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The Design Society publishes the proceedings of its events in electronic form both as individual papers on this web site and in the form of USB sticks or CDs distributed to attendees of the events. In many cases it also publishes the proceedings as physical books, printed using modern ‘print-on-demand’ facilities through Lightning Source and available for purchase through Amazon and other on-line retailers. Where the Society endorses events it comes to agreement with the organisers of the events for the papers to be available on this web site.
All electronic papers are available for Society members to download free of charge through this web site. Some older papers for which the Society owns the copyright are also available publicly, while others are available for purchase by non-members at a nominal charge. Where the copyright is not owned by the Society then it is not possible to offer the papers to non-members.
In addition to papers the Society is developing a number of other resources that will be of value to those interested in the study of design, including a repository of PhD theses and a library of case studies and transcripts of design activities. These are again available for download by members of the Society but in this case they are not available for sale to non-members.
The number of resources available is listed against each category on the right of this page. The resources are searchable using the search boxes.
The Society's publications are indexed by Google Scholar, Scopus and other indexing bodies.