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   Information Design Journal (IDJ)
About IDJ

About IDJ

The IDJ is a double blind peer reviewed international journal that bridges the gap between research and practice in information design. The only scientific journal with a focus on information design, it is published by the John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

From volume 17 to 20 Peter Simlinger, IIID Director, has been responsible for the content of the IDJ, from vol. 21 it is Carla Spinillo, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Issues alternate between mixed themes and special subjects. Till now the latter have been devoted to traffic & transport information, health care information, financial information and presentations given at the IIID/OECD Vision Plus 13 conference "DD4D / Data Designed for Decisions".

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.

This journal is peer reviewed and indexed in: European Reference Index for the Humanities

ISSN: 0142-5471
E-ISSN: 1569-979



For information about all IDJ issues and a
free online sample
please visit
publisher's website
  Editorial Team
General Editor
Carla G. Spinillo, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Carel Jansen, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Aaron Marcus, Aaron Marcus and Associates, USA
Karen Schriver, KSA Document Design & Research, USA
Peter Simlinger, International Institute for Information Design Research & Education (IIIDre), Austria
David Sless, Communication Research Institute (CRI), Australia

Special Interest Editors
Max M. Louwerse, University of Memphis, USA (Hot Topics in Information Research)
Oliver Wrede, Aachen University of Applied Science, Germany (Hot Topics in Information Design)

Editorial Manager
Solange G. Coutinho, The Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

Editorial Associate

Jenny Waller, United Kingdom


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