IKEA “How to Build” videos: a review

Although IKEA has been publishing instructional videos on how to build their products since 2012, we’ve only just come across them. The videos feature real people assembling the furniture, plus some tips on how to carry out certain tasks. IKEA USA IKEA USA has eight “How to build videos”, which you can access from the IKEA… Read more »

Perfecting the green screen in elearning videos

There are some activities that seem like they always could be improved. One is creating an authoring environment where professional technical communicators and other staff can work together; the other is setting up the best lighting for training videos. This is especially true for videos where chroma-key will be used to remove and replace what was behind the… Read more »

New date for our advanced technical writing course

We’re moving our public classroom course on Trends in Technical Communication Course – Advanced Technical Writing Techniques from the 18th September to Tuesday 22nd September. There are places available if you’d like to book. We’ve also run this course a number of times during the summer as an “onsite” course for clients, using WebEx and Lync (soon to… Read more »

Trends in technical communication – the funny airline safety video

The airline safety video is about actions that could save your life, but it can be very dull and mundane if you’ve flown more than once. So airlines are using the third aspect in good design – emotion – to engage with their audience. The latest video to follow this trend is from Delta Airlines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=346&v=Vttuonfu2BM… Read more »