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Design Research News, June 2017


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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 22 Number 4, Jun 2017 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter      http://www.designresearchsociety.org


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Professor Rachel Cooper OBE announced as new president of The Design
Research Society

The Design Research Society is delighted to announce that Professor
Rachel Cooper OBE has been named as its new President. Rachel is the
Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster
University. Professor Cooper's research interests cover: design
thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of
industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially
responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics,
including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities' and 'The Handbook of
Wellbeing and the Environment'. She is also series editor of the
Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such
as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport,
health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design
Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design.

On being appointed, Rachel said;

"I am extremely honoured to be the new DRS president. As the longest
established learned society for the design research, DRS have been
a constant force throughout my career, enabling me access to
contemporary theory and practice in design research and to work with
colleagues across the world. As DRS enters into its next 50 years I
look forward to supporting and promoting the purpose of DRS and design
research in a global context that offer so many opportunities for this
discipline to make a difference to our lives and our planet."

Outgoing President Professor Nigel Cross commented;

"I have been a member of the Design Research Society for 50 years -
from soon after its founding in 1966 - and I have been its President
for the last 11 years. The society has never been in a stronger
position than it is today, and on a truly international scale. I am
delighted to have been associated with this growing success, which is
due to the efforts of many people, but especially the active members
of its Council in recent years. I have been honoured to be President,
and I am very pleased to be handing over to Rachel Cooper as the new
President. I wish the Society continued success." 



21-24 May 2018 - DESIGN 2018 Call for Papers

Palace, DUBROVNIK, Croatia

The forthcoming DESIGN 2018 Conference will continue to be a great
eventfounded on tradition and excellence. Although we live in a
networked worldcommunicating and exchanging ideas by emails, virtual
meetings and socialnetworks DESIGN 2018 conference will provide
invaluable opportunity tomeet colleagues face-to-face, to exchange
new ideas and build a personalnetwork in a direct contacts.

We invite high-quality submissions for DESIGN 2018 covering
substantial,original and previously unpublished research. Applied,
theoretical andresults-oriented papers from both academia and
industry, based on thoroughanalysis or argumentation will be
considered for the conference programme.

Submissions should fit into one of the proposed conference topics:














Important Dates:

- Online submission will open on July 1, 2017

- Full paper submission deadline: December 11, 2017

- Final acceptance of papers: February 23, 2018

- Publish ready papers: March 19, 2018

- Final conference program: April 2018

For submission instructions please visit:

www.designconference.org/submission  DESIGN 2018 is endorsed event of
The Design Society.

DESIGN 2018 CfP for download is available at:


13 September 2017 - INTERSECTIONS: Collaborations in Textile Design

Closes 31 May 2017

INTERSECTIONS: Collaborations in Textile Design Research | Conference
and Exhibition
Loughborough University in London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

INTERSECTIONS is a one-day conference with exhibition of work
organised by the Textile Design Research Group[1] at Loughborough
University exploring collaborations in textile design research to be
held at Loughborough University in London on 13 September 2017.

INTERSECTIONS is interested in case studies which reveal unusual
connections and cross- or interdisciplinary collaborations furthering
research in the field of textiles and textile design.  How are these
initiated? What makes a successful collaboration leading to innovative
research? What are the issues? Why collaborate?

Topics may include:

- Collaborations with society, industry, institutions

- SMART, functional, wearable, interactive textiles

- Materials

- Processes

- Integrated digital practice

- Craft, hands-on design, hand processes

- Emerging technologies

- Applied textile thinking

- Well-being

- Sustainability

The exhibition will show work which demonstrates textile design
research through collaboration and cross/interdisciplinary practice.
 This could be practice resulting from collaboration, a collection of
research samples illustrating a conference submission or collaborative

Key dates:

- Deadline for submission of full papers 31 May 2017

- Deadline for exhibition proposals 31 May 2017

- Deadline for submission of exhibition work 31 August 2017

For exhibition application: a 200-300 word proposal of work which
demonstrates textile design research through collaboration and
cross/interdisciplinary practice with up to 4 related images (maximum
size 1MB) and a 100 word artist biography no later than 31 May 2017 to
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15-17 February 2018 - Representation: Process and Practice Across
Design Disciplines Conference
College of Architecture, Art and Design American University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Call for Abstracts

The evolution of representational methodologies in the visual arts as
well as design education and practice has altered the means by which
concepts are developed and presented. Advances in technology have
facilitated novel approaches to representation that have influenced
the design process and practice across a range of disciplines. The
Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD) conference
seeks submissions that explore a broad range of representational
strategies, methods and media in contemporary art and design education
and practice. The conference will consider the role that
representation plays in reshaping and advancing ideas about graphic
communication in both the academy and practice.

