KADK/Design School Kolding Journal Published by International Publishing House
The design journal, Artifact, whose founders and editors are based at KADK and Design School Kolding, will now be published by the internationally renowned Intellect Press, which is based in Bristol, England.
Artifact will be a front-runner at Intellect Press: partly because it will be the company’s first design research journal; partly because it will be the company’s very first open-access publication.
New publishing house provides a qualitative boost
Artifact has existed since 2005 and is currently hosted by Indiana Press. In the context of the transition to Intellect Press, the journal is being given a new subtitle: Artifact – Journal of Design Practice. This highlights its emphasis on research in the creation of design. Ida Engholm, an Associate Professor at KADK and editor of the journal, is delighted about the agreement: “By being affiliated with an academic publishing house, which has contact with all universities and relevant peers, it will be easier to attract more qualified researchers to submit papers to the journal. It will also make contributing as a peer reviewer more attractive. It will certainly provide a qualitative boost. The publishing company is also a unique platform in terms of getting international marketing, thereby creating greater international visibility for the design research we conduct at Design School Kolding and KADK.”
Artifact adds to an understanding of design research
Bethan Ball, a publisher at Intellect Press, says: “We are delighted to work with the editors from these two highly regarded Danish design schools. For some time we have been looking for a strong design journal to add to our portfolio of visual arts publications. Artifact’s international scope and focus on practice-based research is a perfect match for Intellect’s mission to publish advanced research in the area of the visual arts, and to provide a forum for critical debate on new and emerging topics.” According to Bethan Ball, design research, especially practice-based research, is often overlooked in academic publications. Design research is still a relatively new discipline, so a journal on the subject will play a key role in developing a strong community in, and disseminating knowledge about this design sector. “Design has a real impact on many aspects of everyday life, and Artifact expands our understanding of this fast-growing field,” says Bethan Ball.