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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 23 Number 10, Oct2018 ISSN 1473-3862
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19-20 September 2019 - MinD 2019
Designing with and for People with Dementia:Wellbeing, Empowerment
The conference submission system for MinD 2019 is now open and we now
have a wonderful set of keynote speakers.
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: Dr Christian Wlfel, Prof Kristina Niedderer, Dr
Rebecca Cain, Dr Geke Ludden
Dr Natalie Marchant, Alzheimers Society Senior Research Fellow,
University College London, UK
Dr. Ir. Helma van den Berg-van Rijn, service designer at Muzus, The
A member of the European Working Group of People with dementia - details
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
1 October 2018: Online submission opens:
1 February 2019: Final date for full paper submissions:
1 February 2019: Final date for Design proposal submissions:
1 April 2019: Delegate registration opens:
1 May 2019: Paper decision notifications:
1 June 2019: Early bird registration closes:
15 June 2019: Camera ready papers submission
15 August 2019: Late registration closes:
19-20 September 2019: Conference
Contributions & Submission Information
MinD 2019 welcomes contributions in two formats:
1) Full Papers
We invite the submission of full papers (3000-4000 words) by 1 February
Papers are expected to offer new or challenging views on the subject,
novel approaches, working methods or design interventions or ideas, or
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
All contributions must be submitted by 1 February 2019 at the latest
through the conference submission system, which you can access from the
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.
Contents of Volume 58, September 2018
Available online at:
User requirements for analogical design support tools: Learning from
practitioners of bio-inspired design
Glen Tre Yargn, Roxana Moroanu Firth, Nathan Crilly
The use and evolution of design methods in professional design practice,
Jan Fredrik Schnheyder, Kjetil Nordby
Principles of maker and DIY fabrication: Enabling design prototypes at
Bradley Camburn, Kristin Wood
Design heuristics set for X: A design aid for assistive product concept
generation, Design Studies
Dongwook Hwang, Woojin Park
Using linkography to compare creative methods for group ideation
G. Hatcher, W. Ion, R. Maclachlan, M. Marlow, B. Simpson, N. Wilson, A.
13-15 February 2019 - Design Out Crime and CPTED conference
Call for Papers for the "iDOC2019 International Design Out Crime and
CPTED conference" of 13-15th February 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.
The themes of iDOC2019 are:
New Directions in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Night Time Economies and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
The tools of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and
Design Out Crime are powerful design methods for architects, planners
and product designers to reduce crime and create wonderful societies.
The last five years has seen radical changes in CPTED and Design Out
These include increased focus on: crime data; evidence-based design;
human and other equity issues; computerisation and digitisation,
AI-based surveillance and Smart Cities; indigenous legal systems;
counter-terrorism; financial and legal liabilities, and increased
awareness that some taken for granted CPTED and Design Out Crime
methods can increase rather than reduce crime. The result has been many
new directions in CPTED and Design Out Crime and this is why " New
Directions in CPTED" is a key focus of this conference.
Innovation in 24 hour Smart Cities has its own new directions in CPTE
and hence the second iDOC2019 theme of "CPTED for Night Time Economies"
The iDOC 2019 conference is aimed at a variety of different fields of
designers and researchers working in the areas of architecture, urban
design and planning, landscapes, systems and service design, crime
prevention, product design, safety, government policy, law, management,
governance, law, politics, community development, systems and service
The conference comprises: academic peer-reviewed papers, 'Tales from the
Field', posters, specialist design topic sessions, and multidisciplinary
team-based design exercises.
More details of iDOC 2019 along with presentation submission,
registration and more themes are at https://idoc2019.org
The iDOC 2019 conference is a collaboration between Edith Cowan
University Sellenger Centre, The International CPTED Association, and
the Design Out Crime and CPTED Centre.
