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Design Research News, July 2018


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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 23 Number 7, Jul 2018 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter      http://www.designresearchsociety.org


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Over the past few months, the IASDR board has considered the design of a
new website. The intention is to offer member societies a more up to
date site with better internal editing facilities and room for future
growth. We are now able to announce that the first iteration of the new
site is online, and we will be adding further content and facilities
over the coming months. Further announcements will be made as facilities
become available.

As a significant part of this fresh approach, we also took the difficult
decision to relinquish the old domain name in favour of the new website
iasdr.net to better reflect the nature of IASDR in networking
between member societies and in networking globally for the benefit of
the design research community in general.

Please disseminate this information as widely as possible.




IASDR is pleased to announce that the 2019 IASDR biennial Congress will
be hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK from 2nd
to 5th September 2019. The lead organiser is Professor Martyn Evans,
Head of the Manchester School of Art Research Centre.

Previous IASDR Congresses have been held in various locations worldwide,
including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Australia, and most
recently in USA. These conferences attract a large global audience, and
proceedings are published online.

Further details including a link to the dedicated conference website
will be announced shortly.


19-20 September 2019 - INTERNATIONAL MIND CONFERENCE 2019


International Conference 2019 of the MinD consortium, the DRS Special
Interest Group on Behaviour Change and the DRS Special Interest Group on
Wellbeing and Happiness

Venue: TU Dresden, Germany

Conference organisers: Christian Wlfel, Kristina Niedderer, Rebecca
Cain, Geke Ludden


MinD invites papers and design contributions for the first international
MinD conference 2019 on Designing for People with Dementia.

The conference will provide a trans-disciplinary forum for researchers,
practitioners, end-users and policy makers from the design and health
care professions to exchange and discuss new findings, approaches and
methods for using design to improve dementia care and to support people
with dementia and their carers.

With ca. 10.9 million people affected by dementia in Europe, with
numbers set to double by 2050 (Prince, Guerchet and Prina 2013), with 20
million carers, and with no cure in sight, research into care to improve
the quality of life of people with dementia is essential, to encourage
and enable them to engage in activities that are in line with their
interests and experiences (Alcove 2013; Alzheimers Society 2013).

Characterised by progressive memory and cognitive degeneration, people
who are affected by Alzheimers disease or other dementias often face
cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including
impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity
(Alcove 2013). As a result, many have reduced physical activities or
social engagement, or are unable to work. Emotionally, this can lead to
uncertainty, anxiety and depression and a loss of sense of purpose.

In this light, it is becoming increasingly apparent that it is not just
care that is required but support for how to live well with dementia,
whether in the own home or in residential care. This includes managing
ones own care and every day tasks, as well as leisure activities, social
engagement. Even small things such as whether and when to go out or what
to wear can have important effects on peoples sense of self and
wellbeing, contentment and happiness. Key to this is having choices and
the ability to decide. Acknowledging the agency of people with dementia
and understanding what can be done to support this is therefore a key

Design-based non-pharmacological interventions are increasingly
recognised as having great potential to help. Design can offer novel
ways of complementing care and independent living to empower people with
dementia in everyday situations because of its ubiquitous nature and its
affordances. Much focus has so far been on physical and cognitive tasks
and on safe-keeping and reducing risks. For example, design can help
accomplish physical tasks and offer guidance or reminders, e.g. for time
or orientation, or alert to behavioural changes. While there are some
approaches towards emotional and social aspects of living with dementia,
more could and should be done to focus on enabling people with dementia
and acknowledging their agency.

Design can help to support social, leisure, creative activities. It can
help empower people with dementia offering choices and aiding
decision-making. Design can support the individual person, or change the
environment. This can take the form of a product, of systems or
services, of the built or natural environment. The importance is to use
design to help reduce stigma and exclusion, and instead to improve
well-being and social inclusion to create happiness.

While the aims may be clear, the way to achieve them still raises many
questions about the best approaches, ways and methods to achieve such
aims. This conference therefore seeks to explore the manifold areas and
approaches. This may include novel theoretical approaches, novel methods
in design development or in working with and including end-users, or
novel products, environments, services or systems. Or it may include
novel ways of working, collaboration and co-operation. The key aim is to
bring together and explore how we might impact positively and
sustainably on the personal, social, cultural and economic factors
within our communities to improve living with dementia.

