Design Issues | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University


Founded in 1982 and published by the MIT Press, internationally acclaimed Design Issues is one of the premier design journals in the world. It focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of design in all of its forms, including graphic and communication design, industrial design, interaction design, and management and organizational design. Design Issues is well known for its pluralistic perspective and the diversity of styles represented in articles, book and conference reviews, and unique illustrations. Leading designers around the world provide its distinctive covers.

Relationship with Weatherhead

In December 2008, the journal officially moved its editorial office from Carnegie Mellon University to the Weatherhead School of Management. The move to Cleveland is fitting, since Weatherhead incorporates design practices in management education, the integration of design attitude, concepts, and methods into business culture. This forward-thinking concept has already been implemented in Weatherhead's full-time MBA curriculum, and is a central theme of the school. Case Western Reserve University's location in University Circle, Cleveland's arts and cultural district, has allowed for productive collaboration with neighboring design partners, including the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Faculty Involvement

The journal is co-edited by Richard Buchanan, PhD, of the Department of Information Systems, with three colleagues: Victor Margolin (Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago), Dennis Doordan (Professor at the University of Notre Dame), and Bruce Brown (Professor and Pro-Vice Rector for Research at the University of Brighton.) Before joining the Weatherhead faculty, Dr. Buchanan was a professor of design at Carnegie Mellon and directed the prestigious CMU School of Design. He has taught in traditional areas of graphic and industrial design, as well as emerging areas of new design practice such as interaction design. He is well known for extending design practice into new areas application, including management, systems, and organization design. Buchanan received his PhD from the Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and the Study of Methods, one of the most prestigious interdisciplinary programs at the University of Chicago. He served for two terms as president of the Design Research Society, a learned society of the design research community with offices in the United Kingdom. His numerous publications include Discovering Design: Explorations in Design Studies, The Idea of Design, and Pluralism in Theory and Practice.

Drawn to Weatherhead by the potency of design as well as management, Buchanan has helped create a collaborative working environment that brings together management faculty, professional designers and design firms, and academics in design programs. Design Issues is an important element of Weatherhead's strategy, says Buchanan: "I believe Weatherhead is poised to make a lasting impact on business and design. The prominence of Design Issues in the academic and professional world helps to set the stage for Weatherhead to be recognized as a leader in exploring design in management and the transformation of organizations."

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