Everything you need to know about writing for Work Design Magazine.
Our Editorial and Submission Process
Work Design Magazine is dedicated to exploring the evolution of workplace culture, research, and design. Our readers are knowledgeable and informed workplace design experts. They know their stuff – therefore, we do not publish articles that assume they don’t.
Please make sure your article follows our guidelines before sharing.
We receive more submissions than we can publish and often have to decline good pieces when our calendar is full. We also will decline pieces due to time limitations or if they’re too similar to other work we have published. We encourage you to try again with other ideas even if we have declined something you have submitted. If your pitches have been declined multiple times, it may mean that your ideas are not a fit for our readers.
We ask authors to aim for substance about a problem they’ve encountered or a concept they’ve tested (or think ought to be tested). It can feature a recent project, and should contain something actionable for readers—for example, it might answer questions about what can be done, what others have done, or policies, procedures, and/or work environments that “work”.
Authors must be current workplace practitioners.
Articles should take into account the commercial architecture and design audience and engage readers by offering practical takeaways. Work Design Magazine’s audience is increasingly international, so articles should focus on globally applicable best practices.
Once your article pitch has been approved by our editorial team, you can then proceed with writing the full piece. All articles submitted to Work Design Magazine must be original content that has not been published elsewhere (print or electronic).
Our editorial process includes several rounds of revisions before publication. We reserve the right to alter the structure and title of your article. If we make any changes, it’s because we believe the edited version will help your idea better reach the audience it deserves.
Write as if you are talking to one of your peers.
Please maintain a third-person voice at all times. Do not write in first or second person. Try to avoid slang and provide context when describing hypothetical scenarios. When using acronyms, spell out the first use, followed by the acronym in parentheses.
Work Design has several content sharing agreements with some amazing partners such as IIDA, CoreNet, and AllWork, so there is the possibility that your piece will be picked up there after publishing.
Upon posting, we require all contributors join us in celebrating by sharing your piece far and wide on your organization’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest pages and be sure to tag us @workdesignmag or use #workdesignmagazine.
If you are looking to promote your brand or for an advertorial, we have lots of affordable paid opportunities which are outlined in our Media Kit.
We typically require that articles span from 1,000-1,500 words – however even 2,500+ articles keep our audience’s attention. In general, the average time on our site is higher than ever, so our audience is sticking with longer pieces. Shorter pieces still perform well too, so don’t feel you need to stretch anything out either.
High-quality images are essential in illustrating your idea and we require at least four per article. Please only submit high-resolution images. They should be 300 dpi (dots per inch) or at least 1MB file size in JPEG format. Only JPEG files will be accepted. Please do not only embedded your images within Word files as this reduces the image quality; please also send image files separately.
Ready to submit your idea? We require the following items to accompany your article:
- A minimum of 1,000 words.
- At least four high-quality, high-res images with corresponding captions and proper credit to illustrate the article. (Maximum image size is 100MB and must be JPEG format).
- Social media tags to promote the published article.
- The author’s LinkedIn profile.
- A current head shot and brief biography of the author (be sure to include if you hold a position on any workplace association boards).
- Keep article titles under 75 characters including spaces.
- Do not use footnote/endnotes. Use in-text citations if necessary.
- Self-promotional / advertorial pieces will be declined (this includes links).
- We only publish original content that has not been published elsewhere.
- We don’t repeat topics and all submissions must be original.
- Our readers love research and data-based information. As a potential contributor, we encourage you to use it knowing that you’ll assume the role of verifying all facts in your piece before submitting it.
- Don’t be afraid to tackle sophisticated issues and topics. Write your piece as if you are communicating with a savvy colleague.
- If you are looking to promote your brand, please check out our Media Kit for paid opportunities.
Are you looking to have a direct promotion of your brand, product or solution?
Know of a cutting-edge workplace project that was completed in the past 12 months?
- Generally, it’s best that a designer, architect, or workplace strategist who worked on the project acts as our main contact.
- We love to hear from employees currently working in the new space who worked closely with the project team and had a hand in the big decisions.
- Be creative and tell us why your project matters!