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Design Research News, May 2018


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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 23 Number 5, May 2018 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter      http://www.designresearchsociety.org


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Design Studies

Contents of Volume 56, May 2018


Approaching the architectural native: a graphical transcription method
to capture sketching and gesture activity
Martin Brsamle, Christoph Hlscher
Pages 1-27

Imagining design: Transitive and intransitive dimensions
Alfredo Jornet, Wolff-Michael Roth,
Pages 28-53

Creative environments for design education and practice: A typology of
creative spaces
Katja Thoring, Pieter Desmet, Petra Badke-Schaub
Pages 54-83

Developing theory-driven design research
Philip J. Cash
Pages 84-119

Special Section: DRS 50th Anniversary Conference (Part 2)

Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: A polyphonic picture book
Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk, Wendy Moncur, Kathryn M. Orzech,
Diego Trujillo Pisanty
Pages 122-148 (open access)

Representational artefacts in social problem solving: A study from
occupational rehabilitation
Richard Cooney, Nifeli Stewart, Tania Ivanka, Neal Haslem
Pages 149-168

Temporal Design: Rethinking time in design
Larissa Pschetz, Michelle Bastian
Pages 169-184

A dialogue between the real-world and the operational model  The
realities of design in Bruce Archers 1968 doctoral thesis
Stephen Boyd Davis, Simone Gristwood
Pages 185-204

Schon's intellectual legacy: A citation analysis of DRS publications
Jordan Beck, Laureline Chiapello
Pages 205-224



27-29 September 2018 - Decipher Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Decipher will focus on defining, doing, disseminating, supporting, and
teaching design research, and will include three participation
modalities: activity groups, conversations, and workshops.

Do you want to facilitate or be part of a session encompassing hands-on
activities, micro-presentations, and collaborative work? Activity groups
are for you!

Do you want to be in a more relaxed environment focused on the exchange
of ideas and arguments? Sign up for Conversations!

Do you want to be involved in a more classroom-oriented learning
experience? Direct your submission to Workshops!

Each session will have facilitators and participants. We ask
everyonepotential facilitators AND participantsto submit an initial
proposal because: 1) we want to acknowledge the ideas of all the
conference participants and 2) find the best ways to connect you to
ignite collaborations and better understandings regarding design
research. In addition to their initial submission, those selected as
facilitators will commit to lead, document, and report a session of the

For detailed information, conference submission template, and link to
the submission system, take a look at


Remember, we also have ten Decipher Equity Scholarships of $1,000 for
travel and lodging. We encourage design scholars, students and
practitioners belonging to underrepresented groups to apply. The
extended deadline for the equity scholarships is June 15, 2018.

For more information on the scholarships:

We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor this September! Please get in
touch with us if you have questions, and forward this message to your
friends, colleagues, and students.

Kelly Murdoch-Kitt & Omar Sosa-Tzec, Decipher Conference Chairs, Penny
W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

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20-24 August 2018 - The 16th biennial Participatory Design Conference
Hasselt & Genk, Belgium
Participatory Design, Democracy and Politics

Call for participation: Interactive Workshops and Tutorials

PDC 2018s theme, Participatory Design, Politics and Democracy,
questions both the role of architecture and design practitioners in the
participatory process (can design be democratic and how?) and in the
changing political landscape.

During the two days preceding the main conference, several workshops and
tutorials will be organised, covering an exciting range of half-day or
full-day sessions. In total, PDC 2018 features thirteen workshops and/or
tutorials that support interactive or innovative formats for active
participation and lively debate, going beyond a presentation format.

The 13 workshops and tutorials are divided in four main themes, related
to either PD in general or this years PDC theme:

1. Democracy & participatory design (subdivided into inclusion,
governance, and democracy in general)

2. Participatory design processes (infrastructuring, data literacy,

3. Urban participation

4. Future Issues of participatory design

You can find the details of each workshop via
https://pdc2018.org/programme/interactive-workshops-and-tutorials/ If
you are interested in participating, please see the individual page of
the workshop you would like to join.

Niels Hendriks, Karin Slegers, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
Interactive workshop and tutorial chairs PDC 2018

4-5 September 2018 - TIE 2018 - 2nd EAI International Conference on
Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education
Ravensbourne College,London, Great Britain.

