Hi there!
I'm Patti Short.

I'm a technical content writer, desktop publisher, web developer, and creative thinker in Redmond, WA.

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A little bit about me

I've made my home base, for now, in the Redmond, WA area. My journey into tech started with a degree in Computer System Administration with a minor in programming. I realized there was a need for documentation, for example, step-by-step procedures for troubleshooting and walk-throughs. As my technical writing career took off I made it a point to keep up with the advancing technology and learn programming languages, such as PHP, Python, HTML5/CSS3, and JavaScript.

That curiosity and the desire to return to design work opened a door that could never be shut. When I learned how to build my first website, I realized I found something that gave me the freedom & versatility I was looking for in my work. Now I've added front-end development to services, where I can use my creative skills and eye for detail to write clean, elegant code.

I am an experienced, self-taught, and self-driven technical content and UX writer, and desktop publisher with over 30 years of experience; 22 years as a professional technical writer and eight years as a visual designer. I am passionate about solving hard problems with innovative solutions. I am also passionate about the success of the IT professional (developer, system administrator, or devops). I am currently taking full-stack courses online through Codecademy and SkillCrush.

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Skills

Technical Writing

When you need help with complex technical content, web content, or UX/UI writing I can help you from gathering your business requirements to delivery. I specialize in knowledge bases, white papers, and installation and configuration guides.

Graphic Design

In addition to technical writing, I can work with you to design attention getting newsletters, brochures, and flyers. Not only can you rely on me for your print design needs, I can also design digital newsletters for email campaign.

Web Design & Development

You can trust me to take a design comp and quickly convert it into a webpage that is pixel-perfect match. My focus is writing clean, well-formatted HTML5 by hand to make sure that the content is easy to read, troubleshoot and accessible.

Adobe InDesign

90%

Adobe Photoshop

75%

Adobe Illustrator

75%

Adobe XD

60%

Visual Design

95%

WordPress

50%

HTML5/CSS3

85%

JavaScript

30%

PHP

60%

Markdown

90%

GitHub / Git / Git Bash

80%

JIRA or other sprint-based system

60%

MadCap Flare (Certified expert)

90%

DITA/XML, oXygen, Arbortext

80%

Office 365

95%

Adobe Captivate

75%
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My portfolio

Desktop publishing

Policy overview

Desktop publishing

Corporate Leave of Absence policy overview for retail associates.

Design tool: Adobe Pagemaker

Policy overview

Desktop publishing

Corporate Employee Assistance Program overview for retail associates.

Design tool: Adobe Pagemaker

Cookbook

Desktop publishing

An experimental project to challenge me in MadCap Flare V8.

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Let's connect!

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425-654-1467

hi@pattishort.com

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Meet me

Redmond, WA

Let's meet for coffee!

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