We are happy to announce the latest issue of Communication Design Quarterly (Volume 7 Issue 2) is now live:
Editorial by Derek G. Ross
Guest Editorial by Mike Albers
Testing the Difference Between Appearance and Ability Customization by Ryan Rogers and Laura Dunlow
Reducing Harm by Designing for Opioid Users’ Contexts: The Chicago Recovery Alliance’s Community-Based Context of Use and PwrdBy’s Technology-Based Context of Use by Kristen Marie Bivens
DJs, Playlists, and Community: Imagining Communication Design through Hip Hop by Victor Del Hierro
How Developers Use API Documentation: An Observation Study by Michael Meng, Stephanie Steinhardt, and Andreas Schubert
Queering Consent: Design and Sexual Consent Messaging by Avery C. Edenfield
Book Review: Rhetoric and Experience Architecture by Leslie Hankey
This study examines a document produced by the United States Department of Homeland Security handed out to immigrant parents during the “Family Separation Policy” crisis of 2018. The article examines whether such a document could be ethically tested for usability. Ultimately, the text argues that by the standards of the Belmont Report and the best practices in usability research, such a document would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to test ethically. It argues that, while usability testing is an excellent tool for exploring how users interact with texts that can have life- changing consequences, it may also be used as a tool to perpetuate injustice and marginalize potential users.
Dear SIGDOC Community,
I am pleased to announce the results of the ACM SIGDOC Election Results and present the newly elected SIGDOC Executive Board (for the term of 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021.)
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how conferences communicate their values. The SIGDOC Executive Committee and the 2019 conference committee is thinking about how the conference communicates the values of the organization and the committee. Over the
by Richard Colby and Rebekah Shultz Colby
Changes in technology, development philosophy, and scale have required game designers to change how they communicate and mediate design decisions. Traditional game design studios used an extensive game design document (GDD), a meta-genre that described most of the game before it was developed. Current studies suggest that this is no longer the case. We conducted interviews at four independent game studios in order to share their game design documentation processes, revealing that, while an exhaustive GDD is rare, the meta-genre functions are preserved in a variety of mediated ways.
SIGDOC is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Rigo Award, Samantha Blackmon, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. The Rigo award celebrates an individual’s lifetime contribution to the field of communication design.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 SIGDOC Career Advancement Grants. Participatory Communication Design of Mapping Borderlands: Decolonizing Cartographic Information Design and Creating a Participatory Mapping Interface by Eda Ozyesilpinar, Ph.D. and Victor Del Hierro, Ph.D. Improving
We are happy to announce the latest issue of Communication Design Quarterly (Volume 7 Issue 1) is now live: Guest Editorial: The Revenge of Plato’s Pigs by Sarah-Beth Hopton Maps, Silence, and Standing Rock: Seeking a Visuality for the Age of Environmental
Dear Colleagues, It’s time to vote! If your ACM SIGDOC membership is current, you should have received an email today to signify your opportunity to vote for our next Executive Committee for ACM SIGDOC. I encourage you to take the
by Avery C. Edenfield
For decades, sexual violence prevention and sexual consent have been a recurrent topic on college campuses and in popular media, most recently because of the success of the #MeToo movement. As a result, institutions are deeply invested in communicating consent information. This article problematizes those institutional attempts to teach consent by comparing them to an alternative grounded in queer politics. This alternative information may provide a useful path to redesigning consent information by destabilizing categories of gender, sexuality, and even consent itself.