30th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication
October 3-5, 2012
Seattle, Washington

Please plan to join us for ACM’s 2012 Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) conference in Seattle, Washington, October 3-5, 2012. The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle.

At the conference, you will have opportunities to exchange ideas with other researchers and practitioners from around the world interested in interaction design, usability, and other issues in the design of communication. The conference program will include research sessions, social events, poster sessions, and workshops led by industry leaders in user-centered design.


If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please plan to submit by June 1 a research paper, experience report, or interactive poster. Your contribution might be a study of design processes, an investigation of research methods, a deployment analysis, or a situated user study related to the design and use of communication artifacts. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle later this year!

If you are interested in contributing to our conference in Seattle, Washington, USA, from October 3rd to 5th, 2012, please contact conference chair, Mark Zachry, ( or conference program chair, Clay Spinuzzi, (

SIGDOC European chapter

A new chapter event is planned for next year – “OSDOC 2012.”
For more information on this new OSDOC 2012 European chapter event, see,

CFP for Communication Design Quarterly Review

ACM SIGDOC (Special Interest Group Design of Communication) will begin publishing Communication Design Quarterly Review (CDQR) in mid-2012 with four issues per year. It seeks to be the premier informational source for industry, management, and academia in the multidisciplinary field of the design and communication of information.  Edited by Michael Albers and Liza Potts, it will contain a mix of peer-reviewed articles, columns, experience reports, and brief summaries of interesting research results.

Communication Design Quarterly Review will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. A printed version will be sent to SIGDOC members and to libraries with an ACM institutional subscription.

We invite you to contribute in any of the following areas:

  • Peer-reviewed articles.
  • Articles that cross discipline boundaries as they focus on the effective and efficient methods of designing and communicating information; disciplines will include technical communication, information design, information architecture, interaction design, and human-computer interaction.
  • Experience reports. Experience reports present project- or workplace-focused summaries of important technologies, techniques, or product processes. Interesting research results. Short reports on interesting research or usability results that lack the rigor for a full article. For example, pilot studies, graduate student projects, or corporate usability studies where full details can’t be released.

We are also interested in proposals for guest editing special issues.  As a guest editor, you would be responsible for providing two peer reviewed articles on a specific topic and, potentially, coordinating with the column editors so their columns can complement the issue’s theme.

For more information or submissions, contact Michael Albers ( or Liza Potts (

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TCQ special issue on Contemporary Research Methodologies in Technical Communication

From Clay Spinuzzi

The SIGDOC community conducts lots of research—I know, because I see it in our conferences and proceedings. And our research has evolved along with changes in DOC work, in technology, and in how organizations work. Social media, smartphones, activity streams, telepresence, and other fundamental changes are requiring us to rethink our research methodologies, methods, and techniques.

If you’ve been developing new research methods, honing new techniques, or synthesizing new methodologies, consider preparing an entry for an upcoming special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly. TCQ is an academic journal that is focused on technical communication, and in this special issue, Brian McNely, Christa Teston and I are very interested in manuscripts that can describe the newest research trends for technical communication. And I am personally interested in seeing manuscripts from the SIGDOC community!

Proposals are due by February 15th, 2013; scheduled publication date is January 2015. The official call for proposals is at the TCQ site.

Questions? Contact Brian McNely at

CFP – Case Studies and Methodologies

Workshop, Invited Sessions, and Conversational Session: Call for Participation

Extended abstracts (600-1200 words) can be sent to before or by April 25th, 2012. Full draft papers and extended abstract (as well as invited session organization proposals) can also be submitted via web page as described in

CASE STUDIES AND METHODOLOGIES AND INTEGRATION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES: This workshop will introduce participants to Case Studies and Method by showing the possibilities they generate for the Integration of Academic Activities.

A More detailed Call For Participation can be found at

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