The conference location, Perth in western Australia is a cosmopolitan
city that is close to many beaches and areas of natural interest. In
February the weather is warm and sunny. Possible side adventures
include swimming with whale sharks, seeing kangaroos and koalas,
visiting the enormous (20 story high) Karri trees, swimming with
dolphins, visiting the pearl fisheries, hanging out in heritage
Fremantle, sailing, clubbing and much more - as well as studying the
design of crime prevention!.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30, 2018. Trans-disciplinary Case Studies
on Design for Food and Sustainability
Overview: Trans-disciplinary Case Studies on Design for Food and
Sustainability: A volume in the Consumer Science and Strategic Marketing
Series analyzes the interconnectivity of sustainability, food, and
design and demonstrates the presence of food design in various
food-related fields of study.
Broken into six parts, the book begins with the theory behind food and
design. The following five sections include several case studies that
demonstrate the different forms and applications of food design,
including the use of food design in production and distribution, in
food and restaurant businesses, in territory-identity, social food
design, and with regard to post-consumption.
Through these case studies, readers will understand the components of
successful food design projects and methods and will be equipped to
consider food design as a pathway toward innovative and sustainable food
- Includes practical examples to illustrate food system challenges,
explain phenomena, and build theory.
- Considers the impacts, assessments used and scalability assets when
presenting projects and case studies
- Addresses practical problems in food design will present successful
projects and interactive collaborative solutions between academia and
practitioners in the agri-food sector
Trans-disciplinary design approach is being used as a methodology in the
design of new sustainable food products, services and systems. And, the
design of these sustainable products gives consideration not only to the
product and/or service but also to the way consumers use those products
and/or services. Access to additional information related to this
research method will contribute to further innovation in the food
By November 30, potential authors are invited to submit a proposal of
750 words maximum (plus references) which sets out the case study focus,
background and intended contribution. A title page should be included
which includes all author names, institutional affiliations and full
contact details. Submitted proposals must relate to new work which has
not been published elsewhere previously, accepted for publication or
currently under consideration for publication. Please also include a
short CV. Full manuscripts for accepted papers will be due April 30,
Dr. Sonia Massari ([log in to unmask], [log in to unmask])
Please write ElsevierDesign2019 in the subject line.
CfPs: Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education
In Art and Design education we encourage our students to take risks. The
idea of risk-taking is highly valued in art and design education and yet
there have not been many articles in the journal Art, Design &
Communication in Higher Education that explore scholarship and practice
in relation to this key concept.
ADCHE are keen to explore this theme in future editions of the journal
and would like to actively encourage prospective authors to respond to
Have you carried out research that explores pedagogies that support risk
taking? Have you interviewed students about their understandings of risk
taking and how it supports their creative development? Are you keen to
critique the concept of risk taking and challenge its hegemonic position
in the art school?
If this invitation is of interest to you please submit a paper for our
upcoming volume 18.1 (2019)
Deadline: 15 October 2018
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3-5 April 2019 - "Designing Sustainability for All" LeNS conference
Designing Sustainability for All is the 3rd LeNS International
Conference: a unique distributed worldwide event, for the first time
held in 6 venues simultaneously.
The Conference will be hosted by Mexico City (Mexico), Curitiba
(Brasil), Cape Town (South Africa), Bangalore (India), Beijing (China)
and Milan (Italy). The conference will be held for 3 days (3-5 April
2019), and in each of the 6 venues it will be possible to listen to any
of the presentations happening in the other ones.
Designing sustainability for All envisions a cosmopolitan approach by
collecting and sharing contributions from and for all of the contexts:
low, middle and high-income ones, from north, south, west and east of
Designing sustainability for All is a call for contributions and actions
to the whole world design community, i.e. design researchers, design
educators and design practitioners.
The LeNS Conference is in fact one of the largest design international
conferences for lecturers, researchers, professionals and relevant
institutions and organizations. It has become a reference event where
experts from all over the world get together to present and share their
knowledge, projects, tools and visions to diffuse sustainability for
LeNS is more than a conference. It is a meeting point for those who want
to learn and share about design for sustainability with a multicultural,
open and copyleft ethos. LeNS vision is to foster a new generation of
designers (and design educators and researchers) capable to effectively
face the challenge to envision, design and contribute to the transition
towards the sustainable world for all.
