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A couple of the 2018 Design Incubation Fellows reported using Zotero to keep track of their notes, correct cite and reference other sources and to generally help them organize writing projects. I'm a bit old school having developed a relatively inefficient system before platforms like Zotero were born but I want to give it a try for my next writing Please add to this post with any other resources that might help design writers be more efficient. Zotero is a free, open-source research tool that helps you collect, organize, and analyze research and share it in a variety of ways. Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references — and the best aspects of modern software and web applications, such as the ability to organize, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero interacts seamlessly with online resources: when it senses you are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, it can automatically extract and save complete bibliographic references. Zotero effortlessly transmits information to and from other web services and applications, and it runs both as a web service and offline on your personal devices.
Self-publishing has really come into its own. In the past self-publishing has sometimes gotten a bad name because of lack of editorial oversight and not all P&T committees will count self-published writing for tenure. But lulu, blurb, and amazon and other print-on-demand services mean that anyone can get their ideas out to readers. In my experience, self-publishing is ideal for topics and writing that are unusual and/or not immediately relatable to traditional publishers. I've published a few books but always traditional channels where they've been accepted through the editorial process and/or peer-review. I'd love to learn more about self-publishing! Please share information about the nuts and bolts of how its done as well as why one might choose to self-publish design writing and creative work. I'm including images of two of my favorite self-published books and magazines and hopefully their authors, James Panafino and Garth Walker will tell us more about their creative and editorial process. BTW - Pannafino has sold as many or more of his book Interaction Design: A Visual Guide than any of my own books. And Walker's Ijusi never fails to keep me interested with wacky graphics and on-point content.
Have you ever wondered where to publish design writing? We put together the a list of publishers, academic journals and some trade magazines for the Design Incubation Fellows and wanted to share it out. The journals on the list aren't ranked so some might be better than others for tenure and promotion. The good news is that if your work gets accepted, there are so many venues you could publish in a different journal every month for a couple years! Please help grow the list by posting suggestions for new additions. 2017_Journals_Publishers.pdf Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction Design Issues Design and Culture Design Philosophy Papers Design Principles and Practices Design and Technology Education Eye [crossover with trade] FORMakademisk Info Design Journal International Journal of Design Iridescent [online only] Journal of Communication Design Journal of Design Research International Journal of Design Education Journal of Design Research Journal of Education through the Arts Journal of Material Thinking The International Journal of Design in Society The International Journal of Visual Design The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation Journal of Design History Leonardo: Art Science and Technology Plot - Parsons Design Studies student journal The Design Journal The Idea Journal TRACEY West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture Word and Image Visible Language Visual Studies Trade: Metropolis, How, Print, Communication Arts, Wallpaper, Interactions, 3x3, Justapoz, Computer Arts, Layers, CMYK, Digital Arts, FORM, Web Designer Art Journal Art Bulletin Bulletins of the Serving Library Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture Dialectic/ AIGA
Peer-reviewed academic journals typically have a clear process for submissions, etc., However, I've noticed that this is not the norm for non-academic publications (i.e., Eye magazine or similar). Do any of you have experience with this? If so, how have you navigated article or essay submissions to those venues?