Screen grab of the Dialectic journal cover, Keith Owens, Michael Gibson, black and white photos, faces of two men

AIGA announces the return of Dialectic

March 1, 2022: American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA, the professional association for design, announced the new Dialectic issue, Volume III, Issue I Winter 2021-2022, marking the journal's return after a hiatus since Summer 2019. Dialectic is a biannual, open-access journal devoted to the critical examination of issues that affect design education, research and inquiry into their effects on the practice of design. The journal seeks to publish scholarship, analytical study and criticism that will enlighten and inform a diverse audience of design educators engaged not only in classroom teaching experiences but also in differing forms of research and professional practice.

Dialectic is produced and edited at the University North Texas within the Department of Design of the College of Visual Arts and Design; it was co-founded and is co-edited in part by Michael R. Gibson and Keith M. Owens, UNT professors of communication design, and is the official scholarly journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community.

Dialectic provides a rigorously peer-reviewed forum for those working across the design education, research, and practice landscapes to share new knowledge they’ve created and discovered with an ever-increasing array of peers, potential collaborators and scholars. It also plays an essential role in elevating the perception of the unique decision-making processes that guide design as being vital to advancing positive socio-cultural, economic, public policy and technological change,” said Gibson.

“Congratulations to the editors, writers, and the design educators community on the return of Dialectic,” said AIGA’s Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson. “This journal is an important publication in the design education space and I’m glad that we are once more able to share it with the larger community.”

In this issue of Dialectic

Theoretical Speculation: Design Exploration as a Research Discovery Phase: Integrating the Graduate Design Thesis with Research in the Social Sciences, by Matthew Peterson

Research Paper: Design Thinking? Thank an Engineer, (listen to the audio version) by Steven McCarthy 

Research Paper: From the Observable to the Explorable: Investigating Creative Research in Design as a Means for Guiding Critical Action, by Brooke Chornyak and Tania Allen

Visual Essay With Accompanying Prose: Processing the Pandemic, by Meaghan A. Dee

A Case Study Report Contextualized Within A Position Paper: Examining the Influence of Positionality on the Facilitation of Design Processes, by Terresa Moses and Lisa Elzey Mercer

Long-Form Case Study Report: Supporting Student Mental Health in an Information Design Class by Employing Approaches Derived from Positive Psychology, by Yvette Shen

Critical Book Reviews: Collaboration in Design Education, review by Meaghan A. Dee and Jessica Jacobs

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