Technical Publications Forum 2014 – Melbourne

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Shane Layt
Training Manager / Senior Consultant
Logistic Engineering Services

Title: Being Smart about Technical Illustration for Electronic Publications

Abstract: Like anything in this world where the selection of an option is required, the choices can be subjective.  They can often be the hot topic that drives lengthy discussions and be tainted by a cloud of personal preferences or limited knowledge.  It's as simple as the question, "Are you a PC user or a MAC user?" or even closer to the bone right now "Are you using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?" that often puts us in a position to defend what we believe are the right choices or were the right choices at the time.

As a supplier to Defence, Defence Industry and Civil Industry of documentation and supporting illustrations, the lines of best choice can often be blurred by a lack of understanding of what formats are available and what formats should be used for a particular task.  This presentation will look at Graphic formats and provide an understanding that what may be best on screen, may not be best for print.  We'll also look at the composition and types of graphics including vector and raster graphics.  Because this topic can be subjective, it is hoped that this will raise some discussion and also hopefully provide some insights into the subject.

Biography: Shane has over 36 years experience in the logistic, maintenance and training environment in both the Defence and Defence Industry Sectors.  He has been involved in numerous Defence Acquisition projects in uniform and as a professional service provider.  Shane is the LES Training Manager and when not engaged on projects, Shane is the Lead Instructor for the LES suite of ILS training modules delivered to Defence and Defence Industry clients.

Over the past 24 years, Shane has run (after hours) a Computer Graphics and Graphic Animation company that supported training and documentation for Uncle Bens, Uncle Toby's and Australian Newsprint Mills.  He also produces illustrations and animation for LES for a wide range of documentation, including ABR, EMEI, User Handbooks, Brochures, Flyers, Web pages and training materials.