Creative Workshop  The Teaching and Learning of Creativity

This workshop encourages contributions that address the teaching and
learning of creativity in Higher Education. Can students learn to be
creative? How do different disciplines deal with creativity, and how do
the structural constraints of university environments and teaching
systems impact on the learning of creativity?We are particularly
interested in the relationship between theories of creativity and the
practice of being creative; how is this relationship between theory and
practice played out, both in academia and in the workplace?

We welcome case studies of teaching methods, projects, programmes and
modules that address these problems. We aim to assemble a rich
collection of pedagogical experiences, from a range of disciplines.We
seek experiences and examples from any area  from the fine art studio
to the computer lab, and from the architecture office to the engineering
faculty. Above all, we hope to illustrate the diversity of attitudes and
approaches to be found in the teaching of creativity, and in so doing
create an inspiring forum for the sharing of innovative practice.

Questions addressed by case studies and research papers could be, but
are not limited to:

- Can students learn to be creative, and what are the barriers to
learning to be creative?

- How do different disciplines in the academy deal with creativity, and
are there different types of creativity?

- How can we assess creativity?

- What is the relationship between professional creative practice and
academic approaches to understanding creativity?

- How do the structural and physical constraints of university
environments and teaching conventions impact on the teaching and
learning of creativity?

- What is the relationship between theories of creativity and the
practice of being creative?

The CREATIVE Workshop takes place as part of the International
Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and
Education(TIE18). Participants can attend just the workshop or the
conference as a whole.


17-20 March 2019 - Call for Participation: Tangible, Embedded and
Embodied Interaction - TEI 2019

ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied
Interaction (TEI) 2019
Tempe, Arizona

TEI 2019 is the 13th annual conference dedicated to presenting the
latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It will
be held 17th to 20th March, 2019, and is hosted by Arizona State
University in Tempe, Arizona, USA. The conference will be sponsored by
ACM SIGCHI and Arizona State University.

In the past, TEI has addressed issues of human-computer interaction,
novel tools and technologies, interactive art, and user experience. The
work presented at TEI has a strong focus on how computing can bridge
atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The particular theme
this year is Hybrid Materials. Over the past few years, TEI research has
increasingly embraced hybridity, whether through material explorations
of composites such as bioelectronic, on-body, or active materials, or
theoretical inquiries into socio-technical systems as hybrid assemblies.
These hybrid, materially-oriented approaches are radically changing our
understanding of what tangible interaction looks and feels like. The
theme of Hybrid Materials will continue to catalyze this exciting trend
of tangible interaction research at the intersection of social,
technical, biological, and artistic systems.

The TEI conference has gained substantial visibility and activity over
the past decade. It brings together researchers, practitioners,
businesses, artists, designers and students from various disciplines,
including engineering, interaction design, product design, computer
science, and the arts. Application areas are diverse, including:
human-augmentation, flexible and shape changing displays, haptic
interaction, interactive surfaces, public art and performance,
interactive robotics, games, learning, planning, automotive, fashion,
furniture, architectural design, music and sound creation, as well as
productivity and creativity tools in domains ranging from scientific
exploration to non-linear narrative.

The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique
forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks,
demonstrations, posters, art installations and performances, and
participating in hands-on studio/workshops. We invite submissions from
all of these perspectives: theoretical, conceptual, technical, applied,
or artistic.

We invite submissions to the following tracks (with corresponding
submission deadlines at 12pm PST):

August 8, 2018

August 29, 2018

Arts Track
November 7, 2018

Graduate Student Consortium
November 9, 2018

Work in Progress
November 14, 2018

Student Design Challenge
November 26, 2018

Student Volunteers
January 1st, 2019 (applications deadline)

Studios and Graduate Student Consortium meeting at TEI 2019
March 17, 2019 (Sunday)

More information about each track is available here:


30 June 2018 - Call for abstracts Reminder - Submissions due 25 May
Workshop on Design Cognition and Design Education
Politecnico di Milano, Lecco Campus on Lake Como (near Milan), Italy

The workshop is organised as part of the Eighth International Conference
on Design Computing and Cognition DCC18 and aims to explore and map how
research and knowledge on design cognition links to current practice in
design education.

