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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 22 Number 8, Nov 2017 ISSN 1473-3862
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22-23 February 2018 - CRITICAL PRACTICE IN AN AGE OF COMPLEXITY
University of Arizona, Tucson
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 05 Dec 2017 (Extendable to Dec 15 upon request)
Jane Rendell, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: Artist, activist and
The conference will lead to a special issue of the journal articles with
Architecture_MPS, and contributions to books with UCL Press and
The built environment is a complex mix of aesthetic, physical, social
and cultural questions. Engaging with it requires critique and multiple
practices. To this end the conference welcomes specialists from across
disciplines: artists, landscape designers, urban designers, planners,
architects, human geographers, sociologists and more.
The conference is part of PARADE (Publication & Research in Art,
Architectures, Design and Environments). PARADE brings together
multiple publishers: Routledge Taylor&Francis, UCL Press, Intellect
Books, Libri Publishing, UCL Press, Vernon Press and more.
Publications in this series so far include:
Housing Solutions Through Design. Libri Publishing
From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing. UCL Press
Imaging the City. Intellect Books
Housing the Future. Libri Publishing
Housing Special Issue. Vol. 9. Academic Journal, Architecture_MPS
Digital Futures and the City of Today. Intellect Books
Urban Documents, Design Practices and Social Criticism Through the Lens.
SKYPE, PRE-RECORDED, IN-PERSON and/or WRITTEN PAPER
14-15 June 2018 - TANGIBLE INTANGIBLE HERITAGE(S) University of East
Abstracts are due 01 March 2018
Visible Language Special Issue: Visible Language & Historical Evidence
Call for Papers
Context: At its inception, the history of visual communication design
relied on the intuition of practitioners and the connoisseurship of
collectors; its narrative prioritized aesthetic styles and eminent
designers. More recently, historians across the design disciplines have
emphasized the need for empirical research, cultural contextualization,
and diverse global narratives. The time is ripe for historians of visual
communication design to contribute to this work.
Special issue CFP:
This special issue of Visible Language seeks to establish design history
as an ongoing and integral part of the journals larger initiative toward
evidence-based inquiry in visual communication design. Articles accepted
for publication in this issue will document and interrogate historical
evidence relative to the past practices, artifacts, and uses of visual
communication design. Of particular interest are articles addressing
under-represented research areas: women designers, designers of color,
design outside of western Europe and the United States, and design
outside of the Modernist tradition.
Areas of inquiry might include but are not limited to:
Designers who have been written out of the dominant historical narrative
Designers, practices, and artifacts from locations outside North America
and western Europe
Anonymous or ubiquitous design artifacts and their place in the
Collaborative design practices and their historical outcomes or cultural
Vernacular or local design traditions functioning alongside or in
opposition to Modernism
Historical instances of overlap between craft or trade traditions and
what we now call design
Historical instances of overlap between constructing a history of design
and practicing design
Quantitative studies seeking to document patterns of use or impact
New critical approaches to familiar themes and subjects
May 15 2018 full papers due to editors
May 30 2018 results of peer review to authors
June 15 2017 requested revisions due to editors
August 2018 publication of special issue
Guidelines for preparing a submission can be found at
http://visiblelanguagejournal.com/submission Further questions and/or
submissions to the special issue should be directed to: Dori Griffin
Assistant Professor Ohio University School of Art + Design
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EVA London Conference 2018
Call for proposals EVA London Conference 2018
Submission of proposals(in abstract form) is now open. Deadline: 15th
Proposals may be for a paper, a paper with demo, a demonstration, a
workshop, or a panel discussion.Your proposal should come under one of
the conference themes.
Summary proposals only, please!Please submit only a summary proposal, up
to one page (400 words) for selection. Your proposal must be submitted
via the EasyChair website:
The main deadline for proposals is Monday 15th January 2018.
The deadline for research workshop proposals is Friday 16th March 2018.
