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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 23 Number 2, Feb 2018 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter http://www.designresearchsociety.org
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DRS2018 CALLS REMINDER
DRS2018 Limerick, 25th-28th June 2018.
With paper submissions complete, we have additional submission
opportunities at DRS2018.
Additional submissions to the DRS2018 Limerick calls for Workshops,
Conversations, and PhD by Design. The final submission date for all
three is 15th February 2018.
Please note the details for each of these calls below:
Call for Workshops
Submission Deadline: 15th February 2018
Workshops are half and full day sessions which provide an opportunity to
learn in a practical and engaged way about the latest tools, methods and
techniques of Design Research, Practice, and Education. They aim to
bring together design researchers and design practitioners in academia,
in the public sector, and in business and industry. Workshops will take
place over the four days of the conference, though most will take place
on Monday 25th June 2018. Further information and Workshop Template is
available on the website. If you have queries please email
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Call for Conversations
Submission Deadline: 15th February 2018
Conversation is the DRS2018 format for sessions conceived as alternative
to the traditional paper/presentation format, with the ambition of
providing innovative venues for project-based research and work that is
not easily captured or conveyed by the scholarly paper. A Conversation
can be a structured discussion or experimental session format that
advances dialogue around emergent forms of design research. The aim of
the Conversation format is to engage a limited number of attendees in
open exchange in arriving at new understandings about a topic. Each
Conversation is facilitated by convenors who will produce a concluding
document from their Conversation discussion. Dissemination results will
be featured on the DRS2018 site following the conference. Further
information and Conversations Template is available on the
Any enquiries about Conversations should be directed to:
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Call for PhD by Design
Submission Deadline: 15th February 2018
PhD By Design will hold a one-day event at DRS2018 to vocalise, discuss
and work through some of the many issues of conducting a practice-based
PhD in Design. This event will be made up of informal presentations of
work as an opportunity to explore what the future holds for
practice-based PhDs. It will bring together designers undertaking
practice-based doctoral research, as well as supervisors, MRes students,
and MPhil students within and out with Design Departments. On the day we
will produce an Instant Journal documenting discussions and outcomes and
available during the conference. Further information on PhD by Design
Limerick is available on the website. Information about past events is
available at: www.phdbydesign.com. Any
enquiries about PhD by Design should be directed to:
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Any enquiries about the conference should be directed to:
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Conference website: www.drs2018limerick.org
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Call forExpressions of Interest: Hosting the DRS2020 Conference
The Design Research Society welcomes expressions of interest to host the
2020 International Design Research Society Conference.
Deadline: Thursday 15th March 2018
The DRS Biennial Conference Series has grown to become a major
international event in the design research calendar with a reputation
for academic quality, provocative thinking, and industry engagement.
Over a 4-day period Biennial Conferences embrace refereed paper
presentations, conversations, debates, a doctoral programme, and
workshops for over 500 participants.
As well as promoting the discipline of design research within hosting
countries, holding the DRS Conference can significantly increase the
international profile of the host institution and provide development
opportunities for staff.
This is a worldwide call for expressions of interest. Recent conferences
have taken place in Montreal, Bangkok, Umea (Sweden), and Brighton (UK)
with the 2018 Conference taking place in Limerick, Ireland in June.In
selecting a venue for 2020, the DRS Council will be mindful of the need
for a location that is accessible for our international membership.
Details of previous conferences can be found at:
www.designresearchsociety.org/cpages/conferences. Further details about
the application process and the contentof aproposal are available from
the link below. Informal inquiries can be made to Erik Bohemia, the DRS
Events Secretary at [log in to unmask]
21 April 2018 - CFP: Internet of Tangible Things: Workshop at CHI18
The deadline for submissions to the CHI workshop Internet of Tangible
Things has been extended to February 18th. 2018.
If you wish to participate to the workshop but you do not have time to
prepare a submission or you need a deadline extension, please contact us
at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
Workshop Location: CHI18; Montreal, Canada.
Participants notified of acceptance: 22nd February 2018
Workshop description and activities
The Internet of Tangible Things: Workshop on Tangible Interaction with
the Internet of Things at CHI 2018 will explore future directions for
coupling Internet of Things systems with tangible interfaces.