Participants are invited to submit a short position abstract or summary
of research activity or practice relevant to the subject of the
workshop. Abstracts are expected to be up to approximately 500 words and
will serve to identify key interests and themes to guide the workshop

For more information about the subject, research questions, and format
of the workshop see:


Workshop chairs
Katerina Alexiou and Theodore Zamenopoulos

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19-22 March 2019 - 1st Call for Participation | RTD 2019 | METHOD &
CRITIQUE - Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design

The fourth biennial Research through Design Conference (RTD 2019)
"Method & Critique  Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design"
Science Center, Delft & Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

We are excited to invite submissions for the fourth biennial Research
Through Design (RTD) conference to be held in Delft and Rotterdam,
Netherlands between the 19th and 22nd of March 2019. By bringing RTD to
the Netherlands, we aim to open up the conference to new audiences and
conversations, and to help it grow into an international space for
design research. The conference will revolve around the theme Method
and Critique. The aim is to problematize the assumed incompatibility of
different RTD genealogies and stances through an exploration of the
contemporary material, social, economic and technological shifts in
design research and practice that call for both new methodologies and
criticality. Rooms of Interest and Exhibition will remain the heart
of the conference, where we will critically explore the frictions and
correspondences among different RTD traditions.

The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and
demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate
on the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research
context. Building on the success of the previous conferences, RTD 2019
will be hosted at two locations, the Science Centre in Delft and Het
Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in Rotterdam.

We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research
through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes
and insights emerging from design inquiry. It is anticipated that this
will offer a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection
are based on the authors presentation of artefacts (constituting
research process or outcomes) and should be central to their submission.
Artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should
accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of research through
design at the conference. Previous conference proceedings are publicly
available via Figshare (http://figshare.com/). A vocabulary and a rich
set of conceptual resources and perspectives for our growing
international community is provided in the chapter Research through
Design recently published in The Encyclopaedia of Human-Computer
Interaction (2nd Ed.) for the Interaction Design Foundation.


We strongly encourage participation from a wide range of design
disciplines including, but not limited to: product, industrial,
interaction, service, fashion, architecture, interior, textile,
ceramics, jewellery, film, and those working at the intersection of
disciplines such as human-computer interaction (HCI) or in more emergent
fields and practices such as growing design.


 Abstract submission: 1 June 2018
 First notification of acceptance: 16 July 2018
 Full papers and workshops submission: 5 October 2018
 Second and final notification of acceptance: 30 November 2018
 Camera ready versions: 15 January 2019



Subject: DEADLINE EXTENDED - Participatory Design Manifesto for
Artificial Intelligence Futures workshop at PDC18

The Participatory Design Manifesto for Artificial Intelligence Futures
workshop, part of the 2018 Participatory Design Conference
http://pdc2018.org/ focuses on the implications surrounding the
design, development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI)
systems. Through this workshop, practitioners and researchers from
diverse disciplinary backgrounds will come together to discuss and
reflect on the cultural, ethical, political and social implications
surrounding the design, development and deployment of intelligent
systems. Through a series of hands-on activities, participants will
explore participatory design approaches, tools and guidelines that
should ground the design of intelligent systems.

Key Dates

June 22: position papers due --- NEW DEADLINE
June 29, 2018: notification of acceptance to participants
August 20: full day workshop takes place at PDC2018.

Workshop's rationale: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/about/

Key themes: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/themes/

Submission details: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/submit/

PDC18 dates: 20 - 24 August 2018 | PDC18 location: Hasselt and Genk,
Belgium | PDC18 URL: https://pdc2018.org

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5-6 July 2018 - Call for Experience Sharing, Gkeada Design Forum for
Social Development: Territorial Design in Action, Gkeada (Imroz),
anakkale  Turkeyzyein University (OzU)  Istanbul Institute of
Design (ID)

Since 2014 OzU/ID has been organizing a comprehensive social design
initiative in Turkey. The Gkeada Design Workshops take place every
summer in Gkeada, an island with different communities in the North
Aegean Sea. The workshops aim to utilize design as a creative and
innovative tool in order to address local social and economic problems
in the island. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the islands
sustainable social development process. Through community involvement,
participants propose new products and services based on Gkeadas
cultural and natural resources. Students, scholars and designers from
all around the world have participated in this annual event since 2014.

Following our experience in Gkeada Design Workshops on social
development, within the biggest and demographically diverse island in
Turkey, we are now excited to organize the first edition of the Gkeada
Design Forum for Social Development focusing on different examples of
territorial design projects from Turkey, and aroungd the world. The
organizing committee of the forum invites all designers, researchers,
scholars and practitioners to share their experiences in territorial
design and/or the use of design for social development at rural or urban

Keynote Speakers:

Terry IRWIN, Professor / Head of School of Design, Carnegie Mellon
University, USA.
Mugendi H M'Rithaa, President Emeritus, World Design Organization (WDO),
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

How to participate:-

Proposals for a 20 minutes presentation should be approx. 300 words in
length, and should be supported with project links and/or other
documenting materials.- Proposals should be sent to
[log in to unmask] - Deadline for the submission of proposals:
May 31, 2018.
Acceptance announcement: June 4, 2018.
All the papers based on the forum presentations will be published after
the event in an edited book. - The official language of the forum is
English. There is no participation fee.

Istanbul Institute of Design (ID) https://www.ozu-iid.com/

6-7 September 2018 - W * * C H C R A F T ?
Exploring notions of craft within contemporary graphic design education.
The Graphic Design Educators Network 2018 Conference

By definition, craft describes both the act of making things by hand and
the art of persuasion. This double meaning resonates with the discipline
of Graphic Design as so much of our practice is wrapped up in how and
why we create communication.

New technology has certainly increased our craft and influence, often
beguiling our users. However, its dark art also questions our magicians
status as artificial intelligence generates increasingly persuasive
autonomous design. By contrast, the ubiquity of technology-driven
solutions has also created a greater appetite for bespoke design crafted
by the human hand.

Therefore as our field of expertise continues to evolve  fusing,
multiplying, specialising  and the mystery and power of its application
grows, deciding what to learn and how to study it is a prevalent
question for both aspiring and established designers and educators.

From designer-makers to digital strategists let us share, explore and
debate the w**chcraft inherent in the practice and education of
contemporary graphic design.

Venue:The School of Design, Northumbria University,

Note there may be an optional extra day on 5th September in order to
learn a new craft Letterpress Typography or UX Design  this will be
subject to interest and availability. Please sign up here if you want to
express your interest in this additional day.

Keynote Speakers: To be confirmed.


We welcome a range of submissions on graphic design education from
design practice, research, history, theory and criticism. The formats
for submission are as follows:


Short presentations based on teaching activities, projects, assignments
and/or student outcomes that loosely fit with the conference theme. Each
speaker gets 5 minutes and should use 20 slides automatically advanced
after 15 seconds. The session will last no more than 60 minutes, with
group discussion facilitated by a chair.


A traditional paper presentation of 20 minutes with 10 minutes for


Nominate an article, book or report for debate that will be shared in
advance of the conference. The nominator should also suggest key
questions for discussion to drive and stimulate the debate. Each debate
may last no more than 30 minutes.


A 60-minute interactive workshop activity that shares some form of

Within the structure of submissions, GDEN welcomes presentation of
design artefacts, empirical research, pedagogic case studies,
provocations, and other rigorous non-standard approaches that draw upon
disciplinary practices within graphic design education.

Please include the following information with all submissions:

- Title
- Abstract  maximum length 150 words
- Format  choose one from: Display/Discuss/Debate/Discover
- Discover (workshops)  describe what you expect participants to learn
and how may participate
- Contributor name(s)
- Contact information  in the case of collaborative presentations,
please provide details for all contributors involved
- Organisation & affiliation  where relevant, please include the full
course title, whilst practitioners may wish to include the title of
their practice

Email submissions to:
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Tickets are now available onEventbrite

Ticket price:

- UKP160 per person for the whole two day conference.
- UKP per person for a group booking of three or more.
- UKP discounted rate for full-time students and Associate Lecturers.

Note a limited number of bursaries are available for Associate Lecturers
and PhD students who have made accepted submissions.

We've just changed the group booking from 480 for an institutional pass
of 4 tickets to a reduced individual cost for groups from the same
institution. This makes it easier to purchase larger numbers of
discounted tickets.

Discount Criteria:

- A current Associate Lecturer with no permanent contract.
- Unable to obtain staff development to attend the conference  a
supporting letter from a line manager confirming institutional funding
is not available
- Must have submitted and been accepted to present (paper, workshop,
debate or share) at the conference.
- Must be able to attend the full conference.

