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Design Writing Resources from Design Incubation
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Title/Name/What is itDescriptionURLPDF if applicable Notes
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Digital Tools for Writing and Organization
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***Recommended***ScrivenerWe are Literature & Latte, a software company founded by writers for writers. Everything we do is born of a passion for bringing together processes familiar to writers in new and exciting ways. What if moving index cards on a corkboard changed the structure of your manuscript? What if you could move notes around on an infinite sheet of paper?https://www.literatureandlatte.com/introducing-scrivener-3
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GrammerlyCompose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant.https://www.grammarly.com/
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Hemmingway AppThis app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.https://hemingwayapp.com/
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Pro Writing AidA grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.https://prowritingaid.com/
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PocketBuild a home for everything that interests you. Add the Pocket button to your browser to collect articles, videos, and links from across the web. Use our app to enjoy them on any device in a distraction-free environment.https://getpocket.com/explore?src=navbar
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EvernoteEvernote helps you capture ideas and find them fast. Works on multiple devices.https://evernote.com/
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NotionNotion is an application that provides components such as notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders.https://www.notion.so/
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Citation info and online tools
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**Recommended**Purdue University Writing LabWelcome to the Purdue OWL. We offer free resources including Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/chicago_manual_17th_edition/cmos_formatting_and_style_guide/chicago_manual_of_style_17th_edition.html / OR https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html
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MendeleyCitation Plugin. Mendeley has plug-ins for Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX. We cover thousands of citation styles and you can even create your own. Find out more.https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide
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Ottobib.comOttoBib: Make a bibliography or works cited with just an ISBN. It's free, easy and FASThttps://www.ottobib.com/
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Scrobbr.comCreate accurate APA citations for freehttps://www.scribbr.com/apa-citation-generator/
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**Recommended**ZoteroZotero is a free, open-source research tool that helps you collect, organize, and analyze research and share it in a variety of ways.https://www.zotero.org/about/
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How to Write Journal Articles
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***Highly recommended***Writing Your Journal Article in 12 WeeksWendy Laura Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success is a revolutionary approach to enabling academic authors to overcome their anxieties and produce the publications that are essential to succeeding in their fields. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. This invaluable resource is the only guide that focuses specifically on publishing humanities and social science journal articles.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/xueZDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1
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Article Ranking Design Journals
Quality perceptions of design journals: The design scholars’ perspective
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0142694X1100069X
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How to Write Abstracts ( for conferences)
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Academic Abstract Outline Wizard by Design IncubationThe Abstract Outline tool aims to help in the development of an academic abstract. This widget will generate an outline and can be used as you develop a thoughtful and cogent abstract for a conference presentation or other venue.https://designincubation.com/abstract-wizard/
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Quick Start Guide for Writing Abstracts by Design IncubationThe following document is a practical quickstart guide for writing an academic research abstract in the field of communication design.https://designincubation.com/publications/white-papers/quick-start-guide-for-writing-abstracts/
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Peer Review Info
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Basics of Peer Review for Communication Design Scholarship by Design IncubationThis white paper focuses on the basics of peer review for the following types of work: abstracts, books, grant proposals, journal article manuscripts, as well as papers, creative projects, and documentation of teaching submitted for conferences and symposia.https://designincubation.com/publications/white-papers/basics-of-peer-review-for-communication-design-scholarship/
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Advice to Authors Navigating Peer Review by Design IncubationPlanning for a successful submission can help you identify where to publish and how to set yourself up for success.https://designincubation.com/publications/white-papers/advice-to-authors-navigating-peer-review/
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Permissions / Image Rights
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Permissions, A Survival GuideArt historians, artists, and anyone who wants to use the images of others will find themselves awash in byzantine legal terms, constantly evolving copyright law, varying interpretations by museums and estates, and despair over the complexity of the whole situation. Here, on a white—not a high—horse, Susan Bielstein offers her decades of experience as an editor working with illustrated books. In doing so, she unsnarls the threads of permissions that have ensnared scholars, critics, and artists for years.https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo4087193.html
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CAA's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Artshttps://cmsimpact.org/code/fair-use-for-the-visual-arts/
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General Advice / Tools on How to Write