Specifically, through ideation, prototyping and discussion, it will aim
to answer the questions of a) what opportunities exist for tying
together IoT infrastructure and tangible interaction b) how existing
taxonomies and design principles for tangible interaction can be best
applied to novel IoT systems and c) how these might change in relevance
between application domains (e.g., interfaces in the home, environment,
connected cities, healthcare, or education). The workshop will aim to
foster lasting collaborations between researchers interested in the
How to join the workshop
We invite position papers from researchers in the CHI and UbiComp
communities interested in the theoretical basis, design, implementation,
and evaluation of novel Internet of Tangible Things (IoTT) systems.
Authors are asked to submit 4 page papers related to their work on IoTT
systems in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract format. The workshop will aim to
be interdisciplinary, bridging and synthesizing design, theoretical, and
methodological contributions; given this, submissions in alternative
formats, for example design portfolios or videos of demos, are also
Please send your submission via e-mail to the workshop chairs. You can
submit your contribution to [log in to unmask] Participants will be
selected based on the relevance of their submission to the IoTT.
PLEASE NOTE: All workshop participants must register for both the
workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. Please contact
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4-5 July 2018 - CREATIVITY, KNOWLEDGE, CITIES Conference
Watershed, Bristol, UK
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2 MARCH, 2018.
Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists (more announced soon):
- Keri Facer, Professor of Educational & Social Futures, University of
- Sebastian Olma, Professor of Autonomy at Centre of Applied Research
for Art, Design & Technology, Avans University of Applied Sciences
- Andy Pratt, Director, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries
at City University of London
Creativity, Knowledge, Cities invites contributions (papers, panels,
roundtables, workshops) critically addressing the contradictions at the
heart of relationships between universities and the creative sector.
Held at Watershed, the Southwests leading film and digital media centre,
the conference provides an opportunity to engage in critical dialogue
with leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners while
experiencing one of Bristols vibrant cultural scenes.
Creativity, Knowledge, Citiesis organised by theCreative Economy
Unit at UWE Bristol.
For more information, visit the conference website
We invite scholars, policymakers and practitioners to engage in critical
dialogue using case studies, empirical analyses, theoretical
interventions and interactive workshops addressing the following
- The third mission and creative economies
- The role of critical research, and post/ anti-disciplinary approaches
- The university and creative economy as policyobjects
- The universitys role in creative networks
- From STEM to STEAM
- Participation, inclusivity and talent
- Universities, CCIs and intellectual property
- Open access and digital divides
- Collaboration and knowledge exchange
- Internationalisation beyond export
- Ecosystems, networks and value
- Universities and the city fabric: regeneration, gentrification and
- Rural-Urban university networks
- Social engagement and everyday creativity
Proposals for individual papers, organised panels, informal roundtable
discussions and interactive workshop sessions are welcome. Panel
proposals should be organised to encourage rigorous and productive
debate around key themes or critical case studies.
Individual paper abstracts should be limited to 250 words. Also include
title of presentation, full name, affiliation, 125 bio, and 3-4
keywords. Organised panel and roundtable proposals should include a
250-word description of theme/topic and 125-word bios of participants.
Please include full names and affiliations.
PhD students and recent graduates interested in presenting research
interests (5 minutes) to other conference participants in an informal
setting are invited to submit a 125-word bio and 3-4 keywords describing
your research. Proposalsfor other conference formats such as
practitioner-led interactive workshops are also welcome.
Email proposals to [log in to unmask] by Friday, 2 March,
16-18 June 2018 - DMA Collective
Call for Abstracts
Professional Development Workshop
Who should attend?
The workshop will benefit PhD students and early career researchers in
the field of design management. The workshop will take place on three
consecutive days from 16-18 June 2018 at RMIT Barcelona, Spain.
Participants will take part in masterclasses, workshops, roundtable
discussions and poster sessions facilitated by leading academics in the
field of design management. The event brings together accomplished
senior academics, PhD students and early career researchers from a
diverse range of universities around the world and aims to foster
participants' professional development. More information with regard to
planned activities and involved academics can be found at:
Abstract submissions open: 16 February 2018
Abstract submissions close: 9 March 2018
Notification of acceptance: 23 March 2018
Registrations close: 16 April 2018
Submission of poster: 25 May 2018
Event dates: 16-18 June 2018
It is a condition of acceptance of the abstract that the lead author is
currently undertaking a PhD or has completed a PhD within past five
years and will present the research in person at the workshop. Accepted
participants are asked to create a poster that summarises their research
project and to present this poster during the workshop. Poster
guidelines will be provided to accepted participants closer to poster
submission deadline. Places for this workshop are limited to 40
participants max. to have effective interactive sessions.
