AIGA Scholarly Journal Examines the Pandemic, Talks Design Thinking, and Looks at Ways to Support Students’ Mental Health


March 01, 2022

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Dialectic, AIGA's esteemed scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in and around the discipline of visual communication, returns

New York, NY—AIGA, the professional association for design, is pleased to announce the publication of Dialectic, Volume III, Issue I Winter 2021/2022. This issue marks the return of the scholarly journal to the design education and thought leadership space. 

Dialectic is the official scholarly journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). It is a fully open access journal devoted to the critical examination of issues connected to that affect design education, research, and inquiry as they affect the practice of design and the critical inquiry that informs it. The journal publishes scholarship, analytical study and criticism that enlightens and informs a diverse audience of design educators, practitioners and collaborators who engage  in differing forms of teaching, research and professional practice.

“Dialectic provides a rigorously peer-reviewed forum for those working across the design education, research, and practice landscapes to share new knowledge they’ve created and discovered with an ever-increasing array of peers, potential collaborators and scholars. It also plays an essential role in elevating the perception of the unique decision-making processes that guide design as being vital to advancing positive socio-cultural, economic, public policy and technological change,” said Michael R. Gibson, Dialectic’s co-managing editor and producer.  

In this issue of Dialectic:

Theoretical Speculation: Design Exploration as a Research Discovery Phase: Integrating the Graduate Design Thesis with Research in the Social Sciences, by Matthew Peterson

Research Paper: Design Thinking? Thank an Engineer, (listen to the audio version) by Steven McCarthy 

Research Paper: From the Observable to the Explorable: Investigating Creative Research in Design as a Means for Guiding Critical Action, by Brooke Chornyak and Tania Allen

Visual Essay With Accompanying Prose: Processing the Pandemic, by Meaghan A. Dee

A Case Study Report Contextualized Within A Position Paper: Examining the Influence of Positionality on the Facilitation of Design Processes, by Terresa Moses and Lisa Elzey Mercer

Long-Form Case Study Report: Supporting Student Mental Health in an Information Design Class by Employing Approaches Derived from Positive Psychology, by Yvette Shen

Critical Book Reviews: Collaboration in Design Education, review by Meaghan A. Dee and Jessica Jacobs

“Congratulations to the editors, writers, and the design educators community on the return of Dialectic,” said AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson. “This journal is an important publication in the design education space and I’m glad that we are once more able to share it with the larger community.”  

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About AIGA
AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. 


About AIGA Design Educators Community
The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels while supporting the fundamental mission of AIGA.


About Dialectic
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. 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.