The conference organizers also invite full session proposals that
include three to four papers topically related.

Details from:
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19-21 September 2017 - The Design School Kolding Microconference: Call
for papers Addressing designed form

The conference's aim is to draw the attention of design research back
to the form of designed objects.  

Full paper draft (5000 words including abstract): June 25th  2017
Notification of acceptance: August 15th 2017
Final paper: August 15th, 2017
Registration closes: August 30th, 2017

Discussing the form in design research: Hillier (1998) asks how much
design should be regarded as a legitimately intuitively process as
opposed to one that "is intuitive by default, and awaiting
emancipation to a systematic procedure." Hillier posed that question
in the context of space syntax and urban planning. It is however still
valid for industrial design.  Hillier addressed the idea that in
dealing with configuration (meaning form) designers are engaging in a
non-discursive process: "we have no words and concepts that describe
it at anything like the complexity at which we create it and
experience it in the real world". This is an elaborate way of saying
one must use a thousand words to describe a picture. More yet are
needed for the process of creation.

Thirteen years later Scott-Swann and Luchs (2011) identify priority
opportunities for research on product design. They note that most
research is "conceptual in nature and relatively few studies have
empirically examined the relationships among form, function and
consumer response". Note the use of the word empirical.  Even if
Hillier's space syntax model attempts to quantify spatial
relationships in design, the question asked is a reminder that the
core of design is non-discursive. However, the vast bulk of design
research focuses on that part of design which Hillier calls bringing
the non-discursive into the realm of the discursive. This is the kind
called for by Scott-Swann and Luchs.

While parts of the design process can be so rendered (the technical,
procedural aspects), the core of design, the visual is seemingly
neglected other than the stimulus for a consumer response. The
preferred natural science formats in design research writing tend to
underplay the qualitative. Consider the structuring formula of
background, literature review, hypothesis, methods, data and analysis.
If the difference between design and engineering is the subjective and
qualitative, is this format appropriate?

Even qualitative research tends towards a hypothetico-deductive model
where one tries to convert qualitative data into something
quantitative. Consider the hypothetical case of a study of the nature
of joints in product design: how could this be treated? As David Pye
(1964) noted, it is often the case that perceptions of quality reside
in the craftsmanship of joints. A process-based inquiry centered on
interviews with designers would not capture the character of the
issue. Quantitative surveys of users simply measure perceptions of the
objects, not the objects themselves. A numerical study of joints
(types and frequency of use) would not throw light on the aesthetics
of the subject matter.  There isn't a "theory" of joints and numerical
data would not have added to the finite list of joint topologies. A
similar condition pertains for curvature, proportion, volume, colour
and texture although all can be quantitatively described. So, leading
from this it would appear that a significant qualitative topic is
beyond discussion if it does not fit into a natural science or social
science boxes.

Without wishing to reduce the legitimacy of existing branches of
design research, participants are invited to present papers that show
how one can analyse, discuss and theorise on the qualitative in
design, that part of design which exists in drawings and the
physicality of products. The output should be essays that can inform
those researching and practicing design. They should also be useful to
those learning the discipline and who wish to have a conceptual
framework for form-giving and its meanings.

Contributors will be asked to present their paper and to provide a
detailed commentary on the work of one other participant. As such the
micro-conference will be an opportunity for wide ranging and
considered discussion.

Places at the conference are limited to twelve.

The organisers intend for a selection the papers to be published in a
special issue of a design journal: dicussions are underway to this

Review will be by double-blind peer review.

For further information please contact Richard Herriott, Assistant
Professor, Industrial Design [log in to unmask]

8-10 March 2018 - Second SDN Design Research Winter Summit 2018 at the
FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel

Questioning the role of design in times of global transformation

Present discourses in design research, art, cultural studies, media
studies, philosophy, and social science are dominated by the
much-debated concept of the 'Anthropocene,' which supposedly elicits a
heightened sensitivity for the negative impact that anthropocentric
policies and technologies continue to have on our planet, and thus on
the terms and conditions of humanity's long-term survival. Against the
backdrop of catastrophe and normalized crisis, designers as
problem-solvers and agents of material-visual culture are called upon
to draft speculative scenarios, construct artificial worlds, and
develop smart solutions. However, the current tendency to see global
crisis first and foremost as a worldwide design competition has
deservedly received much criticism. Against this backdrop, we feel
urged to ask: How can design make a significant contribution to a more
just society and sustainable forms of living without impeding or
compromising bottom-up initiatives? How can it foster political and
social engagement beyond user-centered or speculative approaches? How
can design practice and theory influence how problems are approached
without marginalizing the voices of those who are most directly
affected? How can designers intervene in environmental issues without
turning them into design projects that value aesthetics over
commitment? What strategies are being formulated by different
approaches to design education? Finally, what specific function does
the mode of (design) research have: how can scholarly reflexivity and
alternative forms of knowledge be combined with concrete social