The goal of the review process is to select research that will
contribute to further development of knowledge in the field of design
management. We aim to select research that will cover different topics
on design management including, for example, research on design
innovation, design leadership, design entrepreneurship, effective design
tools, methods and capabilities, the design of product-service systems,
implementation of design thinking practices, and effective design
policy. Authors must submit an extended abstract of 500 words in length
no later than March 9, 2018. Abstracts MUST conform to the guidelines
for abstracts provided. To submit an abstract, please use the online
submission system which can be accessed via www.dmacollective.org.
Abstracts will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process.
Reviewers will judge abstracts on the basis of the general quality of
the abstract, the clarity of presentation within the abstract, and the
abstract's contribution to the understanding of design management.
Decisions of acceptance or rejection are final.
4-5 september 2018 - Design4Health2018
Call for papers
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University is pleased to invite papers
from researchers and practitioners for the fifth European Design4Health
This year, we welcome delegates back to Sheffield for the fourth time,
and introduce a new submission format: we welcome artefact-led proposals
as well as papers and posters.
With increasing pressure to rethink our healthcare systems and set
against complex and interconnected global challenges, we particularly
welcome contributions that interrogate meanings and assumptions relating
to the terms design and health, and offer the following words / terms as
Design? Health? Care?
Taboo? Value? Success?
Risk? Change? Technology?
We invite you to interrogate and play with the terms in relation to your
research and practice.
We welcome submissions in the following formats:
Paper proposals deadline Mon 26 March 2018
Artefact-led proposals deadline Mon 26 March 2018
Posters deadline Mon 14 May 2018
Submission is now open!
About the conference
Established in 2011, Design4Health is a conference that brings together
designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians,
policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their
approaches and methods. Our events provide an opportunity to reflect on
how the disciplines of design and health might continue to develop new
ways of thinking and working, and how we might impact positively and
sustainably on the social, economic and cultural factors within our
communities and beyond.
13-15 July 2018 - CONFIA 2018 International Conference on Illustration
and Animation - Portugal
Call for papers
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a paper to CONFIA 2018, the
6th edition of the International Conference on Illustration and
Animation, which combines drawing, illustration, animation and art
theory in one unique event.
Organized by the School of Design of the Polytechnic Institute of Cvado
and Ave and ID+ Research Institute for Design Media and Culture, CONFIA
endeavors to be a pivotal contribution to the contemporary discussion of
the areas referred above, which combine long traditions with pioneering
roles in technological innovation. We intend to broadly explore the
multidisciplinary space that includes illustration and the animated
image, from the construction of the narrative to character development,
from art theory to critical reflection on the objects that populate the
market and the industry. The conference seeks quality original
submissions from artists, the industry, the academic community and the
This years edition will be held in Esposende on July 13, 14 and 15. A
book of proceedings with all the papers accepted to the conference has
been published since the first edition and can be downloaded at
The Book of Proceedings for CONFIA 2016 was recently included in
Clarivate Analytics Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and the
2013, 2015 and 2017 proceedings are under review awaiting to also be
included in CPCI.
Only original contributions will be accepted. Submitted papers will be
reviewed on a double-blind review basis.
The deadline for submissions is March, 15.
Recommended themes/topics include, but are not limited to, the
1. Illustration/ Drawing
Illustration for children
Comics and graphic novels
Animation for video games
Animation for virtual or augmented reality
Animation in interactive media
Sound and animation
3. Art theory applied to illustration and animation
Narrative and non-narrative animation
Illustration and animation pedagogy
Authorship in animation or illustration
For more detailed information, please visit http://www.confia.ipca.pt/
18-19 May 2018 - SIDeR18 Conference
Call for Papers: SIDeR 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Student Interaction Design Research (SIDeR) conference
SIDeR is an international forum for showcasing papers, demos and posters
from different disciplines related to interaction design. The conference
will be held May 18-19, 2018 at Aalto University in Helsinki.
