Information Design Journal

Information Design Journal (IDJ) is a peer-reviewed international journal that bridges the gap between research and practice in information design.

IDJ is a platform for discussing and improving the design, usability, and overall effectiveness of ‘content put into form’ — of verbal and visual messages shaped to meet the needs of particular audiences. IDJ offers a forum for sharing ideas about the verbal, visual, and typographic design of print and online documents, multimedia presentations, illustrations, signage, interfaces, maps, quantitative displays, websites, and new media. IDJ brings together ways of thinking about creating effective communications for use in contexts such as workplaces, hospitals, airports, banks, schools, or government agencies. On the one hand, IDJ explores the design of information, with a focus on writing, the visual design, structure, format, and style of communications. On the other hand, IDJ seeks to better understand the ways that people understand, interpret, and use communications, with a focus on audiences, cultural differences, readers’ expectations, and differences between populations such as teenagers, elderly or the blind.

IDJ publishes research papers, case studies, critiques of information design and related theory, reviews of current literature, research-in-progress, interviews with thought leaders, discussions of practical problems, book reviews, and conference information. Contributions should be relevant to a multi-disciplinary audience from fields such as: communication design, writing, typography, discourse studies, applied linguistics, rhetoric, usability research, instructional design and graphic design. Contributions should be based on appropriate evidence and make clear their implications for practice.

IDJ publishes its articles Online First.

[Volumes 12 (2004) and 13 (2005) were published under the title Information Design Journal + Document Design]

ISSN 0142-5471 | E-ISSN 1569-979X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/idj
Sample issue: IDJ 22:3
Board
Editor-in-Chief
Maria dos Santos Lonsdale | University of Leeds, UK
Editors
Carel Jansen | University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Karen A. Schriver | KSA Document Design & Research, USA
David Sless | Communication Research Institute (CRI), Australia
Carla G. Spinillo | Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Editorial Manager
Francisco Queiroz | University of Leeds, UK
Editorial Associate
Mariangela Spinillo | University of Westminster, UK
Special Interest Editors
Max M. Louwerse | Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Oliver Wrede | Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Editorial Board
Gordon Akwera | Lab49, USA
Giuseppe Attoma Pepe | ATTOMA, France
Bibhudutta Baral | National Institute of Design (NID), India
John A. Bateman | Bremen University, Germany
Konrad Baumann | FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Vijay Bhatia | Macquarie University, Australia; University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Andrew Boag | BoagMcCann, UK
Jim Curran | Aegis Mobility Inc., Canada
Mary C. Dyson | The University of Reading, UK
Yuri Engelhardt | ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Lisa Ehrenstrasser | Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Wes Ervin | IIID vice-president, USA
Priscila Lena Farias | The University of São Paulo, Brazil
Tim Fendley | Applied Information Group, UK
Martin Fössleitner | High-Performance-Vienna, Austria
Jorge Frascara | University of Alberta, Canada
Regina Henze | Braunschweig University of Art, Germany
Ron Hofer | USEEDS/User Centred Thinking, Berlin, Germany
Nigel Holmes | Explanation graphics designer, USA
Robert E. Horn | Human Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR), Stanford University, USA
Yateendra Joshi | World Insitute of Sustainable Energy; Cactus Communications, India
Yo Kaminagai | RATP (Paris transport company), Paris, France
Dirk Knemeyer | Facio Inc., USA
Keiichi Koyama | i Design; Chiba University; Nagaoka Institute of Design, Japan
Robert Linsky | NEPS, LLC, USA
Richard E. Mayer | University of California, USA
Isabel Meirelles | OCAD University, Canada
Per Mollerup | Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Oslo National Academy of The Arts, Norway; Mollerup Designlab A/S, Denmark
Guillermina Noël | University of Alberta, Canada
Byungkeun Oh | Yonsei University, South Korea
Jay Rutherford | Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Andreas Schneider | Institute for Information Design Japan (IIDj), Japan
Michael Stoll | Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Robert O. Swinehart | Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Karel van der Waarde | AKV St Joost, Avans University, The Netherlands and Van der Waarde Design Research, Belgium
Sue Walker | The University of Reading, UK
Robert Waller | Simplification Center, UK
Wibke Weber | Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Subscription Info
Current issue: 25:3, available as of October 2020
Next issue: 26:1, expected July 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 27 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 260.00
Volume 26 (2021): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 260.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 75.00 (online‑only: EUR 70.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒25; 1979‒2019)
77 issues;
7,500 pp.
EUR 5,249.00 EUR 5,485.00
Volume 25 (2019) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 227.00 EUR 255.00
Volume 24 (2018) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 220.00 EUR 248.00
Volume 23 (2017) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 241.00
Volume 22 (2016) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 234.00
Volume 21 (2014) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 214.00 EUR 227.00
Volumes 1‒20 (1979‒2013) 3 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 208.00 each EUR 214.00 each
Issues

Volume 26 (2021)

Volume 25 (2019)

Volume 24 (2018)

Volume 23 (2017)

Volume 22 (2016)

Volume 21 (2014)

Volume 20 (2013)

Volume 19 (2011)

Volume 18 (2010)

Volume 17 (2009)

Volume 16 (2008)

Volume 15 (2007)

Volume 14 (2006)

Volume 13 (2005)

Volume 12 (2004)

Volume 11 (2002/03)

Volume 10 (2000/01)

Volume 9 (1998/00)

Volume 8 (1995/96)

Volume 7 (1993/94)

