Upcoming Themes

Ligature Journal has a theme for each issue which provides focus for that issue. The themes of alternate issues are slanted towards each of the meta themes of mind (intellectual), soul (intangible/spiritual) and body (physical).

A place, our place, the place.

Places can be physical—the beach; or they can be virtual—Minecraft; or even metaphysical—the part of our brain a brand occupies. One place can mean different things and/or be understood differently by different people at different times. Places shape our lives, and we in turn shape places.

The word PLACE may be small—just five letters making one syllable—but for design (and designers) it is a vast terrain. So vast, we realised it wouldn’t fit in just one issue of Ligature Journal. So, we’ve decided to try something a little different—we want to devote a mind issue (#7), a soul issue (#8) AND a body issue (#9) to the theme of ‘place and design’.

We want to investigate the thinking of designers about how (and why) they design the physical, virtual, conceptual, experiential, intangible and even spiritual aspects of place. We want to delve into the role and impact of place on design and designers. We are looking particularly for the thinking of communication, experience, object and spatial designers but we would love to hear from other designers too.

We are seeking about twelve major articles (ca. 2,500 words), four articles slanted towards each of the meta themes of mind (intellectual/theoretical), soul (psychological/spiritual/philosophical) and body (physical/practical).

Interested? Need to discuss this more? Get in touch with us at contributions@ligaturejournal.com. If this has already sparked an idea we would love to hear it (just a paragraph or two would be great as a starting point).


Expression of interest: ASAP (just a quick note will suffice). Head to the contact page and drop us a line.

Final submission of articles for Issue #9—Place (Body): 28 FEBRUARY 2020

Publication of Issue #9: late July 2020

Future Themes & Issues

Theme and dates for Issues #10 will be confirmed mid-next year.

Send your full response to the upcoming themes to us.




Our audience

Our readers are designers and/or people interested in design, they want to explore how design works and the thinking behind design. They are well educated (typically to a tertiary level). We like to imagine them as thoughtful, intelligent and questioning (just like us!). They are fluent across all media—they are readers of magazines as well as books, and are engaged online as well. While the age range is fairly broad—from mid-20s through to 60s—our typical reader is in their late 20s or early 30s.

Tone of voice

Above all, we aim for engaging, accessible articles that convey the passion our contributors have for design. The writing within the Journal tends towards a more measured and matter-of-fact tone. While it reflects the expertise and deep knowledge of their subjects our contributors bring, the writing should avoid being stuffy or unnecessarily elitist, or overly academic. There is certainly scope to explore your more casual and irreverent side, and to not take yourself too seriously.

Other stuff you should know

There are no fees or payments involved with your submission.

We, Tiliqua Press Pty Ltd, as publisher of Ligature Journal, will endeavour, as far as possible to accurately portray your project based on the information available, ie that you supply.

We, Tiliqua Press Pty Ltd, as publisher of Ligature Journal, have no intention of ever claiming any ownership of your work. However, we reserve the right to publish any article we may create both in print and online to promote your project and for the secondary promotion of Ligature Journal. For further information please see our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.