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The theme of this years SIDeR conference is Flux. Flux describes a state
of constant movement, transformation, and change. The boundaries between
disciplines such as technology, engineering, biology, arts, and design
are shifting and dissolving. As practitioners and researchers, we have
to embrace this uncertainty and nourish the arising uncharted
As interactions permeate all facets of our lives, the agencies of the
human and machine are increasingly intertwined, resulting in novel
design concepts and artefacts. SIDeR 2018 provides a meeting ground for
graduate students to exchange and disseminate ideas concerning the
aforementioned continuous transformations in a multidisciplinary
Suggested topics for papers include but are not limited to:
- Participatory Design
- Design Process
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Multimodal Interaction
- Tangible User Interfaces
- Aesthetics of Interaction
- Experimental Design
- Design Methods
- Interaction Techniques
- Information Visualisation
- Design Cases
- Mobile Computing
- Data Physicalization
- Artificial Intelligence
- Game Design
Keynote: Robb Mitchell from the University of Southern Denmark
Keynote Presentation: Dissolving the Interpersonal: Designing Social
We invite original unpublished research and design work. We welcome case
studies, theoretical musings and couplings of theory and practical work.
We invite three different types of submissions:
1) Papers should be maximum 4 pages (~2000 words including references),
and follow the standard Nordes format. Papers will be reviewed by
members of the Program Committee, as well as by peers. Accepted papers
will be presented during the conference.
2) Posters should be submitted as a pdf file and must include an
accompanying description - maximum 2 pages and in the Nordes standard
forma. Printed posters in A1 format must be presented at the conference
during dedicated poster sessions.
3) Demos can be submitted by sending a video and a technical description
- maximum 2 pages and in the Nordes standard format. Demos will be
presented in dedicated demo sessions and/or during the party.
Please find the Nordes paper template on this page:
Submission of papers, poster and demos: March 21, 2018
Notice of acceptance: April 18, 2018
Conference: May 18-19, 2018
19-22 March 2019 - RTD 2019 Conference: Method & Critique. Frictions
and Shifts in Research through Design
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
We are pleased to announce that the fourth biennial Research Through
Design (RTD) conference will be held at Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI),
Rotterdam, on 19th to 22nd March 2019 sponsored by Design United. The
RTD 2019 General Chairs are Elisa Giaccardi and Pieter Jan Stappers, and
the organising team brings together a wealth of experience from three
universities in the Netherlands, TU Delft, TU/e, University of Twente,
and those who have pioneered research-through-design projects and
conversations within international communities.
Hosting RTD in the Netherlands, the RTD 2019 chairs continue to open up
the conference to new audiences and conversations, and to help it grow
as an international forum for practice-based research that engages all
disciplines of Design. RTD 2019 will explore the contemporary
socio-material, economic and technological shifts in
research-through-design that call for new ways of making. Key features
of the RTD format, including Rooms of Interest and the Exhibition, will
remain at the heart of the conference, where we will productively
explore the frictions and affinities among different
Building on the success of RTD 2017 at The National Museum of Scotland
(NMS), and the creative partnership of the RTD 2017 chairs with NMS
staff and curators, the venue of NHI for RTD 2019 offers exciting new
opportunities for developing experimental formats for dissemination. As
a venue, NHI aims to illuminate and map a rapidly changing world while
at the same time fostering discussion of topics related to the vast
field of design (HNI).
The RTD 2019 Conference website will go live in due course, and the
first Call for Submissions will be open this spring.
1 June 2018 Abstract submission
16 July 2018 Author notification abstract acceptance
5 October 2018 Full papers and workshops submission
30 November 2018 Author notification final acceptance
15 January 2018 Camera ready due
19-22 March 2018 Conference
WRITINGPLACE JOURNAL 2018, ISSUE #2
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Inscription: Tracing Place
The journal issue Inscription: Tracing Place focuses on the role of
history and memory in literary and architectural practice. Evocative
literary descriptions bring to light aspects of atmosphere, activities,
memories, rituals and emotion related to place. In his novel Austerlitz,
for instance, W.G. Sebald describes the memory of a number of places
through the looking glass of the protagonist Austerlitz, who is being
followed by the narrator on a journey through Europe, reconstructing the
environments of his past. The places are described with the intensity of
reviving memories. In the novel Istanbul by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk,
the city is portrayed by detailed descriptions of places and activities
taking place through the eyes of the author as a child and as adult. In
Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, descriptions of buildings and
landscapes are used to construct a sense of the passage of time.
This journal issue seeks to investigate how such literary evocations of
memory, can or have been used in site analysis or architectural design.
Like the tracing of history in lines and stones is depicted in the
novels of W.G. Sebalds, Marcel Proust, or Orhan Pamuk, also contemporary
architects, urban planners and landscape architects may search for
evocative ways to take up traces of history in their designs.
