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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Digital Newsletter Volume 17 Number 3

DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS  Volume 17 Number 3 Jun 2012 ISSN 1473-3862 DRS Digital Newsletter     


o   Editorial
o   New DRS Special Interest Group
o   Contents of Design Studies
o   Calls
o   Announcements
o   The Design Research Society: information
o   Digital Services of the DRS
o   Subscribing and unsubscribing to DRN
o   Contributing to DRN

There has been an unavoidable gap in publishing Design Research News this year, but here at last is the latest edition. We'll try to get them out regularly from here on. Many thanks to those who have written to me recently wanting the publication to continue - thank you for your kind support.
David Durling - Editor
New SIG Inclusive Design Research Special Interest Group (InclusiveSIG)(WP)
The Inclusive Design Research Special Interest Group (InclusiveSIG) aims to provide an international platform for researchers, design practitioners, design educators and students, and the general public to exchange knowledge about inclusive design and to empower wider participation in design.
The main aims of the InclusiveSIG are:
1.  To build and advance knowledge of inclusive design and research
2.  To share best practice in contemporary design, research, education, and public engagement
3.  To keep pushing the boundaries of inclusive design and explore its potential in different contexts
InclusiveSIG runs workshops at the DRS and other inclusive design conferences, and its members organize themed workshops in different locations. It publishes a newsletter on a fortnight basis and also runs a facebook discussion group (http://www.facebook.com/InclusiveDesignResearch). You are warmly invited to join the InclusiveSIG. If you are interested, please contact Dr Hua Dong
Hua.Dong@brunel.ac.uk  InclusiveSIG
http://www.designresearchsociety.org/joomla/sig2/inclusive-sig. html
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal. Theaward is to be made to Arlene Oak (University of Alberta, Canada) for her paper 'What can talk tell us about design?: Analysing conversation to understand practice', published in Vol. 32, No. 3, pp 211-234; doi:10.1016/j.destud.2010.11.003
The Design Studies Award is made annually, jointly by the Design Research Society and the journal publishers, ElsevierScience. It comprises a certificate and a prize of #500. The criteria for the Award, in order of priority, are: contribution to the development of the field of design research, originality of research or scholarship, breadth of relevance, and clarity and style of presentation. Votes for the Award are cast by the journal Editors and a group of Officers of the DRS.
This paper considers how the conversational aspects of design may be examined from perspectives associated with micro-sociology/social psychology: Symbolic Interactionism (SI) and Conversation Analysis (CA). Since many aspects of design involve face-to-face talk, this paper argues that an SI-informed CA offers an effective approach to understanding how communication and negotiation are central to design. Through analysing excerpts of talk (an architect meeting with a client, and a design-education critique) we can see how the collaborative nature of conversation contributes to understandings and assessments of objects. This discussion outlines how SI and CA can help delineate the processes that link the details of interaction to the wider social conditions and constraints that impact upon the practices and objects of design.
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Contents of Volume 33, Number 1 (January 2012)

  • Editorial Nigel Cross Pages 1-3
  • Quality perceptions of design journals: The design scholars' perspective Gerda Gemser, Cees de Bont, Paul Hekkert, Ken Friedman Pages 4-23
  • Understanding design research: A bibliometric analysis of Design Studies (1996-2010) Kah-Hin Chai and Xin Xiao Pages 24-43
  • Accommodating disagreement: A study of effective design collaboration Janet McDonnell Pages 44-63
  • The psychological experience of prototyping Elizabeth Gerber and Maureen Carroll Pages 64-84
  • User activity - product function association based design rules for universal products Shraddha Sangelkar, Nicholas Cowen and Daniel McAdams Pages 85-110
  • Acknowledgement of referees Page 111

Contents of Volume 33, Issue 2 (March 2012)

  • Characterising affordances: The descriptions-of-affordances-model Auke J.K. Pols Pages 113-125
  • An online affordance evaluation model for product design Shih-Wen Hsiao, Chiao-Fei Hsu, Yin-Ting Lee Pages 126-159
  • Redesign for product innovation Shana Smith, Gregory Smith, Ying-Ting Shen Pages 160-184
  • Towards an integrated generative design framework Vishal Singh, Ning Gu Pages 185-207
  • Methodological insights from a rigorous small scale design experiment Philip Cash, Edward Elias, Elies Dekoninck, Steve Culley Pages 208-235

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/271099-1-s2.0- S0142694X12X00024

The Design Journal 16:4 ('Dezain no genjo: Design in contemporary Japan')
CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline: 29 August 2012
Few nations have seen the public image of their design and manufacturing sector change so quickly and drastically as Japan since 2000. Postwar Japan's manufacturing-intensive economy and promotion of private consumption fostered the development of design industries - product, fashion, graphic, vehicle, textile, furniture, etc. - as integral to product development and promotion. After 1990, these now-established design industries faced new conditions such as decreasing domestic spending, offshore manufacturing, domestic disasters and the influx of digital technology.
Today, as 'minimalist good design' and 'kawaii' continue to dominate perceptions of the nation's products and aesthetic worldwide, general and industry media alike regularly report on Japan's decline vis-a-vis the rise of Korea and China as emerging leaders in electronics and other key industries. The manufacturing sector's troubles - related also to the 3.11 disaster, subsequent power disruptions, the high yen, lowered domestic consumption and a somber mood nationally - have only added to the challenges facing designers, both independent firms and in-house design divisions.
Against this difficult terrain for some established design areas, however, Japanese fashion retains its global cachet amongst consumers of high-end and street fashion alike. And newer design industries such as game, service and interaction design continue to take advantage of digitisation, the global popularity of anime and manga and design's increased draw for business and policy to shape digital and physical experience in new ways.
This special issue of The Design Journal will explore the current state of key design disciplines and industries in Japan today, and investigate potential next steps and directions that they might take. It invites proposals that identify and critically analyse the present and future of particular industries or issues, both established and emerging. Submissions that map the impact of recent change on design industries and identify strategies developed by actors for adapting, even thriving, in new circumstances, are particularly welcome.
Specific design disciplines/industries discussed might include:
- 'Traditional' modern design disciplines such as furniture, product, industrial, fashion, textiles, graphic/communications, vehicle, interior, set/stage/film, packaging, advertising, craft and engineering design
- New and emerging areas such as service, game, information, animation, interaction and digital design more broadly.
- Design within traditional/vernacular crafts industries
- Design education in the above areas
In addition to providing insight into changing conditions in Japan, the special issue may provide insight into readers' local conditions and inform current and future design-led innovation. Now, as the future of manufacturing, global competition, consumer spending and fundamental change in the structure of financial institutions and government make headlines worldwide, new technologies such as additive manufacturing are again changing design practice, and innovation and creativity are promoted as fuel for economic development and regional revitalisation on a much larger scale, an inquiry into how designers in Japan are reacting and contributing to these larger changes can have great relevance for designers, students, policy makers, manufacturers and educators worldwide.
To these ends, contributions that explore issues such as the following are particularly welcome.
- the impact of societal, technological, economic, geopolitical and natural shifts such as outsourcing, globalisation, the rise of China and Korea as design and manufacturing centres, ageing, shoshika, digitalisation, new materials including nano- and bio-materials, concerns for sustainable practice and the 3.11 disaster on design practice, manufacturing, consumption and attitudes towards design and commodities.
- government policies that directly address design industries or directly/indirectly impact them, e.g. 'Cool Japan' and regional manufacturing support and development schemes
- the adoption of 'design thinking' as a concept and practice within business in Japan
- 'dezain' as a practice, method or stance, e.g. 'seikatsu dezain'
- amateur/public use of design techniques and tactics for political activism, local regeneration activities, etc.
- the emergence of amateur/public design culture, e.g. Design Festa
- design in Japan in the economic and geopolitical context of the larger North-East Asia region - China, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, etc.
- the contextualisation of current design practices and issues within a historical framework, for example in comparison to earlier periods
Contributions that combine empirical research with critical analysis and open-ended questioning, that contextualise events and conditions in Japan within larger regional and global trends and shifts and that demonstrate awareness of Japan as one site for design, manufacturing and consumption within global networks are especially invited.
Ultimately, the special issue seeks to situate design practice and issues in Japan within a wider global context, so that they might serve as comparisons and catalysts for reflection and discussions on how design can best adapt to changing conditions globally, today.
Successful papers will be published as a special issue of The Design Journal, with publication scheduled for December 2013. Established in 1998, The Design Journalhttp://www.bergpublishers.com/BergJournals/ TheDesignJournal/tabid/3650/Default.aspx<http://www. bergpublishers.com/BergJournals/TheDesignJournal/tabid/3650/ Default.aspx>  is an international refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.
To propose an article, please e-mail a 400 word abstract of the proposed paper, along with a one-page CV, to the guest editor, Sarah Teasley, at sarah.teasley@rca.ac.uk<mailto:sarah.teasley@rca.ac.uk>.
The closing date for proposals is 29 August 2012. Successful authors will be notified by 12 September 2012, and asked to submit the full article for peer review. An invitation to submit a full article does not guarantee publication.
Schedule for authors:
Deadline for submission of title and abstract: 29 August 2012 Draft article submission: December 2012 Revised article submission: February 2013 Final copy submission: March 2013
Any inquiries regarding the special issue should also be directed to Sarah Teasley at sarah.teasley@rca.ac.uk<mailto:sarah.teasley@rca.ac.uk>.
Design and Crime conference Sydney, Australia.
12-14 December 2012

This is a conference for designers interested in social issues. Criminologists, social workers and those working with disadvantaged groups know a lot about the roots of crime but have a problem translating this into practical outcomes on the ground. CCTV, high fences and increased surveillance have a place in crime reduction but design should (and can) offer much more. The conference includes specialist steams in urban living, transport, retail, late night economy and counter terrorism. All design disciplines are welcome to contribute to and learn more about this important and fast developing domain.
Abstract topics might include:
Changing criminal behaviour through design Reducing the fear of crime through design New technologies employed to reduce crime Healthy and safe cities Relationship of urban planning and housing design to crime Lessening alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour Graffiti in cities and public transport Safety in public places and mass gathering sites Theoretical concepts related to crime prevention and design Designing products to limit theft Reducing theft in retail outlets Reducing ecommerce crime through software design New supermarket technologies and security Evaluating CPTED Integrating crime issues into design education Crime prevention campaigns and design Empowering communities in crime prevention programs Environmental attitudes to crime prevention Security and privacy issues related to crime prevention
Close of Abstracts mid July Notification to Authors early August Final paper submission September 28th
Aalto Studying and Improving Design Practice Symposium 2012 Aalto University Toeoeloe campus, Helsinki, Finland
6 September 2012

Join our symposium on the future of product design in Aalto University. This event is aimed for both researchers and practitioners of design. We present the selected local and global research in the area. We present two international keynotes on the empirical studies of design practice at global companies by Stanford University (U.S.) and KTH (Sweden) researchers. Two Aalto research projects, LUTUS and VISCI share their results from collaboration with leading Finnish design companies.
Call for participation:
Researchers: if you would like to present your own results from industry collaboration in this event, please submit a 100 word abstract for Lassi Liikkanen via email (contact below) by first of August (1.8.2012).
In this event you will learn and discuss the latest and upcoming research in product design. Get inspiration for your own research or ideas for developing your product design organization.
Learn how design practice can be studied and improved successfully. Meet researchers and progressive company R&D people
Our guest speakers are:
PhD Ingrid Kihlander, Concept Leader at Volvo, recent graduate from KTH, Stockholm
Ingrid studied decision making processes at Volvo in close relationship for several years. She  will share her experiences of improving design practice through research.
Joachim Lyon,  PhD student at Stanford University, working with Prof. Pamela Hinds at Center for Work, Technology & Organization.
Joachim has been observing design practices at global design companies for several years and will discuss emerging findings from a study of design practice across continents and between functional departments within organizations.
At Aalto Toeoeloe campus, downtown Helsinki, Finland.  Aalto School of Economics, Arcadia building (Adress: Lapuankatu 6) Map Room OP-Pohjola (E-107)
RSVP & updates:
Register (for free) to reserve your seat and meal in this exciting event in September in Internet:
Swiss Design Network SDN Conference 2012: "Disruptive Interaction", Lugano, Switzerland
9 November 2012

Disruptive Interaction
This year's Swiss Design Network Conference 2012 in Lugano focuses on the dialectical relationship between design and disruptive ideas, practices and innovations.
In particular, we recognize that interaction and interactivity have become core concepts, questioning and reshaping a world of rapid change in society, sciences and technology. In addition, one could argue that design and design processes from all design fields - including fashion design, visual communication, interior design, industrial design, product design, and so forth - share a dominant role in making proposals for future interactions between the built world, human beings and systems. Thereby interaction and interactivity - in the sense of interaction design or in a broader sense as social interaction between actors - currently appear as promising concepts for the discourse of disruption and radical change in economy, culture, politics etc.
What do designers do to fundamentally change accepted rules (or to completely remove them) or to radically change the context and the environment in which theses rules operate?
How do designers re-think and hack the taken-for-granted? How do they create and communicate new perspectives on the use of existing artifacts? How do they invent new ways of participation and how do they visualize the obvious and the unforeseen? How do they disrupt their own ideologies? How do designers react to and interact with disruptive changes and innovations? Further, do designers disrupt or will they be disrupted?
The conference is looking for projects which identify, describe and invent design practices, processes, methods and strategies which provide the potential for sudden and substantial change in value systems. "Disruptive Interaction" aims to investigate and discuss the capability, the responsibility and the agency of design in areas of disruptive change.
Call for papers
We invite designers, researchers and scholars to present their work at the SDN Conference 2012. We are looking for high quality research papers in the field of design and design research to be published in the on-line conference proceedings. Submitted abstracts and papers must contain original research that has not been previously published and is not concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere. The conference official language is English and all material must be submitted in English.
Submissions and review process
The process for submission is organized in two stages: submission and review of extended abstracts, and final submission and revision of full papers. You need to submit an abstract to be considered for further submission of a paper. Based on the review of the abstracts, a recommendation for submission of either short or full papers will be given. Short papers are 3000 words, full papers are 5000 words in length. The peer review process is organized by Swiss Design Network.
www.swissdesignnetwork.idk.ch/index.php/2011-11-24-09-49- 44/2012-05-14-14-49-13/call-for-papers
2011 Best New Journal Award - presented by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals
Call for Articles - Special Issue  4.3
Experiencing The Everyday
The guest editor Lynn Chalmers (University of Manitoba) invites contributions to the journal's 2013 special issue 'Experiencing the Everyday'.
Our understanding of the everyday is ambiguous; the everyday resides in the deeply habituated, repetitious and familiar, things that are readily overlooked and easily maligned. Residues of the everyday persist in the interior and mark our experiences and memories of place; the worn carpet that evokes childhood, the smell of familiar rooms.  The designed interior is most often modeled and photographed emptied of signs of everyday life, distanced from lived experiences. However the everyday is more than nostalgia and has room for possibility, for new experiences and perceptions associated with mobility & resistance; transgressive visions, revolutionizing everyday lives by small design interventions. The everyday is authentic and anonymous, present-but-persistent and indeterminate.
Submissions should examine the possible, existing or lost experiences of the everyday interior with reference to the following provocations:
- reclaimed practices - daily rituals associated with social technologies - designing for the everyday - vernacular spaces, personal artifacts and practices
This Special Issue of Interiors explores practices and spaces of the everyday.
The editor welcomes submissions of articles addressing the topic of the Experience of the Everyday broadly defined. Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4-8 illustrations are invited, and should be sent as an attachment to interiors@bloomsbury.com by AUGUST 31st, 2012.
Further details of the Journal, including Notes for Contributors, are available at www.bergjournals.com/interiors <http://www.bergjournals.com/interiors>
If you have any queries about the Journal or about submitting an article, please contact us on this email address: interiors@bloomsbury.com
DRS // CUMULUS Oslo 2013
14-17 May 2013:

The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, Oslo, Norway
Organised by
-Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Art Design -DRS (Design Research Society) -CUMULUS (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media).
This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of contemporary approaches to design education research. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research in any aspect and discipline of design education.
Conference theme:
Design Learning For Tomorrow - Design Education From Kindergarten To Phd
Designed artefacts and solutions influence our lives and values, both from a personal and societal perspective. Designers, decision makers, investors and consumers hold different positions in the design process, but they all make choices that will influence our future visual and material culture. To promote sustainability and meet global challenges for the future, professional designers are dependent on critical consumers and a design literate general public.  For this purpose design education is important for all. We propose that design education in general education represents both a foundation for professional design education and a vital requirement for developing the general public competence for informed decision making.
We invite submissions along the following themes:
- Philosophy of design education - Design curriculum - Design knowledge - Design education for non-designers - Research informed designed education - Design education informing research - Multidisciplinary design education - Challenges in design education methods - Assessment - eLearning - Internationalisation of design education
We are also seeking expression of interest to conduct workshops and symposia.
We especially welcome early career researchers, PhD candidates and Master students with work in progress.
Submission Guidelines
Intention to submit a Paper
Proposals for papers in English should contain the following:
- Proposed paper title - Summary of proposed paper including a description of methodology used (200 words max) - Up to 4 bibliographical references (on top of the 200 word limit) - First and second choice conference theme for the proposed paper
Intentions to submit will be submitted online at http://www.hioa.no/DRScumulus. Paper proposals will not be reviewed, but brief feedback will be given.
Full Papers
Full papers should be between 4000-6000 words. This is a general design education research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work-in-progress or finalized research will be reported.
However, irrespective of the range and stage of your research, the organizers expect the highest standards of scholarship in terms of establishing context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers and/or practitioners.
To preserve anonymity, author names should NOT be identified in the body of the paper. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Papers must be previously unpublished.
Papers can be submitted online at  http://www.hioa.no/DRScumulus
Proceedings from the conference will be published online. Please see the conference website http://www.hioa.no/DRScumulus for detailed guidance about submitting a full paper.
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Scientific Journals:
- FORMakademisk - Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education - TechneA - Design and Technology Education
The journals will publish special issues with articles selected from papers and keynote lectures presented at the conference.
Proposal for Workshop and Symposia, submission guidelines
- Working title - Responsible person and for Workshop/Symposia also list contributors' names and affiliation - Aim and content (400 words)

SPECIAL SESSION AT CIB's WORLD BUILDING CONFERENCE, ON: ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT & IDDS; Improving Societal Performance of Architectural Design through Better Collaboration and Integration with the Aid of Information Technology and Knowledge Management.
The CIB working commissions W078 Information Technology for Construction, W096 Architectural Management, and W102 Information and Knowledge management in Construction, together with the Core Group CIB's pro-active theme Integrated Design Delivery Solutions, united in organizing a special session at the WBC titled: "Architectural Management & IDDS; Improving Societal Performance of Architectural Design through Better Collaboration and Integration with the Aid of Information Technology and Knowledge Management."
Abstracts are invited concerning:
- The integrated architectural design - Design process integration and - collaboration - Improving societal performance
http://www.re-h.tudelft.nl/fileadmin/Faculteit/BK/ Over_de_faculteit/Afdelingen/Real_Estate_and_Housing/doc/ AMIDDS_WBC_2013.pdf
Visit http://worldbuildingcongress2013.com/ for more information about the CIB World Building Congress, to be held on May 5-9 in Brisbane, Australia, and instructions for submitting abstracts.
Please submit your abstracts by selecting AMIDDS as the option under the 'CIB Task Group / Commission number' drop down box at the submission page of the WBC.

International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation
We would like to inform you that a new journal called International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation (Taylor & Francis) will be launched in January 2013.
The journal is currently accepting manuscripts for review.
This journal aims to provide a forum to discuss the nature and potential of design creativity and innovation from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
Please find the details on this site:
Feel free to contact us if you are interested in submitting your manuscript to this journal.
Journal of Design History
The Design History Society wishes to invite individuals who can make a distinctive and dynamic contribution to the development of design history to apply to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. The Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Society, is the pre-eminent journal in its field and works to extend the international and interdisciplinary significance of the subject.
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/design/design25.1. back_matter.pdf
Closing date is 30 June 2012. The same ad is in the latest issue of the Journal.

About the Event
Electromagnetic Field 2012 is a three-day camping festival in the UK for people with an inquisitive mind and an interest in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. It will be a cross between a tech conference and a music festival, with talks and workshops on a wide range of subjects. A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, to learn, to teach, to play, and have a drink with a stranger. A festival for anyone interested in 3D printing, DIYBio, textiles, electronics, Internet culture, music hacking, space, lockpicking, homebrewing, computer security, robots, UAVs, mind hacking, radio, and pretty much anything else you can think of... in a field!
A 1h presentation about a topic in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. The allocated time includes Q&A, setup, and teardown.
A 1h, 2h, or 3h workshop involving practices in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. The allocated time includes setup and teardown.
We hope to have enough desk space and chairs for everyone, but details are yet to be determined. If you prefer to hold open-ended workshops then we encourage you to start or join a village: see below for details.
Musical performances, DJ sets, artistic performances, general evening entertainment, ...
We will provide a stage area in a tent and a basic PA.
Villages are dedicated camping areas for particular groups, with shared access to power and Internet. You can form a village for your local hackerspace, art form, project, or any other community. This makes it easier for people to get to know each other and encourages collaboration while at the festival, be it for cooking sessions or to build ambitious installations.
Villages are not planned through our submissions system. Instead you can register your village here: http://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Villages
You may also be interested in our mailing list and IRC channel: http://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Contact
Venue Details
EMF 2012 is a camping festival in a field. The venue is Pineham Park, near Milton Keynes in the UK.
We plan to have two event tents with an audience capacity of about 100 each, both with access to power and Internet, each with a projector, and at least one of the tents will have a PA for larger presentations. We also aim to have camp-wide wifi, and ethernet ports in key locations.
We will attempt to stream the talks and performances and publish the recordings after the event.
Budget and Travel expenses
The EMF camp is a non-profit event produced entirely by volunteers, and speakers are not paid. Unfortunately we can not subsidise your entry ticket, and we do not have a travel budget for contributors either; due to the nature of the event we expect that everyone pays. We may be able to make a few very rare exceptions, but don't count on it.
Dates and Deadlines
The deadline for submission is Friday 29 June 2012, 23:59 UTC. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail as early as possible, but on Friday 13 July 2012 the latest.
Electromagnetic Field 2012 is held between Friday 31 August and Sunday 2 September 2012.
All proposals for talks, workshops and performances must be submitted online using our submission system at http://pentabarf.emfcamp.org/submission/EMF2012. Please follow the instructions, and state if you have special requirements besides the basics mentioned there. If you have any questions regarding your submission you can contact us at events@emfcamp.org
For more details about the event in general see our wiki at http://wiki.emfcamp.org
Please note that much of this may be subject to changes, in which case we will make corresponding announcements. To stay up do date follow @emfcamp, or have a look at our mailing list and IRC channel: http://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Contact.

Nordes 2013 conference in Copenhagen/Malmoe 2013
Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique
Design is closely affiliated with the experimental, which is as an exploratory and probing undertaking. What does this mean in the context of design research? Today, design research relies on various and divergent notions of design experimentation and ideas about their value and use. In one corner, experimentation is conceived of as designerly exploration into, for instance, materials, technologies, and expressions. In another corner, design experimentation is shaped according to hypothetical-deductive models of knowledge production inherited from science and engineering. Yet, in a third corner, design experiments are explored as a means for promoting social change or as a critique of political and ethical values. For instance, this can take the form of critique through fiction and utopias. This raises a set of central questions for design research: How is design experimentation similar and different from experimentation in other research fields and areas? What is the relation of exploration vis-a-vis experimentation in design research? How is it possible, if at all necessary, to provide a consistent account of research methods underlying experimental design research? How can design experiments be staged other than as highly idealized probing situations? What is the role of design experiments as aspects of a critical aesthetic practice?
Nordes 2013 invites designers and design researchers to explore the many aspects of design research as experimental practice.
Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
- Objects of design experiments - Experimental expressions - Design experiments as critique - Experiments in design research versus those in science and art - Methods of experiments in design research - Staging experiments - Places of design experiments - Experiments in design education
Nordes 2013 invites contributions that experiment with the conference formats and experimental papers/presentations will receive special attention.
All submissions should be in English. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by at least 2 reviewers. Accepted contributions should be revised according to the review reports and the language should be checked by a native English speaker.
Important dates
December 1, 2012: Submission system opens December 20, 2012: Submission deadline for: - Full papers - Exploratory papers - Exhibition artifacts/installations/performances - Workshop proposals (workshop participation will be advertised later) - Doctoral consortium March 20, 2013: Author notification April 20, 2011: Submission of final versions
Full papers
The Nordes 2013 conference invites original papers on various forms of experimentation within design and design research. Full papers must be of the highest international standard and contribute significantly to research and practice within design. Nordes 2013 aims to be a multidisciplinary forum for emergent and current research areas influencing the various design disciplines. Full papers should be 10 pages including illustrations, figures, and references. Papers will undergo double blind peer-reviews and accepted papers will be presented in the conference programme and published in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be available as an open access online database during and after the conference.
Exploratory papers
We invite the submission of exploratory papers that include design cases, position papers, work in progress, and emerging new research areas which may yet lack solid theoretical foundations, but point towards exciting new directions for design research. Exploratory papers should be 4 pages, including illustrations and references. Exploratory papers will undergo double blind peer-reviews and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be made available as an open access online database during and after the conference.
Workshops proposals
Workshops at Nordes 2013 will enjoy a central position. The ambition is to create common experiences and to provide different kinds of platforms for exchaning new ideas. A day in the middle of the program will be researved for workshops and all conference participants are expected to take part in at least one workshop. We especially invite proposals where the format encourages active participation by the workshop attendees or which demonstrates new ways of how experiments can be explored in a workshop setting. A workshop can, for instance, take the form of on-site enactments, excursions, tutorials, studios, discussion sessions, etc. A workshop proposal should be maximum 2 pages and state its purpose, a tentative programme for the day (or half a day), how attendees are accepted for participating in the workshop (e.g. through artifacts or position papers, or just by signing up), requirements for the physical setting and materials.
Through the Nordes 2013 exhibition we wish explore ways that the display of works of art, craft, and design can become a prominent venue for exchanging ideas and understanding. Artists, designers, and researchers will be able to present their work to the conference attendees in dedicated exhibition sessions. We invite submissions of artifacts, installations, and performances documented via pictures, videos, or links to websites. A two-page paper explaining how the exhibition artifact relates to the conference's overall theme of experimentation should accompany each submission. Paper and visual documentation will be included in the conference proceedings and made available through an open access online database during and after the conference.
Doctoral consortium
The doctoral consortium is an opportunity for doctoral students to get feedback on their projects from some of the prominent researchers and fellow doctoral students within the field of design research. It is also an excellent chance to get to know others in the same situation or to meet again after last year's NORDES summer school. The doctoral consortium will take place immediately before the formal opening of the conference. Participants will be chosen based on the quality of their submissions. Submissions should be 4 pages and can be published in the proceedings if the PhD studen wish it. The proceedings will be made available as an open access online database during and after the conference.
A World In Making Cities  Craft  Design

Guest edited by Suzie Attiwill
Following the recent closure of Craft Australia, the e-journal craft + design enquiry has relocated to the Australian National University (ANU) where it is hosted by the ANU School of Art (with Australia Council for the Arts funding assistance) and will be published by ANU e-press commencing with c+de#4 mid-year.
During this relocation period, information about craft + design enquiry - past issues, policies, personnel and submission guidelines can still be found on the Craft Australia website at www.craftaustralia.org.au/cde By the end of this year, all archival material on c+de will be migrated to the ANU and be available on the ANU e-press website at www.epress.anu.edu.au
To assist with relocation arrangements, the current Call for Papers (c+de#5) has been extended to 30 October 2012 as outlined below. This issue will be published by ANU e-press in mid-2013. - Jenny Deves, Managing Editor craft + design enquiry
c+de#5 call for papers: A WORLD IN MAKING CITIES  CRAFT  DESIGN Guest edited by Suzie Attiwill
On 12 March 1913, a naming ceremony took place in an empty paddock on a hill. This rural environment was to become a city, the capital city of Australia, the city of Canberra. The aspirations and the projections of the Griffins' winning design for Canberra are an example of a world-in-making involving the practices of design and craft. This issue of craft + design enquiry will be published in 2013 - 100 years after this event and when, for the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities. By 2030, this will increase to at least 60% with significant growth happening in cities of developing countries and the emergence of meta-cities with 20 million inhabitants. 'The twenty-first century will be known as the century of the city'. (Tibaijuka, 2010).
This issue of craft + design enquiry will focus on and highlight the role, contribution and potential craft and design practices make to the urban environment as well as the transformation of these practices * a world in making.
'The thing is what we make of the world. ... Things are our way of dealing with a world in which we are enmeshed rather than over which we have dominion. ... It is our way of dealing with the plethora of sensations, vibrations, movements, and intensities that constitute both our world and ourselves' ... 'We make objects in order to live in the world'. (Grosz, 2009, pp.126 & 128).
Nuances of craft - a practice which values making and materiality * will be foregrounded in the selection of papers for publication. This emphasis on craft does not exclude design so much as bring attention to practices of design which engage ideas of making and materiality, where there is a sense of a hand(s) in making, a valuing of haptic encounters and an attention to the relation between people and surroundings. From small to large scale projects, from individuals to communities, an intimate approach to the question of how people inhabit and transform the urban environment is invoked. What are the potentials in this century of the city for craft and design practices? What is the contribution of craft and design to cities and live-ability? What might a craft sensibility bring to urban inhabitation? What of an expanded idea of craft practice as a way of working and thinking which addresses spatial and temporal urban conditions? What of the emergence of new forms of practices to engage in the condition of the urban environment and the social, political and cultural forces of the twenty-first century?
Academics, practitioners, research students and others are invited to submit research papers and critical project works. A definition of research as 'the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings* (Australian Research Council, 2011) is reiterated here to highlight the criticality of 'new and creative' in relation to research and to encourage the submission of research through craft and design practice, as well as about craft and design practices situated in a world in making - 'the century of the city'. Authors are also encouraged to consider the inclusion of visual material as research.
- Suzie Attiwill, Guest Editor craft + design enquiry #5
Steps to submitting a paper for c+de#5
This issue of craft + design enquiry will be published by ANU e-press mid-2013. The Call for Papers now closes on 30 October 2012.
Step 1: Suzie Attiwill (Guest Editor) welcomes discussion with  potential contributors to the fifth issue. She asks contributors to submit a brief outline of their ideas for papers (200 words) from now until 30 June 2012. She will respond promptly to contributors about their proposed papers. Send your brief outline to suzie.attiwill@rmit.edu.au
For inquiries relating to the call for papers and/or proposed submissions contact suzie.attiwill@rmit.edu.au     For administrative inquiries please contact jenny.deves@anu.edu.au
Step 2: Following advice from Suzie Attiwill, contributors are required to complete and submit their final papers by 30 October 2012. Email to jenny.deves@anu.edu.au
craft + design enquiry Guidelines for Authors remains available at www.craftaustralia.org.au/cde and is supplemented by ANU e-press Information for Authors at www.epress.anu.edu.au
Suzie Attiwill is Associate Professor and Program Director, Interior Design, RMIT School of Architecture and Design. Suzie has an independent practice involving the design of exhibitions, curatorial work, writing and working on a range of interdisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. Publications include: 'Urban and Interior: techniques for an urban interiorist' Urban Interior. Informal explorations, interventions and occupations Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2011; 'Spatial Relations' in Making Space: artist run initiatives in Victoria Australia: VIA-N, 2007; co-editor with Gini Lee, 'INSIDEOUT' IDEA Journal 2005, Brisbane: QUT Press, 2005. From 1996 to 1999, she was the inaugural Artistic Director of Craft Victoria and editor of Craft. Suzie is the current chair of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association) - www.idea-edu.com, a founding member of the Urban Interior research group - www.urbaninterior.net and a member of the Design Institute of Australia.


·         Australian Research Council, March 2011 http://www.arc.gov.au/pdf/2011_presentations/decra0311.pdf. [Accessed 13 April 2011].
Grosz, E., 2009. 'The Thing'. In F. Candlin & R. Guins, eds. The Object Reader. London & New York: Routledge.

·         Tibaijuka, A.K., 2010. Inaugural Address UN Pavilion Lecture Series, Shanghai World Expo 2010 - Better Cities, Better Life. Tibaijuka was then Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency for human settlements.

·         ttp://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?cid=8273&catid=560&typeid=8& subMenuId=0 [Accessed April 24 2011].


Architecture, Evidence and Evidentiality, a special issue of Architectural Theory Review

(to be published as Volume 18, Number 1, March 2013) Edited by William Taylor, Andrew Leach & Lee Stickells
Call for Papers:
Conceptually, evidence differs from material, matter and content for its relationship with a problem. Evidence offers proof in support of a position, a fact or a path of inquiry, or it provokes one to search out a question that relates the newly known to the established. This is as true for architectural historians correcting chronologies, repopulating narratives or recasting contexts as it is for critics and theoreticians of architecture bringing new questions or perspectives to bear upon architectural works and themes.
Material, matter and content that is not yet framed by a problem may not be evidence as such, but it is nonetheless latently evidential. The field of proof and provocations against which architecture is defined as an institution, discourse, profession, technique or elsewise is evidence for the question of what architecture is, shaping its edges (or arguing their porosity), and determining relationships between architecture and other fields. Making for the presence or absence of evidence, the term 'evidentiality' describes the various historical, philosophical, legal, social and political contexts in which forms of proof acquire 'objective', demonstrative and moral value. The evidentiary potency, usefulness and value of material, tangible and otherwise, is therefore--like the border between latent and actual evidentiality--constantly under revision.
Whereas the material and matter of architecture one way or another shape architectural practice, culture and discourse, evidence has a subject. Evidence of what? For what? Evidence is clearly associated with reason (and reasoned proof), but it is also, easily, the stuff of debate, dispute and doubt. In contrast with what might seem to be architecture's most obvious issues, as defined by media and by debate within and beyond architectural culture, the consideration of evidence, in relation to problems in the knowledge and conceptualisation of architecture, and in and of itself, is more likely to be the stuff of cloistered debate on scholarly methods and fine-grained historical analysis: the cost of bricks, the contents of libraries, corridors shared, drawings lost and found, telling words uttered carelessly. But evidence comes into play whenever someone thinks to check on some grandiose and uncorroborated claim made for architecture or by the everyday uncertainty at stake in design methods, quantity surveys, post-occupancy surveys and other recipes for making architectural 'facts' on the ground. What counts as evidence can be the basis for expertise as well as the nearly always taken for granted.
This issue of ATR will consider matters of evidence for architecture where they reflect (as theory and criticism) on architecture's limits, content and extra-architectural relationships and (as history) the shape of its past and its relation to the present. It will reflect upon evidence and (coming as much the same thing) what counts as evidence in all manner of transactions in architectural culture. By treating moments in which a heightened awareness of the evidentiary value of the material tabled as proof or provocation has an impact on architecture, be it significant or subtle, immediate or remote, ATR opens evidence and the theme of evidentiality to review.
In particular, we invite papers that take a piece or body of evidence as their object of review, exploring and exploding the matters at stake in seeing something as evidence in particular. We encourage contributions that explore connections between architecture, evidence and evidentiality in relation to architecture history, theory, criticism and practice. Papers investigating categories of evidence and modes of evidentiality that establish or problematize relations between these domains of activity are particularly welcome.
As an additional thematic for authors to ponder, this call for papers invites submissions that consider the idea and meanings of 'a crisis state' as part of architecture's social imaginary and litmus of its contestability. What fields of evidence come to bear upon architecture in moments and matters of crisis? And how does architecture figure in those moments, as evidence?
Completed manuscripts should be submitted to Architectural Theory Review by the 17th of September, 2012, via the journal's website.
Queries regarding the special issue should be directed to Lee Stickells: Lee.Stickells@sydney.edu.au
HWID2012 working conference on "Work Analysis and HCI",

5-6 December 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: August 1st, 2012.
Hosted by Copenhagen Business School Venue: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Solbjerg Plads 3, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Theme, Scope and Focus:
The HUMAN WORK INTERACTION DESIGN 2012 (HWID 2012) working conference analyzes the combination of empirical Work Analysis and Human computer interaction (HCI).
Human work analysis involves user goals, user requirements, tasks and procedures, human factors, cognitive and physical processes, contexts (organizational, social, cultural). In particular in the HCI and human factors tradition, work is analyzed as end-user tasks performed within a work domain. The focus is on the user's experience of tasks (procedures) and the artefact environment (constraints in the work domain). Hierarchical Task Analysis (Annett & Duncan, 1967) and Work Domain Analysis (Salmon, Jenkins, Stanton, & Walker, 2010) are among the methods that can be used to analyse the goal-directed tasks, and map the work environmental constraints and opportunities for behavior. In addition, there is a strong tradition in HCI for studying work with ethnographic methods (Button & Sharrock, 2009) and from socio-technical perspectives (e.g., Nocera, Dunckley, & Sharp, 2007). These approaches focus on work as end-user actions performed together with other people in a field setting, that is, the user's experience of using systems are social and organizational experiences. User experience, usability and interaction design are influenced by these approaches and techniques for analyzing and interpreting the human work, which eventually manifests in the design of technological products, systems and applications.
The working conference will present current research of human work interaction design and industrial experiences in a wide spectrum of domains such as medical, safety critical systems, e-government, enterprise IT solutions, learning systems, information systems for rural populations, etc. The relevant domains not mentioned here could also be considered.
The purpose of the working conference is to enable practitioners and researchers to analyze the relation between empirical work analysis and HCI/user experience. After the conference, a limited number of selected papers will be published in an IFIP Springer book. We expect the participants will be people from industry and academia with an interest on empirical work analysis, HCI, interaction design and usability and user experience in work situations and at the workplace. The working conference will be conducted in a good social atmosphere that invites to openness and provides time to reflection and discussion about each of the accepted papers and cases.
We are interested in submissions that discuss the before mentioned aspects of work analysis and how the results of these manifests in the design of technological products, systems and applications. Also, today generic designs are applied to use-situations with very different purposes, as using the same social software or game for work and leisure situations. Thus, design shifts from design of a technology to design of various use-situations encompassing the same technological design, and we find that there is a need to discuss the relations between work analysis and design in both situations.
The topics include, but are not limited to:
- Techniques and methods for mapping the relations between work analysis and interaction design - Translating (Cognitive) Work Analysis to Interaction Design - How work analysis can feed HCI testing and evaluation - Work analysis and HCI in medical and safety critical ICT - Work analysis and HCI in business contexts - Work analysis and HCI in enterprise-level systems - Work analysis and HCI in e-government services - Work analysis and HCI in Mobile Devices - User experience in work situations and at the workplace - Design cases bridging the gap between work analysis and interaction design - Socio-technical theory and HCI combined - Work analysis and HCI in cultural contexts - The concept of Work Analysis (Enid Mumford, Tavistock, "work style", HCI work analysis, cognitive work analysis, more) - Theory for relating interaction design and work analysis - Synergies between work analysis and model-driven interface development - Evolution of interface models in accordance to evolving human activity systems - Impact of emerging interaction technologies in human work practice
Submission guidelines:
We invite two types of papers:
- Full research papers (10 pages) - Industry - case studies & work in progress (4 pages)
For submissions to the working conference, the authors must use the LNCS templates and style files available from http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376- 0#anchor10. Download paper template with format specifications: typeinst.doc. All papers should be in the working conference publication format and sent as both pdf and MS Word files to tc.itm@cbs.dk<mailto:tc.itm@cbs.dk> and dinesh@cdac.in<mailto:dinesh@cdac.in> by August 1st 2012. An IFIP Springer copyright form must be filled in for each paper. They can be downloaded from http://www.springer.com/series/6102.
Acceptance notification for conference papers:
Notification of acceptance will be provided by 1st October 2012. All accepted papers will be published in the working conference proceedings in the form of an electronic copy with ISBN and made available to the participants.
Selection of Papers for IFIP Springer Book:
During the review process, the reviewers are asked to evaluate (also among papers from industry and students) whether the paper is suitable for an IFIP Springer book. We aim at most accepted full research papers to be included here, but also the possibility to have a very interesting perspective from industry or similar represented. This IFIP Springer book will be available after the conference. In addition, four to five papers will be selected for further development for a special issue in the International Journal of Socio-technology and Knowledge Development.
About the conference:
The Human Work interaction Design (HWID) working conference is organized by IFIP TC 13.6 working group, see http://hwid.cbs.dk/. The 1st HWID conference was organized at Madeira, Portugal in 2006 (Clemmensen, Campos, Orngreen, Pejtersen, & Wong, 2006). The 2nd HWID conference took place at Pune, India in 2009 (Katre, Orngreen, Yammiyavar, & Clemmensen, 2010). In continuation with this series of the IFIP WG 13.6 on Human Work Interaction Design, the 3rd HWID conference will be held at Copenhagen, Denmark on 5-6 December 2012.