Papers will be presented in 20-minute slots (either in plenary sessions
or in parallel) and be associated with a publication of up to 8 pages in
Demonstrations will be formally timetabled normally in parallel with
other sessions, in 20-minute slots. Proposals are invited and should be
submitted in outline as for papers, above. However, we will not expect
detailed demo requirements until nearer the conference, to allow time
for development. For publication you will be able to offer either a
2-page summary describing the demo in association with a formal 8-page
paper and presentation.
PANEL SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Proposals for panel sessions or workshops are welcome. A panel session
would consist of two or more panel members who each make brief
presentations or statements, followed by discussion with the audience.
We will look for panel sessions to be of wide interest and to stimulate
and engage the audience, since most delegates are interested and often
expert in using and exploring technologies.
A workshop should be a practical tutorial and would normally in one or
two 90-minute sessions.
Electronic visualisation technologies in art, design, music, dance,
theatre, the sciences and more ...
Central London venue in Covent Garden BCS, 1st Floor, 5 Southampton
Street, London WC2E 7HA.
Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
The editors of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice would
like to extend the recent themed call for papers to the new deadline of
28th February 2018 (see http://tinyurl.com/y8f4w4ck).
The Call Themes are:
1. Utilising Archives and Collections for Textile Education, Industry
2. Textiles and Co-creation
3. 'Bio' Textiles
Further detail is given below and is also available from the Journal of
Textile Design Research and Practice websitehttp://tinyurl.com/y8f4w4ck.
Submissions can take one of the following forms and the instructions for
authors page contains advice for authors.
Academic research papers (approximately 5,000 8,000) words;
Practitioner interviews or studies (approximately 6,000) words;
Position papers and reports of research currently in progress
(approximately 3,000 words);
Book and exhibition reviews (approximately 500 2,000 words)
If you would like to discuss please contact Faith Kane -
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1. UtilizingArchives and CollectionsforTextile Education, Industry and
Archives and collections exist as repositories of the past, containing
artifacts and materials awaiting reactivation in order to discover new
meaning. Textile designers, artists, researchers, historians and
educators often use historical sources for reference and inspiration.
Increasingly, design company archives are used to promote brand heritage
and for design reproduction and adaptation. This call invites
submissions that address the theme of archive and collection
utilization, specific focal points are not limited to, but could include
- Learning from history and tradition
- Interpretation, appropriation, adaption and innovation
- Methodologies and creative approaches
- Archives and collections as pedagogy
- Collaborations with the heritage, museum and library sectors
- Engaging social groups and communities, local authorities and the
- Valuing history to inform future generations
- Descriptions of collections and user-centered projects
- Copyright and intellectual property
2. Textiles and Co-creation
Digital platforms for the co-creation of textiles are providing
opportunities for the consumer to become the designer. NIKEiD offering
customised sportswear, shoes and backpacks was launched in 2012. Knit
For You, an Adidas 2017 pop-up shop in Berlin, is researching and
testing the concept of in-store production of custom knitted garments
within four hours. Digital print bureaux such as Contrado and
Spoonflower offer a range of fabric printing services for both interior
and fashion applications including garment make-up, wallpaper and
giftwrap. Platforms offer tuition in how to achieve colour matching and
repeat designs. These emerging co-creation technologies have the
potential to disrupt traditional textile design and manufacturing
industries. This call welcomes submissions that address, but are not
limited to, the following:
- Emerging models of co-creation that involve textiles and digital
platforms. Who are the stakeholders? What are the costing models? What
technologies are required? What is the consumer interface? Who are the
- The barriers and enablers to adoption by consumers, retailers and
textile manufacturing industries.
- The changing role of the textile designer. Who owns the design
process? Will co-creation platforms facilitate the craft
- The sustainability effects of co-creation models. Will co-creation
models result in reduced over-stocking or waste? Will consumer-led
design lead to more sustainable and ethical supply chain practices?
- Co-creation as entertainment.
- Co-creation platforms as consumer research.
- Co-creation and social enterprise.
3. Bio Textiles
Continued movement towards circular and ethical design practices in
textiles (and associated disciplines and industries) has led to the
emergence of (or reconnection with) what might be termed bio textile
practices. These practices range from re-conceptualizing the role of
natural fibres, the conception and development of new biological and
agricultural processes that result in alternative textiles/materials,
the use of natural alternatives to harmful chemicals in textile
coloration and finishing, to engagement with biodegradable and bio-based
fibres and finishes. All draw on an interdisciplinary knowledge base and
are often realized in design through hands-on engagement with materials
and processes that are often central to textile design practice. In
relation to this theme, this call welcomes papers that address, but are
not limited to, the following focal points:
- Textile practices incorporating natural dyes
- DIY approaches to creating bioplastics, bio textiles and composite
- Growing your own textiles
- Design concepts around biodegradable textiles
- Coloration and finishing
- Using biological processes for textile design purposes
- New spaces for textile fabrication
- Bio textiles/materials and digital fabrication processes
- Sustainability benefits of bio materials (environmental, social,
- Well-being benefits of bio textiles/materials
20-22 June 2018 - Liquidscapes: tales and tellings of watery worlds
and fluid states.
This is a REMINDER (Deadline for submissions November 20)
art.earth and our academic partners Schumacher College and the
Sustainable Earth Institute (Plymouth University) invite proposals to an
international forum: Liquidscapes: tales and tellings of watery worlds
and fluid states.
A three-day event bringing together creative thinkers and doers to
explore physically and figuratively our watery worlds and the fluid
Keynote speakers include writer Tristan Gooley (How to Read Water),
artist Amy Sharrocks and astronomer Prof. Paul Murdin OBE.
The event takes place June 20-22, 2018 at Dartington Hall, Devon UK.
The deadline for submissions is November 20 2017 (22.00 GMT). All
proposals must be submitted online at
We are particularly interested in submissions whose manner of
presentation in some way directly performs the perspective that they
wish to offer: in what senses may we approach, in our behaviours, our
speech, and our work, the notion of voicing water?
7-9 June 2018 - AIGA DEC Conference
The Call for Participation for the next AIGA DEC Conference, [MAKE], is
now available. All the details about the call and how you can submit a
proposal can be found on the conference website at:
[MAKE] will take place at the Herron School of Art and Design,
IUPUI<http://herron.iupui.edu/> in Indianapolis from 7-9 June 2018.
The conference organizers seek to establish a space for our design
community to explore the full complexity of making and its applications
within todays contexts. The discussion will be divided into four themes:
Make [community], Make [curriculum], Make [form], and Make [experience].
Details about each of these themes can be found in the call.
From the call: For many designers, being labeled a maker may be
perceived as a slight. However, we know that designers sit at a unique
intersection of the arts and social sciences where making serves as a
distinct asset to our process. Whether organizing a community, planning
new healthcare services, building a website, or speculating on the
future, designers have an inherent drive to make as a way to facilitate
solutions. This discussion is especially relevant as the AIGA Designer
2025 Trends are disseminated through our community. The role of making
inside many of these trends challenges our traditional notions of the
activity and ask us to rethink the role of the designer in an evolving
paradigm. Authors are encouraged to frame their work in context with the
Designer 2025 Trends.