To this end, we welcome a broad engagement with the field and invite
submissions from a diverse range of researchers and practitioners from
the various design and health disciplines, including product and
interior design, craft, information and communication technologies,
architecture and the built environment, psychiatry, psychology,
geriatrics and others who make a relevant to the field.

Themes may include, for example:

- Design approaches for the wellbeing/empowerment/happiness of elderly

- Design approaches for the wellbeing/empowerment/happiness of people
with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia

- New design frameworks and approaches for

- Mindful design approaches for wellbeing/empowerment/happiness

- Collaboration between designers, technologists, health professionals
and people with lived experience

- Data collection with and by people with MCI/dementia

- Co-design & co-creation with people with MCI/dementia

- Evaluation of design with people with lived experience

- Evaluation of the impact of design on people with lived experience


MinD 2019 welcomes contributions in two formats:

1)  Full Papers

We invite the submission of full papers (3000-4000 words) by 1 February
2019. Papers are expected to offer new or challenging views on the
subject, novel approaches, working methods or design interventions or
ideas, or similar.

Papers will be selected subject to a double blind review process by an
international review team.  Paper will be reviewed for
relevance/significance, novelty/originality, quality/rigour and clarity.

2)  Design-based submissions:

We invite the submission of designs in analogue or digital format,
including e.g. physical artefacts, digital artefacts, films/video.
Contributions are expected to offer new or challenging ideas, novel
approaches, working methods or design interventions, or similar.
Submissions will be exhibited during and as part of the conference.

In the first instance proposals should be submitted by 1 February 2019,
including an image or visualisation and a verbal description of the
design, and a 300 word statement of the underpinning research detailing
its originality, significance and rigour.

Design submissions will be selected subject to a double blind review
process by an international review team.  Submissions will be reviewed
for relevance/significance, novelty/originality, and quality.

If selected, submissions are expected to arrive by the organisers by 15
August 2019, free of charge. Insurance is the responsibility of the

Submission information:

All contributions must be submitted by 1 February 2019 at the latest
through the conference submission system, which you can access from the
conference pages.

Please check authors guidelines. For your convenience, we also provide
templates for both paper and design submissions.

For the full submission guidelines, authors guidance notes and templates
as well as  the link to the Submission System, please follow the link to
this conference website: www.mind4dementia.eu

Publication of conference submissions:

Paper submissions will in the first instance be published as online
proceedings, archived in an open access repository with a DOI number,
and also available as an abstract / programme booklet and memory stick
with the proceedings.

In a second step, paper authors will be invited to submit their extended
papers (6000-8000 words) for inclusion in a journal special issue.
Available journals will be publicised on the conference website as soon
as the are confirmed.

Design submissions will be included in the abstract booklet and
published in an online-based catalogue accompanying the exhibition.


First call for papers: 1 July 2018
Online submission opens: 1 October 2018
Final date for full paper submissions: 1 February 2019
Final date for Design proposal submissions: 1 February 2019
Delegate registration opens: 1 April 2019
Paper decision notifications: 1 May 2019
Early bird registration closes: 1 June 2019
Camera ready papers submission 15 June 2019
Late registration closes: 15 August 2019
Conference: 19-20 September 2019




Design and Culture special issue: Design & Neoliberalism

Design & Neoliberalism: Special Issue

This special issue of *Design and Culture* examines the ways in which
neoliberalism has both expanded and constricted the purview of design
across multiple disciplines, including (but not limited to) product
design, interaction design, graphic design, advertising, branding,
fashion, digital media, experience design, web design, architecture,
furniture, and other adjacent areas of inquiry and practice. This call
for papers seeks submissions that engage global perspectives on the
intersections between design and neoliberalism across this wide variety
of design and design-related fields. Of particular interest are
submissions engaging historical perspectives, the context of the Global
South, and questions of labor.