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Writing for the Design Mind"Becoming a designer takes a huge amount of time and education. With so many skills to learn, many people never get the chance to master the one skill that can give them a real advantage in business or academia: They never learn to write well.”https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Design-Mind-Natalia-Ilyin-ebook/dp/B07PFHVSWF/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=design+writing&qid=1590093586&sr=8-2
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How to Write 1000 words (video) Watch a bestselling author Scott Berkun write an essay in 30x normal speed, with commentary explaining the techniques and tricks he uses.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDEDWwZyKM
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750 Words / Tool / Community It's about learning a new habit: Writing. Every. Day.https://750words.com/
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Several Short Sentences About Writing (book)An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/93789/several-short-sentences-about-writing-by-verlyn-klinkenborg/
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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (book)In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.https://www.amazon.com/Sense-Style-Thinking-Persons-Writing/dp/0143127799
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (book)An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come.https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Some-Instructions-Writing-Life/dp/0385480016
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zWrite No Matter What: Advice for AcademicsWith growing academic responsibilities, family commitments, and inboxes, scholars are struggling to fulfill their writing goals. A finished book—or even steady journal articles—may seem like an impossible dream. But, as Joli Jensen proves, it really is possible to write happily and productively in academe.https://www.amazon.com/Write-Matter-What-Academics-Publishing/dp/022646170X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=write+no+matter+what&qid=1641230397&sr=8-1
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Research For People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create)What is artistic research? What is a research document? How do these relate to the making process, invention, and creativity? What exactly is expected of me? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, then this book is for you.https://www.onomatopee.net/exhibition/research-for-people-who-think-they-would-rather-create/#publication_14006
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Where to find opportunities for writing, research, presentations
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ACM SIGGRAPHhttps://www.siggraph.org/
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AIGA Design Educators Community https://educators.aiga.org/
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CAA (College Art Association) https://www.collegeart.org/jobs-and-opportunities
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Design Incubationhttps://social.designincubation.com/
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Design History Society
https://www.designhistorysociety.org/conferences
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Design Research Society
https://www.designresearchsociety.org/cpages/conferences
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Design Studies Forumhttp://www.designstudiesforum.org/
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International Council of Designhttps://www.ico-d.org/about/index
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RGDhttps://www.rgd.ca/
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IASDSRhttps://www.iasdr.net/conferences/
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UCDAhttps://www.ucda.com/membership-programs/
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Words of Mouth https://www.wordsofmouth.org/
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Rhizomehttps://rhizome.org/community/
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SLSAhttps://www.litsciarts.org/
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Sample Documents Related to Writing
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Peer review Form
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Book Proposal Form
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Publishers Journals / Magazines
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Academic Journals
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Art Bulletin (by CAA)The Art Bulletin publishes leading scholarship in the English language in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions.https://www.collegeart.org/publications/art-bulletin
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Art Journal (by CAA)The mission of Art Journal, founded in 1941, is to provide a forum for scholarship and visual exploration in the visual arts.https://www.collegeart.org/publications/art-journal
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Design IssuesDesign Issues is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering design history, theory, and criticism.https://mitpressjournals.mit.edu/shop/journal/?issn=0747-9360
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Design and CultureDesign and Culture reflects the state of scholarship in the field of design and nurtures new or overlooked lines of inquiry that redefine our understanding of design.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfdc20/current
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Design Philosophy PapersDesign Philosophy Papers (DPP) exists to advance critical, philosophical engagement with design and ‘the world as designed’. It welcomes contributions from a variety of disciplines and a range of philosophical perspectives.https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfdp20
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Design and Technology EducationDesign and Technology Education: An International Journal is a research journal that uniquely provides a broad and inclusive platform for all aspects of Design and Technology Education, Design Education and Technology Education in primary, secondary and higher education sectors, initial teacher education (ITE) and continuous professional development (CPD).https://www.springer.com/journal/10798
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Dialectic (by AIGA) Dialectic seeks to publish scholarship, analytical study and criticism that will enlighten and inform a diverse audience of design educators engaged not only in classroom teaching experiences but also in differing forms of research and professional practice.https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/about
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Interiors: Design, Architecture, CultureInteriors: Design, Architecture, Culture brings together the best critical work on the analysis of all types of spaces.https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfin20
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Information Design JournalInformation Design Journal (IDJ) is a peer-reviewed international journal that bridges the gap between research and practice in information design.https://benjamins.com/catalog/idj