If you have any questions about the call or your submission, please send
an email to
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Special Issue on Open Design at the Intersection of Making and
Following up on a series of workshops on manufacturing and making (e.g.,
at Critical Alternatives in Aarhus 2015, CHI 2016 or CHI 2017), we would
like to draw your attention to an upcoming special issue in
"Human-Computer Interaction, A Journal of Theoretical, Empirical, and
Methodological Issues of User Science and System Design":
David Green (University of West England)
Verena Fuchsberger (University of Salzburg)
Nick Taylor (University of Dundee)
Pernille Bjrn (University of Copenhagen)
David Kirk (Northumbria University)
Silvia Lindtner (University of Michigan)
The full call for participation, including details on topics and
deadlines, can be found here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the
editors or send your inquiry to
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20-24 August 2018 - The 16th biennial Participatory Design Conference
(PDC) Hasselt & Genk, Belgium
"Participatory Design, Democracy and Politics"
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS <https://pdc2018.org/submission-instructions/>
All submissions should be made via the PDC 2018 Conference System
<https://www.conftool.pro/pdc2018/>. Papers should be submitted using
the ACM recommended templates. There is a ACM_SigConf sample file of the
template available. Please note that the ACM templates have changed
recently and the ACM resource link
<http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template> now provides you
with an archive of the full catalogue of ACM templates, available as ZIP
archives. Among them, please use the SigConf proceedings template which
is the correct template to use for the International Conference
Proceedings Series published by ACM. You are free to use the text editor
toolbar/plugin provided by ACM, as well as to use the sample file
provided for your convenience in the ACM Sample Files folder (and on the
first link of this paragraph).
If you are having a problem with the templates (the Word template is not
as easy to use as the Latex one), use an old PDC template for this stage
in the submission process. Successful papers at Camera-Ready stage must
use the new template. Be aware that the word count will differ between
the old and new templates, so you are advised to check your submission
in both before sending.
If you have any questions regarding submission instructions, contact us
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ServDes.2018 - Milan _ Deadline extension
The deadline for the Conference Proof of Concept - ServDes.2018 is now
Due to many requests, the deadline for the full paper submission has
been extended to November 16th, 2017. We hope this could facilitate the
preparation of your submissions.
Please, download the latest version of the call for papers at
Call_for_paper_ServDes_2018.pdf and use the Paper template available at:
Conference theme: Service Design Proof of Concept
Service Design can no longer be considered an emerging discipline.
Though recent and in continuous evolution, it is now consolidated enough
to be assessed and reviewed in terms of effectiveness and impact on
economy and society: how far has the logic of services (and of Service
Design culture) influenced the different domains of innovation and value
creation? How much has this been truly integrated into the innovation
process of private and public sectors? How effectively has this been
understood, evaluated and discussed? How far have digital technologies
and media been influencing service design and delivery? Initially,
Service Design mainly concentrated on the paradigm shift from designing
the materiality of objects to focusing on immaterial experiences,
interfaces, interactions, and strategies. Thus, for some decades
attention has been paid to the changing role and competencies of the
designer, and to the establishment of Service Design as a discipline in
its own right, despite its multi-disciplinary approach which includes
management, ethnography, sociology, and organizational studies, to
mention but a few. Now it is time to validate and review the models,
processes and practices developed and used in the service design
ecosystem, from its academic community to practitioners, companies and
organizations at large.
The overarching scope of the conference is to reflect on the evolution
and impact that this discipline and practice has made in different
fields and sectors. To do this, ServDes2018 will create an opportunity
firstly for sharing thoughts and experiences among scholars,
practitioners and organisations, and secondly, to discuss service design
in terms of proof of concept, and the extent to which public and private
organizations are ready to embed service design into their processes.
The main areas of discussion for the conference will be the following,
organised into tracks:
1. Learning and practicing
2. Sharing and collaborating
3. Measuring and evaluating
4. Governing and evidencing
5. Producing, distributing and organising
6. Experiencing and shaping
7. Community and relationship building
8. Envisioning and evolving
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6 June 2018 - SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Design) invites
submissions for the 2018 Academic Summit to be held on Wednesday, June
6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Submission deadline: March 2, 2018
Potential papers should address the educational, institutional,
technological, social, and cultural issues that have relevance to
Experiential Graphic Design (XGD), which encompasses environmental
graphic and information design, exhibition design, wayfinding and
signage design, branding, interactive and immersive environments, and
March 2 - Paper Abstract Submissions
April 6 - Paper Acceptance Notifications
May 25 - Full Manuscripts with Images/Diagrams
June 1 - Final Presentation File Submissions
June 6 - Academic Summit Presentation
Submissions should be anonymized (author names and affiliations removed)
for purposes of peer review. Papers selected for presentation on June 6
will also be published in SEGDs online research journal, Communication +
Place<https://segd.org/academic-design-research>. Discounted SEGD
Conference registration will be offered to presenters of accepted papers
(conference takes place June 7-9, 2018, after the academic summit).
20-23 September 2017 - Transforming Design, Production and Consumption
for a Circular Economy
Hosted by the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development,
University of South Australia, Adelaide
[Conference website will be live from November 30, 2017]
CALL FOR PAPERS
Over the last two decades, much effort has gone into developing
strategies to reduce waste and emissions in products, systems and the
urban environment. Accelerating rates of consumption and discard,
however, continue to undermine many of these larger efforts. It is clear
that we need new systems-based approaches to reduce rising levels of
resource consumption and energy use in order to implement a more
equitable and environmentally sustainable society and economy. Building
upon the experience of the first conference,Unmaking Waste:
Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place (May 2015),
Unmaking Waste 2018 will address the following themes from a similarly
1. Eco-Design and Development:
Designing and managing objects, buildings, precincts and systems to
reduce resource and energy use, and increase environmental and human
2. Sustainable Consumption:
Transforming consumption and service provision, including marketing, to
better suit a resource-constrained, environmentally challenged world.
3. Waste Minimization:
Reducing waste and pollution at all scales, in all domains and
activities, and transforming waste and pollution into states of greater
value for reuse.
4. Circular Economy:
Optimizing social, material and economic relations to further the goals
of the Circular Economy, including product and environment
life-extension, reuse and repair.
Call for Abstracts (Deadline: December 15, 2017)
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, and address the purpose,
methods, and implications of the work to be presented. They should
include a proposed title, and nominate one or more of the above themes
that seem most relevant to the subject. All abstracts, conference
presentations and full papers must be in English. Abstracts must be
received no later than 5pm, December 15, 2017. All abstracts will be
peer-reviewed and all submissions will receive a written response with
feedback from the Conference Organising Committee by February 2nd, 2018.
The authors of successful abstracts will then be invited to submit their
full papers for review by May 4th, 2018.
Full papers will be double-blind peer reviewed, and returned to their
authors for revision before June 8th, 2018. Papers that are accepted, or
accepted pending revision, will have until July 30th 2018, for
completion. The full accepted, corrected papers will be published online
in time for the conference. It is anticipated that a selection of these
papers will be published in an edited book or special issue of a
journal. More details on this will be available on the conference
website when they come to hand.
Please send titles, abstracts, with nominated theme(s) and a separate
short author bio in a word file to [log in to unmask] no later
than December 15th, 2017.
Artifact: Journal of Design Practice:
Journal of Design, Business & Society:
International Journal of Food Design:
We would like to invite to you to complete a short survey developed by
Loughborough University and the British Standards Institution (BSI) to
- What (if any) aspects of sustainability you consider and to what
- What resources you use
- What additional support you could benefit from.
This will help us and others (e.g. CAD software developers, trainers,
universities) to develop the next generation of resources with enhanced
The survey can be accessed at
The survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete and as a
thank you for your time, there is an option to enter a draw for one of
three GBP50 voucher prizes. We hope you can give us your views. Please
feel free to distribute to designers in your network.
Regards Dr Vicky Lofthouse, Senior Lecturer Loughborough Design School &
Institute of Design Innovation, Loughborough University London
Professor Brian Griffiths Chair, BSI TDW/4/7 Committee on Design for
Manufacture, Assembly, Disassembly and End of Life Processing (MADE)
Please be assured that the usual safeguards apply:
- All responses will be anonymous and will remain anonymous in all
analyses which will be published in a journal paper and perhaps in
- Responses will be held securely under the policies detailed at the
following links: www.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/help-support/bos-security
- You can exit the survey at any point, for any reason and you will not
be asked to explain your reasons for exiting. Please note though that,
once the results of the survey are aggregated for analysis, it will not
be possible to withdraw your individual data from the research.
- Any concerns or complaints, please email [log in to unmask] or
phone 01509 222423 (Secretary of the Ethics Approvals (Human
Participants) Sub-Committee). The University also has policies relating
to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which are available online
- The prize draw will take place shortly after the closing date of the
survey. Employees of Loughborough University and the British Standards
Institution are not eligible for the prizes.
The PhD in Art & Design -- A Leonardo 3-Year Symposium
The MIT Press journal Leonardo has just published the first three
articles in its three-year symposium on the PhD in art and design.
The articles are
Friedman, Ken, & Jack Ox. 2017. PhD in Art & Design. LEONARDO, Vol. 50,
No. 5, pp. 515519, 2017. doi:10.1162/LEON_e_01472
Maksymowicz, Virginia, & Blaise Tobia. 2017. An Alternative Approach to
Establishing a Studio Doctorate in Fine Art. LEONARDO, Vol. 50, No. 5,
pp. 520525, 2017. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01189
Zeeuw, Diane. 2017. Case Study The Development and Evolution of the
Creative Arts Practice-led PhD at the University of Melbourne, Victorian
College of the Arts. LEONARDO, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 526527, 2017.
You may download copies of all three from this URL:
Please let us know if you have ideas or articles to contribute.
Ken Friedman and Jack Ox
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24 November 2017 - Transmedia UK: Sector by Sector
Media Convergence Research CentreandCentre for Culture and Creative
Industries Bath Spa University, Corsham Court Campus
One-Day Academic-Industry Workshop:Friday 24th November 2017
Alison Norrington, Creative Director at StoryCentral Ltd.
Lana Beckwith, Senior Content Development Manager at HarperCollins
Nataly Rios Goico, Creative Consultant at Conducttr
Kate Fitzpatrick, Senior Strategist at e3 Media
Tim Kindberg, CEO at Matter 2 Media Ltd.
We are pleased to announce the full programme for Transmedia UK: Sector
by Sector, anacademic-industry workshop that will take place onFriday
24th November 2017at CorshamCourt, Bath Spa University. Registration
closes on Monday 20th November.
TransmediaUK: Sector by Sector aims to map the ways in which different
UK media sectors are now responding to ideas, concepts and pressures
oftransmediality.This academic-industry workshop will identify the
strategies and principles that now make up the transmedia practices in
and across online gaming, publishing, mobile media, digital marketing,
film and television and beyond, examining which practices operate across
these sectors while exploring what it now means to distinguish between
storytelling, publishing, interactivity and marketing in today's
digitally interconnected media environment.
As well as the industry speakers, the workshop will also showcase a
range of academic perspectives on new developments in transmediality,
spanning film and television, digital and participatory storytelling,
heritage, pedagogy, publishing, advertising and marketing, mobile apps
and virtual environments.
Please contact Matthew Freeman ([log in to unmask]) for any further
New essay collection
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Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things Edited by Leslie
Atzmon & Prasad Boradkar
This essay collection brings together design scholars to explore the
relationship between thing theory and design, looking at both production
processes and the social and cultural lives of objects.
"A cogent argument for stronger engagement between design studies and
the theory of things. Design scholars and practitioners can profit
greatly from them." Victor Margolin
Please note FormAkademisk
The latest special issue of FormAkademisk (volume 10, issue 2), includes
four selected peer reviewed articles developed from papers held at the
3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers -
DRS/CUMULUS LearnXDesign conference held in Chicago in June 2015. The
articles deal with topics within design thinking, design education
methods and practice.
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