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.”
With the rise of technology and the real-time pressures of an online, global economy,
humans will have to be very clever – and very careful – not to be left behind by the future.From the perspective of those in charge, human labor is losing its value, and people are becoming a liability.
This documentary reveals the real motivation behind the secretive effort to reduce the population and bring resource use into strict, centralized control.
Could it be that the biggest threat we face isn’t just automation and robots destroying jobs, but the larger sense that humans could become obsolete altogether?
Watch Obsolete at https://youtu.be/jPmUGq25KBk
More Future at:
Open Letter to the Design Community:
Stand Up for Democracy
1. There is no need to point out that we are now in difficult and
dangerous times. For many years we were living in a world that, despite its problems, has been nevertheless engaged in a democratization process whereby human rights, fundamental freedoms and opportunities for personal development were increasing. Today, this whole picture has changed. Attacks on democracy are active in several countries, including the ones where
democracy seemed to be unshakable.
2. In these new times, the design community (practitioners, researchers, theorists, students, journalists, publishers and curators who are professionally involved in design- related activities) should stand up, speak out and act. To do that we do not have to share the same idea of what democracy is. It is enough to recognize the strong convergence between democracy and design.
Call for Papers: BIRD Conference New Experimental Research in Design /NERD, 15-16 June 2017, Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), Germany.
Further information (English PDF)
A scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design.
Pleased to introduce Dialectic, a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design.
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:
A printed version of Dialectic is also available for $19.99 on Amazon at:
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:
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 Stephen 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
Seeking submissions for an expanded edition of Rockport’s classic title:
THE DESIGN OF DISSENT by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, first published in 2005.
If you are a graphic designer, send your work until April 10th.
Curated by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic.
More info about the book: http://www.miltonglaser.com/news/993/the-design-of-dissent-socially-and-politically-driven-graphics
More information about submission: http://mirkoilic.com/DesignOfDissent-Forms.pdf