our aims & scope

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. The journal's advisory and editorial boards recognize that design education, along with design research and professional practice, exist in relationships that are now broadly informed by theoretical frameworks and applications of knowledge derived from the social and applied sciences, the humanities, and other professions such as business, education, information technology and media studies. The outcomes of these synergies often result in the invention, discovery, understanding, and dissemination of new knowledge, innovation, and best practices.

Because of the heterogeneous makeup of Dialectic's targeted readership, and their respective educational realities and career goals, the journal welcomes submissions of varying types and focus that address differing topics, issues, and interests. On occasion, Dialectic will operate calls for submissions that address particular issues and themes that its Editorial and Advisory Boards feel are relevant and pertinent for its readership to examine more closely.

Dialectic is open access, double-blind-peer reviewed, and the official journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). Our open access policy means that all articles and visual narratives are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Non-commercial use and distribution in any medium is permitted, provided the author and the journal are properly credited.

Benefits of open access for authors include but are not limited to:

  • Free access for all users from across the world
  • All authors and creators of visual narratives retain copyright to their work
  • Overall visibility and readership of the work Dialectic publishes is increased

Published articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, which permits anyone to download, copy, distribute, or display the full text without asking for permission, provided that the creator(s)/author(s) are given full credit, no derivative works are created, and the work is not used for commercial purposes.

Authors do not pay fees to publish in Dialectic, and they retain intellectual copyrights for their work.