Touchstone 2010-11 Awards

The six Northern California chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) sponsor an annual technical communication competition. Winners in the Distinguished category go on to the Society-level competitions, where they compete with entries from around the world.


The entry is clearly superior in all areas. It contains no major flaws, and few, if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly in the way it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience.

iPad User Guide ePub


Vandalia Goode                     Gordon Meyer

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Guidebook


Erma Petrova                        Nadia Vladimirova                      Jody Johnstone
Joanne Runte                         Gérard Métrailler                        John Falsetto
Adrian Garcia                        Ludmila Minkova                        Mark Walters
Scott Doubt                            Heather Button
CorelDRAW User Experience Design Team (2009)

Palm® Pre™ Plus User Guide for AT&T


Arthur Manzi                         Joe Sadusky                                 Paul Shine
Kwong Liew                           Caroline Bressler


The entry consistently meets high standards in all areas. It might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry clearly (if slightly imperfectly) demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.

Using Advent Partner (Release 7.2)


Kevin Stepelton

Aperture 3 – Exploring Aperture


Bill Grout

iPhone User Guide


Stefan Smith

iTunes Help


David Tessler                        Nathan Melsted                          Carol Gossard

6Ts: Six ways to get your Palm® webOS™ phone working again


John Moses                            Dave Moloney                             Arthur Manzi
Kwong Liew                           Victoria Doll Platform Cheat Sheets

Jon Mountjoy Workbook

Mario Korf

Development Lifecycle Guide

Mario Korf


The entry consistently meets high standards in most areas. It might contain a small number of major or minor flaws but it still applies technical communication principles in a highly proficient manner.

Performance in Advent Portfolio Exchange 3.0: A Suite of Web Tutorials


John Biasatti

iPod nano Quick Start


Julie Finnigan                        Kimberly Mancebo                     Tom Llewellyn

MacBook Pro User Guide


Ginny Gelczis

MC2701B CWDM SMART Media Converter – Installation and Activation Guide


Cheryl Morris                        Luis Yu

NC2000 1 GHz Optical Node — Installation and Activation Guide


Vince Swanson                      Glenn Carley                               Ed Perry

Sun Netra X4270 Server Topic Set


Dan Brougher                       Linda Wiesner                             Mike Bloomenfeld
Kristi Caruso                          Asher Miller

Sun ZFS Storage 7700 Unpacking Guide


Dany Galgani                        Dan Barnett                                 Linda Wiesner
Ernie Burdick

Chatter Cheat Sheet

Mario Korf


The following people evaluated the entries: Mysti Berry, Patrick Lufkin, Michael Meyer, Joy Montgomery, Chris Muntzer, Bruce Poropat, Vince Swanson, and Alliene Hairston Turner


The following people volunteered in non-judging roles: Guy Haas, Judith Herr, Misty Herr, Joe Humbert, Patrick Lufkin, and Richard Mateosian