The conference aims to be both visionary and pragmatic, and to stimulate
new ways of thinking. The scope is to share the latest knowledge and
experiences around the concept of sustainability for all. This will be
achieved through cross-fertilizing a wide range of disciplines:
predominantly design, but even engineering, economy, policy-making and
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The conference is targeted at academics, researchers and educators, as
well as designers, engineers, businessmen, economists, policy-makers,
representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The event is envisaged as an interdisciplinary arena asking to all
stakeholders to adopt the ethos of promoting all possible
cross-fertilizing synergies and open learning-by-sharing processes. The
conference will create a vibrant and forward-thinking environment,
inviting to diffuse new knowledge and share practices and experiences in
the ever-increasing need to enable access to sustainability for all.
CALL FOR PAPER
Authors will need to register through EasyChair in order to submit
abstracts and full papers.
Extended abstracts must be up to 1.500 characters and structured as
- Research Problem/Goals
- Theoretical background
- Research Method
- Results and Analysis
- Impacts on Sustainability
Full papers must be up to 5000 words, excluding abstracts and
references, and must be structured according to the full paper template.
All submissions must be in English.
Abstract submission deadline: October 31, 2018
Papers will be selected through a blind review process conducted by an
international review panel.
We are looking for papers presenting, analysing and discussing:
- new theoretical considerations and contributions on the role of
design and other disciplines in the transition towards a
Sustainability for All society.
- new approaches, strategies, methods and tools to effectivelly enable
development, implementation, diffusion and dissemination of
Sustainability for All.
- experiences, concrete solutions and artefacts designed and developed
as results of research activities, implemented
courses/workshops/seminars on Sustainability for All development and
diffusion; activities by designers, companies, institutions,
- new Sustainability for All development and diffusion of education
strategies and curricula.
Contributions may discuss either Design Research for Sustainability
(R.DfS), Design Education for Sustainability (E.DfS), Design Practice
for Sustainability (P.DfS), and Design for Sustainability in-between
Research, Education and Practise (REP.DfS).
We welcome works addressing any of the following topics:
- Design for Sustainable Materials and Energy;
- Product Design for Sustainability;
- Product-Service System Design for Sustainability;
- Design for Sustainable Distributed Economies;
- Design for Sustainable Social Innovation and Behaviour Change;
- Design for Circular Economy;
- Design for Sustainable business models;
- Design for Sustainable Indigenous Practices and Informal Economies;
- Design for Sustainable Policies and Administrative support systems
Conference website: http://lensconference3.org/
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lens3eu
7-9 February 2019 - Atmosphere 11 Symposium
To accomodate some requests, we have extended the submission deadline
for Atmosphere 11 to October 15.
Atmosphere 11 ADAPTATION
University of Manitoba
We encourage academics, professionals, researchers, and students to
submit abstracts to Atmosphere 11 ADAPTATION. All submissions will be
double-blind peer-reviewed. We will be pursuing a publication of
selected papers and talks.
Graeme Brooker, London UK
Alexandre Chemetoff, Gentilly FR
Georges Descombes, Genve CH
Marcia Friesen, Winnipeg MB
Norman Halden, Winnipeg MB
Miriam Kelly, New York USA
Ian Mauro, Winnipeg MB
Marc Treib, Berkeley USA
Atmosphere 11 will explore ADAPTATION. This theme intends to attract
researchers from diverse disciplines into an open but topically oriented
exchange. ADAPTATION is a mutation, a change that aids organisms to
thrive in their environments. ADAPTATION implicates designers as
organisms with the particular places, materials, contingencies and
intentions that enable survival or better living in an increasingly
unpredictable environment. In other words, this symposium will examine
not merely what and how we adapt, but the sites and situations of
adaptation. The aim is to critically and creatively explore how
contextual, cultural and environmental circumstances of our world serve
as meaningful catalysts for design, building, teaching and research
within a discussion of atmosphere and adaptation. This theme encompasses
multifaceted, dynamic scales and terrains including the complexities of
our social fabrics, intricacies of environmental function, potentials of
adaptation as process, as fitness, the materials and patina of our
everyday adaptations, and the stories and arguments that share
understandings of our designed world. Do we engage in pre-ADAPTATION? Do
we register atmosphere through adaptation?
