Diseña promotes research in all areas of design. Its specific aim is to promote critical thought about methodologies, methods, practices, and tools of research and project work.

Under the assumption that design research methods and techniques not only describe realities "out there", but also contribute to the elaboration of forms of reality, Diseña is interested in research that explores new methodological repertoires that respond to the needs and dimensions of a social world in constant transformation.

For the journal is especially relevant the thought produced in Latin America.

In general terms, those contributions that challenge the methodological limits of design, particularly those that conceive design as a tool for critical analysis and knowledge production, are of interest.

In specific terms, Diseña is a platform to investigate issues such as the following:

What political and social implications mobilize methodologies and how methodologies affect the understanding of the world;

What types of knowledges, practices and specific presuppositions are activated by design and how this heterogeneous knowledge affects the ways of representing, knowing and inhabiting the world;

How design incorporates the local knowledge, the distributed knowledge, and the indigenous knowledge;

What it means to do speculative research;

The contributions of those researchers who apply the multiple forms of ethnography, as well as STS concepts and methods, are welcome to question how design affects and reconfigures different dimensions of contemporary society.

Diseña is aimed at scholars, students, and professionals from all areas of design. The published content is of interest to those who inquire into experimental methodologies and applied research.

Diseña promotes textual experimentation and aims to contribute to the recognition of the features of disciplinary writing.


Diseña is a bi-annual magazine, published in January and August each year.


Diseña provides immediate and free access to all the contents of this electronic edition, published simultaneously with the printed version.


The electronic version of Diseña is housed in servers of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which guarantees its accessibility over time.