Bursaries for Visual Communication Associate Lecturers:GDEN will offer
up to four bursaries for Associate Lecturers or PhD student to attend
and give a paper at W**chcraft conference. Each bursary consists of a
free conference ticket (worth UKP160) and one nights paid for
accommodation in a hotel in Newcastle.


The role of risk taking in creative pedagogies: Art, Design and
Communication in Higher Education Journal

Call for submissions

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.

As editor I am keen to explore this theme in future editions of the
journal and would like to actively encourage prospective authors to
respond to this invitation.

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) via


Deadline: 15 October 2018
Call for Papers: Risk-Taking
Intellect journals
ISSN 1474-273X

17-19 June 2019 - Conference Call: Education, Technologies and Design

Here is information on an international education conference for 2019.
In-person and virtual presentations welcome. Contributions range from
technology to traditional pedagogical practices that relate to student
learning and professional work.

CONFERENCE: Education, Design and Practice  Understanding skills in a
Complex World
PLACE: Stevens Institute of Technology, New York / New Jersey
ABSTRACTS: 01 Dec 2018 (Round One)



We would like to announce a call for papers, mix media presentations and
residency participants for the upcomingVisual Research Network 1st
International Residency Conference entitled Creative Image: Ways of
Seeing, Representing and Reshaping Reality.

The residency will happen from the 21st to the 25th of September in the
Peak District UK and the conference will the place on the 26th and 27th
of September 2018 at the University of Manchester, Granada Centre for
Visual Anthropology.

The organisers invite theoretical, experimental, sensorial, and
methodological contributions that cover themes including, but are not
limited to:

Image Ontologies
The aesthetic developments of the medium
The senses in visual ethnography

Film, photography, performance, cartoons, sound, drawings, and any other
sensory materials produced through a critical, creative or reflexive
processes in practice-as-research or ethnography are welcome.

Informal queries can be addressed [log in to unmask] Please
submit your abstract either to the residency or the conference alone
atwww.visualresearchnetwork.com by the end of May 2018.

The events are free of charge, and funded by the AHRC North West
Consortium, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan




Design of the Self

Edited by Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anton Vidokle &
Mark Wigley

A wide-ranging and challenging exploration of design and how it engages
with the self The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice,
design is no longer limited to the world of material objects but rather
extends from carefully crafted individual styles and online identities
to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials,
interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals,
organisms, and genetic codes. Superhumanity seeks to explore and
challenge our understanding of design by engaging with and departing
from the concept of the self. This volume brings together more than
fifty essays by leading scientists, artists, architects, designers,
philosophers, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists,
originally disseminated online via e-flux Architecture between September
2016 and February 2017 on the invitation of the Third Istanbul Design
Biennial. Probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously
reshaped by the artifacts we shape, this book asks: Who designed the
lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new
forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are
the techniques, to design others?

This vital and far-reaching collection of essays and images seeks to
explore and reflect on the ways in which both the concept and practice
of design are operative well beyond tangible objects, expanding into the
depths of self and forms of life.

Nick Axel is the deputy editor of e-flux. Beatriz Colomina is professor
of architecture at Princeton University. She is coauthor (with Mark
Wigley) of Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design. Nikolaus
Hirsch is an architect and curator based in Frankfurt, Germany. Anton
Vidokle is the founder and director of e-flux. Mark Wigley is professor
and dean emeritus at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning, and Preservation. He is the author of numerous books,
including Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio.

University Of Minnesota Press | January 2018 | 448pp | 9781517905217 |
Paperback |


21-22 June 2018 - Landscape and Infrastructure

Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus,
Curzon Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B4 7XG
Hosted and convened by CATiD (Critical Artistic Thinking in Design)

To register interest and reserve a place:

Conference Concept

As with many other metropolitan areas around the world, the West
Midlands is facing strong population growth, intense pressure for
development and a real urgency to deal with issues of climate change,
energy, water, bio-diversity and other resilience and sustainability
issues. With its young, dynamic population, the ambition is for it to
become the most sustainable and attractive conurbation in the UK based
on its environment, education and employment, health, wealth and

This conference, exploring a new vision of landscape, capitalises on the
coincidence of a number of transformative agendas that will help
establish the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the UK at the
forefront of planning and regeneration. These include the proposal for a
National Park for the West Midlands Plateau, the opportunity to provide
a unique and enduring legacy for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and the
need to respond to the changing physical, social and economic geography
that will occur with the arrival of HS2. The aim of the conference is to
investigate how, by properly engaging communities with place, location
and environment it is possible to put quality of life, health and
well-being front and centre of the political agenda.

Seeing the bigger picture, discovering a landscape that has remained
unrecognised for centuries and yet is absolutely vital to the region's
identity, culture and future development, the conference will contribute
to setting the agenda for the WMCA. It is part of an on-going series of
initiatives run by CATiD, within the school of Art, Design and Media at
Birmingham City University in collaboration with a number of strategic

A truly interdisciplinary event, it draws upon the creativity and
knowledge of an internationally renowned constellation of policy makers,
practitioners and academics operating at the cutting edge of new way of
looking at landscape, transformation and change.

Who is it for?

Leaders, policy makers, decision makers, academics and design
professionals including planners, architects, landscape architects and
engineers, experts in transport, sustainability, health, the arts and

About CATiD

CATiD is Birmingham City Universitys newly established research centre
which builds on more than 20 years of sustained research by Professor
Kathryn Moore. Based on Moores internationally persuasive work around
the re-conceptualisation of landscape as the relationship between
materiality and culture, CATiD brings together a multidisciplinary
network of academics and practitioners to develop an integrated and
cohesive approach to landscape and infrastructure. Our aim is to explore
and advance the possibility that a new idea of landscape can change the
identity and reputation of an entire region.

CATiDs research aims to place quality of life and
sustainability-oriented transformation of the region at the top of the
political agenda. We are doing this by investigating and proposing a new
innovative and territorial approach to spatial planning and delivery:
one that is based on an in depth understanding of the physical
materiality of the region; its identity; and social, cultural,
environmental and economic drivers. The research will help cultivate
alternatives to the traditional development practices which have
contributed to long-term social, economic and environmental loss or
damage. We believe that the quality of our environment is directly
proportional to the quality of our lives, and we work with our partners
and clients to achieve this.


Advancements in the Philosophy of Design

Pieter Vermaas and I are happy to announce the release of the edited
volume 'Advancements in the Philosophy of Design' in the new series
'Design Research Foundations' at Springer :

With this volume we present 24 contributions to the philosophy of
design. Design is an emerging topic in philosophy and not yet one on
which work is shaped by a common set of questions or by an academically
entrenched discipline of philosophy of design. We therefore consider it
an effort in itself that we can present 24 contributions. A call for
contributions on the topic following a successful conference track on
philosophy of design in the 2015 11th European Academy of Design
Conference in Paris, France, produced close to a hundred reactions. The
24 contributions in this volume grew out of this large response.

Still philosophy of design is at this moment not an entrenched
discipline. The authors of the contributions to this volume are not
working within a common discipline and are not drawing from shared
earlier thinking or shared approaches and methods. Rather authors are
originating from a spectrum of different disciplines, ranging from
philosophy to design research, and from product design to architecture.
This makes the current volume a diverse one presenting work on design
from different perspectives, raising different issues about design, and
having different expectations of what is to be achieved by a philosophy
of design. Avoiding the trap to use our editorial roles for defining
what true issues, methods and goals are for the discipline, we present
the 24 contributions primarily in an open and constitutive way.

If you are there, we will be glad to introduce you to the book during
the DRS2018 Limerick conference.

Full table of contents (and online reading)

21 August 2018 - Regenerating Democracy: a Design Contribution",  Genk,

This workshop  framed in the context of the DESIS Philosophy Talks
aims to provide insight in and discuss collaboratively with the
participants about Participatory Design and Democracy. It addresses
and discusses how PD is currently regenerating the democratic discourse
in local and international contexts.

The current discourse in design research and, particularly, PD research
that has been working in a participatory way on common issues in given
local contexts, has developed an enhanced focus on rethinking democracy.
To reflect on the role of responsibility of designers in a time where
democracy in its various forms is often put at risk in many ways  i.e.
the topic of our workshop  seems to us an urgent matter. The workshop
is intended for design researchers working in the field of design and
democracy, willing to actively engage in a conversation on if and how
their practices can be considered as activities regenerating democracy.
We also will look into how Hannah Arendts philosophy can contribute to
the discussion about Participatory Design and Democracy.

Speakers Ezio Manzini, Virginia Tassinari, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio
Teli, Anna Seravalli and others (to be invited) open the debate via a
series of short statements and then open the floor to an interactive
session in which your experiences/practices around design and democracy
are shared.

Website: www.desis-philosophytalks.org and

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Design Theory To Go

Design Theory To Go is available through Amazon. The book brings design
theory to life by making it accessible to design practitioners and
educators. The book covers intuitive and logical approaches to design,
illustrating with clear language and select images 24 theories and their
contribution to design. In this time of change, a theoretical approach
is useful because it is transferrable and memorable across many design
situations. It helps focus our attention and lets us avoid getting lost
in the details or traditions of what we do.

With 99 figures and 27 tables, Design Theory To Go explores theories and
demonstrates their application, practically and efficiently. Organized
alphabetically by theory, it provides easy reference and is a book to
pick up as needed. Reference sources encourage further investigation of
ideas. This is a book organized for high utility. It provides a basis
for thinking about design and design action.

The theories covered are: Affordance, Analogy, Attention, Bisociation,
Communication, Concept Map, Creativity, Cultural Difference, Embodiment,
Emotion, Gestalt, Human-centered Design, Icon-Index-Symbol, Information,
Interaction & Interface, Learning, Meaning, Media, Notation, Pragmatism,
Research, Rhetoric & Prototype, Tacit Knowledge, and Worldmaking.

Design Theory To Go, Connecting 24 brief theories to practice.
Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl
ISBN 978-09996764-0-0
Estes Park, CO: Ligature Press
Softbound, 206 pages, color

31 may - 1 June 2018 - Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury
Arnhem, The Netherlands

Conference organizer: ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration
with State of Fashion
Academic partners: London College of Fashion, Wageningen University &
Research, and Radboud University Nijmegen

During the 'Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury' we will
actively engage in in-depth conversations and explorations on the role
of fashion in urgent socio-cultural, environmental and economic
developments in contemporary society. Fashion is in dire need of more
value-based critical thinking as well as design-driven research to
thoroughly explore, disrupt, redefine and transform the system. How can
we activate the power of fashion highlighting the role of design,
imagination and aesthetics to act differently and to move towards more
resilient futures and equitable societies? How can we envision and
create an alternative and more engaged future of fashion that does more
justice to fashion's human dimension? How can academic research,
critical thinking and creative interventions help to (re)imagine and
build another kind of future where fashioned human beings and materials
have more agency?

More than 40 international academics and creative practitioners will
present their research on themes such as new materials, design for
closed loops, aesthetic sustainability and emotional connectivity,
redefining value systems, new business models and forms of organization,
and the importance of agency in moving towards a more resilient future.
We will collectively engage in in-depth discussions on how to develop
innovative approaches that help to create systemic change. The Fashion
Colloquium will host:

- lectures and panel discussions by keynote speakers;
- paper presentations by academics and practice-based researchers and
- creative contributions such as performances, participatory panel
discussions and other creative interventions.

The full conference programme can be found on:


The conference is feeless, but you will need to register. Please
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Communication Design Educators Awards

A reminder that the application deadline for this years Communication
Design Educators Awards is a few weeks away on May 31, 2018.

This is the third year of the award program that honors communication
design faculty in the areas of teaching, research/creative production
and service, hosted by Design Incubation in New York City.

For insight on the value of this award, view this post for insight from
Jessica Barness and Amy Papaelias, 2017 Scholarship: Published
Research Award recipients.

The 2018 jurors are: Steven McCarthy Professor of Graphic Design
University of Minnesota

Jorge Meza Aguilar Professor of Strategic Design and Provost for
Outreach and Collaboration Universidad Iberoamericana

Ruki Ravikumar Director of Education Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design

Wendy Siuyi Wong Professor and Design Graduate Program Director York

Maria Rogal (Chair) Professor of Graphic Design University of Florida

Please consider entering your example of successful teaching, your
creative project or research, or your service to your institution,
discipline or community. Applications from abroad are welcome.

If you have questions, view our FAQ page. For additional
questions,email Maria Rogal.

Steven McCarthy, Professor College of Design University of Minnesota 240
McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108



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