Neoliberalism has emerged over the past decade or so as a totalizing
conceptual apparatus for understanding a wide array of contemporary
phenomena. Whether understood politically as a system of governance that
submits all functions to the authority of market directives,
economically as the financialization of capitalism, or socially as the
erosion of collective institutions, neoliberalism has impacted cultural
production in myriad ways. Design, when analyzed critically, has often
been portrayed as complicit if not synonymous with these
transformations. As Guy Julier has observed, Design takes advantage of
and normalizes the transformations that neoliberalism provokes (Julier
2014). That is to say, design practices in this context not only
organize themselves according to neoliberal political, economic, and
social goals and systems, but also promote neoliberal structures and

Much existing work on the intersection between neoliberalism and design
focuses upon the fields of architecture and urbanism, as well as
humanitarian design and design activism. This issue seeks to examine
connections between design and neoliberalism that have yet to be
explored. How have neoliberal economic policies shaped and constrained
design, and how has design contributed to the financialization of
previously uncommodified sectors of life? How has design adapted to the
increasing proliferation of global networks of exchange? In what ways
has design discourse intersected with neoliberal ideologies about work,
value, creativity, experience, politics, institutions, etc.? Additional
topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

- Historical convergences and/or divergences of design and neoliberalism

- Design and globalization and/or nationalism

- Neoliberal design ideologies in the context of international

- Race and racism at the intersection of design and neoliberalism

- Discourses of innovation and design thinking

- Design and labor and/or class

- The coalescence of design and business in both the academy and

- Conflicts and convergences between neoliberal design and modernist

- Indigenous design in the context of neoliberalism

- Design, neoliberalism, and postcoloniality

- Challenges to neoliberal design ideologies and practices

- Neoliberalism and design pedagogy

Submission deadline: November 30, 2018

Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long, including
notes and references, and may include 48 images. For additional
submission guidelines, please visit:


All manuscripts will be externally reviewed and should be submitted
through Design and Cultures online portal:


After submitting, please email the title of your paper to the guest
editors: Arden Stern ([log in to unmask]) and Sami Siegelbaum
([log in to unmask]).

15-16 November 2018 - Design Thinking Research Symposium 12

The Design Thinking Research Symposium (DTRS) series brings together
international academics with a shared interest in design thinking and
design studies coming from a diversity of disciplines. On several
occasions, DTRS organizers have shared a dataset (typically video-based
data with protocol transcripts) with symposium participants for
distributed analysis, with each participating research team using their
preferred methodology and addressing their theoretical interests. This
data-sharing approach was initiated in the seminal "Delft Protocol
Workshop" (now also labeled DTRS2), which was organized by Kees Dorst,
Nigel Cross, and Henri Christiaans in 1994, where verbal protocol data
was collected from professional designers in a controlled context.
DTRS7, organized by Janet McDonnell and Peter Lloyd, involved
professional designers (architects and engineers) working in their
natural habitats, and DTRS10, organized by Robin Adams, involved design
review conversations in a design education setting. For DTRS11,
organized by Bo Christensen, Linden Ball and Kim Halskov, the dataset
concerned extensive in situ collected video-based data of everyday
professional design team activity traced longitudinally, notably
involving cross-cultural co-creation with users. The publications
stemming from DTRS11 are coming out now in the form of journal special
issues of Design Studies and CoDesign, and a book publication (see below
for references).


The Design Thinking Research Symposium 12 (DTRS12) takes place from
15-16 November 2018 at South-Korea, Ulsan National Institute of Science
and Technology (UNIST), and is organized by Henri Christiaans. The theme
of DTRS12 is: Tech-centered Design Thinking: Perspectives from a Rising

True to tradition DTRS12 invites international academics and researchers
with a shared interest in design thinking to study a shared dataset and
come up with their own perspectives and insights. Similar to DTRS
symposia in the past the shared dataset (covering workshops with Korean
companies, and interviews with Korean academics and designers) provides
a common frame of reference. Compared to earlier protocol analysis
studies in DTRS, the data might be less rich in terms of solving design
problems on the spot. The ultimate goal is that you as design researcher
brings about data, that help both industry and the research community in
understanding Design Thinking as applied in that industry. It
contributes to the further development of design methods. What we expect
from you as participant is, that you will use the dataset for
cross-cultural comparisons, based on your experience and your work for
or with industry. With so many perspectives from all over the world
DTRS12 will be a very promising and interesting confrontation.

Please contact Jina Yoon ([log in to unmask]) for further information
and for expression of interest in participation in DTRS12 (with or
without a paper). Upcoming deadlines: 31 September: Submission of draft

23-24 January 2019 - Call for Papers / Makers


Call for Papers / Call for Makers
Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice
University of Bolton, UK

Fashion and textiles practice intersects traditional processes and
innovative technologies. Tacit knowledge acquired through hand skills,
making, utilising equipment and working with processes is fundamental to
developing understanding. Although practical learning is valued, the
teaching of creative and making subjects is under threat in formal
education. Within the fashion and textile industries there are skills
shortages. Heritage crafts risk being lost as digital technologies and
automation impact upon future generations.

The Association of Fashion & Textile Courses (FTC) invites submissions
for its forthcoming conference Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice, which
provides an international forum for the dissemination of research,
creative practice and pedagogy surrounding fashion and textiles.
Submissions are encouraged from established and early career
researchers, postgraduates, practitioners, makers and educators
regarding completed projects or work in progress under the following

- Valuing Artisan Skills, Drawing and Making

- Learning from History, Tradition and Industry

- Collaborating and Cross-disciplinary Working

- Integrating and Connecting Digital Technologies

- Designing Responsibly and Working Sustainably

- Promoting Diversity, Employability and Community

- Investigating Creative Processes and Pedagogy

Contributors can select from the following submission formats:

Full Paper: 20-minute conference presentation
Short Paper:10-minute conference presentation
Exhibition:examples of practice-based work

For all submission formats please upload a 200-300 word abstract and
biography (200 words max) to: futurescan4.exordo.com (you will be
required to setup an account first). You can also upload images (5 max -
jpeg, tiff, png, bmp) to accompany your abstract. For exhibits of
practice-based work please include images, provide dimensions of work
and suggest methods of display i.e. wall-mounted, free standing,
digital. All abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed.

For conference enquires please email:[log in to unmask]


Key Dates

EXTENDED closing date for abstracts - 30th July 2018

Acceptance and Feedback - 7th September 2018

Presentations and Exhibits submitted - 16th January 2019

Futurescan 4 Conference - 23rd-24th January 2019

Conference Paper / Article Submission - 12th April 2019

Online Publication

Abstracts, selected conference papers and exhibited work will be
published online with ISSN, by the FTC.

Full Paper: 3000-5000 words
Short Paper:1500-3000 words
Exhibition Report: 1500-3000 words

Associated Journals

We are delighted to announce that articles formed from conference
presentations can be submitted to the following associated conference
journals for consideration:

Fashion Practice: Design, Creative Process & the Fashion Industry
Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Articles for journal submission will be subject to journal peer review
processes and must comply with the relevant journal publication

Artifact: Journal of Design Practice

Artifact: Journal of Design Practice aims to publish high-quality
academic papers focused on practice-based design research that explores
conditions, issues, developments and tasks pertaining to design in a
broad sense. As an international design research journal, Artifact
targets the global design research community with the aim of
strengthening knowledge sharing and theory building of relevance to
design practice. All articles and research notes are subject to
double-blind peer-review. The journal is cross-disciplinary in scope and
welcomes contributions from all fields of design research including
product design and visual communication, user experience, interface, and
service design as well as design management and organization. The
editors welcome both conceptual and empirical papers.

All submission must include a signed Open Access publishing agreement
giving us your permission to publish your paper should it be accepted by
our peer review panel.

This journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.

Until further notice contributions should be submitted by e-mail to
editor Nicky Nedergaard: [log in to unmask]


Dialectic journal

Call for submissions/papers for possible publication in Dialectic, the
scholarly journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community

Authors are invited to submit works for the FIFTH issue (volume 3, issue
1)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 AIGA
Design Educators Community (DEC). The fifth issue will be published
between March 15 and April 15, 2019. The deadline for full versions of
papers and visual narratives written and/or designed that meet Dialectic
Issue 05s categorical descriptions (see below) is: 5:00 pm CDT, Friday,
July 27, 2018.

