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Special Issue: Smart Textiles

Deadline for Papers: 20 January 2020
Deadline for PhD Study Reports and Book/Exhibition Reviews: 20 April 2020

Editorial Information

Guest Editor:
Julian Malins, Heriot-Watt University, Borders Campus, UK

Journal Editor:
Paul Atkinson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Associate Editor:
Louise Valentine, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, UK

Editorial Assistant:
Kirsty Christer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK



The Design Journal

In the last few years there has been a large number of significant innovations in the development of smart textiles leading to clothing that can monitor our health, track our movements and respond to our environment. Developments in wearable computing, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are bringing new functionalities to clothing and our living spaces. At the same time new digital making technologies are also bringing new opportunities for the way textiles are designed and manufactured, recycled and reused. Against this background, there are a whole range of social and environmental issues that are having an increasing impact on the design agenda. 

So how has the design community responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by these new technologies?

To help bring some new insights into this question, the Editors welcome papers from researchers working in the fields of smart textiles for either health, sustainability or architecture for review and possible publication in a special themed section in a forthcoming issue of The Design Journal.

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Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit full papers (maximum 7000 words including all text) responding to the theme described above. All submissions are double blind peer reviewed, and a selection of accepted papers will be published in Vol. 23 issue 6 in November 2020.

Relevant PhD Study Reports or Reviews of recent publications or exhibitions on this topic are also invited. Please contact the Editorial office for further details: k.a.christer@shu.ac.uk

Before submitting, authors should consult the referencing, style and formatting information in the Instructions for Authors at https://www.tandfonline.com/rfdj.


Papers should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/desj by Mon 20th January 2020.

PhD Study Reports and Book / Exhibition Reviews should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/desj by Mon 20th April 2020.


For more information, please contact the Guest Editor Prof Julian Malins at j.malins@hw.ac.uk or Editorial Assistant Kirsty Christer at k.a.christer@shu.ac.uk.

Download a printable PDF of the Call for Papers