Information Design Journal

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ORCID logoMaria dos Santos Lonsdale | University of Leeds, UK
ORCID logoCarel Jansen | University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Karen A. Schriver | KSA Document Design & Research, USA
David Sless | Communication Research Institute (CRI), Australia
ORCID logoCarla G. Spinillo | Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

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
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Latest articles

10 June 2024

  • Social commitment and challenges of information design
    IDJ 29:1 (2024) pp. 1–2
  • 27 May 2024

  • From vulnerability to accessibility, and expansion possibilities : A systematic review, meta-analysis, and implications of information design for vulnerable populations
    Anqi Rong , Nina Hansopaheluwakan Edward Dian Li | IDJ 29:1 (2024) pp. 55–83
  • Visualizing biodiversity on maps : Conflicting goals and limits of conventional presentation methods
    Katharina Scheller | IDJ 29:1 (2024) p. 3
  • 24 May 2024

  • Script-style degrees : Letter recognition in regular versus special fonts
    Chiron A. T. Oderkerk Sofie Beier | IDJ 29:1 (2024) pp. 25–35
  • S. Pontis M. Babwahsingh . 2023. Information Design Unbound: Key Concepts and Skills for Making Sense in a Changing World
    Reviewed by Jeanne-Louise Moys | IDJ 29:1 (2024) pp. 84–88
  • 23 April 2024

  • Visual instructions for writing Chinese for beginners
    Tian Tian , Maria dos Santos Lonsdale Vien Cheung | IDJ 29:1 (2024) pp. 36–54
  • 12 January 2024

  • Testing the effectiveness of a supportive digital information tool for patients recovering from bowel surgery, their surgeons and nurses
    Maria dos Santos Lonsdale , Matthew Baxter , Qinxin Yao , Luwen Yu Stephen J. Chapman | IDJ 28:3 (2023) pp. 231–274
  • 21 December 2023

  • Using a U-turn construction in information design
    Carel Jansen | IDJ 28:3 (2023) pp. 195–199
  • 1 December 2023

  • Combining common heuristic sets for a new exhaustive usability evaluation of e-learning interface design
    Nadia Menad | IDJ 28:3 (2023) pp. 200–214
  • 27 November 2023

  • How visualisations with typography are used in Persian and English corporate identity logos
    AmirHossein Pormehr Yabandeh , Hossein Abeddoost Ziba Kazempoor | IDJ 28:3 (2023) pp. 215–230
  • The effectiveness of visual instructions in the memorization of Chinese Semantic Radicals by Beginners
    Tian Tian , Maria dos Santos Lonsdale Vien Cheung | IDJ 28:3 (2023) pp. 275–302
  • 7 September 2023

  • Empirical assessment of the legibility of the Naskh-style typeface used on Arabic road signs
    Shaima Elbardawil | IDJ 28:2 (2023) pp. 178–194
  • 31 August 2023

  • Design of tailored asthma control status infographics
    Adriana Arcia , Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch Maureen George | IDJ 28:2 (2023) pp. 115–140
  • Improving the design of public health infographics using a motion graphic educational resource to enhance design principle application
    Matthew Baxter Maria dos Santos Lonsdale | IDJ 28:2 (2023) pp. 141–177
  • Pondering a persistent paradigm
    David Sless | IDJ 28:2 (2023) pp. 113–114
  • 30 June 2023

  • Is artificial intelligence coming for information designers’ jobs?
    Karen A. Schriver | IDJ 28:1 (2023) pp. 1–6
  • 5 June 2023

  • Beyond Intuition : An Empirical Study of Typeface Selection in a Bilingual Context
    Dian Li Stephen Westland | IDJ 28:1 (2023) p. 7
  • 1 June 2023

  • A Background to the Information Design Library : More than a Personal Memoir
    Rune Pettersson | IDJ 28:1 (2023) p. 93
  • 25 May 2023

  • Language independent optimization of text readability formulas with deep reinforcement learning
    Arya Hadizadeh Moghaddam Masood Ghayoomi | IDJ 28:1 (2023) pp. 33–52
  • 10 May 2023

  • Type does matter! A systematic literature review on typographic considerations in publications on electronic documentation in aviation and medicine
    Pascale Schmid , Guido Carim jr. , David Sargent Dominique Falla | IDJ 28:1 (2023) pp. 53–92
  • 16 February 2023

  • Information design in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Carla G. Spinillo | IDJ 27:3 (2022) pp. 233–234
  • 26 January 2023

  • Wayfinding and waygiving
    David Sless | IDJ 27:2 (2022) pp. 141–143
  • 2 January 2023

  • Effective colors for information design : A color-coding study of China’s high-speed railway map
    Zheng Wang , Vien Cheung Maria Lonsdale | IDJ 27:2 (2022) pp. 191–212
  • 23 December 2022

  • Editorial : Information+ 2021 conference
    Isabel Meirelles , Marian Dörk Yanni Loukissas | IDJ 27:1 (2022) pp. 1–4
  • IssuesOnline-first articles

    Volume 29 (2024)

    Volume 28 (2023)

    Volume 27 (2022)

    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)

    Editorial Manager
    ORCID logoNina Hansopaheluwakan Edward | University of Sydney, Australia
    Editorial Associate
    ORCID logoMariangela Spinillo | University of Westminster, UK
    Special Interest Editors
    ORCID logoMax 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
    ORCID logoJohn A. Bateman | Bremen University, Germany
    ORCID logoKonrad Baumann | FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria
    ORCID logoVijay 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
    ORCID logoYuri Engelhardt | ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Lisa Ehrenstrasser | Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Wes Ervin | IIID vice-president, USA
    ORCID logoPriscila 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
    ORCID logoIsabel 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
    ORCID logoKarel van der Waarde | AKV St Joost, Avans University, The Netherlands and Van der Waarde Design Research, Belgium
    ORCID logoSue Walker | The University of Reading, UK
    ORCID logoRobert Waller | Simplification Center, UK
    ORCID logoWibke Weber | Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
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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