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February 2004 event

2003-2004 Competition Awards Celebration & Workshop

Document Design for Print and Online: A Real World Approach
Date: Saturday, 7 February 2004
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. See the detailed Schedule below.
Location: Directions are provided below.
The Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-393-1000
Cost: Fees are listed below.
RSVP: Registration is required for this event and must be made by Friday, 30 January. To register, complete the online reservation form.

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2003-2004 Competition Awards Ceremony

Technical Publications, Technical Art, and Online Communication Competitions

Whether or not you participated in the competition this year, come out and see the winning entries, meet the judges, cheer on the winners, and enjoy a delicious lunch. This is a perfect opportunity not only for networking but for getting your eyes and hands on the state of the art in technical communication. Documentation managers, bring your teams to encourage their competitive spirit. Maybe you'll be encouraged to enter the competition next year!

As a special addition this year, Saul Carliner, longtime leader in the technical communication field and former Society President, will deliver a keynote address, "Reflections … Ten Years After."

Saul will help us reflect on our profession, how it has changed in the past ten years, and where it might be headed in the future. He offers these reflections almost a decade after the publication of his book, Techniques for Technical Communicators, written with Carol Barnum. This was one of the first books to take a comprehensive view of technical communication and has been widely adopted as a textbook in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Document Design for Print and Online: A Real-World Approach

A Workshop Facilitated by Saul Carliner

STC WDC chapter members told us last spring that their top choice for a chapter program topic was effective design of print and online documents. On February 7, we deliver. You'll have the chance to explore this exciting topic with a leader in our profession.

In an interactive, two-hour workshop, participants will explore samples of award-winning, real-world documents to generate design guidelines that they can incorporate into their own projects—with the tight budgets and schedules typical of most technical documents.

Specifically, these design guidelines address the following:

  • Imaginative layout
  • Readable—and attractive—selection of fonts
  • Effective use of navigational devices
  • Effective integration of graphics into the narrative of communication
  • Effective use of graphics to communicate your message
  • Use of color
  • Integration of corporate identity into technical communication products
  • Structuring documents for easy access

The workshop will also identify "gotchas," design tricks that technical communicators typically use that fall flat with users.

About the Speaker

photo of Saul Carliner

Saul Carliner is an assistant professor of educational technology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is a fellow and past international president of STC, and his books include Designing E-Learning, Training Design Basics, An Overview of Online Learning and, with Carol Barnum, Techniques for Technical Communicators.

His research interests include online communication for workplace content, methods for assessing effectiveness of workplace communication and training, and economic issues in workplace communication and training. He also consults in industry, and his clients include Guidant, IBM, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, and several government agencies.

Read more about his work on his website:


Date: Saturday, 7 February 2004

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop registration and display of winning entries
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Document Design workshop
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Banquet registration and display of winning entries
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Awards program and keynote speech from Saul Carliner

For more information about the awards banquet or workshop, please contact the Events Committee Manager.


The Awards Celebration luncheon includes:

  • Baby Green Salad With Caramelized Walnuts, Tear Drop Tomatoes, & a White Truffle Vinaigrette
  • A choice of entrée:
    • Grilled Breast of Chicken With Celery Root Mashed Potato, Bouquetière of Fresh Vegetables, Dijon Cream Sauce
    • Grilled Salmon Filet With Celery Root Mashed Potato, Bouquetière of Fresh Vegetables, Dijon Cream Sauce
    • Roasted Vegetable & Cous Cous Pocket With Celery Root Mashed Potato and Bouquetière of Fresh Vegetables
  • Chocolate Decadence With Raspberry Sauce
  • Freshly Brewed Colombian Blend Coffee, Regular & Decaffeinated, Hot Water for Assorted Teas, and Iced Tea

Fees and Registration

Event staff and members of the Competition Committee may attend the awards ceremony and workshop for free. Please complete the online reservation form so that we know which entrée to order for you.

Admission Fees

Attendance at either the Awards Ceremony Luncheon OR the Workshop:

$30 Judges, entrants, students, and Confirmed present event volunteers
$40 STC members
$50 Nonmembers

Combo: Attendance at the Awards Ceremony Luncheon AND the Workshop (a $20 discount):

$40 Judges, entrants, students, and Confirmed present event volunteers
$60 STC members
$80 Nonmembers

Admission fees help to offset the costs of our programs. Fees may vary from program to program because of the costs of food and beverages, room rental, and other services. Our attendees pay slightly different fees depending on whether they are members, nonmembers, students, chapter volunteers, or walk-ins.


All attendees must register and pay in advance. To make a reservation, complete the online reservation form.

Registration and cancellation deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, 30 January 2004.


You may pay by sending a check through the U.S. Mail or by making a secure online payment through our PayPal page using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. (Using PayPal allows you to make purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to us.)

If you have already registered and would like to submit a payment by check or through our PayPal page, see the reservation page for more detailed information about making a payment.


To cancel a registration, contact the Events Committee Manager as soon as possible. No shows who do not notify us that they need to cancel will be billed.


photo of the Capital Hilton Hotel

Capital Hilton Washington, D.C.
1001 16th Street, NW
Washington DC  20036
Phone: 1-202-393-1000
Fax: 1-202-639-5784

Map and directions to The Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

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