The Diana Award is named after Diana Patterson, past President of SIGDOC for three terms (1980-1989). The award is given to an organization, institution, or business for their long-term contribution to the field of communication design. Since 2005, Diana Awards have been given every other year, alternating with the Rigo Award.

Nominations for the Diana Award are considered carefully by the SIGDOC Executive Committee. Any SIGDOC member can submit a nomination (self-nominations welcome) to be put on the ballot by sending an email to at least eight (8) months prior to the next conference. All nominations are voted upon by the Executive Committee. Winners are announced at the subsequent SIGDOC conference.

Since 1994, the Diana Award has been given to the following organizations: