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Design Research News, February 2010


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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS  Volume 15 Number 2 Feb 2010 ISSN 1473-3862
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30 July - 2 August 2010: Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics
A Meta-Disciplinary Conversation.

How would you like to shape and take part in a conference where
the main activity is to explore by listening, talking and
questioning (conversing) rather than listen to, and give,
prepared lectures; and where the aim is to move forward, taking
next steps as a result of these conversations, rather than
reporting on the already discovered? In other words, go to a
conference where the intention is to move forward by conferring.

That is the central feature of our conference--a conference of
conversation, of listening, talking, and questioning. Of open
minds, and delight in the un-thought-of.

And what better way to make an interesting conversation than to
bring together people whose backgrounds and interests are
different, yet who want to learn by listening to others, to find
what can be shared? In other words, to transcend boundaries.

So we bring together practitioners and theorists who wish to
explore across boundaries, from 4 different subjects. But not
just any 4 subjects. Subjects that already hold conversations
together in pairs: cybernetics; art; design; mathematics. With
all 4 together, we have a wider conversation, greater variety.

Our 4 subjects have a special quality in common. Each is used to
comment, throw light on and inform other subjects. Perhaps
mathematics is the most obvious case: a subject in its own right
that is used everywhere to illuminate (and make operable) other
subjects. But also a subject that can comment on itself: a
subject which is a meta-subject, even to itself.

Our conference is surrounded by 3 other, related events. Look on
the web site, chose what you like, and come and join us at the
Experimental Media Performance Arts Centre at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, from the evening of
July 30 to late afternoon on August 2, with surrounding events
on July 29 and 30, and August 3 to 5.

You can visit us at http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/2010/

Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics--A Meta-Disciplinary
Conversation is a joint project of the American Society for
Cybernetics, and the Experimental Media and Performance Arts
Centre and Department of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. Apologies for cross-posting.

29 November - 1 December 2010: ICDC 2010 (The First
International Conference on Design Creativity) will be held at
Kobe International Conference Center, Japan, from Nov. 29 (Mon)
to Dec. 1 (Wed), 2010. ICDC is an official conference promoted
by the Design Creativity Special Interest Group (SIG) of the
Design Society. The first ICDC will provide a forum to discuss
the nature and potential of design creativity from both
theoretical and methodological viewpoints.

Submission Dates

Due date for full paper review: June 18, 2010
Due date for paper acceptance notifications: July 30, 2010
Due date for revised papers: September 1, 2010


2-4 June 2010: UCDA Design Education Summit
Designing Designing: Examining how we do what we do.

Design educators and graduate students--you are invited and
encouraged to participate in the sixth annual National UCDA
Design Education Summit in Lawrence, Kansas June 2-4, 2010.

This national conference for design educators, chairs, and
students will be hosted by the University of Kansas, and will
include general session speakers, panel discussions, and paper
and poster presentations selected from abstracts submitted
through a peer-reviewed process.

This conference is open to UCDA members and non-members, design
educators and practitioners, and students. More details and
registration information will be posted soon.

Proposals regarding the conference theme Designing Designing:
examining how we do what we do are especially welcome. However,
we will also welcome proposals concerning other design education

Deadline March 3, 2010

papers: http://ucda.com/call_for_papers_10.lasso
posters: http://ucda.com/call_for_posters_10.lasso
panel discussions: http://ucda.com/call_for_panel_10.lasso


Concrete Geometries: Spatial Form in Social and Aesthetic

Call for Submissions

Deadline 12 April 2010

The 'Concrete Geometeries' Research Cluster at the Architectural
Association School of Architecture in London is seeking
submissions of work from the fields of art, architecture,
sciences and humanities that explore the relationship between
spatial form and social or aesthetic processes.


The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design
calls for design solutions in the face of the disaster in Haiti

Montreal (Canada) 23 January 2010 - In a global appeal following
the devastation in Haiti, the International Council of Societies
of Industrial Design (Icsid) has launched a call to designers
from all disciplines to unite in an open dialogue with
international relief organisations to assess potential
design-effective rehabilitation projects. In support of the UN's
efforts to help the Haitian people overcome challenges in
relation to the country's reconstruction plans, designers,
academics and design students, as well as experienced
developmental workers are encouraged to join the discussion and
become a fan of the 'Uniting Designers in Disaster' page on
Facebook at


Designers have a strong desire to support the relief effort.
This forum is intended to help identify tangible opportunities
and empower the design community to contribute to the cause. "As
an international non-governmental organisation with over 50
years experience implementing projects of global appeal, Icsid
is poised with the strategic understanding of the processes
required by NGOs to develop and implement result-driven and
effective initiatives," stated Icsid President Dr. Mark
Breitenberg and Provost of California College of the Arts. "What
we aim to do with the forum is engage designers to exchange
information about initiatives and opportunities where they may
contribute their design and problem solving skills. In addition,
we are hoping that the dialogue between the design community,
development workers and representatives from international
agencies will subsequently facilitate relief efforts, such as
those currently being prepared by the UN to help the people of
Haiti meet long-term stabilisation and reconstruction

Among its key mission statements, Icsid strives to provide an
international platform for the design community to be heard as a
powerful voice. Although active participation and contributions
will continue on the Facebook page, in an effort to take
immediate action, all information posted via the forum by 27
January 2010 will be actively reviewed in order to select
opportunities for immediate international activities.

"This is a call to think in order to act," stated Breitenberg.
"Our immediate goal is to gain a better understanding of the
relief efforts needed in order to facilitate the development of
design-led solutions that impact Haiti's quality of life."

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Springer <[log in to unmask]>

8-10 October 2010: Fashion In Fiction - The Dark Side

Call for Papers

Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts &
Design Philadelphia, PA.

Roland Barthes proposed that fashion was not a just an industry,
but also a set of fictions. Barthes did not wish to ignore the
economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion's
mythic dimension and suggest that fashion is a language in
itself. Fashion and fiction have long existed in close
proximity; writers have been driven by their experience of
fashion and fashion has been developed through and by literary
tropes. What makes dress and fashion such a fascinating subject
for writers? How are fashion's mythologies constructed and
disseminated through fictional texts? How does fashion relate to
art, popular culture, business, the body, consumer studies, and
those who might read it as a form of text?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the role
that fashion has played in our culture. These "mini-narratives"
can include fiction, non-fiction, cultural and historical
studies, and other types of comparative, descriptive and/or
empirical research. In particular, it will examine the dark side
of fashion discourse, assessing the role, function, and purpose
of clothes, fashion movements, style, and image in creating
narratives within narratives. The dark side of fashion can
include such obvious topics as gothic, punk, the color black,
and vampires. Other topics that have traditionally been viewed
as "dark" include polyester fabric, couture knock-offs, deviant
fashion advertising, sweatshops, and child labor. Authors are
also encouraged to define their own meaning of "dark".

Papers fitting the conference theme are sought from those
engaged in the fields of fashion studies, social sciences,
humanities, creative writing, media, cultural studies, design,
philosophy, and business.

Papers, work-in-progress and workshop proposals are invited.

Possible topics may include but not limited to:

- gothic
- feminist versus feminized discourses in fashion and display
- animated texts
- fashion in crime fiction
- graphic novels
- the semiotics of fashion
- historical fiction
- queer readings of fashion
- mystery
- textiles
- the color black
- marketing
- the body/body image
- consumer studies
- new media
- script and cinematic texts
- metaphor/metaphorical fiction
- subcultural style

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2010

Submission Process:  Those interested should send an abstracts
of no more than 500 words.  Everyone will be notified of
acceptance by July 1, 2010.

Peer Review: All abstracts will be peer-reviewed.  Those
abstracts accepted for presentations will be published online as
well as in the conference proceedings.

Paper Submission for Possible Publication: Those interested in
having their papers published may submit the entire manuscript
for possible book publication.

For more details, please see our website at
http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/events/fashioninfiction/ or email
Dr. Joseph H. Hancock, II at [log in to unmask]

4-7 October 2010: 7th International Conference on Design &
Emotion, Chicago
Hosted by IIT Institute of Design

The 7th International Conference on Design & Emotion in Chicago,
October 4-7, 2010 calls for your participation. This Conference
is a forum held every other year where practitioners,
researchers and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and
insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and
emotion. The conference calls for your contribution to this
exciting international forum of research and practice
representing academic, design and business communities.

Full Papers, Short Papers (Posters) and Design Cases

D&E Conference invites practitioners and researchers to submit
research papers and design cases. Submissions addressing issues
of Design & Emotion are invited from extended communities beyond
design studies, such as computer science, HCI, psychology,
cognitive science, social science, humanities, engineering,
health sciences, marketing and business. Detailed guidelines for
proposal authoring are available on the conference website.

Full Papers are expected to contribute widely applicable
long-lasting knowledge to the discipline. Accepted papers will
be presented in the conference program and published in the
proceedings. The paper length is a maximum of 12 pages
(approximately 4,000-5,000 words plus figures and tables) in the
specified format.

Short Papers (Posters) are expected to describe research that is
more appropriate for the interactive poster session. The paper
length should be a maximum of 5 pages (approximately 2,000 words
plus figures and tables) and an additional page containing a
full-page image of the poster in the specified format for the
publication in the conference proceedings. The first submission
requires a short paper manuscript without the poster page.

Design cases are invited for submission to present design
projects that address issues and insights in design and emotion,
communicate and discuss your approach to enhance emotional
effects. Design case submissions must include a summary
description in a maximum of 5 pages (approximately 2,000 words)
in the specified format and a maximum of 30 slides illustrating
the design, design process and use.

Call for Special Topic Sessions: Topics and Papers

Special Topic Sessions focus on specific emerging areas of
research and practical interest concerning Design and Emotion.
The topic proposal deadline for special topic sessions is
February 15, 2010. The deadline for submission of full paper and
design cases is March 15, 2001. (See the detail on the
conference website.)

Call for workshops

Researchers, educators and practitioners are invited to submit
proposals for workshops. Workshops will be held on October 4,
2010 prior to the main program of the conference. The purpose is
to provide a platform for presenting and discussing novel ideas
and emerging issues in a less formal and possibly more focused
way than the conference itself. The format of each workshop is
to be determined by the organizers, but each workshop is
expected to include ample time for general discussion.

Submission and Review Process

Submission and review processes will be handled by our
conference system. All submissions will have a blind review
process with at least two reviewers. All submissions accepted in
the second review will be asked to submit the final manuscripts
in the camera-ready format. The detailed authoring guideline is
available at the conference website.


Design & Emotion is the overarching theme of the conference.
This year, the conference adds a particular focus on Design &
Emotion in emerging societal issues of our lives and living
environments. Another focus is on strategic roles of Design &
Emotion in business. The areas of these foci include fundamental
research into Design & Emotion that further enhances our
intellectual foundation as well as the emotional aspects of the
following topic areas:

Design for Wellbeing

- Healthcare
- Elderly Living
- Food, Health and Culture
- Universal/ Inclusive Design

Design for Environments

- Sustainable Lifestyle
- Product and System Life Cycle

Interaction and Context-sensitivity

- Human-Robot Interaction
- Product Adaptation
- User Learning

Service Design

- Modeling Experiences
- Retail Design

Strategic Design and Business

- Decision-Making
- Business Models
- Branding

Foundation for Design and Emotion

- Temporality, Uncertainty and Polarity of Emotion
- Affordance, Semiotics, Value and Emotion
- Research Methodologies
- Design Methodologies
- Theoretical Foundations
- Philosophical Foundations and Implications to Design


Special Topic Sessions

Call for Topics

Special Topic Sessions focus on specific emerging areas of
research and practical interest concerning Design and Emotion.
Proposals should be no more than 150 words. If your proposal is
accepted, you will be expected to contribute a full paper or
design cases. The topic proposal deadline for special topic
sessions is February 15, 2010. The announcement and call for
paper entries for the accepted special topic session will be
made within a week after receiving the proposal. The deadline
for submission of full paper and design cases is March 15, 2001.

Call for Papers and Design Cases for Special Topic Sessions

If full paper or design case authors wish to be considered for
presenting the paper in a relevant special topic session, they
must select a special session topic at the time of submission.
The topic list is in the special topic session section of the
submission site. All paper submissions for special topic
sessions must first be accepted through the regular reviewing

Topic 1: Craft and Emotion

Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
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Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
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This Special Session is organized by the editors of Craft
Research - the first peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to
developing and advancing contemporary craft practice and theory
through research. Craft Research is concerned with the crafts as
a vital and viable discipline that offers a vision for the
future through its ability to explore and challenge technology,
to question and develop cultural and social practices, and to
interrogate and affirm philosophical and human values. We are
calling for papers that are concerned with ideas and research
relating craft and emotion. Craft is, and has long been a
discipline for which emotion has been of particular importance
in many ways. Craft may represent the emotional journey and
experience of the maker and is often perceived as intimate and
sensuous. The practice of making is often informed by emotional
responses to particular materials, textures, memories. As
fashion or jewelry, emotion/it may communicate or play with
interpersonal relationships and stimulate interaction.
Reflection on the practice of making is also informed by

Topics may include, for example:

- Affordances, semiotics and value
- Emotional experience, memory and journey
- Affection and attachment
- Intimacy and sensuousness
- Play, interpersonal relationships and interaction

Topic 2: Product-Service Systems Design and User Experience

Yong Se Kim, Creative Design Institute, Sungkyunkwan University,
Korea. [log in to unmask]

The integrated design capability for people-centered value is
essential in industry competitiveness as well as in people' s
daily lives. Here, integrated design stands for systematically
integrated planning, concept design and realization design
reflecting diverse viewpoints. Recently, the value creation
paradigm in industry is shifting toward value creation through
Product-Service Systems (PSS). In PSS, product and service
elements should be tightly integrated in order to deliver
seamless services and facilitate the generation of desirable
user experience. Ideally, service issues should lead product
issues, since solutions for value provision function may have
many different forms of realization with alternative products
and services elements.

While many PSS alternatives can be conceptualized in connection
with economic, ecological and strategic business issues,
experiential values including motivational, emotional, and
cultural factors are crucial for initial consumer acceptance and
sustainable user satisfaction and should be properly addressed
for successful PSS. Thus PSS design involves heavily
interdisciplinary efforts. Orchestrating activities of these
diverse stakeholders and developing PSS functions and structures
require systematic design methodologies and tools as well as
creative thinking and representation capabilities. This special
session will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and
educators to exchange findings and visions and to establish
collaborative efforts in PSS design.


IJDesign Call for Papers Special Issue on
Designing for Aesthetics of Interaction

Full Paper Due: 1 March 2010

Call for Papers

Now that the world of HCI has united with the world of product
design, and computers are no longer merely a means for doing our
jobs but also an integral part of our lives, one might question
the appropriateness of functionality and efficiency as the main
guiding principles for design. The spectrum of efficiency,
productivity and, in general, "getting things done" has been
enriched by other values, such as those represented by
curiosity, playfulness, intimacy and creativity. User experience
and the aesthetics of that experience are becoming increasingly

Furthermore, when we look at the abundance of interactive
products on the market, we can see a shift in aesthetic focus,
moving from aesthetics of appearance to aesthetics of
interaction. Can designers design products that not only look
attractive at first sight, but are also beautiful to use? What
makes for aesthetics of interaction, how can we design for such
an interaction, and how can we model and study the interactive
experiences that are central to such an approach? Some more
specific questions might be: What is the role of embodiment and
narratives in the interactive experience? Does aesthetics of
interaction require a phenomenological point of view? Can one
study aesthetics of interaction without using one's hands, that
is, without actually designing and building experiential

The field of Aesthetics of Interaction is indeed emerging, and
emerging in many different directions, with different
definitions, different models, different implementations. This
special issue of the International Journal of Design aims to
reflect on the status quo and to find new paths toward a
maturity of this area of research. We are seeking high-quality,
original papers that address conceptual, theoretical,
methodological and practical issues of designing for aesthetics
of interaction--papers that will serve to enhance the overall
body of interaction design knowledge. Possible topics include:

- Theoretical approaches to aesthetics of
interaction--foundational notions, theoretical frameworks,
philosophical embedding, and links to existing theories that are
relevant to interaction design

- Methods, tools and approaches for designing and evaluating
aesthetics of interaction

- Design and evaluation cases, including experiential prototypes

Submission of Papers

Manuscripts should be prepared with the template file and
guidelines found at the AuthorGuidelines page. Submitted papers
should not have been previously published nor be currently under
consideration for publication elsewhere. A double-blind review
process will be employed for this special issue. Manuscripts
should be sent through the online submission page. Authors
should choose "Special Issue on Cultural Aspects of Interaction
Design" as the Journal Section when submitting papers.

Special Issue Editors

Kees Overbeeke
Caroline Hummels

Department of Industrial Design Eindhoven University of
Technology, the Netherlands Tel: +31 40 2475964 E-mail:
[log in to unmask] Department of Industrial Design Eindhoven
University of Technology, the Netherlands Tel: +31 40 2475192
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

24-25 June 2010: Association of Art Historians Student Summer
Symposium, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Call for Student Papers

Architectural Objects
Discussing Spatial Form Across Art Histories

The 'spatial turn' in the history of art has had a significant
impact on the understanding of artistic practice and the built
environment, and the formal and political complexities of space
in a broader sense. This symposium explores the role of
architectural theory and practice within multiple art histories,
working across theoretical and aesthetic categories to redefine
notions of space and form. From Tatlin's Monument to the Third
International, to the spatial environments of LeCorbusier and
Robert Morris, this interrelationship has challenged and
reconfigured canonic divisions between architecture, ornament,
sculpture and performance. Within a global perspective, the
'architectural object' can be traced throughout many histories
of cultural production, demonstrated within the sculpted
interiors of temples and mosques, the conceptual forms of the
stupa or reliquary, or the use of decorative 'architectura'
within ornamental schemes.

Exploring the 'architectural object' as a recurring and
ever-changing phenomenon, a two-day symposium will consider a
diverse range of papers that discuss this theme across cultural
and temporal divides. Topics might include but are not
restricted to:

- Sculptural practice and architectural ornament

- Anthropological and cross-cultural studies of the
architectural object

- Monumental buildings as public sculpture

- Performing architecture; the social production of space

- Interior design and sculpture; the structural/decorative

- The architectural maquette as art object; history of the
conceptual model

- The church and the miniature; religious contexts

Keynote speakers include former Leverhulme Fellow Dr. Richard
Checketts and former Henry Moore Foundation Fellow Dr. David
Hulks. Architectural Objects is hosted in collaboration with the
Henry Moore Institute's Hermann Obrist exhibition, marking the
wide-ranging 'spatial' production of the prolific architect,
sculptor and designer.

Deadline for Paper Proposals: extended to 28 February 2010

To submit a proposal for this session please send a paper
abstract no longer than 300 words, along with CV to:

Session Conveners:

Lara Eggleton, University of Leeds: [log in to unmask]
Rosalind McKever, Kingston University:
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18-20 October 2010: ISIDC 2010

Call for Papers:

The 2nd International Service Innovation Design Conference will
be held at Future University Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan.

The mission of the conference is to promote interdisciplinary
efforts, through information exchange and discussion of the
related topics. We have two keynote speakers. Dr. James Spohrer
of the IBM Almaden Research Center, is one of the advocates of
service science. Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, the director-general of
Center for Research and Development Strategy, first proposed the
field of Design Engineering, a study of design process itself.

Important Dates:
Summary submission: 2010 Feb. 28
Notice of acceptance: 2010 Apr. 19
Camera ready full paper submission: 2010 Jul. 31

Summary paper submissions should include
1. Title,
2. Author(s)'s email address, affiliation and other contact
3. Outline of paper (< 700 words).

After the evaluation of the summary paper, authors have the
possible feedback from reviewers, so they can accordingly
improve the final version of their final papers.

Service Science is a new field that studies service itself. The
concept was proposed in December 2004 at the U.S. Council on
Competitiveness. Since then, existing research into service as
well as studies and movements triggered by this proposal have
drawn increasing interest, invigorating the entire field.
Lectures on service science were launched in a number of
countries, and academic societies and research institutions

Innovation is a discontinuous and creative jump on the
procedure. In our context, both innovative services and
innovative design method for new services are called for.
Therefore, the title of this conference should be read as
service innovation and innovation in design process.

Design is used in its widest sense. It is not limited to the
design of appearance or function of products, but also includes
design of a process of usage of the products, i.e., services.
Design of an innovative service that is realizable only thorough
usage of advanced information technology, for instance, is a
thrilling issue.

The conference themes include, but are not limited to, the
following topics:

- Business support services
- Childcare support services
- Content services
- Creativity
- Design philosophy
- Design support systems
- Distribution and logistics services
- Health and welfare services
- Innovation process
- Innovation support systems
- Process design
- Product service system
- Service and manufacturing industry
- Service and regional development
- Service ethnography
- Service evaluation
- Service innovation
- Service management
- Service philosophy
- Service process
- Service scheme
- Service science
- Service strategy
- Servicescape
- Social impact of services
- Tools and systems for service
- Tourism and leisure services
- User experience design
- What is design

Submissions should report original researches, reflections on
theoretical concerns, methodological advances, or other


1-3 September 2010: Final Call for Papers - "The geography of
creativity and its links to local development: issues and
challenges" RGS-IBG Annual Conference in London

Special session proposal

The geography of creativity and its links to local development:
issues and challenges

Research Group affiliation: Economic Geography Research Group

The past 10 years have seen an increasing attention both from
the academic and policy world towards the importance of
creativity in fostering economic development. This has been
connected to the emergence of concepts such as creative economy,
creative industries and the creative class. Academics' interest
towards the 'geography of creativity' has spanned from UK to
Europe, from USA to China and has become a key feature of
economic geography research.

This special session aims to explore the role of creativity in
local development. In particular, it addresses the geography of
creativity (their location, migration and distribution) and its
role in economic development. Creativity here is broadly
conceptualised. As the recent literature in economic geography
suggests, it is difficult to capture the value of the concept
and its possible implications. It relates to knowledge and human
capital in its broader understanding (such as in the concept of
the 'creative class') but also to the industrial base behind the
creative economy (such as concepts like creative industries) and
to its consumption markets (experience economy and creative

The main aim of the session is to foster a multi-disciplinary
debate among researchers on the issues surrounding the location
and development of creativity at local and regional level. Some
of the key themes that will be addressed include:

The role of human capital and creative skills and their

Geographical differences in exploring  the creative economy;

Dynamics of creative industries location in urban and regional
economies; Policy frameworks and their impact on the geographies
of creativity;

National and regional dynamics of interactions among creative
industries and creative workers;

Research papers and papers addressing methodological issues in
measuring and evaluating the impact of creativity in local
development are welcome.

For information or to submit an abstract please use any of the
contact details below

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International Journal of Technoethics (IJT)

The Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Technoethics
(IJT) would like to invite you to consider submitting a
manuscript for inclusion in this scholarly journal. The
following describes the mission, coverage, and guidelines for
submission to IJT.


The mission of the International Journal of Technoethics (IJT)
is to evolve technological relationships of humans with a focus
on ethical implications for human life, social norms and values,
education, work, politics, law, and ecological impact. This
journal provides cutting-edge analysis of technological
innovations, research, developments policies, theories, and
methodologies related to ethical aspects of technology in
society. IJT publishes empirical research, theoretical studies,
innovative methodologies, practical applications, case studies,
and book reviews. IJT encourages submissions from philosophers,
researchers, social theorists, ethicists, historians,
practitioners, and technologists from all areas of human
activity affected by advancing technology.


20-22 April 2010: RUC Sunrise
Triple C Conference
Climate  Change Communication
New Perspectives after the COP15

SUNRISE 2010 Conference Announcement:

The RUC Sunrise Triple C Conference: Climate Change
Communication, will take place from the 20th-22nd of April, 2010
at Roskilde University in an attempt to address the various
impacts of climate change on a regional, as well as global level
after the COP15. The Sunrise conference combines outreach and
academia by providing a space for scientists, academics,
business people, NGOs and students to meet and share their

In light of December's COP15, the challenges of climate change
are beginning to impact how we envision the future and what
adjustments we can make now, in order to create a sustainable
difference. Roskilde University would like to turn its attention
to the pragmatic, as well as visionary options of addressing
various climate change challenges, by looking at different types
of research and action in communication, culture, and

Challenges to our cultures relationship with nature are
beginning to demand a rethinking and restructuring of
conventional notions of mobility, energy, agriculture,
construction and consumption. Clean-Technology will help usher
in new ways of how we organize society, helping to convert our
fossil fuel economy to a low carbon future. Communication plays
an essential role in climate change adaptation and mitigation,
helping to bridge the gap between science and society,
technology and culture.

The conference spans over three days. On day one, the conference
will host a panel of distinguished keynote speakers, such as
Mads Ovlisen, Member of the UN Global Compact

On day two participants will split up into three academic
tracks: culture, communication and clean technology. Students
will also present their own research on this day, namely in the
form of posters.

On day three, participants will ride the klimaexpress, a bus
tour which stops at various locations in Zealand in order to see
what types of sustainable development initiatives are taking
place at the local level.




2 March 2010: Free seminar on practice, the PhD and new forms of
doctorate, London

ESRC seminar series on New Forms of Doctorate

I am very pleased to announce the latest seminar in the ESRC
series New Forms of Doctorate. Previous seminars in the series
have been highly praised and very popular, so please book your
place early.

London Knowledge Lab 23-29 Emerald Street London WC1N 3QS

Date and time
2 March 2010 coffee from 10:00; seminar begins 10:30; ends 3:30

How to secure a place
Please email Richard Sheldrake at [log in to unmask]

About the seminar
The new seminar on 2 March 2010 follows the pattern of our
previous events in combining strategic overviews of key issues
in the modern doctorate and case studies of particular forms of
research practice. Again key themes will be the kinds of
knowledge created by research and how they can best be
represented. The selection of participants is designed to give
insights across discipline boundaries.

We are very fortunate to have leading the speakers Prof. Chris
Rust, co-author of the important AHRC Review of Practice-Led
Research 2007, who is widely published on themes of tacit
knowledge and the nature of design. Dr. Mine Dogantan-Dack will
consider practice-as-research in music performance. An
internationally respected musician, she has recently directed an
AHRC project, Alchemy, rooted in rehearsal and performance with
the Marmara Trio. Dr. Anna Milsom completed her PhD in
translation at Middlesex University with a highly innovative
multimedia approach to representing her research knowledge.

Dr. Catherine Hill continues our theme from a previous seminar,
considering professional doctorates as well as the PhD. She has
a particular interest in enquiry which occurs in and for
advanced level practice and which has effective action rather
than published output as its main aim. Dr. Kristina Niedderrer
offers us a framework for the relationship between research
methods, knowledge, and that so-tricky concept, rigour. Dr Nick
Bryan-Kinns researches collaboration, engagement, and the design
process. He has particular insights to offer in
interdisciplinary studies, such as PhDs which veer towards the
arts but which are located and examined in a science and
engineering faculty, and is contributor to a major EPSRC
Doctoral Training Centre.

The speakers

Prof. Chris Rust
Professor of Design
Director, Sheffield Institute of Arts
Head of Art and Design Department
Sheffield Hallam University

Dr. Mine Dogantan-Dack
Research Fellow
Chair of Music Research Group
Music Department
Middlesex University

Dr. Anna Milsom
Senior Lecturer in Applied Translation
London Metropolitan University

Dr. Kristina Niedderer
Reader in Design and Applied Arts
Chair of Material Design and Applied Art Research Group
School of Art and Design
University of Wolverhampton

Dr. Catherine Hill
Programme leader, Professional Doctorate
Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Sheffield Hallam University

Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns
Centre for Digital Music
and IMC Research Group
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science,
Queen Mary, University of London

The series is led by Prof. Richard Andrews at the Institute of

The London Knowledge Lab is a collaboration between the
Institute of Education and Birkbeck.


10 February 2010: Future World lecture, Lunar Society UK

There are a few seats left if you hurry...

Professor Mario Minichiello, Head of Department and Chair of
Visual Communications at BIAD, will examine both the methods of
visual persuasion and the influences on them by world events.

This is a joint BIAD/Lunar Society event, and is a significant
part of the behavioural change agenda for BIAD's low carbon
design centre.

Bookings: [log in to unmask]


18-20 april 2011: Include 2011

The Royal Collage of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre is please to
announce the sixth International conference on Inclusive Design;
Include 2011 will take place at the Royal College of Art,
London, UK on 18 - 20 April 2011.

The theme of Include 2011 will be:

Social Innovation
Its organization, origins and outputs - and the role of
inclusive design within it.

As a concept, social innovation has growing currency in society,
government, academia and business. It manifests itself in many
different ways in different contexts. Its meanings extend from
public service and policy innovation to initiatives in assistive
technology and age-friendly design, and to aspects of civic
participation and creative entrepreneurship. Social innovation
has people at its core and design plays a key role in delivering
innovations of social value to communities and markets. The
Include 2011 international conference at the Royal College of
Art seeks papers on all aspects of social innovation, in

- Organization - what tools, techniques, frameworks and networks
support and enhance social innovation?

- Origins - how has social innovation emerged as a design
construct and in what ways does it manifest itself?

- Outputs - research studies and design exemplars of social
innovation, drawn from public space, health, transport and other
key domains.

Include 2011 is particularly interested in papers that explore
the relationship between social innovation and inclusive design.

Details on submission of Abstracts for paper and poster
presentation to follow.

Include 2011 on behalf of The Royal College of Art Kinetix
Events Ltd


11-14 March 2010: DesignInquiry Spring 2010: BeingHERE
Marfa, TX

Our first 4-day Spring Inquiry is to be held in the high desert
town of Marfa, in far west Texas. With mesquite, cacti,
tumbleweed, and pristine mountain air, Marfa has a spare and
sublime atmosphere that literally suggests a site-specific
creativity. BeingHERE is an opportunity to explore an approach
to design that is contemplative and reactive, a design that does
not prescribe or impose formulas but responds to the conditions
that surrounds it.

DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization devoted
to researching design issues in-based gatherings. It brings
together practitioners from disparate fields to generate new
work and ideas around a single topic.


20-25 June 2010: DesignInquiry Summer 2010: JOY
Vinalhaven Maine

"Surely joy is the condition of life."
-- Henry David Thoreau, philosopher (1842)

"The absence of joy is the biggest threat to our society."
-- Will Alsop, architect (2003)

Does design create or embody joy, or does it merely create
conditions for joy to emerge?  Is there joy in the designed
artifact or in the act of design? Is a designer's joy the same
as a user's joy?  What is the relationship between joy and play
and how might design conjoin the two?  What might a taxonomy of
joy look like?

DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization devoted
to researching design issues in-based gatherings. It brings
together practitioners from disparate fields to generate new
work and ideas around a single topic.


Mobile Special Interest Group

A forum for discussion of all aspects of mobile computing,
including mobile websites, mobile application development and
increasing access to services from mobile devices.


Food Design

This list is used by the Internatinal Food Design Society to
make announcments about conference calls and to stimulate the
research community to share knowledge and create a network of
people interested in the emerging Food Design discipline.


MeCCSA Climate Change, Environment  Sustainability Network

To strengthen the ability of MeCCSA and its members to respond
to and lead the worldwide academic contribution to understanding
media, communication and cultural studies where they meet issues
of climate change, environment and sustainable development.


6 March 2010: Look Back - Look Forward: HfG Ulm and Design
Education in India
Hotel Taj West End, Race Cource Road, Bangalore 560 001, India

Last date for registration: February 26, 2010

National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and Bangalore in
collaboration with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan (GI/MMB)
Bangalore, HfG-Archive Ulm & IfA (Institute for Foreign Cultural
Relations, Germany) Stuttgart

The HfG Ulm, which started as a continuation of the Bauhaus
experiments in design education under one of its former students

and society focus under the leadership of Tomas Maldonado. The
HfG Ulm faculty, all eminent teachers and thought leaders in
their field, experimented with design education like never
before and documented the results of teaching in a series of 21
journals published between 1958 and 1968. These ten years of
intense research and theory building and sharing has had a
lasting impact on the world of design education and the
availability of these journals being one of the major factors
for this durable influence. Selected papers from these volumes
located in the NID Library were reproduced for a conference on
design education in 1989 by Prof Kirti Trivedi at Industrial
Design Centre, IIT, Powai and these have been a further source
of inspiration for Indian design teachers over the years.

The school impacted the world of design through its direct
professional action with industry, memorably with Braun and its
successful range of products that hit the market in 1955 and
continued with other product successes that can be called the
Ulm style of meticulous detailing and clean functional form.
Hans Gugelot was among the lead drivers along this track. Other
teachers such as Otl Aicher influenced major corporations such
as Herman Miller and Lufthansa with significant contributions in
graphic design.

The closing down of the HfG Ulm in 1968 saw the scattering of
its faculty and students across the world, each steeped in the
Ulm ideology of public good with design theory and action,
resulting in significant action on the ground in the form of new
design education in Latin America by Gui Bonsiepe, in India by
Sudhakar Nadkarni and H Kumar Vyas and in Japan by Kohei
Suguira, besides the numerous other influences in Europe and the
USA that continue to this day.

The Ulmer Museum/HfG-Archiv has brought together the various
threads of the Ulm school in a unique exhibition called ulm:
method and design/ulm: school of design 1953-1968 with archival
objects, classroom assignments and multimedia exhibits never
before seen in India. The exhibition is presented in India by
the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, in collaboration with
IfA (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany)
Stuttgart and offers the opportunity to both "LOOK Back - LOOK
Forward: HfG Ulm and Design Education in India", a title that
aptly sums up the objective behind the intensive one-day
conference/workshop on March 6, 2010 at Hotel Taj West End in
Bangalore, India, as well as to draw inspiration from the
path-breaking work at Ulm and reflect on the path forward here
in India. An impressive catalogue published by Hatje Cantz (ISBN
3-7757-9142-6) provides rich background research content on the
school and the exhibition.

Design teachers and teachers from other institutes interested in
design pedagogy, including design research, design management
and technology & design professionals interested in design
education. Limited places available for design student observers
sponsored by each participating school.

Shashikala Satyamurthy, Conference Coordinator National
Institute of Design, R & D Campus, #12 HMT Link Road, Off Tumkur
Road Bangalore 560 022 Tel: +91-080-23478939 (D) / 23373006 Fax:
+91 80 23373086 conference email: [log in to unmask]

18-19 February 2010: Experimental Objects
Venue: Storey Creative Industries Centre,Meeting House Lane,
Lancaster LA1 1TH

Pre-programme 17th and 18th, please see

Subject to human manipulation, objects can seem to be exposed to
human curiosity and imagination, controlled through processes
such as experimentation (Rheinberger 1997) and design (Latour
2008). But the purpose in both contexts is often to 'tickle'
objects, to make matter 'speak' (Latour 2004). Experiments can
reveal that, far from being mere things 'out there', indifferent
to human attention until addressed, neatly bounded, predictable
and knowable, objects are secretly lively: elusive or
responsive, recalcitrant or changeable (Barad 2007). These
aspects become palpable in different forms of experimental
engagement, from child's play to art, from design to science
(Bourriaud 2002, Suchman 1987, Pickstone 2000).

This interdisciplinary workshop is the fourth workshop of the
Experimentality programme, and is organised by the Institute for
Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, in collaboration with
the Storey Gallery, Lancaster, and the Centre for the History of
Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.


In interaction with a new exhibition at the Storey Gallery,
  'What happens if ... ?' (30 January -- 3 April 2010 -
http://bit.ly/whathappensif <ttp://bit.ly/whathappensif">),
workshop participants will explore object-becoming performed in
and through experimentation in science and design.


The workshop will feature presentations by an international,
interdisciplinary group of designers and historians and
sociologists of science, who with the other participants will
explore, formulate, shape and debate the possibilities and
dangers of experimental objects:

- Gail Davies (Geography, University College London)
- Dieter Daniels (Academy of Visual Arts (HGB), Leipzig)
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (Tinker.it!, London)
- Daria Loi (Intel Corporation, USA)
- Ilana Lowy (Centre de Recherche Medicine, Science Sante et
Societe, CNRS, Paris)
- John Pickstone (CHSTM, University of Manchester)
- Hans-Jorg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of
Science, Berlin)
- Bruno Strasser (History, Yale University)
- Lucy Suchman (Sociology, Lancaster University)
- Stuart Walker (Design, Lancaster University)


The workshop will start at lunchtime on 18 February, and end at
17.00 on 19 February.

Storey Creative Industries Centre http://www.thestorey.co.uk

Admittance to the workshop is by registration only, as space is

The workshop is free to attend for Lancaster University staff
and for full-time students.


10-11 June 2010: Prototype - Craft in the Future Tense Dundee,

Co-convened by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Duncan of
Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee,
the international symposium, 'Prototype - craft in the future
tense' will explore the radical and multiple ways that creative
people are experimenting with ideas. The symposium looks to
excite the mind and nurture unusual conversations by presenting
a diverse range of perspectives concerned with innovation and

Prototyping is done in many industries - from cars to ceramics,
medical equipment to publishing, architects to chefs - but the
process, development and understanding for each is different.
What can one discipline teach another about prototyping? What
place does prototyping hold for scientists, artists,
politicians, athletes or business managers? How can prototyping
lead these and other disciplines to imagine and re-imagine the

This event aims to reduce barriers by generating
trans-disciplinary conversations, thus setting the scene for the
forging of new partnerships and fresh understandings for
contemporary and future craftspeople. We hope to bring together
representatives from academia, public and corporate sectors to
discuss the history, theory and practice of prototyping, thereby
creating a sustainable network of like-minded individuals and
organisations that will continue to develop prototyping as a
tool for change.

Invited speakers include:

- Michael Schrage, Business Innovator, MIT
- Elizabeth Sanders, Participatory Designer, MakeTools
- Stuart Brown, Biomedical Engineer, University of Dundee

- Norman Klein, Novelist & Cultural Critic, California Institute
of the Arts
- Simon Starling, Conceptual Artist
- Pieter Jan Stappers, Design Theorist and Innovator, University
of Delft
- Hazel White, Interactive Jeweller, University of Dundee
- Leonardo Bonanni, Architect, Designer, Artist, MIT Media Lab
- Frederic Schwartz, Architectural Historian, University College
- Constance Adams, Space Travel Architect, Synthesis
- Rosan Chow, Designer, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
- Chicks on Speed, Musicians, Artists, Innovators

Prototype - Craft in the Future Tense will be acting as the
central focus for Craft Festival Scotland, an ambitious series
of nationwide events happening throughout the summer of 2010.
"Future Craft", the theme for Dundee's contribution to the
Festival, will portray the different faces of craft and the
different voices it has as a creative practice. It will focus on
reviving the way people see craft by initiating a range of
public events comprising several major exhibitions, films and
workshops which are set to challenge perceptions and profile
debates around craft.

The University of Dundee has, for the past two years, been at
the forefront of the V&A at Dundee Steering Group, with support
from Abertay University, Dundee City Council, Scottish
Enterprise and the Scottish government. The project, which aims
to establish a presence for the Victoria & Albert Museum at the
heart of the city's waterfront, took a massive step forward in
August when Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External
Affairs and the Constitution, announced the Scottish
Government's significant commitment of support. An international
architecture competition was launched in January of this year
for the #47m centre, financial support for which is expected to
come from the Scottish government, philanthropic and corporate
sponsors via a charitable trust. As the first V&A base outside
of London, V&A at Dundee would aim to provide space in which to
showcase Scottish applied arts and design in an international
context, act as a focus for debate and dialogue for the creative
economy, enhance the creative environment for the benefit of the
general public and creative education, and create a platform for
partnership working in the cultural sector in Scotland.

We hope you will be able to join us for Prototype - Craft in the
Future Tense, and Crafts Festival Scotland, in Dundee this June.




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