Dialectics fifth issue seeks papers and visual narratives that
critically examine, interrogate or reveal how and why design processes
informed by various aspects of making have affected (or should affect)
the workings of complex systems wherein people actively participate in
generating the content and quality of [their] experiences. (excerpted
from Armstrong, H., Blume, M., Chochinov, A., Davis, M. et al The AIGA
Designer of 2025, published by AIGA, NY, NY, USA, 2017). Papers and
visual narratives that explore designs evolution from being rooted in
the making of artifacts and messages to its expansion into making more
human-centered endeavors rooted in experiences, services, interactions
and even public policies are welcomed. Submissions are also encouraged
that effectively document how design processes can or should affect
collaborations that involve broadly informed, egalitarian

Dialectics Editorial Board hopes that AIGA DEC MAKE conference attendees
will consider submitting papers based on their conference presentations
and Proceedings publications. We also invite other design educators,
researchers and practitioners who wish to share scholarship, research or
criticism that aligns with the themes described above to submit their
work for possible publication in our fifth issue.

Authors planning to contribute to this issue, be they conference
attendees or others, are reminded that their work should be framed in
one of the submission types described in the categorical descriptions
section that appears later in this communiqu. All submitters are hereby
notified that all work we publish MUST satisfy our editorial guidelines
(https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/policies-guidelines), and MUST

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

Questions to shape submissions for possible publication in Dialectic
Issue 05

The fifth 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 research informed by design effectively guide knowledge
construction and understanding that help diverse groups effectively
facilitate negotiation, especially when agendas conflict?

How can design decision-making processes effectively inform and guide
the collaboration and management of interdisciplinary teams?

How can designers best initiate and sustain roles for themselves as
curators of events that occur across digitally mediated environments in
ways that foster community building?

How can designers design, operationalize and analyze their making
processes, and then share knowledge derived from these, to help fuel
critical thinking and overcome narrowly informed assumptions and biases?

How can designers involve collaborators from outside design in projects
and initiatives that help organizations evolve working practices and
procedures from where they are now (and have been) to where they wish
(and need) to go in the future.

Dialectics web address for submissions:

Submitters are hereby advised to peruse the contents of the entire
Dialectic website to ensure that their submissions meet ALL of
Dialectics criteria for publication BEFORE they submit work for
consideration. Reading the rest of this communiqu CAREFULLY and
THOROUGHLY is also STRONGLY encouraged.

All submissions to Dialectic MUST be made through the Submittable
website hosted by Michigan Publishing listed above. Please DO NOT
attempt to send any type of submission as an e-mail attachment to any of
Dialectics Editorial Board members, its Producer, its AIGA DEC liaisons,
or members of its Advisory Committee. Instructions for formatting ALL
types of submissions are embedded (per category) in this submittable
website. Submissions that are NOT formatted according to these
instructions will be rejected. All submissions must be created in
keeping with the editorial policy of Dialectic, which is articulated
here: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/policies-guidelines.

Categorical descriptions of the type of content Dialectic publishes

Dialectic will publish visual essays/narratives and papers that satisfy
the following categorical descriptions:

Original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling:
Dialectic invites submissions from designers or teams of designers that
are comprised primarily or solely of imagery (photography and/or
illustrations), typographic structures, type-as-image, or some
combination of these that visually communicate one or more types of
narrative/storytelling. The logistical criteria specified in the
Illustrations, Graphics, and Photos section of the 2016-17 Submissions
Guidelines for Dialectic document must be met (re: image resolutions,
physical sizes, bleeds, etc.), and submissions that are assessed by the
Editorial Board and/or external reviewers to be visually compelling and
conceptually provocative will be considered for publication, pending the
availability of page space in a given issue.

Research papers (3,000 to 6,500 words): These articles will recount how
designers and design teams identified a situation that was problematic,
formulated and operated research to understand the various factors,
conditions and people involved that were affecting the situation, and
then used their analysis of the data gathered from this research to
guide design decision-making toward improving this situation. This type
of writing should be grounded in evidentiary processes, and should
clearly explicate a hypothesis, as well as posit and support a
methodology and some form of a measurable data set.

Long-form case study reports or case series reports (3,000 to 6,500
words): These articles will describe how a particular person, group,
project, event, experience or situation has been studied and analyzed,
using one or more methods, during a specific span of time. These
contributions should posit insights that exist as logical subsets of a
larger category, and that are at least tangentially generalizable to the
category. A case series report collectively describes how a group of
individuals have responded to a particular type of treatment, experience
or interaction. They can be used to help analyze and assess the
responses of a cross-section of individual users to one or more
iterations of an interface design, or an environmental graphics or
wayfinding system, or a series of data visualizations.

Position papers (2,000 to 4,500 words): These essays will present the
readership of Dialectic with an opinionof the author, or of a specified
group of people or organizationabout an issue or set of issues in a way
or ways that make particular values and the belief systems that guide
them known.

Design criticism (as long-form essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words):
The goal of these pieces is to critically analyze design
decision-making, and the affects that making and using what has been
designed have on the operation and evolution of social, technological,
economic, environmental and political systems.

Reviews of books, exhibitions, conferences, etc. (750 to 1,500 words):
These shorter articles are written to critically analyze the efficacy of
the structure, content, style, and relative merit of their particular
subjects in ways that combine the authors personal reactions and
arguments to it with his/her assessment of how effectively it fulfilled
or failed in its purpose.

Survey papers (2,000 to 3,000 words): These pieces are written to
clearly summarize, organize, and analyze a select, topical grouping of
scholarly articles, research papers, or case studies in a way that
integrates and adds to the understanding of the work in a given
discipline or field of study.

Theoretical speculations (3,000 to 6,500 words): These contributions
will consist of attempts by their authors to explain a particular
phenomenon, set of circumstances, or situational construct based on
their ability to utilize observations rather than hard evidence to fuel
speculative thoughts and suppositions. These contributions should be
grounded in a viable paradigm, or use theory as a viable justification
for what has been observed, and should be internally coherent and
advance logical conclusions.

Editorial responses from Dialectic readers (750 to 1,200 words):
Dialectic encourages its readers to submit critical responses to
specific articles, editorials, or visual pieces that have been published
in previous issues. Authors are also welcome to bring any issues that
they believe are pertinent to the attention of Dialectics readership.
Editorial commentary relative to specific published articles and pieces
will be sent to their author(s) so they can respond.

Important dates:

The deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives written
and/or designed that meet Dialectic Issue 03s categorical descriptions
is: 5:00 pm CDT, Friday, July 27, 2018.

Initial/Desk reviews of submissions to Dialectic Issue 02 complete:
August 20, 2018

External reviews of submission to Dialectic Issue 02 complete: October
1, 2018

Authors responses/revisions to external reviewers suggestions re: their
manuscripts due: October 29, 2018

Dialectic Issue 05 published: March 15April 15, 2019


Call for Papers in French / Special Issue "Sustainable Development" /
Sciences du Design

Founded in 2015, *Sciences du Design* is a peer-reviewed international
French language design research journal published at the Presses
Universitaires de France. Non-specialist and pluralistic, it explores
all aspects of design and aims to offer an open international forum for
design researchers and practitioners. The journal welcomes
French-speaking design research as well as international design research
submitted in French.

The journal just published a call for papers for the *Special Issue 09
"Sustainable development"*, to be published for Spring 2019. We are
proud to announce that it is co-edited by *Gavin Melles (Swinburne
University, Australia)* and *Susana Paixo-Barradas (Kedge Design School,

Submissions are open to any design researcher or practitioner worldwide,
*on condition that it is submitted in French.*

July 20, 2018: deadline for sending your abstract (300 words)
November 15, 2018: deadline for sending your full paper
May 2019: release both in print and online versions

Read the full call here (in French):

More about the journal (in English):



21-22 September 2018 - Brand Design Conference

The registration system for the International Brand Design Conference is
now open via our website:


- Our Early-Bird offer ends on 26 AUG

- MA/PhD students must provide evidence: after registering please, send
to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> either your
MA/PhD acceptance letter, your enrollment receipt, or your student card,
making sure 1) the course name, 2) the academic year and 3) your level
of studies are easily identifiable.

