ACED introduces Designalism

An extensive program that highlights and analyses the interdisciplinary collaboration between design and journalism.

31.03.2021  |  by Augustina Lavickaite  |  Designalism

A new form of collaboration between design and journalism has been on the rise worldwide. The approach — combining journalistic analysis and artistic presentation on relevant social issues — results in exciting perspectives. We call this interdisciplinary movement Designalism and introduce it as a new domain.


Designalism aims to represent the forefront of intermediate design and journalism. To do so, we have formed an extensive database of 25 projects, featuring (inter)national creators from across the two merging disciplines.

The work of Alice Wong, Desarming Design, Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee, Coralie Vogelaar, Forensic Architecture, Foundland Collective, Irene Stracuzzi, Jasmijn Visser & Metahaven, Jim Brady & Vito Boeckx (Post Neon), Jonas Staal, Julia Janssen, Martina Huynh & Jonas Althaus (Cream on Chrome), Next Nature Network, Paolo Cirio, Robert Glas, Teatro di Nascosto, Ted Hyunhak Yoon, Yuri Veerman & Dimitri Tokmetzis are presented as part of the database.

Some examples of projects listed in the database:

Podcast and Public Event

The database is accompanied by a podcast with creators and experts navigating the disciplinary spectrum of design and journalism. Host IJsbrand van Veelen leads the interviews and goes into the values, principles and habits of each guest. From April 12, weekly a new episode will be published on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Additionally, we are organising a public online event on June 9 2021 in collaboration with Beeld en Geluid Den Haag. More news on that will follow soon!


Designalism is an initiative i.c.w. PhD researcher Stijn Postema (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam), VondelCS, Beeld en Geluid Den Haag. Designalism is supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

About the Author

Augustina Lavickaite


Augustina Lavickaite

Design Researcher

IJsbrand van Veelen

Editor in Chief

Jasper Schelling

Head of Technologies

Mateo Broillet

Graphic Design

Noortje van Eekelen


Patty Jansen


Stijn Postema

PhD research | University of Amsterdam

Tom Walter

Technical Development