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13-15 March 2019 - International Workshop on Haptic and Audio
Interaction Design (HAID)
We are pleased to announce the International Workshop on Haptic and
Audio Interaction Design (HAID) <http://haid2019.lille.inria.fr> on March
13-15 2019 at Inria Lille <https://www.inria.fr/centre/lille> France,
after a hiatus of six years.
We invite submissions reporting on completed research or late breaking
work at the intersection on haptics, audio, and interaction design. We
also welcome papers focusing on one of these fields with applications to
the others, as well as position papers aiming at raising interesting
discussions among these communities.
Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages long including references. All
accepted papers will be published in an institutional open access
database. Extended revisions of selected papers will be invited for a
special issue of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
At the conference, papers will be presented either as oral presentations
or posters. Authors should indicate the mode of presentation that best
fits their contribution. Final presentation mode will be based on author
request and program constraints.
Authors also have the possibility to present a demo of the work
described in their submission and should indicate whether they would
like to do so at the time of their submission.
Demonstrations are either standalone or associated with a paper.
Standalone demonstrations should be submitted with a 1 page abstract
using the paper template.
18 December 2018: submission deadline for papers and demonstrations
25 January 2019: notification to authors
11 February 2019: camera ready versions
13-15 March 2019: HAID 2019 in Lille, France
More information on paper templates and on the event are available at
If you have questions about the workshop or submissions, please send an
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Special Issue of the Strategic Design Research Journal (May/Aug 2019,
Vol. 12, n.2)
Call for papers Special Issue
"Open & Distributed + Design & Production | Design strategies for
enabling indie designers and makers"
Guest editors: Massimo Menichinelli, Massimo Bianchini, Stefano Maffei
Information for contributors
Designers practices have constantly evolved in the last two centuries,
and during the last decades new design and production paradigms have
emerged, transforming the discipline from processes developed
exclusively by professionals to processes where users have an
increasingly important and active role. The digitization of society, the
democratization of technology, the personalization of production and the
gradual opening of the design practice are emerging phenomena that
generate a new scenario in which the processes of creation, production
and distribution of goods and services is undergoing profound changes
The increasing number of designers and creative individuals (which is
not accompanied by an equally strong demand of design jobs) represents a
new condition that pushes some of them to self-produce goods, often at a
small scale, by integrating complementary resources they do not possess.
This is possible thanks to a wide network of physical and digital
platforms for learning and training, research, design, production,
distribution and (micro)financing. This trend is strongly connected with
the Maker movement, a loose global movement of individuals who focus on
making physical projects but with a digital layer and digital tools,
often with collaborative processes and the sharing of the digital files
or documentation. Makers often meet and work in globally-networked
laboratories such as Fab Labs, Makerspaces and Hackerspaces that provide
access to a local and global community of like-minded actors and to
several digital fabrication technologies able to manufacture easily and
locally digital projects. The democratization of technology, education,
content and community building of such laboratories increases the
possibilities for professional and amateur designers and at the same
time it opens up new possibilities of collaboration and interaction
among them and with other stakeholders
All these phenomena, which integrate design skills and the making
approach, enable the development of new entrepreneurial types of
professional producers. On one hand designers acquire more technological
and practical skills, on the other hand, makers evolve their design
attitude and capabilities. Design and production are becoming thus more
Open and Distributed: among several actors, several approaches, several
locations and laboratories. The change of design and production models
is becoming the core topic of the research and innovation policies, in
many countries, regions and cities. At the same time, several bottom up
initiatives are being developed by local people and associations,
especially in urban contexts. Moreover, experts in economics, sociology,
technology are studying manufacturing process changes in terms of
development of personal fabrication, growth and impact of new
communities of makers and the return to new forms of craftsmen.
Furthermore, we think this is an important issue for the design on a
global scale that has many points of convergence with the global theme
of social innovation.
