Congratulations to all honored at the STC Honors Banquet
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The STC Honors Banquet took place Tuesday, 22 May, at the STC Summit in Rosemont, IL. While most honors were previously announced, two were kept secret until the event. Congratulations to the Orlando Chapter and the Toronto Chapter, who tied for the Most Improved Community Award. And congratulations to the Orlando Chapter again for taking home the Community of the Year Award! Earlier in the Summit, STC President Hillary Hart presented Steven Jong with the President's Award at the Summit's Opening General Session. Congratulations to all the individuals and communities honored at the STC Summit! More

4 sins of mobile website design and how to avoid them
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According to a study released March 1 by Pew Internet, 46 percent of adult Americans are smartphone owners. A study released last year by Microsoft Tag found that more than half of all local searches were conducted on mobile devices. Despite that growth in mobile usage many sites are still horrible on mobile devices. Here are four things to avoid in mobile website design. More

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Start your content strategy with an audit
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As a discipline, content strategy isn't suited to rigidly standardized processes. Different businesses have radically different needs around content planning, creation, and governance. This means that a successful content strategy will always be customized, using the best tools for the job at hand. This lack of a standard methodology can make beginning a content strategy a daunting proposition. Fortunately, there's one step that almost all content strategists agree should come first: a content audit. More

Live Web seminars in June
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STC currently has six live Web seminars on the calendar for June; which one is right for you? Join Neil Perlin on Tuesday, 5 June from 9:00-10:00 PM (all times EDT (GMT-4)) for Small Steps to Content Strategy. Hear from Vic Passion on Wednesday, 6 June, from 1:00-2:00 PM, on Using Lessons Learned to Improve Effectiveness and Client Relations. Tom Johnson presents Creating Help in a Wiki Environment on Thursday, 7 June, from 4:00-5:00 PM. On Tuesday, 12 June, join Linda Oestreich from 9:00-10:00 PM for Your Career in Your Job. Tuesday, 19 June brings Patrick Quinlan and Simplify DITA Authoring with Constraints, from 9:00-10:00 PM. And finally, Karen McGrane presents Mobile Content Strategy on Thursday, 21 June, from 4:00-5:00 PM. See the STC live Web seminars page for details and to register. More

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Graphic design principles in Web design
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We can group all of the basic system of beliefs regarding design into two categories: elements and principles. Elements of design are the components of design themselves, the objects to be arranged. The principles of design are the broad aspects of the field. They symbolize the fundamental assumptions of the world that direct design, and affect the arrangement of objects within a composition. Rhythm and balance are key in any good web design. More

Improving UX on the cheap
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Being an app developer is a lot like being a parent: You never want to hear that you have an ugly baby. But in the case of the developer, a bit of criticism can lead to improvement. App builders can avoid a lot of pain down the road if the bad news comes early enough in the software lifecycle. Smaller shops and individual developers can test early iterations of their apps on users, and the resulting feedback can inform subsequent versions that win over customers. More

Distill complex ideas into succinct messages

A proliferation of new technologies has heightened the call for professionals who can communicate complex technical ideas—succinctly and articulately. In response, Northeastern offers the 100% online MS in Technical Communication, designed to enhance your technical communication skills for application across a variety of audiences and contexts. Learn More


Large type: 1 Web designer puts content first in a big way
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If you want to know where the web is going, one clue is to look at the personal sites of top-tier web designers. And one trend that just bubbled to the surface is large body type. Jeffrey Zeldman, one of the highest profile designer/developers, made a particularly strong point about it in his "Web Design Manifesto 2012." Zeldman is influential not only for his design, but for his writing and agitating around design. More

Web experience: Beautiful does not always mean usable
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It's good to make your website or application as beautiful as possible, but not at the expense of usefulness. In May, YouTube published results of a study where they had created four versions of an online clothing shop varying in beauty (high vs. low) and usability (high vs. low). Participants had to find and buy a number of items in one of those shops. To understand how the factors of beauty and usability influence final users happiness, it measured how much they liked the shop before and after interaction. More

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Redefining content strategy
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Content strategy has evolved much beyond simply web content management into a discipline that looks at how to apply content as a critical business asset to achieve business goals. So how do you define content strategy? It's all encompassing for every company or government organization — no matter what size. A strategy looks at how to apply content as a critical business asset to achieve business goals. More

Designing your way into the Web market
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As the Internet attracts more and more daily users who engage in various activities online there is a natural increase in the demand for people who can design great, visually arresting and highly usable websites. Although it's still early in 2012, the importance of visual storytelling is clearly one of the year’s breakout trends. Facebook Timeline and Pinterest are forcing brands to think and act more visually. Couple that with the impact of mobile browsing, and these emerging trends give new meaning to the phrase "show, don’t tell." More


 



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