I always like to keep up to date in whatever is new in design. Not only on who won the latest competition or what new cool project Interior Design Magazine has but also in the design research matter. It turns out that I am a huge believer in creating a design based on research and educated decisions rather than pure aesthetics which took me to investigate if there were any publications, blogs or websites where I could get this kind of information. Luckily, I found something in the library of my school (who would have thought?) that is very interesting.
Design Issues "provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design."as their website states. Not only graphic design or industrial design but design as a whole.
It makes you think in-depth about design history, human-computer interface, service design, organization design, etc. There are no pictures of pretty furniture or objects (maybe some explanatory charts) but it is full of rich content that could open a nice discussion between you and your designer peers or could be good reference material for you next project.
Forget about the boring 30+ pages studies where you lose track after reading three pages, this academic journal is easy enough to be understood by anybody with interest in the profession and extensive enough to give you insights and a different way of thinking about design. The journal has an online and a physical version. It is published under the MIT Press Journals and comes out quarterly.
Not convinced? Wander in their website , read some of their abstracts and I am sure you will find the same value in it that I did.