The evolution of Open & Distributed Design & Production can be already
measured in decades, with many initiatives by both practitioners and
researchers, and its themes have been discussed already in several
conferences (like Crafting the Future, Open Design for E-very-thing,
several editions of the research strand of the FABx conferences,
organized by the International Fab Lab Association, and many more),
journal issues (like several issues of the Journal of the Peer
Production, the Copytheft issue of Disegno The Journal of Design
Culture, the Open Design at the Intersection of Making and Manufacturing
issue of the HumanComputer Interaction journal, and many more) and
research projects (MAKE-IT, Open Maker, OpenCare, Digital DIY and many
more). This is a phenomenon that has already been promoted, discussed
and studied by several disciplines and also design researchers, but
while most of these contributions have explored its beginnings and main
traits, we believe that it might be reaching a turning point in its
evolution. Discussions about this phenomenon could be more strategic if
they focus now more on how to make it more structured and prepared for
the long term than just focusing on exploring common traits and how to
scale it without thinking about a long term strategy. Political, social,
economical and legal issues are increasingly relevant in order to make
such initiatives inclusive, their processes and organization transparent
and their management fair and equal.
We especially welcome proposals that addresses existing criticalities of
the Open & Distributed Design & Production phenomenon and their
connections with Strategic Design: how these criticalities impact over
Strategic Design, and how could Strategic Design impact over them?
We suggest these strands for the discussion of Open & Distributed Design
- Opening Design & Opening Production: Open and collaborative processes
are spreading in production of goods and services. Practices and
modalities for value production based on shared resources and active
collaboration between diverse stakeholders are growing in diverse
fields. From software and information production (with commons-based p2p
production) to the consumer sector, (collaborative consumption) to the
public service field (co-creation of services) to social innovation and
sustainability (collaborative services and product-service systems).
This strand aims at exploring how design can support open and
collaborative practices and which impact they could have on boosting a
local economy generating resilience.
- Platforms for opening design & production: Open and collaborative
processes are spreading in production of goods and services. Practices
and modalities for value production based on shared resources and active
collaboration between diverse stakeholders are growing in diverse
fields. From software and information production (with commons-based p2p
production) to the consumer sector, (collaborative consumption) to the
public service field (co-creation of services) to social innovation and
sustainability (collaborative services and product-service systems).
This strand aims at exploring open and collaborative practices of value
generation understanding how design can support them and which impact
they could have on boosting a local economy generating resilience.
- Factories for opening design & production: Fab Labs, Hackerspaces,
Living Labs but also public libraries offering production facilities;
infrastructures for prototyping and supporting local production are
spreading, as facilities where open access to technology and
collaboration between participants lowers the threshold for making
things and testing activities and initiatives. The aim of this strand is
to discuss how these infrastructures could become more effective in
supporting local forms of production and experimentation.
- Design for "indie" innovation: The democratization of design (from
open source design to the designer as a "mass profession") linked to the
rise of DIY culture generates a new scenario for the development of
design processes which have very different characteristics from the
traditional ones. This strand aims at exploring these new design process
related to the autonomous development of new product-service system that
can be produced on-demand and on-site; the regeneration/refurbishing and
upgrade of products and technologies; and the creative repair and/or
Strategic design has always been considered a specific disciplinary
field mainly focused on product-service systems design and development.
Its applications, methodologies and tools stimulate individuals and
organizations to adopt and use design as a key factor/resource to
innovate products and services, production, communication and
distribution processes and generate economic, social, and cultural
values. In an emerging scenario, which is characterized by the rise of
open and distributed models, creative, production and distribution
processes are transforming conditions and environments in which
strategic design has operated so far. New independent actors are
emerging in economic, the nature of organizations is evolving in a
hybrid direction, design and R&D processes become less hierarchical and
more collaborative, user are changing the relationship with
products-services systems. In this perspective, the influence and
contribution of disciplines such as marketing - traditionally very
"close" to strategic design - seems now less relevant as well as the
extreme attention on brand identity and appearance. But strategic design
is and remains a disciplinary field that highly stimulates individuals
and organizations to think, work and act adopting a systemic perspective
and a holistic view. For this reason, this special issue of SDRJ wants
to thus gather contributions that explore what and (overall) how
strategic design has been could and/or should evolve its own patrimony
of approaches, methodologies and tools to operate and innovate in
emerging contexts of open and distributed design.
