RE: I need recommendations on technical illustrations books

Subject: RE: I need recommendations on technical illustrations books
From: "Diana Ost" <Diana -dot- Ost -at- msmcorp -dot- com>
To: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:18:35 -0400

What a GREAT book. I read a chapter, and then purchased it as a
reference when I need to 'splain why I am doing what I am doing, and
also to read, of course.

This is a nice addition to my library, and for anyone else who needs to
develop a style guide, this could be very useful.

Thanks Fred!


Diana Ost
Technical Writer/Reporting Analyst
Production Administration
Market Street Mortgage Corporation
diana -dot- ost -at- msmcorp -dot- com
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From: techwr-l-bounces+diana -dot- ost=msmcorp -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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Behalf Of Fred Ridder
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 3:23 PM
To: sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: I need recommendations on technical illustrations books

The chapter on illustrations in "Read Me First! A Style Guide for the
Computer Industry" (aka the Sun style guide) has a particularly useful
set of guidelines on how to handle callouts.
It doesn't have much to say about the other topics you mention, though.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder
Intel
Parsippany, NJ


>From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
>Reply-To: sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com
>To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>Subject: I need recommendations on technical illustrations books
>Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 09:10:29 -0700
>
>I'm looking for a book that explains how to create usable graphics in
>technical manuals. I want my writers to learn about shades of gray,
>effective color use, contrast, pleasing layout, what constitutes
>insanely complex drawings and how to simplify, using callouts
>effectively, chunking graphics to show more and more detail, that sort
>of thing. Examples and before and afters are good. Product independent
is best.
>
>I know about Tufte and his books but they are too abstract for what I
need.
>Horton and his Icon book is good but I don't know that I can get the
>writers to generalize from icons to half page drawings. I did a quick
>search of google but there are too many to know what's great.
>
>
>sharon
>
>Sharon Burton
>CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting
>951-369-8590
>www.anthrobytes.com
>Immediate Past President of IESTC

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