Approaching the question of local urban cultures, histories and stories
with a literary lens thus offers the possibility to understand not only
how urban places are experienced and remembered, but also how they can
be produced or transformed.
This journal issue hopes to bring forward accounts of architectural
investigations and architectural designs that deal with the evocation of
the memory of place, either in topo-analysis or in design. We invite
architects, designers, literary writers, philosophers of place, (PhD)
students and those who more generally deal with the productive links
between architecture and literature to submit an abstract of max 500
words, including keywords, references and max. 2 images to
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The Writingplace journal is an open access e-journal, published by
Nai010 Publishers and TUDelft Open. Launched in 2017, it forms the first
peer-reviewed, international, journal on architecture and literature.
The journal is an initiative of Writingplace, a platform aimed at
exploring alternative ways of looking at and designing architecture,
urban places and landscapes through literary writing. The journal
presents thematic issues, which, while always centered around the
productive relationship between architecture and literature, will range
from pedagogy, spatial analysis, and critical theory to artistic
practices, individual buildings, landscape and urban design. Next to
academic articles we open up our journal to the accounts of experiments
in education and works of design or spatial analysis in which literary
tools have been explored.
All material submitted to the Writingplace journal is subject to a
peer-review process. The editorial board consists of contributors of the
Writingplace platform, and will be enhanced by guest editors per issue.
We welcome contributions from all over the world, and invite authors,
architects, educators, (PhD-) students and those who generally deal with
spatial design and or literature to submit proposals for contribution.
28-31 October 2018 - CHI PLAY 2018 - 28 - 31 Oct - Melbourne, Australia
Call for papers
5th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
April 13, 2018: Full papers (410 pages)
May 25, 2018: Workshop and Course Proposals
July 13, 2018: Spotlight Papers, Doctoral Consortium, Student Game
Interactivity and Works-in-Progress
October 2831, 2018
http://chiplay.org/ https://chiplay.acm.org/2018 #chiplay18
CHI PLAY is the international and interdisciplinary conference,
sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, for researchers and professionals across all
areas of play, games, and human-computer interaction (HCI). We call this
area player-computer interaction. The goal of the CHI PLAY conference is
to highlight and foster discussion on high-quality (full paper
acceptance rate has been consistently <30%) research in games and HCI,
as a foundation for the future of digital play. To this end, the
conference blends academic research papers, interactive play demos, and
CHI PLAY 2018 is being held as part of Melbourne International Games
Week with games events throughout the city, including PAX Australia (the
only Penny Arcade Expo outside the USA) a gaming culture festival
drawing tens of thousands of gamers to Melbourne each year.
As a SIGCHI-sponsored conference, CHI PLAY welcomes contributions that
further an understanding of the player experience, as well as
contributions on novel designs or implementations of player-computer
interactions, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Playful interactions and new game mechanics
- Innovative implementation techniques that affect player experiences
- Studies of applied games and player experiences (e.g., games and play
for health, wellbeing, and learning)
- Accessible and inclusive design and play experience
- Advances in game user research and game evaluation methods
- Psychology of players and typologies of games and players
- Gamification, persuasive games, and motivational game design
- Virtual and augmented reality in games and play
- Novel controls or display technologies for games and play
- Tools for game creation
- Innovations to advance the work of game designers and developers
- Game analytics and novel visualizations of player experiences
- Developer experiences and studies of developers
- Industry case studies
Although CHI PLAY welcomes contributions on the effects of various
technologies, software, or algorithms on player experience, technical
contributions without clear indications of the impact on players or
developers are not within the scope of CHI PLAY.
The conference invites submissions including full papers, workshop and
course proposals, interactive demos, work-in-progress papers and
spotlight papers. Additionally, students are invited to submit to the
student game competition and the doctoral consortium.
4 to 10 pages in ACM SIGCHI Proceedings format, references excluded
Important dates (all times are 23:59 Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (UTC
April 13, 2018: Full papers submission deadline
June 12, 2018: Reviews sent to authors
June 18, 2018: Rebuttal deadline
July 6, 2018: Decisions sent to authors
August 3, 2018: Final publication-ready papers due
Authors are invited to submit high-quality original work to advance the
field of player-computer interaction research.
