September 27, 2002
We're on press!
Well, it seems like it's been forever, but I'm happy to be joining the ranks of those who have or will be publishing in the ID/IA space! Mike Albers and I are the happy co-editors of a volume that is titled Content and Complexity: Information Design in Technical Communication, which will be coming out by Erlbaum, hopefully by the end of the year. The book was a project of the members of the STC ID SIG, which I founded in 1997.
Unlike the recent spate of IA books (from Lou and Peter, Christina, and Jesse), this is more of an academic volume than a consumer how-to. Other ID books have looked either at the more "traditional" information design in the print world (such as the Zwaga books) or took a broader look at the subject (such as the Jacobson book). In our case, the bulk of the volume focuses on aspects of information design as interpreted by those who practice in the technical communication space ... on applications such as reference manuals, online help, and interface design.
We're privileged to have had Karen Schriver (author of Dynamics in Document Design) write our foreword. Here are the other chapters in the book and their authors:
Information Design in Motion - Beth Mazur
My apologies, in advance, to all my friends and family members who will be getting a little square-wrapped package for Christmas this year :). As we get closer, I'll be sharing more. Stay tuned!
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