Design For Health journal

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The journal for design and creative practice in health and wellbeing

Design For Health is an international refereed journal covering all aspects of design in the context of health and wellbeing. The Journal is published three times a year and provides a global forum for researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers who work at the intersections of design, health, science, creative practice, wellbeing and related fields.

The Journal aims to publish thought-provoking work based on rigorous research, practice and perspectives.

It invites high quality, original submissions that make a contribution to knowledge and practice in the context of the design of interventions, products and services that positively impact on health and healthcare, promote dignity, and enhance quality of life in a range of settings.

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

The latest published papers are available here.


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 The Design Journal.


We invite the following submission types:

  • Standard articles of between 5,000 and 7,000 words.
  • Book / Exhibition 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 5000 words.

N.b. all word counts include all text, including References, tables, captions and biographies. Check website for other submission types.

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, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Co-Editor Professor Claire Craig (Lab4Living Health Director, Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Co-Editor Professor Paul Atkinson (Professor of Design at Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Assistant Editor Kirsty Christer (Lab4Living, 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:

Evangelia Chrysikou, The Bartlett Real Estate Institute UCLUK
P John Clarkson, University of Cambridge, UK
Ian Gwilt, University of South Australia, Australia
Gail Kenning, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Christopher Lim, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, UK
Barbara Piškur, Zuyd University, NL
Graham Pullin, University of Dundee, UK
Steve Reay, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
Kevin C Tseng, Chang Gung University, TW
Amy Wagenfeld, Western Michigan University, USA 
Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University, UK
Emilene Zitkus, School of Design and Creative Arts, Loughborough University, UK

Advisory Board

Kirsty Christer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Evangelia Chrysikou, The Bartlett Real Estate Institute UCL, UK
Claire Craig, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Michael Koon Boon Tan, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

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