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Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
Using Illustrations in Technical Communications
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Using Illustrations in Technical Communications

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Presentation delivered to the ASTC Conference in Sydney - October 27th 2011

Presentation delivered to the ASTC Conference in Sydney - October 27th 2011

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  • 1. Using Illustrations  in Technical Communication ASTC Conference – October 2011 Charles Cave
  • 2. Purpose of my talk Purpose of my talk• Types of illustrations – sketches technical Types of illustrations  sketches, technical  drawings, photographs, video• How to choose How to choose• How to make illustrations• Get your feedback and ideas charles.cave@ir.com
  • 3. Visual preferenceVisual preference
  • 4. Balti ChickenIllustration
  • 5. Series Ofsteps
  • 6. Callout  two step lookup Callout – two step lookupLetters Callout – 2 step lookup
  • 7. CalloutCallout – good example (1 step)
  • 8. Callout  with structureCallout – with structure
  • 9. http://www.youtube.com/jonakashima
  • 10. Origami CraneOrigami Crane
  • 11. Drawings Vs  Vs Photographs g p
  • 12. Annotations
  • 13. Electric kitchen scalesElectric kitchen scales
  • 14. Care and maintenance ?Care and maintenance ?
  • 15. Flowchart
  • 16. Flowchart templateFlowchart template
  • 17. Swim laneSwim‐lane
  • 18. Icon Libraries  Visio or PowerpointIcon Libraries – Visio or Powerpoint
  • 19. Uses of Illustrations Uses of Illustrations• Show finished result (cookbook) Show finished result (cookbook)• Label components (call out)• Show steps i Sh in a process ( i (origami) i)• Demonstration (cookbook)• Visual index (bird field guide) • Visual identification (spices, birds) Visual identification (spices birds)
  • 20. Types of Illustrations Types of Illustrations• Sketches (hand drawn/scan, tablet) Sketches (hand drawn/scan, tablet)• Line art  (scan) • Vector art (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape) Vector art (Adobe Illustrator Inkscape)• Technical drawing (Visio, 2D or 3D CAD, Dia)• PowerPoint – D P P i t Drawings and Smart Art i dS tA t• Screen captures (Snagit)• Photographs• Video – YouTube ‐ Camtasia
  • 21. Practicalities
  • 22. Line Art Line Art• Drawing by hand  scanner or camera Drawing by hand – scanner or camera• Drawing by computer• File sizes  il i• Easy to update 
  • 23. Powerpoint ‐ Shapes
  • 24. Powerpoint ‐ Smart Art Smart Art
  • 25. Seasons SummerSpring Autumn Winter
  • 26. Visio
  • 27. Photographs• Camera, tripod, lighting, Image editor – Photoshop, GIMP (software)• Composition, backgrounds p , g• Difficulty of updating or recreating• All the steps can be seen at once ‐ All the steps can be seen at once overview• File size – image size, compression (JPG)
  • 28. Image Files Image Files• JPEG format• I Image size – width and height i idth d h i ht• Compression
  • 29. Video• Camera, tripod, lighting• Composition, backgrounds, action• More effort  to update or recreate p• Quicker to create than showing steps• User can pause, rewind and replay User can pause rewind and replay
  • 30. Conclusion
  • 31. How can you develop your skills?How can you develop your skills?
  • 32. 1. Draw every day!1. Draw every day!
  • 33. 2. Storyboards 2. Storyboards• Sketches to show just enough information Sketches to show just enough information
  • 34. 3. Carry digital/video camera always 3. Carry digital/video camera always• Photograph what you write about it Photograph what you write about it• Video record demonstrations and procedures
  • 35. 4. Learn to use drawing s/w 4. Learn to use drawing s/w• Powerpoint – Shapes Smart Art Photo effects Shapes, Smart Art, Photo effects• Visio – Symbol libraries• Dia – O i Open Source program like Visio S lik i i• Open Office ‐ Draw• Inkscape (free equivalent  Adobe Illustrator)  p www.inkscape.org g
  • 36. 5. Befriend your Graphic Designer5. Befriend your Graphic Designer www.designcrowd.com g www.freelance.com www.elance.com
  • 37. Think Visual!

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