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International Journal of DesignThe International Journal of Design is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in all fields of design, including industrial design, visual communication design, interface design, animation and game design, architectural design, urban design, and other design related fields.http://www.ijdesign.org/index.php/IJDesign/index
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International Journal of Education through ArtThe International Journal of Education through Art [IJETA], is the English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education.The term ‘art education’ should be taken to include art, craft and design education.https://www.insea.org/publications/international-journal-education-through-art
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International Journal of Design Creativity and InnovationPublishes theoretical and practical research to inform an interdisciplinary approach within design creativity methods, theories and processes.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tdci20/current
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Journal of Design HistoryJournal of Design History is a leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history, as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.https://academic.oup.com/jdh
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Journal of Design ResearchJDR is an interdisciplinary journal, emphasising human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines.https://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=jdr
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Journal of Visual Political Communication (Journal)
Journal of Visual Political Communication (formerly known as The Poster) is a forum for debate about the ways in which visual devices are used to form opinion and sway, persuade, provoke, unite and divide us.
https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-visual-political-communication
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Leonardo: Art Science and TechnologyLeonardo is interested in work that crosses the artificial boundaries separating contemporary arts and sciences.https://www.leonardo.info/leonardo
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Message Journal Graphic Communication Design Research – Message is an international peer-reviewed journal. It explores, questions and challenges the nature and boundaries of Graphic Communication Design. Its values, roles, tools, practices, outputs, contexts and effects.
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/message-journal
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Plot - Parsons Design Studies Graduate student journalThe call for submissions for Plot(s) Volume VIII (8) is now open. Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies is an annual peer-reviewed publication, produced and edited at Parsons School of Designhttps://adht.parsons.edu/designstudies/plot/plots-journal-of-design-studies-call-for-submissions/
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Studies in Material ThinkingStudies in Material Thinking is a peer-reviewed international journal reporting on the work of artists, designers and writers.https://www.materialthinking.org/smt-research-communication-platform
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The Design JournalPublishes research on design management, theory, education, and practice in both cultural and commercial contexts, with direct impact on design knowledge.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfdj20/current
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West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material CultureFocusing on the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, West 86th provides a forum for new research into all aspects of the content, meaning, and significance of material objects in history.https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/wes/current
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Word and ImagePublishes articles focused exclusively on the relations between words and images from all historical periods and perspectives, both theoretical and practical.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/twim20/current
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Visible LanguageVisible Language is a peer-reviewed design journal that advocates the potential for the research and practice of visual communication to enhance the human experience. Published by the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati, Visible Language balances artfulness with science, innovation with respect for human patterns of use, evidence-based research with intuitive exploration,
and technology with humanity.https://visiblelanguage.herokuapp.com/
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Visual Communication, by Sage journalsVisual Communication provides an international forum for the growing body of work in numerous interrelated disciplines. Its broad coverage includes: still and moving images; graphic design and typography; visual phenomena such as fashion, professional vision, posture and interaction; the built and landscaped environment; the role of the visual in relation to language, music, sound and action.https://journals.sagepub.com/home/vcj
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Visual StudiesVisual Studies publishes visually-oriented articles and represents a commitment to empirical visual research and the studies of visual and material culture.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rvst20/current
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She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and InnovationShe Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal. We focus on economics and innovation, design process, and design thinking in today's complex socio-technical environment. We are an open access journal with no fees.https://www.editorialmanager.com/sheji/default1.aspx
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Trade Magazines
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Eyehttp://www.eyemagazine.com/
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Metropolishttps://www.metropolismag.com/
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Communication Artshttps://www.commarts.com/
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Print https://www.printmag.com/
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Juxtapozhttps://www.juxtapoz.com/
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Form Magazinehttp://www.formmagazine.com/en/
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Digital Arts (Tech / Software / Tutorial heavy)https://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/
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Layershttps://layersmagazine.com/
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3x3https://3x3mag.com/
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