This first issue of the Journal of Design and Science is dedicated to Marvin Minsky, not just to honor him, but to acknowledge our debt to him. He reframed the way we approach science and design. Marvin had a way of connecting with everyone, whether a child or an Institute Professor, a rock star, or a cook, in way that made us all feel smarter. To those of us who were lucky enough to be his students or colleagues (he made little distinction between the two) Marvin was like Jedi Master Yoda, an impish sage with an inner sense of truth. He challenged our foolish ideas without making us feel like fools. He pushed us across disciplinary boundaries, out of the comfort zones of academic study, into the realm of new ideas. Marvin had both an extraordinary imagination and an extraordinary intellectual generosity. He invited those around him to see the world in an unconventional way. Marvin delighted us, inspired us, and stretched us. He taught us to think.
– Danny Hillis, February 2, 2016
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Launched in early 2016, the Journal of Design and Science (JoDS) captures the antidisciplinary ethos of the MIT Media Lab. Like the Lab, it opens new connections between science and design, encouraging discourse that breaks down the barriers between traditional academic disciplines. It explores not only the design of science, but also the science of design.
JoDS intends to incite much-needed change in academic publishing by challenging traditional academic silos as well as the established publishing practices associated with them.
The journal will be hosted on an open-access, open-review, rapid publication platform called PubPub, created by students at the Media Lab. PubPub is a collaborative publication environment with rich commenting features, and powerful, intuitive authoring tools. JoDS articles are authored directly within the PubPub environment, which provides support for multimedia, image integration, and large data sets.
Unlike journals that operate within a formal peer review system and rigid disciplinary framework, JoDS invites jargon-free communication across all fields of design and science, unconventional formats, and widespread community participation. JoDS empowers authors to engage in fruitful, ongoing discussion about their work with members of many different communities, both within and outside of their home disciplines. This rich, peer-to-peer approach to review provides for a much broader array of perspectives, new pathways forward, and emergent topics for further research.
JoDS will be shepherded by a team led by MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito, and published in partnership with the MIT Press. All JoDS articles are published under a CC-BY 4.0 License.