This paper is an extended version of my comments delivered as a participant in the “Digital Media and Technologies: Cross Perspectives from Communication and STS” Roundtable part of the Technologies and Emerging Media path at the Canadian Communication Association 2012 meeting. In these notes, I provide some conceptual definitions and examples of a form of scholarship I see as satisfying a commitment to the materials of techno-science that should be a key component of both communication and STS research on digital media. This scholarly form is linked to design sensibilities and outcomes. It is facilitated by new possibilities for technical practice, e.g. the 'maker' movement, as well as by current and past attempts to link design and materiality to scholarly reflection on the co-construction of a simultaneously 'built' and 'thought' material-semiotic world.