The Rigo Award is named after Joseph Rigo, the founder of SIGDOC. The award celebrates an individual’s lifetime contribution to the field of communication design. Since 2004, Rigo Awards have been given every other year, during even-numbered years.
Nominations for the Rigo Award are considered carefully by the SIGDOC Executive Board (elected and appointed members), and the final recipients are determined in a series of run-off votes. Winners are announced at the SIGDOC conference.
Since 1988, the Rigo Award has been given to the following people:
- 2016: Jan Spyridakis, for her pioneering work as a UX researcher in assessing how the design of online information affects users; and using online tools and information to support leadership and advancement of women in science and engineering. She has been described as most prolific experimental researcher with the largest number of published research articles in the last 20 years of technical communication journals. An accomplished scholar and teacher, Dr. Spyridakis is also well known as a mentor in her field and regularly and selflessly helps students and faculty alike focus their research projects and navigate the intricacies of professional life in academia and industry.
- 2014: Patricia Sullivan, for her outstanding contributions to the field of technical communication, her mentorship of several generations of scholars and practitioners, and her leadership in the Women in Technical Communication group. She is the author of several ground-breaking books, including Electronic Literacies in the Workplace (co-edited with Jennie Dautermann), Opening Spaces (co-authored with James Porter), Professional Writing Online (co-authored with James Porter and Johndan Johnson-Eilola), and Technology, Labor, and Writing(co-edited with Pamela Takayoshi).
- 2012: Gerhard Fischer, for his research on new conceptual frameworks and new media for learning, working, and collaborating; human-computer interaction; design; domain oriented design environments; distributed cognition; universal design (assistive technologies); and socio-technical environments.
- 2010: Maria Cecilia Calani Baranauskas and Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza, for their contributions to human-computer interaction issues including participatory design, collaborative and mobile learning systems, and semiotic engineering.
- 2008: Susanne Bødker and Pelle Ehn: Bødker for her contributions to participatory design, computer-supported cooperative work and human-computer interaction; Ehn for his contributions to participatory design and in bridging design and information technology.
- 2006: Dixie Goswami and Carolyn R. Miller, for their contributions to technical communication research, theory, and pedagogy.
- 2004: Alan Cooper, author of About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum.
- 2003: JoAnn Hackos, for contributions to the field of documentation and usability.
- 2002: Stephen Doheny-Farina, Clarkson University Professor of Technical Communications, for his professional contributions in the field of technical communications.
- 2001: Don Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things and The Invisible Computer.
- 2000: Barbara Mirel, for leadership in the field of technical communication in usability, human factors, and instructional writing.
- 1999: Terry Winograd, for grounding human needs and consequences of human-computer interactions (credit spratley at dresshead), productively complicating rationalistic traditions in computer science, and providing important new research directions in our field.
- 1998: Patricia Wright, for research on document design and readable writing.
- 1997: Tom Landauer, for research on the human-computer vocabulary problem and SuperBook.
- 1996: Ben Shneiderman, for research on human-computer interaction.
- 1995: Janice Redish, for research on document design and usability.
- 1994: John Carroll, for research on minimalist documentation.
- 1993: Jay Bolter, author of Writing Space.
- 1992: Ed Tufte, author of Envisioning Information, for research on visual design.
- 1991: John Chapline, author of the original ENIAC and UNIVAC user manuals.
- 1990: Bill Horton, author of Designing and Writing Online Documentation.
- 1989: Edmond Weiss, author of How to Write a Usable User Manual.
- 1988: John Brockmann, for research on writing computer user documentation.