The characterization of design as a mode of social and environmental
transformation has a long tradition. Decades ago, design scholars such
as Herbert Simon, Otl Aicher, Victor Papanek, Tomas Maldonado, Horst
Rittel, and Lucius Burckhardt drew attention to the fundamentally
artificial character of what we call environment and emphasized the
central role of design in creating futures and pasts. Papanek's Design
for the Real World (1971) provided an important impetus for critically
revisiting the Western-Modernist foundations of design and the
resulting concepts, artefacts, and applications. Various contributions
to the history and theory of participatory design or social design
(Brock, 1977; Binder et al., 2011; Manzini, 2015; Margolin, 2015;
Banz, 2016) have further directed attention to the power dynamics
characteristic for design and the determining effects of design. It is
now more crucial than ever to reflect critically on the image of
design as an omnipotent problem-solving activity for the 'real world,'
and to discuss concrete design projects that respond to current social
and political conditions.

Recent concepts for a problem- and context-conscious design practice,
such as 'transformation design' (Jonas et al., 2015; Sommer/Welzer,
2016) or 'transition design' (Irwin et al., 2015), have involved
rethinking established understandings of aesthetics and speculation.
Further, the emergence of platforms such as 'Decolonizing Design'
exemplifies attempts to overcome the marginalization of design
approaches that originate and flourish in the Global South. The focus
of such approaches is on topics such as sustainability, waste
reduction and recycling, social justice, and postcolonial design
models. From this perspective, it seems worthwhile investigating
politically committed (social) design projects as to their underlying
philosophies and cultural contexts in order to approach more humble
and aware modes of intervention. How can we reimagine design as an
unbounded, queer, and unfinished practice that approaches the world
from within instead of claiming an elevated position? How, for once,
can we try to see design as a situated practice instead of turning it
into the Global North's escape and problem-solving strategy? How can
we think about one world without falling into planetary-scale thinking
and the idea that resilience is our only hope?

What is needed is a radically new understanding of design practice and
education that unfolds its potential in interaction with different
actors, cultures, disciplines, production and knowledge cultures. On
the one hand, this requires repositioning design between creative
practice in the narrower sense and an extended, form-independent and
interdisciplinary concept of intervening; on the other hand, design
should from the outset problematize approaches and perspectives that
are mainly determined by the Global North.

The Second SDN Design Research Winter Summit 2018, hosted by the FHNW
Academy of Art and Design Basel/Switzerland, is calling for
contributions that address the outlined topics and covering the full
field of both practice-led and theoretical-historical design research.
Particularly desirable are small-scale projects targeting real-world
impact, which are committed to the conference themes and whose authors
are willing to reflect critically on these projects during the
conference. Finally, relevant proposals that do not stem from design
research in the narrower sense, but which relate to policy and
sustainability research, development cooperation, urban planning, or
social work, for example, are also welcome.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for lectures, project
presentations, and workshops. We explicitly encourage applications
that propose an experimental approach to the conference's topic
(visual presentations, documentary films, social media, etc.).

Applications must be written in English, should not exceed 3000 words
(excluding references), and should be submitted as a single PDF. Large
media files should be included as weblinks in the PDF. Additionally,
authors must include a short biography of maximum 250 words.
Collective submissions are also welcome. All contributions will be
peer reviewed. All applications should be sent via the Easyschair
Platform before August 15, 2017. For more information about the
content of the conference please contact: [log in to unmask]

Key dates:

15 August 2017: Deadline for applications

1 October 2017: Notification of acceptance and reviewer feedback

8-10 March 2018: Conference

Submissions at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bechange2018


22-24 September 2017 - CFP: OUR AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE Second annual
conference of Automotive Historians Australia

We would like to cordially invite you to submit your papers and
participate in 'OUR AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE', the second annual conference
of Automotive Historians Australia hosted by University of Adelaide
and the National Motor Museum

Adelaide, South Australia.

2017 is a significant year for motor vehicle manufacture in Australia
with the closure of the last Holden plant at Elizabeth. To recognise
that event and to acknowledge the important work of restoration and
the preservation of motor vehicles by private owners and in motor
museums the theme of the 2017 Automotive Historians Australia

Papers are sought that address the broad theme in one or more of the
following ways:

- The significance of vehicle manufacturing in Australia with respect
to its economic and social impacts

- The significance of Holden to Australian society and culture

- The restoration of vehicles including methods, philosophical debates
around restoration and curatorial policy, technology and design

- Curatorial practices and museum directions including display, social
history in motor museums, collection policy and new museology for the
collection and exhibition of Australian motoring heritage

- The ephemeral heritage of the motoring life, which may include for
example motoring advertisements, posters, art work, popular culture,
literary expression, the products of support industries

- International automotive heritage, which may include for example
international museological practice in motor museums, international
motoring manufacture, the preservation of motoring heritage in an
international context.

- Design heritage including automotive design, the architecture of the
roadside to support motoring culture and the ways in which we record
and engage with design heritage.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the
organising committee by Thursday 29 June 2017. Abstracts will be blind
reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee.
Full papers will be presented at the conference (20 minutes
presentation, 10 minutes for questions). A selection of the best
papers will be invited to be submitted (4500 words, including notes)
to be published in an edited volume by the Automotive Historians
Australia post conference.

Abstracts submitted for review and presentations for the conference
proceedings should be original research that has not previously been
published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial
development from a prior publication.

Abstracts due 29 June 2017

Abstract acceptances sent out 28 July 2017

Conference 22-24 September 2017

Edited volume papers due 30 November 2017

Abstracts may be in Word format with the following information and in
this order:  a) author, b) affiliation as you would like it to appear
in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of

Emails should have in the subject heading:

'Our Motoring Heritage Abstract Submission', and be submitted to:

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4 July 2017 - Workshop on Dealing with Sensitive and Personal Issues
in Participatory Design

We invite researchers, designers and practitioners to join us for this
workshop and explore how sensitive, personal and sometimes
embarrassing information about users can be elicited in a safe and
supportive way. The 3-hour workshop will present techniques for
developing deep empathy and understanding for end users, and
ultimately create better end products.

The workshop is part of the 31st British Human-Computer Interaction
conference, 3-6 July 2017 in Sunderland (http://hci2017.bcs.org) and
participants must register through the conference website. The
workshop will take place on Tuesday 4 July 9.00-12.00, which is just
before the main conference starts.

SUBMIT A POSITION PAPER We welcome prospective participants to submit
short position papers (max. 4 pages) covering any relevant topic
related to dealing with sensitive and personal issues in participatory
design. Your submission should focus on challenges encountered and the
methods you use in your practice to overcome these challenges (whether
they worked or not). During the workshop we will ask you to share
these methods with other participants. For submission guidelines see

The workshop is free for full conference attendants (#20 for day
visitors). All workshop attendants are invited to the Tuesday evening
social event at St Peter's (see

AFTER THE WORKSHOP We plan to publish a special issue on the workshop
topic in a relevant international HCI journal. Workshop attendees will
be invited to expand on their workshop submissions, alongside a
general call for papers.


1-3 March 2018 - The 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design
Student (2018)

34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. This
conference is mainly aimed at design educators and I would like to
invite all those interested you to participate and join the discussion
on the best practices in foundational design education.

Location: College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP),
University of Cincinnati, USA

Call for Submission
Deadline for all submissions October 1, 2017

Theme: TIME

Submission categories: Abstract, Paper Session, Film and Video, Film
and Video Panel, Performance

STARTING TIME - Leveraging the Past

Students begin their design education with diverse backgrounds and
different sets of experiences and expectations. How is this diversity
cultivated in the context of a beginning design curriculum? Should
beginning design education serve as a formalized and unified reset for
all students, regardless of their unique points of entry? Are
homogeneity and heterogeneity both pedagogical goals in beginning
design? History and precedents are essential components of design
education. How are these embedded in studio culture and curricular
structure? How has the encyclopedic reach of the internet changed the
study of history and the use of precedents?

TAKING TIME - Focusing the Present

Time and attention are increasingly subject to interruptions -
intentional, habitual or unexpected. Students are more than ever in
the habit of multitasking, of incorporating multiple and simultaneous
stimuli in their workspaces. How are these new realities affecting not
only learning environments but also the character and quality of
learning itself? Evidence abounds that solitude and long stretches of
unimpeded concentration are necessary for the evolution of
understanding, practices and skills. What is happening at the
intersections of short time (interrupted) and expansive time
(uninterrupted) in beginning design education?

Beginning design students are situated in institutions, which are in
turn situated in communities. At what point do design students reach
past the frame of the university and into the larger social, cultural
and built context? What initiatives exist to facilitate or encourage
this reach?

SHAPING TIME - Imagining the Future

Many institutions incorporate professional experience as an integral
part of design education. How much should the educational experience
include industry experience? Where should the anticipation of and
preparation for an employment future be situated in design education?
How is deepening in the now related to planning for and tasting parts
of what is to come?

