This is indeed an out of the ordinary issue. First and foremost it is the first double-issue, where we present a number of full papers based on some of the material presented at the 2nd international bi-annual conference on “Design for Learning – a new conceptualization of learning”, held in Stockholm in 2010. Our aim was perhaps a bit more modest than what the by-line articulated – still we wanted to put forward a design-theoretic and multimodal perspective on learning, based on the understanding of communication, meaning-making and transformative sign-making. The included papers from the conference, reflects these issues and have been revised, submitted, editorial, and double blind reviewed to ensure the standards of this journal. Secondly, this issue marks the beginning of the new partnership formed between the original Stockholm-based group DidaktikDesign at Stockholm University, and the Copenhagen-based group from the Danish School of Education at Aarhus University. The partnership extends merely editing of the journal at hand; we also contemplate to cooperate on coming conferences and publications.