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Technical, covers two distinctly different but related fields – Technical Illustration and Technical Publishing.

Technical illustration requires a different skill set than other types of graphic work, in the main, the end result must be an essentially accurate representation of an object, which must be depicted in such a way as to remove all ambiguity of both shape and structure. The illustration may be simplified to increase clarity, but it must include all the information needed to fulfil its function. All essential visual clues must be present but all distracting and irrelevant content should be suppressed or removed completely.


When dealing with illustrations intended for instructional use, simplification must be carefully considered. It is easy to over simplify a diagram by following a client’s instructions too closely. The client, who has often designed the item, may be so familiar with the product that they make assumptions based on their intimate knowledge. It must be remembered that a user, seeing the item for possibly the first time, may have little or no foundation at all for any understanding of the product in question.

TileVision Mirage instructions - technical publishing example  

The new 19" TileVision Mirage manual is a good example of both technical illustration and technical copy writing. The unit’s chassis manufacturer supplies poor quality, sparsly illustrated, very 'eastern' documentation which does not cover all the unit's functions and makes no mention of digital text at all.

We have created all the illustrations and, using a TileVision as the source for all the information, written the copy for the digital TileVision's installation and operating instructions.

A pdf of the Mirage installation and operating
instructons (3.2 MB) is available below:

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