Furthermore, we also suggest to investigate the above themes, with the
perspective of Strategic Design, focusing on the social, political,
legal, environmental and economic issues especially through critical
trends such as unemployment, automation, democracy, decentralization,
decolonization, gender issues, sustainability, circular economy,
degrowth, anthropocene, post-humanism, techno-evangelism,
techno-determinism and so on. Proposals on different strands, issues and
trends that explore the criticalities of Open & Distributed Design &
Production with the perspective of Strategic Design are very much
Full paper due: October 15th, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED
Notification of Review results: November 6th, 2018
Deadline for submission of the final version: December 10th, 2018
Final acceptance: January 15th, 2019
Publication: May 1st, 2019
Manuscripts must be prepared using the guidelines found at the
The manuscript must be written in English.
Previously published articles will not be accepted. Submitted articles
must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. The
publication of the article is subjected to the previous approval of the
journal's Editorial Board, as well as to peer review made by, at least,
two reviewers using the double blind review process.
Manuscripts must be sent through the journals online submission system.
You have to register in the platform in order to submit your
Full call for papers:
3 December 2018 - AfriCHI2018 workshop
As part of the AfriCHI2018 conference to be held in December, we are
running a playful design workshop. Playful interactive game systems are
seen as a new and exciting way to enhance social interactions. In this
workshop, we focus on the methods, tools, and mediums involved when
designing games that encourage prosocial behavior between strangers. We
invite the games research community to critically reflect on the
complexities of creating such systems for co-located people.
Furthermore, we also invite proposals that illuminate how differences in
culture, age, gender, and context may affect the design of playful
We invite academics, artists, designers, and developers and other
practitioners of HCI to participate in the workshop by submitting a
two-page ACM Extended Abstract
<https://chi2018.acm.org/chi-proceedings-format/>format position paper
stating their expression of interest. After being notified of
acceptance, workshop participants will be given instructions to register
for the workshop on the main AfriChi2018 website
<http://africhi.net/workshop-descriptions/>. All submissions and queries
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8-9 April 2019 - 4th International Conference on Developments in
Doctoral Education and Training
Grand Hotel, Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Call closes on Friday 9th November.
EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF STRUCTURED TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Despite widespread adoption, the full impact of structured training
programmes' introduction, the advantages and the constraints, has yet to
be examined closely.
ICDDET4 will present and examine the evidence on how structured training
programmes improve doctoral education, and will bring new insight on how
this key development is affecting the postgraduate sector.
Has the structured model focussed resources for doctoral education on a
smaller number of institutions?
What impact might that have on the future of doctoral education?
To what extent do doctoral cohort programmes reduce social isolation and
improve the peer support for doctoral candidates?
How have the different disciplinary groups adopted structured training
models, and to what extent is interdisciplinary research enhanced by the
ICDDET4 will explore the wider impact of structured doctoral training,
for candidates, supervisors and universities, through the following
broad conference themes:
STUDENT EXPERIENCE - What are the benefits and disadvantages of
structured training for individual doctoral candidates?
DIVERSITY AND WELLBEING - What impact do structured training programmes
have on inclusivity and diversity? Does a structured approach support or
detract from student wellbeing?
DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES - What are the similarities and differences
among structured training models in different disciplinary groups?
SUPERVISORS, TRAINERS AND DEVELOPMENT - Who are other key stakeholders
in a structured approach? How can they be best supported?
EVIDENCE AND VALUE FOR MONEY - What data exists to support the claims
that structured training is effective? Are the additional costs of
structured training justified?
NOVEL APPROACHES - What are the most novel and/or effective approaches
to structure that are currently being used or developed?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Authors are requested to submit a 300 word abstract by Friday 9th
Conference Paper Formats
Papers can be presented in a range of formats:
Round Table Discussion
The organising committee will decide on accepted papers by Friday 14th
Journal Call For Articles: UK Fashion, Style, Costume and Textiles
The Made in the UK- Clothing, Fashion & Accessories Initiative (UKCFA)
invite contributions of articles and papers on all aspects of UK
fashion, style, costume and textiles to be published in the peer
reviewed official journal.
