Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. Read More

Design Observer

Name: Design Observer, http://designobserver.com/
Affiliated with a university or other institution?: no
Submission policies
: DO has no published submission policies. A small group of contributors does most of the writing, but other writers occasionally pop up.

What makes this market unique?
Design Observer provides daily commentary on graphic design, architecture, landscape design, and other fields falling in the area of design. It is written and edited by leading designers who a widely respected as both writers and producers of visual culture.

What is the target market for this magazine?
Designers from every discipline

What are they looking for in terms of submissions?
The editors are open to brainy, carefully considered pieces that comment on what’s going in design today or on issues or topics of concern to designers (including historic topics). Although DO doesn’t officially accept submissions, these do seem to happen…

What is their online strategy?
DO is a digital-only magazine. They recently announced a redesign that emphasizes social media over old-time “blog” comments. They seek to stimulate conversation within the digital realm, not just on their own site.

Where does this magazine fit in the marketplace? What are their competitors?
Print Magazine, Eye Magazine, and Metropolis are traditional print mags with strong online presences. Hipper venues include It’s Nice That, a website that publishes an annual print compilation of its best posts.