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Design Social | Design Economies | Design Making



Cubic Journal, in conjunction with Cubic Society, is an academic platform for the publication and dissemination of design enquiry and design related research.

Operating from within The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design, the platforms aims to draw together global scholars in order to generate, exchange and discuss contemporary questions within the pursuit of advancing knowledge through and within a number of design disciplines.

As online open source peer reviewed journal Cubic is open to a wide audience, allowing for the disciplinary crossover between various design positions, discourses and mediums, theoretical argument or through praxis. Moreover, With the geographic nexus of Hong Kong, the journal wishes to fuse Asian and Western knowledge to inform scholarly, technical and critical enquiry within the research fields of Design Social, Design Economies and Design Making.

The Cubic Journal will be published twice annually. Special editorials and thematic issues will be published outside the standard publication schedule. Cubic Journal follows a double blind peer review process relevant to each disciplinary formats and approaches. Contributions within the ‘traditional research’ format are equally encouraged in relation to research of artistic or experimental endeavours. Proposals are meant to critically engage with the various topics, based on the requirements of each issue.



With the constant shift of relationships between episteme and techne, and in its wake the alteration of science, knowledge and image, the questions and approach within design disciplines remain as open as ever before.

Operating as both projective [design] and analytic practices [de_/sign] Cubic focusses on the disciplinary intersection within three distinct realms: [a] Design Social (設計社會學): collaborative design with communities to improve their lives through participatory, theoretical and critical approaches, [b] Design Economies (設計經濟學): collaborative design that enhances the role of design in innovation and value creation in the private sector, and [c] Design Making (設計製造學): design investigations with communities and practices of making, and the global “maker movement,” as expressed through  technological, organizational as well as sociological facets.

“Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːbɪk/
Having the shape of a cube
1. Denoting a crystal system or three-dimensional geometrical arrangement
having three equal axes at right angles: the sodium and chloride ions form two
intersecting cubic structures,
2. Denoting a unit of measurement equal to the volume of a cube whose side
is one of the linear units specified,
3. Involving the cube [and no higher power] of a quantity or variable”.

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The Editors – Cubic Journal

c/o Gerhard BruynsEnvironmental & Interior Design

School of Design

802 Jockey Club Innovation Tower

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom, Hong Kong