Volume 6 (1990/91)

Volume 5 (1986-89)

Volume 4 (1984-86)

Volume 3 (1982/83)

Volume 2 (1981)

Volume 1 (1979/80)

Latest articles

10 May 2021

  • An eye-tracking study examining information search in transit maps : Using China’s high-speed railway map as a case study
    Zheng Wang , Maria dos Santos Lonsdale & Vien Cheung | IDJ 26:1 (2021)
  • 28 April 2021

  • Increased letter spacing and greater letter width improve reading acuity in low vision readers
    Sofie Beier , Chiron A. T. Oderkerk , Birte Bay & Michael Larsen | IDJ 26:1 (2021)
  • Beat Bad Microbes : Raising public awareness of antibiotic resistance in Rwanda
    Sue Walker , Manjula Halai , Rachel Warner & Josefina Bravo | IDJ 26:1 (2021)
  • 26 April 2021

  • Understanding the impact of supporting conceptual information design : Structure, externalizations and flexibility matter
    Sheila Pontis | IDJ 26:1 (2021)
  • 23 April 2021

  • An interview with Paul Jerome from Kent County Council on easy read
    Thomas Bohm | IDJ 26:1 (2021)
  • 22 October 2020

  • Information design and multimodality : New possibilities for engagement across theory and practice
    John A. Bateman | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 249–257
  • Information design from my window
    Jorge Frascara | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 334–347
  • Uncle George’s illustrated map
    Nigel Holmes | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 330–333
  • Designing animated information graphics : Challenges and opportunities
    Richard Lowe | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 300–306
  • Instructional design as a form of information design
    Richard E. Mayer | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 258–263
  • ID practice and theory
    Rune Pettersson | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 242–248
  • The DNA of information design for charts and diagrams
    Clive Richards & Yuri Engelhardt | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 277–292
  • Visual communication design : Caught between two stools
    Peter Simlinger | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 314–324
  • IDJ at my side
    David Sless | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 325–329
  • Learning from Vernon’s Isotype test : A design history footnote
    Robert Waller | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 264–276
  • Change is not the only constant
    Patricia Wright | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 293–299
  • Information about medicines in Europe : Considering possible principles?
    Karel van der Waarde | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 307–313
  • IDJ retrospective : Looking back at 40 years of Information Design Journal
    Carla G. Spinillo & Claudio H. Silva | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 237–241
  • Information design/visualization and IDJ : An interview with Aaron Marcus
    Carla G. Spinillo | IDJ 25:3 (2019) pp. 348–354
  • 7 July 2020

  • The visual organization of handwriting : Teaching elementary practices of information design in Brazilian primary schools
    Renata Cadena & Solange Coutinho | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 157–170
  • Pervasive and perplexing pies : Our evolving relationship with a data display genre
    Charles Kostelnick | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 192–213
  • Information design for bowel cancer detection : The impact of using information visualisation to help patients prepare for colonoscopy screening
    Maria dos Santos Lonsdale , Li-Chin Ni , Chenyi Gu & Maureen Twiddy | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 125–156
  • Information, typography and persuasion in Brazilian late 19th and early 20th century ephemera
    Fabio Mariano Cruz Pereira & Priscila Lena Farias | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 171–191
  • Editorial
    Carla G. Spinillo | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 123–124
  • An interview with Anne-Marie Chisnall from Write on plain English and information design
    Thomas Bohm | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 222–236
  • An interview with Barbra Kingsley from Kleimann Communication Group on information design
    Thomas Bohm | IDJ 25:2 (2019) pp. 214–221
  • 16 March 2020

  • Feeling numbers : The emotional impact of proximity techniques in visualization
    Sarah Campbell & Dietmar Offenhuber | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 71–86
  • Dendrochronology of U.S. immigration
    Pedro Cruz , John Wihbey , Avni Ghael , Felipe Shibuya & Stephen Costa | IDJ 25:1 (2019) p. 6
  • Design as externalization : Enabling research
    Stephen Boyd Davis & Olivia Vane | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 28–42
  • Belief at first sight : Data visualization and the rationalization of seeing
    Doris Kosminsky , Jagoda Walny , Jo Vermeulen , Søren Knudsen , Wesley Willett & Sheelagh Carpendale | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 43–55
  • Who wants to be a self-driving car? A mixed-reality data-trust exercise
    Joey Lee , Benedikt Groß & Raphael Reimann | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 21–27
  • Gaps between the digits : On the fleshy unknowns of the human
    Romi Ron Morrison | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 56–70
  • Designing bowel preparation patient instructions to improve colon cancer detection : Evidence-based design criteria for patients’ documents
    Guillermina Noël , Jorge Frascara & Clarence Wong | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 110–121
  • The evolution of the elevator pictogram : Pointing out trends for the future
    Sibylle Schlaich & Anita Meier-Walter | IDJ 25:1 (2019) p. 87
  • Pragmatic evaluation of The BMJ’s visual abstracts
    Will Stahl-Timmins , Jonathan Black & Paul Simpson | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 101–109
  • Editorial : Information+ 2018 Conference
    Marian Dörk & Isabel Meirelles | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 3–5
  • Introduction : On the representational competence of images, texts and schematic elements
    Carla G. Spinillo | IDJ 25:1 (2019) pp. 1–2
  • Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: idjeditorial at gmail.com

    Subjects

    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Linguistics

    Discourse studies

    Main BIC Subject

    AK: Industrial / commercial art & design

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies