My published work is often both written and visual (sometimes sonic), and can be found in peer-reviewed academic journals, conference proceedings, and magazines, across design, arts, and humanities disciplines.

Whenever possible, I’ve made these works accessible or downloadable through the links on this page. Or, send me an email to request jbarness [at]

Episode 84: Jessica Barness

2018, interview on Scratching the Surface design criticism podcast.

Dancin’ to a New Tune: The Subversive, Entrepreneurial Flexi Disc

2018, on Design Observer.

Like a Letter, You

2017, by Jessica Barness and Vince Giles, in MATLIT: Materialidades da Literatura.

Critical Practices as Design Scholarship: Strategies and Opportunities

2017, by Jessica Barness and Steven McCarthy, for Design Incubation.

Network Effect et la cacophonie humaine

2017, in Spirale, no. 260. Original manuscript (English).

First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making

2017, in Dialectic (AIGA scholarly journal), vol. 1, no. 1.

Designing the Emigre Magazine Index: Theory and Practice in an Alternative Research Tool

2016, in Design and Culture, vol. 8, no. 2.

Critical Making at the Edges

2015, by Jessica Barness and Amy Papaelias, Visible Language special issue Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities, vol. 49, no. 3.

Letters are Media, Words are Collage: Writing Images through A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six

2015, in Message, vol. 2. Message Research Group, Plymouth University, UK.

Social Disruptions: WYSi-WE, What You See is What Emerged

2015, in Visual Communication, vol. 14, no. 1.

Pushing Design’s Edges with Sound Interactions

2014, in SEGD Research Journal: Communication + Place. Web version:

Performing Human Pixels in Glitched: Portraits of Transformation

2014, by Jessica Barness and Steven McCarthy, in 9th ICDHS: Tradition, Transition, Trajectories: Major or Minor Influences? Proceedings, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.

Common Sounds

2011, in Currents in Electronic Literacy, vol. 12.