Articles are usually 3000-5000 words.
Also interviews, case studies and photography in relation to UK fashion
International article contributions in relation to UK fashion and
costume are also welcome.
Please use the Harvard referencing system and include a 60 word
Submissions deadline for the next issue is 1st December for publication
in early 2019. Submit online- www.ukfashion.org.uk/journal.html or
email: [log in to unmask]
We will be accepting article submissions on an ongoing basis for further
publications. If your institution department or library would like a
subscription to a UK fashion and costume journal it is included in the
Made in the UK- Clothing, Fashion & Accessories Initiative (UKCFA)
membership and is a more cost effective price for institutions.
3-4 June 2019 - CALL FOR PAPERS: NORDES 2019
8th Nordic Design Research Society (NORDES) conference
Aalto University, Finland
This question is a provocation for design research. What do, or should,
we care about in design and design research today? The 8th biennial
NORDES conference poses the question, Who cares?, exploring related
questions, issues and propositions concerning responsibilities,
relationships, ways of doing and directing design today.
The conference takes place at a time of great challenges and transitions
in many of our societies. The consequences of climate change are
becoming everyday reality for many, and sustainability is increasingly
an issue for design institutions to frame and value in relation to other
fundamental subjects. Diversity, equality and justice are matters of
increasing public (as well as personal and community) attention and
concern, and we continue to struggle with how to address this in
societal and institutional structures, policies and daily interactions.
European and Nordic countries are transforming in socio-economic terms
as previous values, economies and systems of social welfare are being
restructured and redistributed in various ways. At this time of
socio-ecological challenges and transitions, it is time for design
research to engage with such questions from the inside (from within
design practices, scholarship and institutions) and outside-in (through
dialog, interaction and knowledge production with others, including
In the 2019 NORDES conference, we draw inspiration from notions of care
as a lens through which to reflect upon and critique as well as
potentially to refocus and redirect design and design research. Care
might be understood in relation to philosophical lines of inquiry in
other disciplines exploring theories, politics and ethics of care. Care
might be understood concretely in relation to the ideals and
infrastructures of welfare and healthcare systems, or service
interactions. Care might be understood personally as a mindset seeking
out what is meaningful for people, and for life, and with design as
reflective and skilled action concerned with improving things and
Possible themes include but are not limited to:
- The who in care? Care, relations, empathy and what comes next
- Care (in)action? Encounters, systems and institutions of care,
- How to care? Care and care-ful materials, methods and processes in
design and design research
- Care, where? Design and peripheries, identities, minorities and
- Care ethos and ethics? Purposes, philosophies and responsibilities
The submission categories include:
- Full papers
- Exploratory papers (short)
- Doctoral Consortium
15 Jan 2019 Deadline for submissions
10 March 2019 Notification to the authors
5 April 2019 Final versions of papers
3-4 Jun 2019 Conference
9-10 November 2018 - Climate Futures, Design and the Just Transition A
The Rhode Island School of Design, The RISD Auditorium 7 Canal Walk,
Providence River Greenway, Providence, RI
RISD Liberal Arts Graduate Program in Nature-Culture-Sustainability
RISD Liberal Arts Graduate Program in Global Arts and Culture
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
The North East Just Transitions Research Network,
Critical Design-Critical Futures http://www.cd-cf.org/
At a time when climate politics would seem to be stuck between a state
of melancholic paralysis (Wark, 2015) and passive nihilism
(Connolly, 2016), mobilizations occurring around just transitions stand
as one of the few bright spots on the horizon. Discussions of just
transitions are at different stages of development. They come with the
usual bundle of issues, problems, controversies and setbacks. But they
also come with potential and promise. In a bleak intellectual context,
where the converging forces of climate destabilization and authoritarian
populism would seem to be shrinking the ecopolitical imaginary to the
propositions that we must either prepare for the worst or embrace a
technocratic ecomodernist project to decarbonize the status quo,
discussions circulating around just transitions are marked by a
refreshing level of pragmatic concreteness and even a degree of hope.
