Guy Ball, technical communicator              

I'm currently retired but a technical writer by trade -- having produced hardware and software documentation for leading engineering and manufacturing companies including Extron, Astronics, EADS-North America, Unisys, and Hughes Aircraft. . 

A recent side project was a new history book talking about what Tustin, California looked like in 1895 featuring an 1895 insurance map and vintage photographs from that time, for The Paragon Agency (a leader in local history books as well as many other books that share eclectic and interesting historical experiences. The book is available directly at from

Another local history book project (do you detect a theme here?) was a history book featuring vintage photographs of Tustin, California for Arcadia Publishing (the same company that published my Santa Ana books). The book is available at, Barnes & Noble, and various local Tustin stores.  If you want a signed copy, you can buy one directly through me.

Guy Ball, technical writer and author

In addition, I've written five other books and numerous articles (for reference books, newspapers, encyclopedias, and magazines). My photography has been used in a variety of books and other periodicals. I've also developed, edited, and published a variety of publications for others, including a series of mini-books created for a local non-profit, historical organization.

In the new-technology arena, I have been part of a small, fast-response digital video team and have created a number of video-based engineering and training productions delivered via DVD/CD and streamed on the internet. I'm also involved in continuing research regarding better methods to deliver documentation including using tablets, e-book readers, and other handheld devices to deliver text-based or video documentation.

Beyond that, I do a bit of volunteer web design and internet implementation for a local historical society.  I've been involved in promoting accessible web sites for the visually impaired including writing articles and speaking at a regional writer's conference on how to make your site more accessible.

I've been a member of the advisory committee for the Digital Media Center, an innovative, small-business incubator built by the Rancho Santiago Community College District and on the advisory board for a proposed technical writing certificate program at Orange Coast College.

I was a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

If you'd like to contact me, email me at  I live in the Orange County (Southern California) area.  Click here to see some of the side projects I've worked on.



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