SIGDOC is the Special Interest Group on Design of Communication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an international learned society for computing. ACM SIGDOC was founded in 1975 by Joseph "Joe" T. Rigo.[1]


SIGDOC’s mission is to advance the state of knowledge, encourage the research, and support the interdisciplinary practice of the design of communication.

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


The mission of SIGDOC includes:

  • encouraging interdisciplinary problem solving related to the user-centered design, development, and delivery of communication and experiences
  • 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 strategists, architects, planners, and 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


  • Chair: Daniel Richards [Old Dominion University, USA][2]
  • Vice Chair: Sarah Read [Portland State University, USA][2]
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Susan Ann Youngblood [Auburn University, USA][2]
  • Past Chair: Emma Rose [University of Washington, Tacoma, US][2]
  • Managing Editor, CDQ: Derek Ross [Auburn University, USA][2]
  • Conference Chair 2019: Julie Staggers [Washington State University, USA][3]
  • Local Chair 2019: Sarah Read [Portland State University, USA][3]
  • Local Chair 2019: Lars Soderlund [Western Oregon University, USA][3]
  • Program Chair 2019: Tim Amidon [Colorado State University, USA][3]
  • Program Chair 2019: Ehren Pflugfelder [Oregon State University, USA][3]
  • Program Chair 2019: Dan Richards [Old Dominion University, USA][3]
  • Microsoft Student Research Chair: Jason Swarts [North Carolina State University, USA][3]
  • Microsoft Student Research Chair: Sonia Stephens [University of Central Florida, USA][3]
  • Sponsorship Chair: Jordan Frith [University of North Texas, USA][3]
  • Accessibility Chair: Sean Zdenek [University of Delaware, USA][3]
  • Communications Manager: Luke Thominet [Florida International University, USA][2]
  • Website Manager: Adam Strantz [Miami University of Ohio, USA][2]
  • Social Media Manager: Jason Tham [University of Minnesota, USA][2]
  • Student Representative: Allegra Smith [Purdue University, USA][2]
  • Member at Large: Natasha Jones [University of Central Florida, USA][2]
  • Member at Large: Brian Ballentine [West Virginia University, USA][2]
  • Organizational Liaison: (ATTW, IEEE, CPTSC, etc.): Lisa Meloncon [University of Cincinnati, USA][2]
  • Health and Medical Communication Liaison: Kirk St. Amant [Louisiana Tech University, USA][2]
  • Chair of EuroSIGDOC: Manuela Aparicio [ISCTE-IUL, Portugal][2]


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

Rigo Awards

The Rigo Award is presented to an individual for a lifetime of significant work in the design of communication. Rigo Awards are given every other year, during even-numbered years. This award is named after Joseph Rigo, the founder of SIGDOC.[4]

Previous winners include the following:

Diana Awards

The Diana Award is given every other year, during odd-numbered years, to an organization which has collectively made an impact on the field. This award is named after Diana Patterson, a past chair for SIGDOC.[4]

Previous winners include the following:

Career Advancement Research Grant

Year Name Title
2019 Eda Ozyesilpinar and Victor Del Hierro[10] Participatory Communication Design of Mapping Borderlands: Decolonizing Cartographic Information Design and Creating a Participatory Mapping Interface
2019 Kristin Bivens and Candice A. Welhausen[10] Improving the Design of Visual Risk Communication through a Content Analysis of a Crowdsourced Public Health App’s Existing User Comments
2017 Laura Gonzalez Designing a Multilingual User Experience Research Center to Support Language Accessibility in a Binational Community
2017 Daniel Richards and Sonia Stephens Story Mapping and Sea Level Rise: Bringing a Global Risk Home

Student Research Competition

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

Year Type Place Name School Title
2018 Graduate 1 David Mueller[11] North Carolina State University Actions and Strategies: A Verbal Data Analysis of Phishing Emails.
2018 Graduate 2 Jason Tham[11] University of Minnesota Learning from Making: A Design Challenge in Technical Writing and Communication
2018 Graduate 3 Yeqing Kong[11] North Carolina State University Constructing Artificial Intelligence in Newspaper: A Cross-Cultural Analysis in the US and China
2018 Undergraduate 1 Tyler William Black[11] University of Waterloo Cross-Disciplinary Instructional Design and Communication
2017 Graduate 1 Allegra Smith Purdue University Can you Hear Me Now? Revaluing Listening's Role in User Research Practice.
2017 Graduate 2 Jennifer Pierre University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Examining Wrong Planet: An analysis of design characteristics for computer-mediated-communication among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
2017 Graduate 3 John Fallon UMass Amherst Linking Heterogeneous Datasets for Visualization and Situational Awareness
2017 Undergraduate 1 Jenny Yao and Hannah Wei MIT Creating Better-Informed Consumers and Reducing Dark Pattern Tendencies Through Improved Terms of Service Solutions
2017 Undergraduate 2 Megan Smith Purdue University A Pinch of Salt. A Hint of Disaster
2017 Undergraduate 3 Alexis Scott Georgia Institute of Technology The "Continuous Course Lab" in the Tech Comm Classroom
2016 Graduate 1 Chris Lindgren Understanding Big Data Processing as Designing Provisional Texts
2016 Undergraduate 1 Erin Campbell Participatory Museums: The User Experience of Creative Agents
2016 Graduate 2 Arthur Berger Commercial Proposal Collaborative Writing Practices
2016 Undergraduate 2 Leslie Simms Balancing the Equation of Undergraduate Research: The Importance of Reading, Learning, and Presentation Stability in the Success of STEM Laboratories
2016 Graduate 3 John Sherrill Teaching Documentation Through 3D Printing and Instructables
2016 Undergraduate 3 Tommy Truong and Eric Martin Virtual Reality in Pedagogy

Annual conference

SIGDOC - ACM International Conference on Design of Communication.

