May 2018 Technical Communication cover image


Rick Forgus (cover illustration)

As a classically trained artist who possessed natural talent from an early age, Rick Forgus is a passionate illustrator with the ability to create on paper and screen any image you can imagine. His illustrations have garnered awards and praise. He enjoys the tactile feel of lead and paper, the scent of fresh pressed ink, and the unlimited opportunities of technology.

A day rarely passes without Rick spending time in his studio surrounded by an impressive collection of inspirational books and art. His tools include an old-school drawing table as well as high-powered computers. Adobe Illustrator is a constant. The drawing tools, layers, and palettes offered in Illustrator provide opportunities to experiment, adjust, and explore quickly and efficiently.

As an artist, the biggest challenge Rick experiences with each project is the blank piece of paper. His largest reward is the satisfaction of presenting each client with a winning solution.

Rick finds inspiration from the work of illustration masters Otis Shepard, Joseph Binder, Abram Games, Bob Peak, and Charley Harper. To see more of Rick’s work or to contact him, please visit

To view the May 2018 issue, please visit

As a reminder, the deadline for upcoming submissions to the cover competition is 1 June.

For the August 2018 issue, the subject is rethinking ideas of audiences and users in technical communication.

For the November 2018 issue (a special issue on election technologies), the subject is technical communication, elections, and the role of technologies.

Cover illustrations might be diagrams, drawings, photographs, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives. For either issue, please submit your cover illustration (approximately 20×20 cm or 8×8 inches) as a high-resolution (300 dpi or better) jpg file by 1 June 2018 to with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your illustration addresses the cover subject.  A five-member international jury of specialists will organize anonymous review of the submissions and choose each issue’s cover illustration.  Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.


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