In times of rapid technological, cultural and political change, design
educators are readying students for an uncertain future. How are
students prepared not only for success but also for failure? How are
they taught to be adaptable? How are they taught to be responsible for
their own lifetime of learning?


Visioning Technologies - the Architectures of Sight. Call for Papers

Please have a look at this journal special issue now
available. Submissions for follow on issues via the conference below.
Papers from Art and Design education very welcome.

Journal Special issue - Open Access: Visioning Technologies - the
Architectures of Sight.


Conference  -  Moving Images - Static Spaces: Architectures, Media,
Film, Communication, Digital Art and Design.


20-24 August 2018 - The next Participatory Design Conference is taking
place next year in Belgium. As in previous editions of PDC, we aim to
continue strengthening dialogue with and opportunities to learn from
practitioners active in commercial, government, and not-for-profit

PDC2018 - Expressions of interest from PD practitioners outside

Previous PDC conferences have included contributions from
international organizations such as Google, Intel, IBM, Lego as well
as many NGOs, civic organizations, governments and municipalities from
around the world. Come and join us to help grow the PDC community!

If you are a PD practitioner working in the industry (e.g. commercial,
government, and not-for-profit organizations) and would like to get a
better grasp of how you can contribute and learn from the PD community
this is for you! In this edition of PDC we plan to provide tailored
support for practitioners active in commercial, government, and
not-for-profit organizations so they can submit their work to any of
the PDC submission categories, instead of organizing a special
practitioners track.

Are you interested in this type of support?  Send us an expression of
interest (1 A4 max) before September 1st, 2017. We, Industry Chairs,
will review all expressions of interest, provide feedback on the
contribution as well as guidance on the most suitable submission
category for a potential manuscript.  Chairs might additionally offer
or help finding coaching options or co-authoring support.

More details and instructions:


Contact: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

31 January - 2 February 2018 - 5th International Conference on Design
Creativity (ICDC 2018)
University of Bath, United Kingdom

The 5th International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2018) will
take place in Bath, UK 31st Jan-2nd February 2018. The conference
series is founded on shared international interest in studying the
nature of design creativity. The conference's core topics include:
cognitive processes underlying design creativity, computational models
of design creativity, and practical processes to incorporate the human
and social dimensions.

Conscious Creativity is the special theme for ICDC2018. The conference
will continue to offer a specialised forum for those consciously
studying the topic of creativity within design. However, we also
welcome submissions on the use of design creativity methods and theory
that consciously address the global design problems of the 21st
century such as effective remote collaboration, enabling
cross-cultural perspectives, approaches to sustainable resource and
environmental management, and the role of technology in creative

The 5th ICDC conference is an official conference of the Design
Society promoted by its Special Interest Group (SIG) on Design
Creativity. The SIG was established in 2007; since then, its remit has
expanded to include researchers and practitioners in the areas of:
design, engineering, computer science, education, management,
linguistics, and cognitive science.


The paper template is now available for download and submission will
be open from 2nd June. Papers should be submitted electronically
through the conference CMS system and must not exceed 8 pages. Please
adhere to the Instructions for Authors.

Due date for full paper submissions: 8th September 2017
Due date for paper acceptance notifications: 10th November 2017
Due date for revised papers: 1st December 2017

The topics and themes of the conference include -- but are not limited

- Collaborative creative design

- Cognition in creative design

- Creative design processes and methods

- Creative design cultures

- Design creativity support tools

- Measuring creativity and its impact

- Social dimensions of creative design

- Teaching creativity and innovation

- Bio-inspired design

- Open innovation for creative industries

- ICT for creativity

- Creative processes in design

- Creativity for sustainability

- Creativity for complex problems

- Linking creativity to innovation

- Creative learners and practitioners

- Case studies of new creative practice

- Big data to support creative practice

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by the Scientific
Committee. Papers accepted and presented at the podium sessions will
be published through the Design Society. The most significant papers,
after revision and extension, will be recommended for submission to a
special issue of the Scopus-listed International Journal of Design
Creativity and Innovation (also listed in the Emerging Sources
Citation Index), which will be published in collaboration with this

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6-7 September 2017 -DementiaLab 2017 - CFP deadline extension

The theme for this year's Dementia Lab is sharing the underlying
questions that designers, researchers and educators face in their
design process for and together with people with dementia.

This second edition of the Dementia Lab event, wishes to support the
sharing of the successes and failures in the design process for and
with persons with dementia by inviting contributions from designers,
researchers, educators. Participation without submission is self
evidently possible as well.

We have extended the submission deadline. Our new time table

Deadline for submission: 20th of June 2017
Deadline for student grant submission: 20th of June 2017
Notification of acceptance (student grant/contribution): beginning of
Deadline for registering: 1st of August 2017

(participation without submitting a contribution is self-evidently

Announcement of program (submissions + keynotes): half of July

The event program is open for traditional contributions such as papers
and workshop proposals. Additionally, there is the possibility to
share experiences through stories as well as showcase the designs made
together with/for persons with dementia. The poster exhibition gives
the opportunity to discuss preliminary ideas or share an experience in
a poster format. Selected submissions will be published in the event

As the event is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the
Fachhochschule Dortmund, the cost to attend is free. However, no more
than 50 participants can attend. We have a travel support for students
of up to 250 euro.


20-23 Novemeber 2017 - CfP: Cumulus Conference Letters to the Future Hosted by Srishti
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, India

In accordance with the general theme "Letters to the Future" we would
like to offer three tracks for the letters that can be submitted for
this conference.

Letters to the Future Anxiety, emergency and fear seem to be the
driving forces of our time. Perhaps the changes around us are too
rapid; the issues that envelope us are too vitiated to permit
contemplation. To endow the passing moment with vividness and delight
seems impossible.

How do we as artists and designers address these issues? How do we
absorb the present, foresee the future, force the navigation, order
the sequence, replace the predictable and drive the imagination?


In accordance with the general theme "Letters to the Future" we would
like to offer three tracks for the letters that can be submitted for
this conference:

1. A Letter for Imagination and Abundance I can afford to dream.
Papers should explore the themes of the power of imagination and sense
of abundance as opposed to anxiety around the argument pertaining to
sustainability and/or adversely proposed future scenarios.

2. A Letter for Resurgence and Impossible I feel I can afford to
relax. Papers can explore/explain/discuss the power of resurgence,
assuring a sense of impossible possibilities, as opposed to
emergencies around the argument related to speed.

3. A Letter for Apprehension and Ambition I feel I can afford to play.
Papers can deal with the power of ambition, the sense of winning over
apprehension as opposed to fear and phobia around the argument related
to wellbeing.


Following an interdisciplinary approach Srishti encourages exploration
and experimentation in practice, teaching, research or academia.
Therefore by saying "letters" we want to avoid framing the creative
energy of participants and wish to let them do this choice. Thus each
candidate can decide on the format that would reflect the content and
transmit his/her idea in the most appropriate way.

Submission Process

Participants are encouraged to submit posters, full papers and work in
other formats such as video or installation on the topics described
above. Regardless of the chosen format, an abstract or concept note of
200 words should be sent to the organisers
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way, it should summarize the background, objectives, significance, its
relation to the defined tracks and briefly mention conclusions.

All candidates who will have submitted abstracts will receive a
notification about the status of their application by the 10th of
September 2017. Authors whose contributions will have been accepted,
should proceed and submit full work by 10th of October 2017.

All abstracts will undergo a double blind review by an international
team of peers. Detailed guidance for submission of papers and work in
other formats can be found at the conference website soon at


Initial Submission Deadline: 10th of July 2017

Notification to the Authors: 10th of September 2017

Final Submission Deadline: 10th of October 2017


All accepted works will be gathered in a compilation with ISBN number
and e-published.

Should you have any questions or doubts, please, contact organizers:
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16-17 October 2017 - UD17: NOISEWISE Multidisciplinary Doctoral Forum
in Design Research: noiseWise - call for short papers until 25 June

Design Research in face of current challenges to knowledge
Sixth Doctoral Forum on Design Research
University of Porto, Portugal


Call for short papers is now open until June 25.

Conference languages are English, Portuguese and Spanish.

UD17 is open to all PhD students and recent graduates whose projects
may benefit from, or be a benefit to, the discipline of Design and/or
Design Research. Attendance may also be of interest to potential
candidates to PhD courses.

UD17 will take place at the University of Porto Creative Industries
Incubator (UPTEC PINC).

Application and Participation are free of charge.

19-20 September 2017 - Design Research Network 2017 Call for Delegates
Drawing||Phenomenology: tracing lived experience through drawing
Drawing Research Network Conference 19th-20th September 2017

Conveners: TRACEY School Members, Loughborough University

The conference aims to investigate and consider the role of drawing as
a means to explore and trace our lived experience of the world. This
theme relates to a growing area of current research being undertaken
by researchers within the School of the Arts, TRACEY School Members
Group. The research stems from an interest in what many
practitioners/theorists acknowledge as fundamental attributes of
drawing: that it is an intimate and immediate process and medium
capable of recording the trace of the drawer's thoughts and bodily
movements. The act of drawing is said to reduce the space between the
drawer and the drawing, leaving marks on the surface regardless of
erasure, subsequently creating a visible trace of both the process of
making and the drawer's thoughts. The conference aims to discuss and
debate these widely accepted attributes of drawing to question whether
and/or how drawing really can be thought of as phenomenology.

