Ask most technical writers for writing samples and often they cringe. What do you share? More importantly, how do you offer up writing samples which prove your ability to engineer online documentation solutions?
My approach to public portfolios is a mix of writing samples and UI/UX integration. It’s no different than presenting branding strategies to large corporations. Once you start showing content, you had better have an endless supply of examples to share.
What I Can Share
Due to NDA restrictions, I won’t be sharing confidential samples. Instead, I’ll share details of a projects which were designed to be public-facing.
- Project: Spark Analytics
- Target audience: professionals
Craft a blended white paper balancing technical jargon with definitive reasons data scientists should consider adopting Apache Spark.
- Project: API documentation for programmers
- Target audience: programmers
The Stripe project was a mix of helping developers blend a simplified UI with API code examples. My specific role was to solve the problem bridging the gap between developers and technical documentation to cut through complex connectivity blockers.
- Project: iMac Essentials user guide
- Target audience: new iMac users
My contribution to the Apple iMac Essentials project was assisting the writing team by producing a visually appealing user guide. The challenge was factoring Apple’s use of white space into the text content. Especially by integrating Apple icons throughout the sentence structures.
- Project: design blog posts for VPs
- Target audience: Adobe followers
Adobe engaged me to write blog posts for their VPs. The assignments were to dovetail creative approaches with Adobe tool solutions. Then craft the posts from the perspective of Adobe VPs. The constraints were taking creative liberties to represent the professional perspectives of the VPs.
- Project: satirical blog posts
- Target audience: tech followers desperate for something soft to read
The Incipio projects were intended to draft technology-related articles and add mild doses of humor. Because of the freedom to select my topics, I chose to delve into relevant newsworthy stories crafting engaging blog posts.
- Projects: craft engaging blog posts on technical writing topics
- Target audience: fellow tech writers | prospective employers
Write in-depth blog posts related to technical writing, technology and advice streamlining the hiring of technical writers.
Beware of Outputs
The evolution of dovetailing technical writing with online content is the new standard. Therefore, my expertise is in merging documentation into user interfaces. It’s critical to streamline production and publishing by consolidating workflow.
Fragmenting your technical writing team tasks by asking them to publish online documentation isn’t right for every corporation. Some prefer to keep writers writing. Then rely on the developers to integrate content into the UI. Although, I’ve served on some teams which see the advantage of hiring for solutions rather than merely skills.
Output management is critical. Mostly due to the cost-efficiencies of converting all documentation to online environments.