Design for Health journal

The new journal for design and creative practice in health and wellbeing

Design for Health is the new international refereed journal covering all aspects of design in the context of health and wellbeing. The journal provides a forum for design and health scholars, design professionals, health-care practitioners, educators, and managers worldwide. The Journal is published twice a year by world-leading academic and professional publisher Taylor & Francis Online and was launched in Rome in 2017.

The journal aims to publish thought-provoking work based on rigorous research and invites high quality, original submissions that make a contribution to knowledge and practice in the context of the design of health products, services, and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life.

Design for Health is the official journal of the Design4Health conference and publishes selected papers from each conference.


Subscribe now for cutting edge research in this fast expanding area of research. Subscriptions available for print and online editions, and in a pack with sister publication, The Design Journal.


The Editors welcome submissions to the journal on an ongoing basis. The journal is published twice a year (April and December) and the review and publication process takes approximately four to five months.

Standard articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long in total and should include a brief abstract of up to 200 words in length (describing the content of the paper and summarizing the findings), keywords, references, acknowledgements and authors’ biographical details (approx. words per author) and contact details.

We also invite the following submissions:

  • Review Articles of 1500 to 2000 words of relevant books, exhibitions or events.
  • Visual Essays of up to 2000 words.
  • Project Report / Case Studies describing current practice, of 2000 to 4000 words.

All word counts are inclusive of abstract, endnotes, biographies, and references. The use of images to accompany articles is welcomed, where appropriate; between three and eight images is suggested, subject to overall word count and page length. Three to eight key words summarizing the paper should be indicated. 

If you would like to prepare a paper, full instructions for authors are available here. The Reference style used is Chicago author-date – see the reference guide for details. Please also refer to the basic style guidelines and article template, and visit Taylor & Francis’ Author Services page.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent electronically via the Journal’s website.

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team is made up of:

  • Editor-in-Chief Professor Paul Chamberlain (Design Director and co-founder of Lab4Living, and Director, Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Co-Editor Dr Claire Craig (Lab4Living Health Director, Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Co-Editor Professor Paul Atkinson (Editor of the Design Journal, and Professor of Design at Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Assistant Editor Kirsty Christer (Editorial Assistant of the Design Journal and Co-ordinator of the Design4Health conferences).

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board, drawn from internationally renowned researchers and practitioners in design, creative practice, health and wellbeing, will work with us to deliver our shared vision for the journal:

P John Clarkson, University of Cambridge, UK
Gail Kenning, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney Australia  Brendan McCormack, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, UK
Barbara Piškur, Zuyd University, NL
Graham Pullin, University of Dundee, UK
Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University, UK
Steve Reay, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
Kevin C Tseng, Chang Gung University, TW
Amy Wagenfeld, Western Michigan University, USA

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