Virtual SIGDOC 2020: A New Decade of Technology and Design

October 5-9, 2020

Virtual events hosted by the University of North Texas

All times listed are Central Time (U.S. & Canada) in deference to our host’s time zone: convert to your local time zone as needed.

Download the full program in PDF format

Values for the virtual event

As we shifted to a virtual event due to COVID-19, the conference committee were mindful of  several goals and values based on input from the SIGDOC community. 

  • Provide for flexibility: A combination of synchronous and asynchronous offerings available throughout the week.
  • Design for accessibility: Content available in multiple formats to provide access to meet the needs of the community.
  • Honor the labor of presenters and authors: Provide a space for authors and presenters to share their work and re-use their work.
  • Being mindful of the moment: Curating topical sessions that are relevant to our present moment.


Monday, October 5: Conference website opens
All asynchronous conference content made available. Slack channel (access information to come) activated and shared. Website login requires registration. Content remains available for viewing throughout the conference week. Asynchronous content includes:
  • Chair’s welcome
  • Organized panels
  • Research presentations
  • Experience reports
  • Industry insights
  • Poster sessions (includes Student Research Competition)
Tuesday, October 6: Ongoing discussions around asynchronous content
Throughout the day and during the remainder of the week, comments and questions are invited in response to asynchronous content. Presenters will review comments and offer responses and additional insight during this time. Open discussion is encouraged throughout the conference.
  • Student Research Competition (SRC) judging opens today, including asynchronous comments and responses.
  • Undergraduate SRC Participants
    • Kenyan Burnham, Adam Narine, and Christopher Trotter – “Instructor Roles in Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
    • Jessica Escobar – “Understanding Patient Perception of Medical Artificial Intelligence: A Proposed Qualitative Study”
    • Rita Flanagan – “Principles of Technical and Public Communication as a Provisional Framework for Undergraduate Students Writing with and About Indigenous Peoples”
    • Sanjana Ponnada – “Improving User Experience and Accessibility of CDC’s COVID-19 Symptoms Self-checker with Better Design Practices: The Role of Design in Effective Risk Communication”
  • Graduate SRC Participants
    • Sarah Fadem – ” Designing a Decision Aid for Patients Considering Bone Marrow Transplant”
    • Mary Le Rouge – “How Literate Responses to Technical Communication Can Promote Practical Responses to Environmental Change”
    • Nicole Lowman – “Advising the Buffalo Police Advisory Board: Toward a More Usable Technology”
    • AJ McCormick – “Communicating with Generation Z: Graphic Design for Instructor-Created Classroom Documents”
    • Nupoor Ranade – “The Real-Time Audience: Data Analytics and Audience Measurements”
    • Danielle Stambler – “Eating Right and User Experience with an Employee Wellness Program”
    • Allison Styes – “Resolving the Shortcomings of Human Centered Design in Transcultural Communication”
    • Francine Sutton – “Examining UX Design Principles and Older Adults’ Preference of Online Appointment Scheduling Using a mHealth Application”
    • Katie Walkup – “Disrupting Dominant Narratives: Mental Health, Early Warning Systems, and Threat Construction”
    • Hua Wang – “Social Media in Accommodating Sex Education Exigency in China”
    • Chenxing Xie – “Topic Modeling-based Web Architecture Redesign”
10:30am – 12pm SIGDOC Business Meeting (synchronous, platform TBD)
Wednesday, October 7: Synchronous conference segments begin
10 – 11:30am Opening remarks, Diana Award presentation, and keynote “Building Collaborative Networks to Support Women of Color in User-Experience and Technology Design” (members of the Women of Color in Computing Collaborative)
12 – 1:30pm Topical discussion: Pandemic-Related Communication (moderated conversation)
2 – 4:30pm Workshop: The Pedagogy of User Experience: Methods, Tools, Approaches (Emma Rose, Heather Noel Turner)
Ongoing discussion around asynchronous content
SRC poster presentation judging concludes with winners in undergraduate and graduate sections moving to next round
Thursday, October 8: Synchronous conference segments continue
10 – 11:15am SRC undergraduate presentations
11:30am – 12:45pm SRC graduate presentations
1 – 2:30pm Editor’s Roundtable
2:30 – 5pm Workshop: Structure your Site for Your Users: The Card Sorting Method (Autumn Hood, Todd Luckey)
Ongoing: Discussions around asynchronous content
Friday, October 9: Conference concludes
10am – 12pm Workshop: YAML as an Information Design Tool in the Classroom and the Workplace (Maurice Moss)
12 – 1:30pm Topical discussion: Antiracist and Social Justice Activism (moderated conversation)
2 – 3pm Conference wrap-Up: Closing remarks and awards
3 – 5pm Super Meetup: Ignite Talks
Concluding: Discussions around asynchronous content

After Friday, October 9, synchronous content and any recordings of synchronous sessions will remain posted and available for registered attendees. Abstracts will be visible to the general public on the website.