Department of Technical Communication and Interactive Design

Professional Organizations

For students in TCID, the following organizations provide valuable professional and career information. Many of these organizations have student membership rates, local chapters, and scholarship opportunities.

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

As the profession's oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members—AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, AIGA works to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

AIGA’s Atlanta Chapter holds events around the greater metro area. For more information see:

Student membership information is available. See:

Association for Talent Development (ATD; formerly ASTD)

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ATD has multiple resources for technical training and instructional design.

ATD's Atlanta Chapter holds events around the greater metro area. For more information see:

Student membership rates are available. See:

Student members may also apply for scholarships at:

TD Publications

For information on ATD publications including books, professional magazines, and training materials see:

Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AIMA)

Founded in 1999, the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AIMA) is a vibrant, evolving community of digital media and interactive marketing professionals focused on providing a place to network, share, and learn about best practices, successes and cutting-edge strategies and tactics.

Student membership information and rates are available. See:

IEEE Professional Communication Society (IEEE-PCS)

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

IEEE Publication links:

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is available at

Classics in Communication:

The Wiley-IEEE PCS Book Series is available at

IPCC Proceeding (IEEE Xplore) is available. See

IEEE PCS Newsletters are available. See:

Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is a member-supported organization dedicated to the discipline of interaction design. Since its launch in 2003, IxDA has grown into a global network of more than 70,000 members and over 173 local groups, focusing on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.

International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa)

The International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) was founded in early 2004 by a group of 15 universities. iDMAa is dedicated to serving educators, practitioners, scholars, and organizations with interests in digital media.

iDMAa Publications:

For information on iDMAa publications please see:

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organization in the world serving all individuals who create games.

As an international organization, we are a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development - from programmers and producers to writers, artists, QA and localization. We bring together developers at key industry conferences, in over 90 Chapters and in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. We advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure quality of life, perpetuation of our craft and preparing the next generation of developers. Whether you're a student with a goal to become a game developer or a seasoned veteran, regardless if you're based in the U.S. or any country/region in the world, whether you're an indie developer or in a AAA studio, whether your primary platform is a PC, console or a tabletop - we welcome you home to the IGDA!

IGDA’s professional chapter information is available see:

Student membership rates are available. See:

Society for Technical Communication (STC)

The Society for Technical Communication is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of technical communication. Technical communicators research and create information about technical processes or products directed to a targeted audience through various forms of media.

Student membership rates are available. See:

STC’s Atlanta Chapter see

STC Publications:

For information on STC publications please see:

Special Interest Group – Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

SIGCHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). We provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects of HCI through our conferences, publications, web sites, email discussion groups, and other services. We advance education in HCI through tutorials, workshops and outreach, and we promote informal access to a wide range of individuals and organizations involved in HCI. Members can be involved in HCI-related activities with others in their region through Local SIGCHI chapters. SIGCHI is also involved in public policy.

SIGCHI Publications:

For more information on SIGCHI publications see: is the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors. The site provides overviews of the user-centered design process and various UX disciplines. It also covers the related information on methodology and tools for making digital content more usable and useful.

User Experience Professionals Association (UxPA)

The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) is an international association devoted to assisting new and established professionals in the user experience disciplines. Through networking, publications, conferences and classes, UXPA can help you hone your skills and deepen your involvement in the UX community.

Our members are employed in a wide variety of disciplines, including product and service strategy, design, research, content and development. We are colleagues in pursuit of a common goal: better products and services, better working, and better living through usability.

UXPA has many local chapters see:

UXPA’s student membership information is available. See

UXPA Publications:

For information on UXPA publications please see:

Writers UA

Writers UA specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. The UX of a robust product is also enhanced through comprehensive user assistance. This includes Help, wizards, FAQs, videos and much more.