Content design

Earlier this summer, I completed a documentation project at the University of Warwick (my employer) for a web application called Tabula. The design and development teams rewrote the coursework management component, roughly a quarter of the app, from scratch. I was responsible for writing the support pages on the IT Services’ website for use by staff and students, and contributing to alpha testing. The development team releases new versions of Tabula iteratively, typically once a week.

There’s an archive of George Orwell’s essays in English and Russian language at http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays. I found the archive last week when searching for a full-text version of Politics and the English Language (1946) to re-read, which contains Orwell’s famous six rules for clear writing. These rules are touchstones for writers or editors and feature in the introduction to The Economist’s style guide.

I’m considering starting a new blog focused on music and guitars – something that’s informal, fun for me and personal. One thing I decided is that I won’t build the blog using WordPress. I’m going to learn a new blogging platform, one which is lightweight, simple and requires very little maintenance. Postach.io, a blogging platform that uses content stored in Evernote, is top of my list.