Chapter Meetings

Next STC-SF chapter meeting:
Wednesday 17, August 2016

Joe Devney and “A Quick Intro to Document Design”

About the Presentation

There is more to a document than the words it carries. The effectiveness of the message can be helped or hindered by other elements on the page. Good document design helps support the author’s communication goals. This presentation will give tips on how to use design elements as part of the communication: white space, borders, images, design grids, fonts, and more. These concepts are independent of the tools you might use—the presentation is not a class in a particular software application. And the design techniques apply to both paper and online documents.

This presentation will be of value to people new to the field of technical communication, and also to old hands who have never formally studied document design. And to anyone who might one day be faced with the task of designing a document or template from scratch, rather than simply writing the words.

About the Presenter

Joseph Devney, M.A., has worked in the field of technical communication for over 20 years. He has had formal training in graphic arts, and has designed documents and document suites for several companies. He judged STC’s International Technical Art Competition for four years. In 2014 he taught a class in “Visual Rhetoric and Document Design” in the Technical and Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University. (This presentation is partly based on that class.) Joe is an STC Fellow, the Society’s highest honorary rank. He also served as president of the STC Berkeley chapter, and has been a guest speaker at several STC chapters. This is his first time as guest speaker for STC San Francisco.

Purchase a ticket using PayPal

Starting in February, the meeting tickets will be lowered by $5 for each type:

Member price is for STC members. You do not need to be a San Francisco Chapter member to qualify for the Member price.

To quality for the First Timer price, you cannot be a STC member and this would be your first time at a San Francisco Chapter meeting.

Date and Time

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except November and December.

6:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM: Chapter Announcements and Topic Presentation

Please arrive before 7:00 PM while someone is present at the entrance to let you in. Due to security restrictions, the doors can only be opened by Salesforce employees. If someone is not present at the entrance, please be patient. You can also email to alert those inside the meeting or if you will be later than the presentation start time.


Meetings are held in the Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center complex bounded by Mission, Howard, Spear, and Steuart Streets.

Location of STC-SF meetings in Rincon Center

The entrance to the chapter meetings is near Rincon food court entry doors facing the plaza (not the entry doors on Mission Street). Look for the Salesforce lobby with two bright blue chairs in the corner.


Use either the Howard Street Garage (located between Spear and Steuart) or the garage under the Rincon Center (located on Spear between Mission and Howard). The Rincon Center underground parking garage elevator will take you to the ground floor, on the same side of the building as the entrance to the meeting center.

NOTE that the Howard Street Garage’s rates are lower at night than during the day.

Public Transportation

You can take either BART or MUNI and exit at the Embarcadero Station.

To get to the Rincon Center from there:

Turn right and walk down Spear Street, about half-way down the block. Cross the street and enter the plaza about half-way down Spear Street (on the east side of Spear Street). Walk up the steps, and when you see the Dolphin fountain, look left, you’ll see the entrance.

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