CHI PLAY 2018 will not make a distinction between notes and papers, but
encourages authors to use the number of pages necessary, with a lower
limit of 4 pages and an upper limit of 10 pages. Paper length should
match the size of the contribution. References do not count towards the
page limit. All papers, irrespective of length, will undergo the same
review process and are evaluated against the same review criteria. All
papers will be included in the conference proceedings published the ACM
Digital Library. All papers will be presented at the conference with a
standard speaking length.
18 June 2018 - ServDes 2018 :: Milan :: Call for Workshops
ServDes.2018 Proof of concept
Politecnico di Milano, Milano
Due to many requests, we are pleased to announce that we open the call
for academic workshops for ServDes.2018!
Service Design has now become a mature field for academic research that,
in a constantly dynamic evolution, touches upon economy and society,
private and public sectors, human and technological perspectives.
ServDes.2018 invites design researchers to explore the most recent and
exciting evolutions of this research area also beyond academic papers.
We are looking for cutting edge topics proposed through interactive
formats, in conversation with other researchers, citizens, companies,
institutions, to present critically SD research topics that are crucial
for the present and future of the discipline.
We would like to give space to researchers allowing them to exchange
ideas and explore relevant topics beyond the traditional ways of sharing
academic research, thus supporting positive discussion for the growth of
We expect proposals to engage a small number of conference participants
in a facilitated activity characterized by:
- Critical connection with the general topic of the conference promoted
through positive and constructive dialogue between participants
- Cutting-edge topic for the present and future of Service Design,
explored also through practical activities (i.e. prototyping, talking,
- Facilitation by researchers and possible involvement of a multiplicity
of stakeholders types (i.e. business, institution, citizen, etc.).
Results from each workshop will be featured on the conference website
following the conference.
To download the full call for workshops:
Submission opens: 22nd January 2018
Submission closes: 28th February 2018
Notification of acceptance: 27th March 2018
If you need further clarification, please write to
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23-25 March 2018 - 'Design After Design' workshop Hobart, Tasmania
This is a staff/postgraduate workshop jointly presented by the UTAS
Creative Exchange Institute and The Studio at the Edge of the World.
The event will be led by design theorist and practitioner Prof Tony Fry,
It commences with a briefing at 6.30pm on Friday March 23 and then runs
from 9.00 am to 5.00pm on March 24/25.
The workshop will explore the future of design, in the context of
contemporary world challenges: this beyond current design practice and
the limits of existing design disciplines. It will also present the
concept of the 'citizen designer.'
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RSD6 proceedings are online
The proceedings from the sixth Relating Systems Thinking and Design
conference (RSD6) last year in Oslo are now online.
They contain the abstracts, presentations and working papers submitted
after the conference. Also there are videos of keynotes and plenaries as
well as sketch notes.
In addition there is an online exhibition catalogue form the RSD6
Go to https://systemic-design.net/rsd6/rsd6-proceedings/ to see the
On the systemic-design.net website you can also find proceedings of the
former RSD conferences and the following special issues with full papers
in Formakademisk journal and She Ji Journal. Find a list of these
May we also turn your attention to the next RSD in Torino 24th - 26th
October Keep yourself updated on the deadlines here:
8-10 March 2018 - Beyond Change SDN Summit 2018, 8-10 March 2018 Basel
Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations
Swiss Design Network Summit
FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel
With keynotes by Benjamin Bratton, Cheryl Buckley, Beatriz Colomina,
Kenny Cupers, Kjetil Fallan und Ramia Maz and Mia Charlene White, among
many other speakers, and debating platforms by Decolonising Design
Group, Depatriarchise Design, and Precarity Pilot.
Current discourse in design research, art, cultural studies, media
studies, philosophy, and the social sciences is dominated by the
much-debated concept of the Anthropocene, which claims that we are
entering a new geological age determined primarily by the effects of
human activity on the planet. It has been used to increase awareness of
the negative influence of our actions on climate and the environment,
and thus on the terms and conditions of our long-term survival. Against
the backdrop of ongoing catastrophe and normalised crisis, the image of
designers as problem-solvers and shapers of material-visual culture is
constantly evoked. Designers are expected to come to the rescue and to
draft speculative scenarios, construct artificial worlds, and develop
smart solutions. In short: design is wielded as a catalyst for global
But isnt this image of the designer as an omnipotent problem-solver
itself problematic? What if design is not the solution, but very much
complicit in the problems it wants to solve? At this point, we feel
compelled to ask: How can design truly contribute to a more just society
and sustainable forms of living without compromising bottom-up
initiatives and marginalising the voices of those who are most directly
Design cannot change anything before it changes itself. The conference
Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global
transformation is a critical response to the tendency of seeing global
crisis first and foremost as a worldwide design competition. 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 see design as a situated practice
instead of turning it into the Global Norths 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?
Full Program: http://www.beyondchange.ch
The conference program includes sessions and discussions on histories of
sustainability, slow living, sustainable materials, sustainable
urbanism, commons, indigenous knowledge, artisanal design, the politics
of objects, radical pedagogies, and more.
Screening of Storytelling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova
followed by a performance curated by A Walking Contradiction collective
& Sarah Reid, at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel).
During the three days of the conference, the foyer of the HGK FHNW will
be inhabited by three design platforms that each problematise the role
of design from within the discipline itself: Decolonising Design Group,
Depatriarchise Design, and Precarity Pilot. With the aim of fostering an
intersectional debate on the politics of design within practice, theory,
and academic research with particular focus on race, ethnicity, gender,
and class the three platforms will collectively activate a given space
a single two-storey scaffold of the kind used in civil construction. In
this temporary structure, the three initiatives are invited to present
their practices while proposing diverse communal modes of knowledge
exchange beyond traditional academic conference formats.
This will be accompanied by a pop-up library, containing selected books,
magazines, articles, and other materials, as well a directory of similar
platforms and initiatives from around the world, collected through an
Online Ticketoffice: http://www.beyondchange.ch
Registration is individual and grants access to all keynote
presentations, sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and screenings as
detailed in the program. It also includes one aperitif on the evening of
Thursday, March 8, and coffee breaks and lunch on Friday, March 9, and
Saturday, March 10.
Cost: CHF 160 (full fare) or CHF 80 (reduced fare).
For students and PhD candidates, upon presenting proof of enrollment
(student card or matriculation certificate) at the conference
The FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel offers seven bachelor and
four master degree courses in art, design, and art and design education
and research. The school is located on the Campus of the Arts in the
Basel Dreispitz area, close to several cultural institutions such as
Kunsthaus Baselland, Schaulager, and the House of Electronic Arts.
Swiss Design Network (SDN)
Since 2004, the Swiss Design Network has brought together the Swiss
Universities of Design and Art, campaigning for recognition and support
for design research at the highest international level. Up to today, SDN
has organised nine internationally recognised conferences and has
published their findings. Its tasks include supporting workshops and
publications, promoting young talent, and maintaining contact and
interaction between design researchers, institutions, universities, and
Further Information on Beyond Change
FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures
Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis, Nina Paim
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Bloomsburys institutional digital resource, Bloomsbury Design Library
Bloomsbury Design Library is a comprehensive digital platform which
offers a combination of leading reference works such as Victor
Margolin's World History of Design, critical e-books, designer pages
exploring influential figures, and an illustrated timeline of design
history. It has been created to support research and learning around the
global history of design and crafts worldwide, covering a period of 1500
BCE to the present day. It is updated with new content on a regular
basis, so the following will be added throughout 2018:
- A selection of 1000 object images from the Museum of Arts and Design
collection in New York - featuring a range of forms, from jewellery to
- Peer-reviewed articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design,
providing wide-ranging coverage of design history and practice across
- Exhibition pages providing essential information on key design
exhibitions, with the first selection featuring the Design Museum,
Denmark: Learning from Japan and The Danish Chair
- New eBooks, bringing the total across the platform to 70, covering
diverse topics from design practice in Designing for Service, to
national design traditions in Modernism in Scandinavia
Bloomsbury Design Library is available now for 30-day free trials, and
can be purchased by libraries on an institutional subscription basis.
More information is available at www.bloomsburydesignlibrary.com
Programme Released. 6th International Conference on Professional
6th ICPD Programme NOW AVAILABLE
We are pleased to announce the programme for the 6th International
Conference on Professional Doctorates is now available to download.
Over 50 papers, with speakers from across the globe, the conference will
explore the place of professional doctorates given the changing landscape
of doctoral education.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES PROFESSIONAL
DOCTORATES IN A CHANGING LANDSCAPE. 22ND & 23RD MARCH 2018. LONDON, UK.
The nature of doctoral education has changed since the first ICPD
conference held in Edinburgh in 2009. The numbers of professional
doctorate programmes available has increased dramatically in the UK as
have the numbers of participants, and discussions at the ICPD
conferences have helped to raise the profile of professional doctorates
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