This international journal of design history, criticism, and theory was launched from the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, its sponsor until 1993. Its editors have reflected the breadth of its ambitions with design historian and critic Victor Margolin, architecture and design historian Dennis Doordan, and design theorist and polemicist Richard Buchanan providing a positive stimulus to the establishment of the journal as one with a distinctive character amongst the panoply of contemporary publications in the field. In many senses it may be seen as an American counterpart to Design Studies with a commitment to embracing design history, theory, and criticism as elements within design studies, an outlook reinforced by a 1993 editorial that signalled the board's ambition to encourage more articles from practising designers. The international coverage embraced by its contributors has been significant and it has also carried a number of landmark and polemical articles about the nature of design historical studies. The success of the journal may be gauged from the fact that it began as a twice‐yearly journal but is now published quarterly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.