2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Designcalls is 4 years old!

This blog started on 8 October 2009, so we’re officially four years old (that’s an eternity on the Internet :-)

To date, there have been over a quarter million hits on the site’s 522 posts, and it has over 1,300 followers.  Thirty-six other people have contributed posts to this blog besides me.

I think this is great, and I’d like to that everyone who has contributed – either as an author or a reader – for making this blog a success.  I look forward to more great stuff in the coming year.

Fil Salustri

Announcement: filtering posts to avoid dubious publishers

I have been made aware of Jeffrey Beall’s excellent list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”  As the number of obvious fly-by-night publishers increases (exponentially, these days, it seems) so too does the risk that academics will end up with a weakened publication record if they fall for this scam.

So I will be checking publishers associated with CFPs that I might post here against Beall’s list.  If the publisher is on the list, the CFP will not be posted here.  I would encourage all my co-authors and readers to keep an eye out.  No one’s perfect, and something might get past me.  If you notice something weird in any of the CFPs posted (with respect to Beall’s list), please let me know by email and I will investigate.

2012 in review – Thanks Everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


This blog is now three years old!

It wouldn’t exist without all the authors who contribute to it, and the hundreds of people who follow it, so this is a celebration for all of us!

In the last three years, this site has been viewed over 190,000 times, and has over 900 followers.  It’s very gratifying to know that, once in a while, even I have a good idea. :-)  Thanks everyone!

Call for Expressions of Interest: Guest Editor – 2013 IDEA Journal (March 2012)

Launched in 1999, the IDEA JOURNAL is an international refereed journal dedicated to the publication of interior design/interior architecture research and as such provides a valuable resource to the discipline and associated design and theoretical fields.

The IDEA JOURNAL is central to IDEA*s objective to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed interior design/interior architecture research. The journal recognises and promotes interior design/interior architecture as a research activity relevant to its field where the definition of research includes research about design, research for design as well as research through design. To this end, the IDEA JOURNAL invites a range of contributions related to interior design/interior architecture research.

The role of Guest Editor is supported by:

  • the Executive Editor
  • the IDEA Editorial Advisory Committee who provides critical advice regarding research agendas for the journal and oversees the double blind refereeing process and the final selection of papers and contributions;
  • the External Advisory Committee who provide advice and feedback;
  • the Electronic Publications Editor.

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Two years of DesignCalls – thanks again!

Yesterday, 15 Oct, was the 2nd anniversary of this blog.  I remain extremely gratified by the response and I’ll continue to do the best I can.

For the record, we’re nearly at 116,000 views and we now have 365 subscribers.  You can refer to a previous thank you note from earlier this year to note the tremendous growth over the last 10 months or so.

Once again, thanks to everyone.


300 subscribers!


I was just notified by Wordpress central that this blog now has 300 subscribers!

That’s great news, and I’m very gratified to find that it seems this idea is appreciated by the design community.

Please note that if you would like to contribute to this blog yourself, you can: make sure that your CFPs are posted in a timely manner help get more CFPs posted; and give me a bit of a break. :-)

To find out how to contribute, visit the About page for this blog.

A note of thanks!

Since it was started in October 2009, this blog has been hit over 55,000 times and has 29 actual subscribers from all over the world (France, Thailand, Australia, India, USA, UK, to name a few – even Canada!).  The hit rate has been climbing slowly ever since it started.  I also know that the Design Society uses this blog to help build it’s own list of events, and I’m most gratified by that.

I would note that I’m happy to add other authors to this blog; besides the purely selfish goal of lowering the number of posts I make myself, I’d like to think this is one way that we can all work together.

The bottom line is this: thanks!

New Theme for DesignCalls

I’ve changed the theme for this blog.  The biggest problem was that the tag cloud was getting too big to render nicely in the relatively small box assigned to it.  Also, I was quite limited in the number of widgets I could display.  I hope the new theme is a little better that way.


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