Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies Call for Submissions

Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies will be accepting a second round of submissions with a new deadline of November 30, 2018. Please see below for the original Call For Submissions:

Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies is an annual peer-reviewed publication produced and edited by the MA Design Studies program at Parsons School of Design in New York. As a multidisciplinary journal, Plot(s) attempts to articulate the ways in which design can shape and transform the human experience.

This year we will produce a double printed issue featuring Volume V and VI, which will be released in Spring 2019. Accepted submissions will appear in print and online as part of our multimedia online journal that explores the realm of design research. Submissions are open to graduate students, recent graduates, design practitioners, and academics from all fields.

We are seeking submissions in the following suggested areas of exploration. Submissions venturing outside and beyond these themes will also be considered.

  • Design and Intersectional Politics
  • Design and Crisis Management
  • Dangerous Design
  • Design Futures/Design Realities


Guidelines for Submission:

We ask that submissions are guided by a process that involves design thinking/reasoning, and strongly encourage the use of supporting visuals.

As a multidisciplinary journal, we accept a wide range of formats including:

  • academic essays,
  • visual essays,
  • design research,
  • timely book/exhibition reviews,

and well-documented design/architectural projects that reflect upon or challenge current design discourse and fit within our theme.

We will also be accepting exploratory audio-visual formats including:

  • interviews
  • podcasts
  • and unique video essays


Digitally-native content will be posted exclusively on Plot(s) Multimedia.

Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Papers between 1,500 and 3,000 words will be peer reviewed. The Plot(s) editorial board will edit shorter texts falling between 500 and 1,000 words. Submissions must be properly cited as endnotes and formatted in the Chicago style upon submission. Images must be at least 300 dpi, captioned, and copyright permissions must be attained. Please submit images in a separate zip folder attached to the email.

Submissions which do not fit these criteria cannot be accepted.

Please send submissions by November 30, 2018 (Friday) via email to



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