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Evolve your understanding of our unique field quarterly with Designer magazine. This award-winning publication provides ongoing professional development--delivered to your door--by tackling the issues facing communications professionals in education.

Designer magazine is a benefit of your UCDA membership, or you may choose to subscribe to the magazine annually. Please note: a basic subscription for Designer magazine does not include discounted fees for competition entries or conference or other program attendance.


As a Designer magazine subscriber or member you receive (among others):

  • A beautifully produced quarterly publication.
  • Four issues filled with inspiring and relevant stories that will aid you in your job.
  • Design Briefs: industry news and resources, quirky bits of history, book reviews, quotes, the hottest blogs and most interesting website finds.
  • Features that tackle everything from printing and web technology to inspirational leaders and issues that are germane to designers who working in the field of education.
  • The Office: a member institution profile--see how other offices are organized, the scope of their work and what they do to blow off a little steam!
  • Parting Shot: a place where we feature visual works created by our members.
  • Type A: learn about arabesques, ampersands and interrobangs?!
  • and more!


magazine is always looking for submissions! Submit your story ideads, articles, photos, or illustrations

  • Strong visuals: submit your work or your students. Prints, designs, illustrations, drawings, and photographs will be considered for each issue.
  • Design Briefs: short paragraphs or blurbs containing industry news and resources, quirky bits of history, book reviews, quotes, the hottest blogs and most interesting web site finds.
  • Feature Articles: visual communication as it relates to technology, inspiration, practice, education, or sustainability.
  • Guest Commentary: share your opinion with our readers.
  • The Office: member office or department profile that highlights your office space, staff, hardware and software, courses, or how they cope with deadlines and stress.

If you have a story idea, or submission for consideration, please contact the Designer magazine editor at

Members can view the current issue as well as past issues of Designer magazine here.

You can join UCDA (Designer magazine subscription is part of a UCDA membership) or you can subscribe to the magazine only. Join or subscribe here.