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.

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

ISSN 0142-5471 | E-ISSN 1569-979X
Sample issue: IDJ 22:3
Maria dos Santos Lonsdale | University of Leeds, UK
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
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Current issue: 25:3, available as of October 2020

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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)


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


Communication Studies

Communication Studies


Discourse studies

Main BIC Subject

AK: Industrial / commercial art & design

Main BISAC Subject

LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies