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
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
Subscription Info
Current issue: 26:3, available as of August 2022

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 28 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 265.00
Volume 27 (2022): 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. 1‒26; 1979‒2021)
80 issues;
7,800 pp.
EUR 5,481.00 EUR 5,745.00
Volume 26 (2021) 3 issues; 300 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 260.00
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

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

6 December 2022

  • The power of information design in enhancing the organization of information and course material in an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
    Maria dos Santos Lonsdale , Xiaoxiao Qin , Yun Chen , Heather Green , Maha Algethami Jiawen Xu
  • 2 December 2022

  • “I learned it on the job” : Becoming a Data Visualization Professional in News Media
    Salomé Esteves Marco Neves
  • Immersive Architectures for Visual Data Literacy
    Dario Rodighiero , Eveline Wandl-Vogt , Elian Carsenat , Jules Döring , Oliver Elias , Michaela Fragner Stepha Farkashazy
  • 21 November 2022

  • Visualising vapours : Graphical representation of Covid-19 transmission
    Will Stahl-Timmins
  • Effects of changes in spacing on dual-script sign legibility : The role of vertical connecting spacing in bilingual (Chinese-English) traffic signs
    Yuchan Zhang Jeanne-Louise Moys
  • 17 November 2022

  • Isotype of the conquest : Pictographic numeracy in sixteenth-century colonial México
    María del Mar Navarro
  • 10 November 2022

  • Surprise machines : Revealing Harvard Art Museums’ image collection
    Dario Rodighiero , Lins Derry , Douglas Duhaime , Jordan Kruguer , Maximilian C. Mueller , Christopher Pietsch , Jeffrey T. Schnapp , Jeff Steward metaLAB
  • 7 November 2022

  • Seeing what is not shown : Combining visualization critique and design to surface the limitations in data
    Nicole Hengesbach , Greg J. McInerny João Porto de Albuquerque
  • Communicating qualitative uncertainty in data visualization : Two cases from within the digital humanities
    Georgia Panagiotidou Andrew Vande Moere
  • A dynamic topography for visualizing time and space in fictional literary texts
    Andrew Richardson Duncan Hay
  • “This figure could be better, but how?” : Advancing design critique in STEM research labs
    Vassilissa Semouchkina , Yeechi Chen , Kevin Larson Karen Cheng
  • 25 October 2022

  • Instructions for COVID-19 self-tests : What parts of the test are the most difficult to get right and how can information design help?
    Sue Walker , Josefina Bravo , Al Edwards , Julie Hart Gemma Little
  • 14 October 2022

  • JPL/Caltech ArtCenter : Towards a collaborative methodology for interactive scientific data visualization
    Maggie Hendrie , Hillary Mushkin , Santiago Lombeyda Scott Davidoff
  • 3 October 2022

  • Applications of the Document Towers method of representing document structures
    Vlad Atanasiu
  • 4 August 2022

  • Designing pension communication : Lessons from the medical domain
    Jelle Strikwerda , Bregje Holleman Hans Hoeken | IDJ 26:3 (2021) pp. 260–281
  • 14 July 2022

  • From pen to movable type : Teaching typography as an experience
    Christopher Hammerschmidt Dominique Leite Adam | IDJ 26:3 (2021) pp. 237–259
  • 15 June 2022

  • The effects of different narrative structures in public service announcements on transportation and counterarguing
    Perina Siegenthaler , Andreas Fahr Alexander Ort | IDJ 26:3 (2021) pp. 216–236
  • 23 May 2022

  • End-User License Agreements (EULAs) : Investigating the impact of human-centered design on perceived usability, attitudes, and anticipated behavior
    Jonathan D. Ericson , William S. Albert , Benjamin P. Bernard Elizabeth Brown | IDJ 26:3 (2021) pp. 193–215
  • 15 April 2022

  • Simplification of pharmaceutical pictograms to improve visual acuity
    Pia Pedersen , Chiron Oderkerk Sofie Beier | IDJ 26:3 (2021) pp. 175–192
  • 27 January 2022

  • Editorial : Hello from your new editor
    IDJ 26:2 (2021) pp. 89–90
  • 20 December 2021

  • An interview with Joanna Suau from Infobip on the design of application programming interface (API) documentation
    Thomas Bohm | IDJ 26:2 (2021) p. 91
  • 7 December 2021

  • Generous and inviting interfaces revisited : Examples of designing visual structures for digital archives
    Sarah Oberbichler , Katharina Gallner-Holzmann Theo Hug | IDJ 26:2 (2021) pp. 157–174
  • 1 December 2021

  • Utilising design principles to improve the perception and effectiveness of public health infographics
    Matthew Baxter , Maria dos Santos Lonsdale Stephen Westland | IDJ 26:2 (2021) pp. 124–156
  • 13 September 2021

  • Perceptions about the design of informational materials used in the fight against COVID-19 in Portugal and Brazil
    Cláudia Renata Mont’Alvão , Emilia Duarte Julia Teles | IDJ 26:2 (2021) pp. 105–123
  • 19 July 2021

  • Dear readers
    IDJ 26:1 (2021) p. 1
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    Call for Papers

    IDJ Call for Papers

    Information Design in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Two years on since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of the virus still reverberate across almost every aspect of life. As society adjusts itself to a ‘new normal’, researchers from a wide range of areas all over the world have either joined forces in finding solutions to an unprecedent health crisis, investigating its effects or, in some cases, facing new challenges and finding new opportunities in their ways of doing research.

    This special issue of the Information Design Journal will be dedicated to papers addressing the contribution of Information Design in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    For the benefit of production efficiency, the publisher and the editor ask you to follow the following submission guidelines strictly. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author.

    The deadline to submit papers for this special call is 30 April 2022. Any submissions after this date will be returned to the author.


    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies


    Discourse studies

    Main BIC Subject

    AK: Industrial / commercial art & design

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies