Call for Exchange Content - Spring 2019

How is Interior Design education different today?


The last 2018 edition of the IDEC Exchange featured ten essays discussing ways technology has enabled new design communication—whether with ourselves as we design or with others as we explain the benefits of quality design.

The upcoming 2019 issue aims at the core of the technology-design relationship: How is interior design inherently different as the result of technology? Would Candace Wheeler, Elsie de Wolfe and Dorothy Draper understand today’s practice as distinct from their own pioneering work?

We are specifically interested in submissions exploring:

  • Has technology changed the composition of the interior design student body?  How?  How should interior design educators change in response to the student body?
  • Has technology altered the focus of design (e.g., more driven by trends or more informed by diverse sources)?  In which directions or ways?
  • Has the global, integrated character of design (enabled by technology) changed what or how we teach in our classrooms?  What is fundamentally distinct about the resulting education?
  • Has the range of course content been altered in significant ways?  How does the ubiquitous availability of information via web searching or vast library catalogs alter the decisions teachers and students make?

Each submission should make a clear claim for how interior design—as a profession or an academic field—is different as a result of technology. The claim should be linked to an equally clear example from teaching or practice.

The IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigation. The Exchange also seeks letters responding to previous IDEC Exchange content or highlighting a timely and engaging topic.

Submissions may be:

  • Letters
  • Original essays addressing the issue theme;
  • Original images addressing the issue theme;
  • Interviews addressing the issue theme or a timely and engaging topic; or
  • Another format discussed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Submissions must follow the guidelines below. Submissions that do not following the guidelines will not be considered for publication.

  • Requirements: Letters may be up to 350-words maximum without images. Other submissions may be up to 550-words maximum with one image OR 350-words maximum with three or more images. Use the following file naming guidelines: lastname_title.doc (if more than one author, please use one name only for the file). Submissions should be in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Images: 5x7, 220dpi, jpg format. Each image should be accompanied by a caption (including reference; original work should indicate creator credit). Captions should be provided in a separate document. Use the following naming guidelines: lastname_01.jpg, lastname_02.jpg, etc. Images should be in .jpg format. PDFs will not be accepted. Authors are responsible for securing copyright clearance from image creators.


Questions should be directed to:

Bryan D. Orthel
Editor, IDEC Exchange
Associate Professor
Indiana University

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