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SIGDOC is the Special Interest Group on Design of Communication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


SIGDOC was founded in 1975 by Joe Rigo.


The mission of SIGDOC includes:

  • Encouraging interdisciplinary problem solving related to user-centered design, development, and delivery of informational communication
  • Promoting the application of theory to practice by connecting member contributions from research and industry
  • Studying and encouraging emerging modes of communication across organizations
  • Promoting the professional development of communication designers
  • Providing avenues for publication of research and exchange of best practices
  • Supporting the research and development of communication and processes, including applications, networks, and services


The ACM Special Interest Group for Design of Communication provides a forum for researchers and practitioners of the design of communication, including information architecture, information design, user assistance, help, and documentation (traditional and user-contributed) as well as technology that supports and enhances communication, including blogs, forums, chat, and wikis.

The SIG fosters the study and publication of processes, methods, and technologies for communicating, designing, developing, and delivering these artifacts. Members include technical communication professionals, usability specialists, information architects, software engineers, educators, researchers, web designers, system developers, computer scientists, information technology professionals, and managers responsible for researching, producing, and/or supervising the creation of user interfaces, information architecture, technical materials, websites, and social media.

SIGDOC emphasizes the following areas of special interest to its members:

  • Design and evaluation methodologies that improve communication, such as user-centered and activity-centered design, participatory design, contextual design, and usability studies
  • Types of designed communication, including interface elements, information design, information architecture, documentation, and user assistance
  • Content management and project management as it relates to communication design projects
  • Qualitative and quantitative studies of how communications are designed and used
  • Practices, research, and theories relevant to any of these areas

SIGDOC Board[edit]

SIGDOC Awards[edit]

SIGDOC sponsors a number of awards as a means of recognizing outstanding contributions to the field. Awards are presented at the SIGDOC conference:

  • The winner of the Graduate Student Competition is provided with subsidized participation in the SIGDOC conference, and the opportunity to publish and present their work.

Annual Conferences/Workshops[edit]

SIGDOC - ACM International Conference on Design of Communication.

Year Nr Venue City Country Date
SIGDOC 2013 31 East Carolina University Greenville, NC[2] USA Sept 30-Oct 1
SIGDOC 2012 30 Seattle, WA[3] USA Oct 3-5
SIGDOC 2011 29 Pisa[4] Italy Oct 3-5
SIGDOC 2010 28 Sao Carlos Brazil Sep 26-29
SIGDOC 2009 27 Indiana University Bloomington, IN USA Oct 5-7
SIGDOC 2008 26 ISCTE Lisbon[5] Portugal Sep 22-24
SIGDOC 2007 25 University of Texas - El Paso El Paso, TX USA Oct 22-24
SIGDOC 2006 24 Coastal Carolina University Myrtle Beach, SC USA Oct 18-20
SIGDOC 2005 23 Coventry UK Sep 21-23
SIGDOC 2004 22 University of Memphis Memphis, TN USA Oct 10-13
SIGDOC 2003 21 San Francisco, CA USA Oct 12-15
SIGDOC 2002 20 Toronto, ON Canada Oct 20-23
SIGDOC 2001 19 Santa Fe, NM USA Oct 21-24
SIGDOC 2000 (with IEEE IPCC) 18 Boston, MA USA Sep 24-27
SIGDOC 1999 17 New Orleans, LA USA Sep 12-14
Conference Chairs
Chapters' events

Former Chairs[edit]

SIGDOC's former chairs include:


External links[edit]