About Pad

PAD. Pages on Arts & Design is an international, peer-reviewed (double-blind), open-access, online journal published twice a year (from 2018). PAD publishes original and qualified papers about all area of design and arts research, including theories and history of design, design practices evolution, arts and design education, industrial design, visual communication design, visual and performing arts, interface design, interior, architectural and urban design, and other design and arts related fields. PAD combines the stringent scholarly standards of traditional journals with the easy accessibility afforded by digitalization. Articles reach their desired audiences more quickly and reliably than its print media peers.

PAD is the evolution of the online magazine PalermoDesign founded by Vanni Pasca in 2005 with a team of design researchers. From 2005 until 2011, PAD overviewed the opening of new geographies of design with specific focus on the Mediterranean area. On 2010, the ADI Index selection included PAD for its excellence in design research. In 2011 PAD changes and expands its international organization becoming the node of a network of researches and scholars engaged in design hot topics and its dissemination in the field of design culture, arts, and more. In 2012, PAD actives a double-blind peer review process and in 2014 is approved as a scientific journal by ANVUR, the Italian Agency of the University System and Research Assessment. In 2017, the ADI Index selection included PAD #13 in the categories ‘Editorial Production and Historical and critical researches’ for its excellence in design research.

Multilingual at the beginning, PAD journal is actually published in English to reach the worldwide network of readers and extend local design cultures. The publication of each issue will coincide with the publication of the call for papers for the following monographic issue on the Call page. The journal is identified by the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 1972-7887. Each author retains the copyright of his work. PAD Articles Processing and Articles Submission are free of charge.

Aims and scope

PAD publish research findings from researchers and professionals across different countries and cultures of the Mediterranean areas and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on design theory and practice. PAD network aims to provide an international and interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, debate and criticism. It also seeks to encourage research and scholarly writing about any aspect of design education. Critical, review, and comparative studies are particularly prominent, as are contributions which draw upon other literatures, such as those derived from historical, philosophical, sociological or psychological studies of technology or design, in order to address issues of concern to technology. PAD aims promote the transfer of knowledge between professionals in academia and industry by emphasizing research in which results are of interest or applicable to design practices.

Keeping the focus on the Mediterranean reality, today PAD involves researchers and design experts located in different geographical areas to solicit debate on-demand hot topics, in addition to monitoring initiatives, activities, events and projects in contemporary topics and emerging areas of design education. The support of its International Scientific Committee encourages theoretical reflections on the themes of arts and design, expanding their field of action with other disciplines, their ability to understand cultural, technological, economic and social changes on the making.

Pad's Mediterranean Network

PAD Colophon

Online Scientific Journal
founded by Vanni Pasca in 2005
ISSN 1972-7887


Marinella Ferrara

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Advisory Board

Tevfik Balcıoğlu

4T Design and Design History Society - Turkey

Murat Bengisu

Izmir University of Economics - Turkey

Isabel Campi

Design Historian Foundation - Spain

Eduardo Corte Real

Universidade Europeia / IADE - Portugal

Antonio da Cruz Rodrigues

Universidad Lusofona - Portugal

Soumiya Mikou

Moroccan Design Association - Morocco

Vanni Pasca

A/I/S/Design. Italian Association of Design History - Italy

Ely Rozenberg

RUFA - Rome University of Fine Arts - Italy

Mireia Frexia Serra

Universidad de Barcelona - Spain

Andreas Sicklinger

Università degli Studi di Bologna - Italy

Fedja Vukić

University of Zagreb - Croatia

Managing Editor

Chiara Lecce

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Editorial Assistant

Giorgia Bonaventura

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Editorial Board

Giuseppe Amoruso

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Helena Barbosa

Universidade de Aveiro - Portugal

Stefania Camplone

Università di Chieti - Pescara, Italy

Roberto De Paolis

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Cinzia Ferrara

Università degli studi di Palermo - Italy

Francesco E.Guida

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Ashley Hall

Royal College of Art - London, UK

Elif Kocabiyik

Izmir University of Economics - Turkey

Lia Krucken

Creative Change - Brazil and Germany

Carla Langella

Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli - Italy

Giuseppe Lotti

Università degli studi di Firenze - Italy

Tomas Macsotay

Pompeu Fabra University - Spain

Nicola Morelli

Aalborg University - Denmark

Alfonso Morone

Università Federico II di Napoli - Italy

Raquel Pelta

Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona - Spain

Daniele Savasta

Yaşar University - Turkey

Rosanna Veneziano

Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli - Italy

Artemis Yagou

ICOHTEC - Germany

Li Zhang

Beijing Information Science and Technology University - China

Art director

Francesco E. Guida

Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Publishing Consultant, web director and administration

Vincenzo Castellana

Studio. Castellana I architetti - Italy

soluzioni cquadro / Mariangela Caruso, Elena Catania - Italy


Amina Agueznay


Hèla Hamrouni


Vesna Kujovic


Can Özcan


Ana Perkovic


Filip Roca


Azadeh Sabouri


Marco Sousa Santos


Pascale Wakim



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