What is Technical Communication?

For a quick overview of technical communication, watch our presentation on The origins and development of technical communication (3 min 04 sec, YouTube).

Technical communicators are also called technical writers. Because writing is now only one aspect of what we do, the term "technical communicator" is a more appropriate title than technical writer. Technical communicators are also known as technical authors, documentation developers or documentation specialists, and more recently the titles "information designers" and "information architects" have come into common use.

The term technical writer originated around the start of the 20th century, when the work was exclusively related to writing about technical products such as machinery and equipment.