Summary of “Tech writers are hard walls and soft walls and all the talent in between.”

Before reading this post, I had believed that Tech writers and graphic designers were essentially the same thing. However, the distinction between the two was made evident after reading this post. Although both are explained to share similar aspects, this post uses examples in order to show their differences. Where a Graphic Designers job might be something like a “draft of [a] manual accompanied by cartoon sketches and 3D illustrations”, a technical writer would not be as willing to do that or even try. On the other hand, a technical writer’s job would be something along the lines of being told to “draft the content for the turbofan engine procedures training manual”. Essentially a Graphic Designers job is designing and a technical writer’s job is to write.

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Chris O’Brien