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
ACM SIGDOC is soliciting nominations for the 2019 Rigo Award, to be awarded at the 2019 SIGDOC conference in Portland, OR. The Rigo Award celebrates an individual’s lifetime contribution to the field of communication design and is awarded every other year. The Rigo Award winner is invited to give a keynote at the SIGDOC conference.
by Michael Albers
East Carolina University
Michael Albers is a professor at East Carolina University, where he teaches in the professional writing program. In 1999, he completed his PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. Before coming to ECU, he taught for 8 years at the University of Memphis. He is a Senior Member of ACM. In addition to his work on CDQ, he was SIGDOC Secretary from 1999 – 2005 and the 2013 SIGDOC Conference Chair. He also chaired the Symposium on Communicating Complex Information from 2012 – 2018. Before earning his PhD, he worked for 10 years as a technical communicator, writing software documentation and performing interface design. His research interests include designing documentation on the communication of complex information.
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Conference theme: Broadening the Boundaries of Communication Design.
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We are happy to announce the latest issue of Communication Design Quarterly (Volume 6 Issue 4) is now live: Guest Editorial: Reimagining Disability and Accessibility in Technical and Professional Communication by Sean Zdenek Cultivating Virtuous Course Designers: Using Technical Communication
SIGDOC is searching for volunteer-leaders to run for election in 2019. About SIGDOC The ACM Special Interest Group for Design of Communication is a vibrant international professional organization providing a forum for researchers and practitioners of the design of communication,