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Quick Reference Guide – Best Advice Ever!

8 Jun

I’ve been doing some research into technical writing and really like the following blogs:




Strange, but technical writers love to blog (who would have thought!).

Reading Tom Johnson’s blog I’d Rather Be Writing, I came across the best advice on creating a quick reference guide.

Quick reference guides are a staple of instructional designers, but I’ve never really enjoyed creating them. The problem for me has not been the process of condensing content, but getting the layout to work.

Tom’s advice is to look at magazines. Why? Because magazines have a natural balance between text and images. Flipping through some magazines can really inspire you to find the perfect layout for your quick reference guide. Just try it!