Design Journals

Journal ranking is a method, used in academia, to evaluate an academic journal’s impact and quality. Such rankings attempt to reflect the place of a journal within its field, the relative difficulty of being published in that journal, and the prestige associated with it. Scopus and ISI are two out of many abstract indexing databases. Scopus appears to have a much broader journal coverage for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

(up-to-date as of June 2020; all journal descriptions taken from that journal’s website)

Q1

Scopus

  • Psychological Review
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Design Issues
  • Design Studies
  • Journal of Marketing
  • Leonardo
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Journal of Performance and Art
  • Research Policy
  • Journal of Product Innovation Management

ISI

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychological Review
  • Research Policy
  • Journal of Product Innovation Management
  • Journal of Marketing

Q2

Scopus

  • Human Factors
  • International Journal of Technology and Design Education
  • Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Mind, Culture, and Activity

ISI

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Design Studies
  • Journal of Technical Design

Q3

Scopus

  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Creativity Research Journal
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • International Journal of Design

ISI

  • Creativity Research Journal
  • International Journal of Design
  • Mind, Culture, and Activity
  • International Journal of Technology and Design Education

Q4

Scopus

  • Journal of Design History
  • Journal of Design Research
  • Visible Language

ISI

  • International Journal of Art & Design Education

Artifact: Journal of Design Practice is focused on practice-based design research and aims to explore conditions, issues and tasks pertaining to design development in a broad sense. As an international design research journal, Artifact targets the global design research community with the aim of strengthening knowledge sharing and theory building of relevance to design practice. All articles and research notes are subject to double-blind peer-review. The journal is cross-disciplinary in scope and welcomes contributions from all fields of design research, including product design and visual communication, user experience, interface, and service design as well as design management and organization.

Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book and exhibition reviews, and visual sequences. Special guest-edited issues concentrate on particular themes, such as design history, human-computer interface, service design, organization design, design for development, and product design methodology.

Design Management Institute Journal (DMI:journal) is an academic journal devoted to articles and academic research exploring how design—in products, communication, and environments—is an essential strategic resource, a component of every organization that can be effectively managed to make important contributions to the bottom line and to long-term success.

Dialectic [Spanish and English] is a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design.

Diseña is a peer-reviewed, biannual, and bilingual publication by the Escuela de Diseño of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Diseña promotes research in all areas of Design. Its specific aim is to promote critical thought about methodologies, methods, practices, and tools of research and project work.

Design Studies is a leading international academic journal focused on developing understanding of design processes. It studies design activity across all domains of application, including engineering and product design, architectural and urban design, computer artefacts and systems design.

Formy [Polish and some English]

Information Design Journal 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 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.

International Journal of Art and Design Education provides an international forum for research in the field of the art and creative education. It is the primary source for the dissemination of independently refereed articles about the visual arts, creativity, crafts, design, and art history, in all aspects, phases and types of education contexts and learning situations.

International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation is an international publication that provides a forum for discussing the nature and potential of creativity and innovation in design from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

International Journal of Technology and Design Education encourages research and scholarly writing covering all aspects of technology and design education. The journal features critical, review, and comparative studies.

Journal of Design History is a leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history, as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.

Journal of Design Research is an interdisciplinary journal, emphasising human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines. 

The Journal of Design and Science (JoDS), a joint venture of the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Press, forges new connections between science and design, breaking down the barriers between traditional academic disciplines in the process. 

Leonardo is a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through our programs, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation.

She-Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal. We focus on economics and innovation, design process, and design thinking in today’s complex socio-technical environment. We are a diamond open access journal with no fees.

Strategic Design Research Journal [previously Portuguese but now entirely English] is a peer-reviewed, open-access, international journal that publishes articles related to the design process, for developing design theory and practice.

Strelka mag [Russian and English]

The Design Journal is an international refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal is published six times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators and managers worldwide.

Visible Language publishes manuscripts from communication design, neuroscience, cognition, perception, psychology, education, communication, informatics, computer science, library science, linguistics.

International Journal of Design (since 2016 requires a $1000 publication fee).

not ranked

Scopus

  • CoDesign
  • Design and Culture
  • International Journal of Art & Design Education
  • Working Papers in Art and Design
  • Design Management Journal

ISI

  • CoDesign
  • Design and Culture
  • Design Issues
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Issues
  • Leonardo
  • Journal of Design Research
  • Journal of Design History
  • Design Management Journal
  • Visible Language
  • The Design Journal
  • Working Papers in Art and Design
  • Journal of Performance and Art