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Predatory scholarly open-access publishers

From PHD Designer Ken Friedman:

“It was with shock and sadness that I learned today that Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers is no longer.


This is unfortunate for the field — Jeffrey Beall performed a great and valuable service. Given the problems in so many fields with the avalanche of crank journals and predatory publishers, I understand his decision, but I lament it.

For every research field — including our own — it is time to discuss the ways that people can determine on their own whether a journal is predatory or a conference is bogus. Open access publishing by serious publishers under the same conditions as paywall publishing offers a useful approach for some journals, but the flood of problem journals and predatory publishers is causing untold damage and destruction.

Many of us have used Beall’s list every day. We sent students and colleagues to the list for up-to-date advice. This leaves a massive gap in the field, and Beall’s work will be irreplaceable. I cannot imagine anyone with the capacity to replace Beall’s list — and I cannot imagine, given the repeated attacks on his good name and his character, that anyone will dare to step up.

Since reading this news, I have been sitting here, stunned. I feel the way I felt when the Taliban blew up the great Buddhist monuments.

A global mob of barbarians and pirates found a way to use the university system to open a cash flow spigot, turning earnest young researchers into suckers, and flooding the world with garbage publications. Beall created a solution, at least for those who did not wish to benefit from the corrupt predatory system. Over the past three or four years, the number of enterprises in this corrupt business has quadrupled. To me, this was a monumental effort. In the history of mankind, it may not be remembered in the same way that we remember destroyed monuments and looted archeological treasures. But for those concerned with the integrity of research publishing, Beall’s List was a high point at a low moment in history.”
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3D printing prosthesis and the brazilian market

3D Printing

Great article about brazilian developments in the field of #3D Prosthetics hands in Brazil. Like other Bric countries, high technology prosthesis are not affordable by a large number of population and are not designed to their “reality”. Therefore, there is a great need of low cost prosthetics and a huge market demanding this sort of solutions.

Read the article at “Women in 3D Printing” – Specialist Maria Elizete Kunkel”

“Thank you for reading and for sharing! You can contact Maria by email at mao3d.unifesp@gmail.com and follow Mao3D’s actions on their Facebook page.

We invite you to join Women in 3D Printing on LinkedIn and Facebook for further discussion.”

Design Census 2016

Design Census 2016


Google and AIGA are pleased to announce the first annual Design Census—an open and collaborative resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today. It is free and open to everyone, and its goal is to empower the design community to take charge of its professional development and happiness.


This information is free and open to everyone, and we want you to get involved.
We encourage everyone to respond to the #designcensus16 results by creating content that
represents their opinions, lives, and work—whether it’s a poster, a microsite, an article, or a
GIF, we want to hear from you:



2. Submit your entry





15 books every designer needs to read

Every craft has its history, and every artist has their mentors. In order to find your own unique voice, you must go through the arduous process of first understanding and studying the voices that have come before—or are currently happening right beside you. This is why so many artists are as much creators as they are commentators of their own market. They enjoy watching where things are headed, and the technically proficient tend to be well-versed in how things came to be—the history behind their art.

When it comes to design, there is no shortage of inspiration out there. In fact, the term “design” is so broad that it encompasses everything from interior design to UI design, graphic design to architecture, painting, magazine spreads, fashion, and beyond. All great designers borrow, trade, replace, mix and match from different industries and inspirations.

As a designer, one of the best things you could possibly do for yourself and your own craft is to spend as much time studying others in the design space, as you do playing around and trying new things.

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College Art Association annual conference in NYC

CAA Annual Conference

Even if you can´t go, it´s a great source of top references – experts in almost all the design fields.

Visit site: http://conference.collegeart.org/

Time: Wednesday 2/15


Chair: Sara Desvernine Reed, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Tropicana: Designing Cosmopolitan Cubanidad

Erica Morawski, Smith College

To and From Ticul: Uses of the Maya Pot in California Design, Science, and Counterculture
Robert J. Kett, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

How to See Japan: Japan Tourist Bureau Images for Western Tourists of the 1930s

Dori Griffin, Ohio University School of Art + Design

From Hotels to Home: Designing Ghana’s Tourism Industry through Asanti Textiles

Allison Joan Martino, University of Michigan

Arriving and Departing from American Sāmoa

Kelema Lee Moses, Occidental College


Synaptic Leaps: Energy Interchange in Contemporary Printmaking

Deborah Cornell, Boston University

Once You Know, You Can’t Unknow: Creative Problem Solving in Computationalist Culture

Zachary Kaiser, Michigan State University

The Efficacy of Painting in the Landscape Imagination

Sandy Litchfield, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emotional Location: A Reflection on the Digitally Rendered Surface

Barbara Rauch, OCAD University


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BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research – Free Ebook


BITE: Recipes for remarkable research is an edited field book capturing the research, learning and experiences of an international network of scholars studying effective and creative research environments.  The book encapsulates what it is that enables remarkable research, and offers, as Professor Lizbeth Goodman says, “practical, evidence-based instantiations of ideas and innovations” as well as theoretical knowledge. It is set out as a recipe book, with supporting academic papers and case studies.

The recipes present research and advice from a wide range of subject areas in an instantly recognisable format. Each recipe enables the reader to take practical steps to understand and develop their own research at all levels, from personal solo work and group collaborations, to an institutional and architectural dimension.

Whether you are a PhD student, early career researcher, professor or decision-maker, these recipes, case studies and papers invite you to consider research habits, approaches and environments in interesting and different ways.