The conference aims to provide a space for discussion, dissemination
and the exchange of knowledge. TRACEY is committed to the promotion of
practice-led research and the interrelationship of theory and
practice.  Therefore, the conference schedule includes academic
research papers in the mornings and a series of practical drawing
workshops in the afternoons, to encourage debate and promote thinking
through making.

Registration is now open for the conference and can be booked online
by clicking on the link below:


CFP: CoDesign SI on Value of Collaborative Design Research, outlines
by 30 June
CoDesign Special Issue: Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value
in Collaborative Design Research

In this special issue, we seek to discuss how the value of design
research programmes can be understood, communicated, and inform work
as it progresses. Funders typically evaluate research according to
impact that can be readily described in economic or societal terms.
Whilst this indeed demonstrates value, it does not completely capture
forms of value that collaborative design research produces, because
often they are less amenable to measurement or do not produce
quantifiable results within or soon after the funded period.

Design research is apt to be collaborative, involving diverse
stakeholder groups and forms of knowledge, leading to outcomes that
range in nature from discrete products and services, to new
experiences, processes and infrastructures. This diversity and
connectedness is a core strength of the discipline, but also a
challenge in articulating its value to assessors, and indeed to the
discipline of design research itself. There is an acute need to
consider how collaborative design research understands and captures
the value it offers to the world, addressing the demand for
articulating quantifiable value without losing the distinctive
theoretical and practical resources design research has to offer

We invite authors to consider, illustrate and reflect upon the
practical and conceptual challenges and opportunities of understanding
design research value. We invite authors to respond to the following
issues and questions:

Conceptions of value in collaborative design research:

What forms of value are most relevant to design research?

How can value that is distributed socially, organisationally and
temporally be understood?

How can understandings of value respond to co-produced and emergent
forms of knowledge?

Practical problems of identifying and capturing the value of
collaborative design research:

How has the effect and value of design and design research been
successfully (or unsuccessfully) captured in existing work?

How might emergent, diffuse, infrastructural and dynamic forms of
value be meaningfully captured?

What are the ethical implications of identifying and capturing the
effect of design research?

Assessing value in collaborative design research:

Given constraints on the time and expertise of assessors, what forms
of evidence could equip evaluators with the tools needed to understand

How have assessment methodologies been meaningfully employed, and what
new research has this enabled?

How can assessment account for new and disruptive forms of knowledge
and value?


30th June 2017: Submissions deadline for 1000-1500 word intentions to

31st August 2017: Notification of relevance sent to authors

30th of November  2017: submission of full papers

5th  March  2018: post-review notification of accept / reject /
revisions to authors

1st June  2018: Deadline for submission of revised papers

1st August  2018: Final selected papers to production

February  2019: Publication of the Special Issue


9-11 April 2018 - CFP: Breaking down barriers - CWUAAT 2018

the next Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive
Technology (CWUAAT) will be held 9-11 April 2018 at Cambridge
University. It is the 9th of a series of biennial workshops, which
provides an international forum where designers, computer scientists,
engineers, architects, ergonomists, ethnographers,  policymakers and
user communities meet to discuss aspects of inclusive design. This
time the theme of the workshop is 'Breaking down barriers'. The
website is available at 


Announcing the call-for-submissions for AIGA DEC Dialectic's Third

Authors are invited to submit works for the THIRD issue of Dialectic,
a biannual journal devoted to the critical and creative examination of
issues that affect design education, research, and inquiry. Michigan
Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of
Michigan, is publishing Dialectic on behalf of the American Institute
of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Educators Community (DEC). The third
issue will be published between November 15 and December 31, 2017.
Dialectic's third issue seeks papers and visual narratives that
highlight and explore convergences focusing on design-led
interdisciplinary scholarship, inventive teaching, and
transformational activities. This thematic outline is purposefully
aligned with the presentations, workshops and poster sessions that
animated the recent AIGA DEC-sponsored "Converge: Disciplinarities and
Digital Scholarship" conference at the University of Southern
California's (USC's) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). Dialectic's
Editorial Board hopes that conference attendees will consider
submitting papers based on their conference presentations, and that
they are joined by other educators or practitioners who wish to
contribute to this important discussion by submitting a piece for
possible publication in our third issue. Authors planning to
contribute to this issue, be they conference attendees or others, are
reminded that such works should be framed in one of the following
submission types, which are described in more detail later in this

- original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling

- research papers

- long-form case study reports/case series reports

- position papers

- criticism of designed artifacts, systems, and processes

- reviews of books, exhibitions, and conferences

- survey papers

- theoretical speculations

Each piece that Dialectic will publish must be based on fundamentally
sound scholarship and inquiry, written or designed so that is broadly
accessible, and focused on topics relevant to its audiences.

