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Jason Bassford, BA (Hons), RHCE
Styled & Composed
I am a technical editor who enjoys transforming complex topics into simple ideas and instructions. I specialize in software, technology, and more esoteric subjects like language, logic, and thought games. Editing allows me to pursue my passion in the field of writing and communication.
I have always been an avid reader and thinker, which led to me getting a philosophy degree. My interests extend beyond the written word to other forms of visual presentation, such as website and software-based user interface design.
My early career was in both IT and senior-level technical support for software companies. But I took every opportunity I could to write, edit, and educate. After a stint as a full-time technical editor I realized it was what I enjoyed most.
I have a great deal of attention for detail and analysis, the ability to look at the overall structure of something and notice missing or inconsistent information, and a commitment to quality and professional integrity. I am always punctual and schedule-based. I enjoy both challenging myself and taking pride in final results.
I enjoy working in collaboration—and it is during such interactions that the best of my abilities are exercised. I believe that good editing cannot happen in a vacuum. There has to be an intuitive rapport between author and editor, and a mutual desire for high-quality results.
Authors intentions need to be clearly expressed and communicated to their desired audience. There are many moving parts to any creative endeavour, and I am eager to participate and facilitate in any way that I can.
If you have a project you need help with, I look forward to hearing from you.
"I have worked with Jason on numerous technical writing projects, all of which have been positive and enjoyable experiences. He is an experienced editor and will enhance any written work he receives. He has an exceptional ability to see the overall picture, explain and simplify concepts and terms, and organize information. He is an excellent communicator and team player. Ways to improve the document were delivered in a constructive manner, and any suggested changes were backed up with solid reasons—I was always included in decisions to alter text. If the chance arose, I would work with him again in a heartbeat—I highly recommend Jason for any project."
—Gina Daly, VMware
- Copy editing
- Desktop publishing
- Layout and design
- Mark-up and coding
- On-screen editing
- Online editing
- Plain language
- Production editing
- Structural and substantive editing
- Stylistic editing
- Web adaptation
- Academic papers and essays
- Advertising and marketing materials
- Business materials, general
- In-house publications
- Manuals and how-to books
- Policies and procedures
- Style guides
- Humanities, general
- Industry and technology, general
- Information technology