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The inaugural issue of “Dialectic”—the new scholarly journal of the AIGA DEC—has been launched!

April 2, 2017 / Michael R. Gibson
Introducing Dialectic

The entirety of the contents of Volume 1, Issue 01 (V1, I1) of Dialectic, the new, fully open access scholarly journal administrated by the AIGA Design Educators’ Community, can be viewed in full at:

http://www.dialectic.aiga.org

A printed version of Dialectic is also available for $19.99 on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607854155

Each of the pieces that has been published in Dialectic V1, I1—their titles and author’s names appear below—may be read or viewed in full online by navigating to the URL listed above and then clicking on the “CONTENTS” box in the upper right corner of Dialectic’s home page. Additionally, each of these pieces may be freely downloaded in .pdf form by anyone in the world who has a viable internet connection and electricity.

The Table of Contents for Dialectic’s inaugural issue is located at:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.1*?rgn=full+text

The content of Dialectic is organized in three sections: “Front Matter,” “The Feature Well,” and “Back Matter.”

The Front Matter section contains the following:

It’s time to stir the pot… An Introductory Letter from Dialectic’s Managing Editor and its Producer by Michael R. Gibson and Keith M. Owens

Journaling through the Back Door by Steven McCarthy

A New North American Design Research Organization by John Zimmerman, Carlos Teixeira, Erik Stolterman and Jodi Forlizzi

The Feature Well section contains the following:

The Concept of the Design Discipline by Paul A. Rodgers and Craig Bremner

First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making by Jessica Barness

Tip of the Icon: Examining Socially Symbolic Indexical Signage by Terry Dobson and Saeri Cho Dobson

On Web Brutalism and Contemporary Web Design by Aaron Ganci and Bruno Ribeiro

A Visual Essay: My Life as a Fake by Jenny Grigg

A Survey Paper: Doctoral Education in (Graphic) Design by Dori Griffin

A Position Paper: Defining Design Facilitation: Exploring and Advocating for New Strategic Leadership Roles for Designers and What These Mean for the Future of Design Education by Pamela Napier and Terri Wada

The Back Matter section contains the following book reviews:

Developing Citizen Designers by Elizabeth Resnick; reviewed by Ann McDonald

Leap Dialogues by Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea; reviewed by Annabel Pretty

Are We There Yet? Insights on How to Lead by Design by Sam Bucolo; reviewed by Heather Corcoran

Mapping the Grid of Swiss Graphic Design: A Review of 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Christian Brändle, Karin Gimmi, Barbara Junod, Christina Reble and Bettina Richter; reviewed by Richard Doubleday

General information about Dialectic

Dialectic is managed and published with the support of the AIGA and its diverse membership of over 25,000 professional designers, design educators and students from 70 chapters located around the U.S.

Dialectic is also intellectually indebted to all of those individuals and groups who have contributed to the development and ongoing sustenance of the diverse array of scholarly and creative inquires that inform design education, research, criticism and professional practice, and the intersections between these.

Additionally, Dialectic is rendered as an openly accessible, scholarly journal by Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan and a dynamic and innovative part of its University Library. Michigan Publishing advocates for the broadest possible access to scholarship around the world, and seeks to create innovative, sustainable structures for the broad dissemination and enduring preservation of scholarly dialogue.

 

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