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Visual communication

Visual communication refers to using images, screenshots, illustrations, diagrams, or other visuals to communication technical concepts.

The following content is in the visual-communication category:

Visualizing APIs with tree diagrams, partly generated with AI

What makes a good covid sign?

How to get crisp text callouts like in Apple's new Touch bar documentation -- and why you might not want to with translation projects

Examples of visual communication in developer documentation with the Android Vocabulary Glossary

More complex user process maps in documentation systems

Examples of linear workflow user maps built with JS and CSS

8 image translation issues for tech doc — guest post by Jeanine Shepstone

11 images issues for tech doc systems — guest post by Jeanine Shepstone

How do you establish more context in a topic-based writing model?

Getting sharp, clear text in screen captures — and making sense of Retina displays

Creating professional looking graphics in the easiest, simplest way possible

Visual communication overview

Starting a new series on visual communication

My process for creating vector diagrams with Illustrator

Recording and slides for "Why users can't find answers in help" presentation to STC Silicon Valley

Learning How to Communicate Visually in Documentation

Recording of "Video Tutorials for User Assistance" (UA Europe Presentation)

Do We Need a New Approach to Help? Why Are Users So Apathetic Towards Help after 50 Years of Innovation?

Creating Video Tutorials for Android and iPhone Mobile Apps

Visually Appealing Documents Combine Text with Images

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Designing with Data, by Brian Suda

Does Translation Mean You Should Omit Illustrations?

Podcast -- Visual Composing: Document Design for Print and Digital Media, with Jo Mackiewicz

Minimalistic Callouts Heighten Visual Appeal

Adobe Illustrator and InDesign Integration with Layered Images [Visual Imagination #3]

What Is Chartjunk? [Visual Imagination #2]

Seeing Before Reading: Messages Encoded in the Design of Information [Visual Imagination #2]

Visuals Engage Users -- Why Aren't There More Illustrations in Help Content? [Visual Imagination #1]

Volunteer for a position in the STC or other organization (TW Job)

Page Layout and Design Tips from Jean-luc Doumont's Trees, maps, and theorems

Drawing as a Tool for Thinking: The Back of the Napkin

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I'm an API technical writer based in the Seattle area. On this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, AI, information architecture, content strategy, writing processes, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out my API documentation course if you're looking for more info about documenting APIs. Or see my posts on AI and AI course section for more on the latest in AI and tech comm.

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