Building on two previous meetings held at Brown and Northeastern by the
Just Transitions Research Network in 2016 and 2017, this symposium will
bring together a range of scholars and activists to map some of the
different ways in which the search for just and rapid post carbon
transitions now animates all manner of interventions--on the part of
labor and climate justice activists, designers, architects, academics
and artists--and is opening up intersectional spaces across movements
fighting for racial and gender justice. We will explore the political,
ideological, aesthetic, cultural and socio-technological barriers that
stand in the way of just transitions in both the Global North and Global
South. We will consider who is visible and who is rendered invisible in
different kinds of transition discourses. This symposium will explore
the potential material, political and ecological impacts of a renewables
roll-out. Finally, we will debate the merits of just transitions
premised on frameworks such as green growth, plenitude, degrowth, design
futuring, decoloniality and beyond.
This event is free but to obtain a ticket please sign up here.
CAMEo Research Institutes upcoming salon Radical Design, will take
place on October 17th at LCB Depot, Leicester, 5:30-7:30pm.
How can design target pressing social issues? How can it use creativity
to rethink products, environments and forms of engaging with others in
radial new ways? At this salon event, organised by the CAMEo Research
Institute at the University of Leicester, speakers from graphic design,
product design and design research will discuss the thinking and doing
of contemporary radical design practice.
Dr Martin Stacey (De Montfort University) on design and the psychology
Tzortzis Rallis (Propagate Collective, Occupy Design) on the social and
political role of visual communication in the public sphere
Diana Simpson-Hernandez (Designers for Humanity) on sustainable design
This is a free event and all are welcome.
For more information, please contact Dr Paula Serafini
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17 October 2018 - Graphic Design and the Research Excellence Framework
This one-day symposium brings together senior managers, researchers and
graphic design educators to explore and discuss the challenges facing
graphic design research in an academic context.
Sheffield Institute of Arts
Sheffield Hallam University
Tickets are FREE and limited to 1 per institution. Click
Dr Alison Barnes
Professor Anne Boddington
James Corazzo, Dr Rob Harland, and Steve Rigley
Dr Rebecca Ross
Co-hosted by CHEAD <https://chead.ac.uk>, Graphic Design Educators
Network <https://www.graphicdesigneducators.network> and Art and Design
Research Centre, Sheffield Institute of
A new digital platform, Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts, launched on
Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts is designed to provide the ultimate guide
to a visual arts education. This comprehensive digital resource offers
students and academics searchable access to over highly illustrated 170
books which combine visual inspiration with practical advice on idea
generation, research techniques, portfolio development and more, across
the main visual arts disciplines including:
- Design and Illustration
- Fashion and Textiles
- Architecture and Interiors
- Marketing and Advertising
- Film and Media
The platform is expressly designed to meet the needs of visual learners,
so users will find richly illustrated content throughout, with each
title typically offering over 200 full-colour illustrations or images.
These illustrations showcase work or explain techniques and concepts,
with enhanced full and double-page viewing, allowing invaluable close
engagement with visual materials to spur creative thinking.
A wealth of practical pedagogy, such as case studies, leading
practitioner interviews, and activities will provide teaching resources
for instructors, while embedding students understanding of real-world
applications and supporting portfolio development.
Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts is available now for 30-day free
institutional trials and can be purchased by libraries on a perpetual
access basis.More information is available
2017 bibliography of transdisciplinary research:
td-net Network for Transdisciplinary Research Swiss Academies of Arts
and Sciences Tour dHorizon of Literature 2017
Design Ecologies 7 is now available
Intellect is happy to announce that Design Ecologies 7 is now available
Gary Hustwit's documentary on Dieter Rams
Gary Hustwit is the director best known for bringing design
documentaries to the big screen including Helvetica, the first (only?)
film to revolve entirely around a typeface and attract a general
audience, as well as the industrial and urban design documentaries
Objectified and Urbanized, respectively. So the design world was
naturally excited when in 2016 it was announced that Hustwit was to
create a new film; and that its central character was none other than
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