Avon J. Murphy, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Book Reviews section covering the most relevant new books in the field. In this issue 16 new books are reviewed.
Sherry Southard, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Recent & Relevant section, which highlights and summarizes articles in related journals that may be of interest to technical communication professionals and scholars.
Wouter A. Alberts and Thea M. van der Geest – This article describes an experimental study into the effects of color use on users' first impressions of the trustworthiness of corporate Web sites. Web sites were selected in the financial, legal and medical domains. Color use appeared to have a statistical significant but limited effect. Overall, the blue color scheme was perceived as the most trustworthy and black as the least trustworthy.
Chien-Ching Lee – To establish criteria for judging the persuasive capabilities of students' visual arguments in PowerPoint-based handouts, this article analyzes the PowerPoint handouts of 22 undergraduate students. The analysis focuses on the use if visuals, as well as on the combination of rhetorical and visual elements. The guidelines may be used by practitioners to convert their slides into handouts more effectively.
Luc Desnoyers – Denominations of visuals used in science communication appear to differ considerably among authors, resulting in confusion. Based on an analysis of commonly used visuals and existing typologies, this article presents a systematic taxonomy of visuals used in science communication. The taxonomy may help writers choose visuals, analyze them, and criticize their actual use. [Distinguished Article Award]
Menno D.T. de Jong – This editorial addresses the relationship between the fields of technical communication and human-computer interaction, highlighting usability as an important area of overlap. It also announces the winners in last year's Frank R. Smith competition for outstanding and distinguished articles in the 2010 volume of Technical Communication.