Year Date Nr Venue City Country Notes
SIGDOC 2019 Oct 4-6 37 Portland State University Portland, Oregon United States [3]
SIGDOC 2018 Aug 3-5 36 Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States [12]
SIGDOC 2017 Aug 11-13 35 Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Canada [13]
SIGDOC 2016 Sept 23-24 34 Washington, D.C.[14] United States
SIGDOC 2015 July 15-17 33 University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland[15] Ireland
SIGDOC 2014 Sept 27-28 32 Colorado Springs, Colorado[16] United States
SIGDOC 2013 Sept 30-Oct 1 31 East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina[17] United States
SIGDOC 2012 Oct 3-5 30 Seattle, Washington[18] United States
SIGDOC 2011 Oct 3-5 29 Pisa, Tuscany Italy [19]
SIGDOC 2010 Sep 26-29 28 Sao Carlos Brazil
SIGDOC 2009 Oct 5-7 27 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana United States
SIGDOC 2008 Sep 22-24 26 ISCTE Lisbon Portugal [20]
SIGDOC 2007 Oct 22-24 25 University of Texas - El Paso El Paso, Texas United States
SIGDOC 2006 Oct 18-20 24 Coastal Carolina University Myrtle Beach, South Carolina United States
SIGDOC 2005 Sep 21-23 23 Coventry, England United Kingdom
SIGDOC 2004 Oct 10-13 22 University of Memphis Memphis, Tennesse United States
SIGDOC 2003 Oct 12-15 21 San Francisco, California United States
SIGDOC 2002 Oct 20-23 20 Toronto, Ontario Canada
SIGDOC 2001 Oct 21-24 19 Santa Fe, New Mexico United States
SIGDOC 2000 Sep 24-27 18 Boston, Massachusetts United States held with IEEE IPCC.
SIGDOC 1999 Sep 12-14 17 New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Conference Chairs
Conference Chairs
Year Name Institution Location Notes
2018 Tammy Rice-Bailey Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States [12]
2018 Nadya Shalamova Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States [12]
2017 Rebekka Andersen University of California, Davis Davis, California, United States [13]
2016 Douglas Walls North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, United States [14]
2016 Michael Trice Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States [14]
2015 Kathie Gossett Iowa State University (ISU) Ames, Iowa, United States [15]
2014 Kathie Gossett Iowa State University (ISU) Ames, Iowa, United States [16]
2013 Michael Albers East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina, United States [21]
2012 Mark Zachry University of Washington Seattle, Washington, United States
Chapters' events

Former Chairs

SIGDOC's former chairs include:


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n [1] SIGDOC Board
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k [2] Official 2019 Conference site
  4. ^ a b "SIGDOC Rigo and Diana Awards". web.mit.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  5. ^ "Brazilian Researcher Wins Coveted Rigo Award". Microsoft Research. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  6. ^ "Spyridakis receives Rigo Award". Human Centered Design & Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Washington (UW). 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  7. ^ "Rebekka Andersen Chairs SIGDOC 2017 and Presents Workshops on State of Education in Technical Communication". UC Davis, Writing Program.
  8. ^ {http://sigdoc.acm.org/blog/2019/05/16/2019-rigo-award-winner-announced/]2019 Rigo Announcement
  9. ^ LL&C Receives ACM SIGDOC Diana Award. August 16, 1999. Copyright 1996-2013 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
  10. ^ a b [3] 2019 Career Advancement Awards Announcement
  11. ^ a b c d [4] List of 2018 SRC Winners
  12. ^ a b c [5] Official 2018 Conference site.
  13. ^ a b [6]. Official 2017 Conference site.
  14. ^ a b c [7] Official 2016 Conference site
  15. ^ a b [8] Official 2015 Conference site
  16. ^ a b [9] Official 2014 Conference site
  17. ^ [10]. Official 2013 Conference site.
  18. ^ 2012 ACM SIGDOC Conference. Official website of the Austin, Texas chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.
  19. ^ Aristidis Protopsaltis, Nicolas Spyratos, Carlos J. Costa,Carlo Meghini (Eds.): Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2011, Pisa, Italy, October 03 - 05 2011. ACM 2011.
  20. ^ Henrique O'Neill, Manuela Aparicio, Carlos J. Costa, Aristidis Protopsaltis (Eds.): Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2008, Lisbon, Portugal, September 22-24, 2008. ACM 2008.
  21. ^ [11] Official 2013 Conference site
  22. ^ Carlos J. Costa, Manuela Aparicio (Eds.): ISDOC 2013 International Conference on Information Systems and Design of Communication, ISDOC '13, Lisboa, Portugal, July 11–12, 2013. ACM 2013, ISBN 978-1-4503-2299-7

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