DESIGNABILITIES Design Research Journal is an international open-access journal established since 2009, managed and edited by Tom Bieling. We collect, document, announce, review and critically discuss projects, theories, methods, pedagogies and phenomena within the range of design, art, architecture, science, technology, politics, philosophy, history, urbanism, activism, migration, gender, inclusion and pop culture. Through a variety of formats, such as articles, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, case studies, announcements, reports (conferences, lectures, exhibitions), as well as short stories, poems, video and photo documentation, we develop and initiate debate through traditional and non-traditional forms of (non-/scientific) publication including visual and audio data. This also includes the transdisciplinary discussion on the progress of our own research projects.
DESIGNABILITIES is concerned with the epistemic potentials of design research, as well as with the question of which ways and practices of knowledge production we can develop and apply in and beyond the design disciplines. This also involves a critical examination concerning the role of design(ers) in relation to societal conditions and hegemonies, and the search for ways to make these visible and transformable.
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DESIGNABILITIES is an internationally peer assessed journal which welcomes submissions from designers, researchers, artists, academics, curators and critics which seek to engage with all areas of research for, about or through design. Submissions may take the form of analytical or polemical essays, interviews, reports and reviews as well as audio, visual or text-based artworks which seek to address issues in / or are the outcomes of design research, -practice or -theory. We also welcome interdisciplinary articles which address questions in the context of philosophy, politics, science and the humanities.
DESGINABILITIES seeks contributions that investigate and challenge the ways design shapes lives, for instance in terms of how design reproduces or triggers systems of power, oppression and inequality. We seek contributions that help our readers to stay informed on cross-disciplinary debates related to urgent social, political, and environmental issues. And we welcome works that critically address the politics of knowledge production within and beyond the academy.
Written submissions should normally not exceed 4000 words (or 1500 words for position papers) and be submitted as Word attachments. Abstracts of about 100 words should be included. If you are intending to submit experimental text formats, pictorials / visual essays, audio or visual artwork for consideration please contact editors in advance with an outline of your proposal and its relation to your practice and research.
Submissions should be sent to the chief-editor.
DESIGNABILITIES Design Research Journal ensures that all research output is thoroughly peer reviewed, respectively will include extensive editorial review and revisions. All submissions considered for publication by editors will be forwarded for peer review by nominated assessors of each issue (external reviewers and members of the Editorial Board). In this process, the authorship, anonymity is ensured. For more information, visit our peer review policy. For ethical guidance, visit our code of conduct.
DESIGNABILITIES Design Research Journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange and democratization of knowledge. No article submission, processing or publication fees are charged.
DESIGNABILITIES Design Research Journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement. To refer to an article, citation information can be found at the end of each paper.
Design Research Journal
ISSN 2511-6274 (Online)
ISSN 2700-5992 (Journal)
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