My research primarily examines how digital technologies open up new avenues for making meaning. Much of my work focuses on the relationship between video production and academic argumentation, but I enjoy writing about they way all kinds of visuals, from data graphics to cartoons, are used to capture the public imagination of what writing is and does.

Video Production

Liddle, D., & Sherrill, J. (2023, October). Analyzing YouTube Content: Methodological Considerations for Technical Communication Research. In Proceedings of the 41st ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (pp. 18-25). link

Liddle, D., Braegger, V., Durazzi, A., Kim, Y., Kalodner-Martin, E., & Richter, J. (2022, October). Channeling Experience: Reflections on Developing a Technical Communication YouTube Channel. In Proceedings of the 40th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (pp. 102-106). link

Visual Rhetoric

Liddle, D. (2016, September). Emerging guidelines for communicating with animation in mobile user interfaces. In Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication (pp. 1-9). link

Liddle, D. J. (2018). Beyond Animation: Toward a Rhetoric of Motion Design for Technical and Professional Writing (Doctoral dissertation, Purdue University). link


Liddle, D. (2023, July). The Goofy Roots of the Plain Language Movement: Reconsidering the Rhetorical Hedonism of ‘Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go’. In 2023 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm) (pp. 123-127). IEEE.

Liddle, D. (2020, October). The Best Donut in Class: A Lean Approach to Visual Design in Technical Communication Pedagogy. In Proceedings of the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (pp. 1-5). link

Swacha, K. Y., Liddle, D. (2017). Book Review: Rhetoric of a Global Epidemic: Transcultural Communication About SARS.

Liddle, D. J. (2012). Inventing laughter: Comedic writing practices and the limits of pedagogical power (Doctoral dissertation, Clemson University). link