- Please, make sure you keep safe your confirmation email sent by UWL

The Brand Design Conference will take place at the University of West
London (UWL), 21 and 22 Sept, as part of the London Design Festival and
London Design Biennale.


Publication of Journal of Peer Production Special Issue 12: Makerspaces
and Institutions!

We are very pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated 12th
Special Issue of the open access Journal of Peer Production: Makerspaces
and Institutions.

Makerspaces are subjects in a plurality of institutional advances and
developments, catching the imaginations of a wide variety of
organisations and other actors drawn to a buzz of enticing
possibilities. Depending upon the nature of the encounter, makerspaces
are becoming cradles for entrepreneurship, innovators in education,
nodes in open hardware networks, studios for digital artistry, ciphers
for social change, prototyping shops for manufacturers, remanufacturing
hubs in circular economies, twenty-first century libraries, emblematic
anticipations of commons-based, peer-produced post capitalism, workshops
for hacking technology and its politics, laboratories for smart
urbanism, galleries for hands-on explorations in material culture... not
forgetting, of course, spaces for simply having fun.

What kinds of hybrid arrangements emerge through these encounters, and
what becomes of the occupied factories for peer production theory? How
are institutions reshaping aspirations for autonomous, even democratic,
fabrication and experimentation  aspirations that were  and are
important parts of makerspace narratives? And what do these encounters
mean for institutions, whether in education, culture, business,
development or some other sphere; how are they too evolving through
their exposure to grassroots and community making practices?

This is a mega issue, exploring institutional developments in all their
complexity through 13 research articles (each of which have been peer
reviewed and revised through the Journals particularly transparent
process, which makes all review steps public) and 7 practitioner
contributions from key leaders working in the field.

Please take a look, tell us what you think, and help us spread the
discussions through your networks. This project is the result of a long
labour of love for the many makers and thinkers involved, and we look
forward to hearing your thoughts.


Airea Journal | First issue now published

We are delighted to announce that Airea's (Journal of Arts and
Interdisciplinary Research) first issue Computational tools and digital
methods in creative practices is now published:

Airea is a peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal that
acts as a channel of communication between artists and practices,
concepts and tools. It is hosted by Edinburgh University Library Open
Journals. Our first issue investigates creative practices at the
intersection of art and digital technology. The selected papers reflect
on key practical and philosophical challenges that contribute to the
broader discussion of what it means to use digital tools as a form of
artistic inquiry.

You are welcome to follow us on Twitter @siren_eca and register with our
journal at http://journals.ed.ac.uk/airea for further announcements,
publications, and call for papers. Moving forward, future issues will
ask how spaces, methods, practitioners, and audiences will adapt to
increased technological mediation and will document the practices that
emerge from the interdisciplinary condition of creative processes.


Developing Countries - Resources online --- IFORS

The aim of the IFORS Developing Countries On-Line Resources page is to
offer the OR worker all publicly-available materials on the topic of OR
for Development. It also aims to provide a venue for people who are
working in the area to share their completed or in-process work, learn
from others, and stimulate comments and discussions on the work.

Regarding IFORS Developing Countries OR resources website, its regular
updates - and your possible submission of "free" (not copyright
protected) material, you might occasionally visit


"Operational Research" (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced
analytical methods to help make better decisions. By using techniques
such as problem structuring methods and mathematical modelling to
analyze complex situations, Operational Research gives executives the
power to make more effective decisions and build more productive

The International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS;
http://ifors.org/) is an almost 60-year old organization which is
currently composed of 51 national societies.

Regional Groups of IFORS are:

ALIO (The Latin American Ibero Association on Operations Research),

APORS (The Association of Asian-Pacific Operational Research Societies),

EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies),

NORAM (The Association of North American Operations Research Societies).

IFORS conferences are taking place every three years; IFORS 2017 has
been successfully celebrated in Quebec City, Canada.




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