Digital Scrap 4: Promoting Technical Writing

I like a good flyer. These aren’t particularly good by any stretch, but they’re better than most–at least among those I’ve seen.

This spring I’m slated to teach technical writing (which is new for me). Because I’m at a liberal arts institution and because of the nature of the world, I’m developing the course with a firm ethical commitment keyed toward the idea that information design plays an integral role in the formation of an informed democracy.

I tried to reflect that vision in these flyers, one emphasizing technical writing as a theory (a noun), another as a practice (a verb). I found the background of the second in an NAACP archive; it’s a report comparing key moments in the freedom riders’ activities with a corresponding column naming organizational responses. The first, portraying technical writing as a theory, emphasizes color to showcase part of the course.


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