Questions to shape submissions for possible publication in Dialectic
Issue 03

The third issue of Dialectic seeks papers and visual essays/narratives
of interest to a diverse audience of design educators and
practitioners- Example prompts for authors include (but are not
limited to):

How can design converge with digital scholarship in more than a
superficial way?

How might aspects of digital scholarship impact design research?

What are key issues operating at the intersection of design and the

How might designers learn to construct knowledge and develop fluencies
in digital scholarship?

How might designers develop tools and platforms to facilitate digital
and/or analog projects?

What are promising areas where design thinking can lead digital
learning situations and collaborations?

How might digital research methods inform the design of user



Clarifications re: the call-for-submissions re: the AIGA DEC journal
Dialectic's Third Issue

 1-  The deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives
written and/or designed that meet Dialectic Issue 03's categorical
descriptions (see below) is: 5:00 pm CDT, July 24, 2017.

 2-  Authors planning to submit research, scholarship, criticism or a
visual narrative for possible publication in Issue 03 should be
advised that their submissions must be framed within one of the
following categories:

- original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling

- research papers

- long-form case study reports/case series reports

- position papers

- criticism of designed artifacts, systems, and processes

- reviews of books, exhibitions, and conferences

- survey papers

- theoretical speculations

More information about submitting manuscripts and visual narratives
for possible publication in Dialectic may be found at the following





You are cordially invited to submit or recommend a manuscript to
the Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and
Technology (JMEST, ISSN: 2458-9403, which is a peer-reviewed open
access academic journal and has been indexed by 20 databases so far. 

Call for Papers - Volume. 4 Issue. 6 (25th June - 2017) JMEST is the
one of the leading, renowned, open access, International Engineering
Journal. It is our immense pleasure to invite you to submit
manuscript/paper of your research/review/study in any engineering
research area for publication in the upcoming issue of our popular
e-journal JMEST.  Author Benefits: - Reliable, Easy, Transparent &
Rapid Publication Process- JMEST is globally accepted one of the
well-known International Engineering Journal.- Full Paper Soft
Copy with full colour Journal Cover Page (Online Version) - Soft Copy
of "Certificate of Publication" of all authors (instantly available
after publication) - Renowned & widely acceptable in major
Universities, Institutions around the world.- Access to featured rich
Online Author Manager Account at JMEST - EMS (Editorial

Management System) - Paper will be published online.- We have team
of prestigious academic editors/reviewers including from IITs, NITs
etc. - Indexing of paper in all major online bibliographic journal
databases like Google Scholar.- Open Access Journal Database for High
visibility and promotion of your article.- Author Research Guidelines
& Support Check more Details about JMEST - June -
2017 Call for Papers Submit your Manuscript/Paper for Review

Last Date of Manuscript Submission: 25th June 2017Publication
of Paper (Online): 30th June 2017.


28-30 March 2018 - Conference #USAGER2018, Universite de Nimes

We are pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the
conference :
La place de l'usager en design et son integration dans les projets
University of Nimes (France).

Deadline for submission -- July 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance -- October 15, 2017

The proposal should be submitted online via email :
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18-20 October 2017 - Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6 (RSD6)
Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together

I am very happy to announce the six RSD6 keynote speakers. We in the
organizing committee are proud that we have again managed to bring
together some remarkable speakers for our conference. Please see the
speakers here:


We have also opened the registration starting with the offer of an
early  bird ticket at 130 EUR. These tickets are limited to 50. You
find the registration and additional offers for student tickets here:


Red more and see proceedings from former RSDs go to


7 July 2017 - Fashion & Politics: Contemporary and Historical
Perspectives Conference


A conference to launch the LCF Transnational Fashion Research Hub.


This conference addresses the interaction between fashion and politics
as presented in a variety of historical and current formats, from
public and personal archives to printed fashion magazines, political
dailies and illustrated magazines, feature films, social media and

VENUE: London College of Fashion 20 John Princes Street London W1G 0BJ

Queries, please contact Ruzina Choudhury
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12-14 July 2017 - CAADFutures 2017

The 17th CAADFutures conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on

During the upcoming CAADFuture 2017 Conference in Istanbul, we will be
hosting five great workshops on specific new challenges and emerging
issues of design computing.

1.Augmented materials / hybrid design mediums in architectural

2.Polyhedral tessellations a workshop on 2d and 3d pattern

3.Trans-disciplinary models of design innovation

4.Gaming with an augmented cube

5.Interaction where? Under the bridge

The link below takes you to the workshop page and provides more




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