Design for Readability

Presenter:   Lisa Orchard and Christa Bedwin

Length:   1 hour

Language:   English

Level:   All levels

Type:   Informational

Member price:   $42

Non-member price:   $70

In this workshop, Lisa Orchard and Christa Bedwin share their decades of experience with how visual and infographic components can energize a text to make it both more compelling and easier to understand.

Participants will learn how to

  • use basic design principles and best practices to complement their editing work
  • work with clients to convey technical information in a variety of formats that make documents more accessible and inclusive (graphics, figures, tables)
  • provide engaging and polished final documents.



Christa Bedwin has been an international science editor and writer for 22 years. She has freelance and in-house experience with educational and trade publishers, industry, government, and academia, has written several textbooks for consultants, and has contributed chapters to Editing Canadian English and Editorial Niches.

Lisa Orchard makes complex ideas clear for diverse audiences. As a technical communications professional with 20 years of experience with writing and editing strategic documents, she brings a big-picture, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to her clients in industry, government, and non-profits. With a background in urban and transportation planning, policy and research, and consultation and engagement, she launched Scribe Technical Writers and Editors in 2019 to help subject matter experts make their complex ideas clear. Learn more at

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