Aalto Studying and Improving Design Practice Symposium 2012

Aalto University Toeoeloe campus, Helsinki, Finland
6 September 2012
Join our symposium on the future of product design in Aalto University. This event is aimed for both researchers and practitioners of design. We present the selected local and global research in the area. We present two international keynotes on the empirical studies of design practice at global companies by Stanford University (U.S.) and KTH (Sweden) researchers. Two Aalto research projects, LUTUS and VISCI share their results from collaboration with leading Finnish design companies.
Call for participation:
Researchers: if you would like to present your own results from industry collaboration in this event, please submit a 100 word abstract for Lassi Liikkanen via email (contact below) by first of August (1.8.2012).
In this event you will learn and discuss the latest and upcoming research in product design. Get inspiration for your own research or ideas for developing your product design organization.
Learn how design practice can be studied and improved successfully. Meet researchers and progressive company R&D people
Our guest speakers are:
PhD Ingrid Kihlander, Concept Leader at Volvo, recent graduate from KTH, Stockholm
Ingrid studied decision making processes at Volvo in close relationship for several years. She  will share her experiences of improving design practice through research.
Joachim Lyon,  PhD student at Stanford University, working with Prof. Pamela Hinds at Center for Work, Technology & Organization.
Joachim has been observing design practices at global design companies for several years and will discuss emerging findings from a study of design practice across continents and between functional departments within organizations.
At Aalto Toeoeloe campus, downtown Helsinki, Finland.  Aalto School of Economics, Arcadia building (Adress: Lapuankatu 6) Map Room OP-Pohjola (E-107)
RSVP & updates:
Register (for free) to reserve your seat and meal in this exciting event in September in Internet:
International Journal for Researcher Development
Call for Papers
International Journal for Researcher Development is the first international journal devoted exclusively to the scholarship of researcher development. The interpretation of "researcher" is wide and includes research students and other early career researchers, established researchers, those for whom research is a component of their work, experienced and distinguished researchers, and those who aspire to be researchers.
Coverage Includes
- original empirical research - research practice - scholarship of research - social and cultural aspects of research - conceptual analyses - policy analyses - theoretical perspectives within the context of researcher development
Submissions via ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access available at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijrd
Any questions can be sent to the Editor: Professor Linda Evans, University of Leeds, UK.  E-mail: L.Evans@education.leeds.ac.uk
Journal homepage: www.emeraldinsight.com/ijrd.htm.  For more information on Emeralds Education Journals and Books, go to: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/ss/education.htm
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10th Conference of the European Academy of Design
17-19 April 2013

Crafting the Future, Gothenburg
Important dates: Submission of full paper: September 15, 2012 *Notification of acceptance or revision: November 1, 2012 Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2012 Conference date: April 17-19, 2013
TOPIC - The theme of the conference is designer's practice knowledge. How can the specific knowledge of designers be brought forward, articulated, made visible and be understood and used in contexts like innovation, business developmente and social change?
We are coordinating a track within the above mentioned EAD conference and are inviting submissions on the topic:
MAKING TOGETHER - Open, Connected, Collaborative The track will reflect on changes in creativity and production, traditionally seen as the province of professional design but now driving new ways to work, socialise, be creative and live across society. This is informing the emergence of novel design scenarios to create products and services (e.g. personal manufacturing, peer production, fablabs, crowd sourcing, collaborative business models) on many levels: people, companies, organisations, institutions, communities.
Design is challenged with new business models, long tail markets, new networked organisations, diffused distribution, non-technological innovation, that are underpinned by new ways to manufacture and design products and services. Creative practitioners are increasingly working both through direct creative input and through facilitating new processes. Design and creativity can in fact rethink and give meaning to tools and technologies that help people connect, understand, share and create. Design is also taking the position of facilitator and enabler where in the past it was a technological gatekeeper.
Although pervasive, this topic is still emerging and being explored, both from an academic perspective (underlining the theoretical bodies that can help such approach emerge), and from the perspective of practitioners (detailing the development of systemic and collaborative projects). Examples can be found in Service Design, Transformation Design, Open Design. Moreover these phenomena are underlining a revolution in work and human relationships, mirroring a move to more distributed, collaborative processes.
Can collaborative practices trigger new business models and new innovation in products and services? How can collaborative making enabled by social technologies be explored/practiced/developed from a design perspective? What are the implications/benefits/impact of collaborative making for design? How may the boundaries and role of design be re-defined? Can designers design collaborative networks?
DesignEd Asia Conference 2012
4-5 December 2012
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Jointly organised by School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Design Institute (member of VTC Group) and Hong Kong Design Centre, the DesignEd Asia Conference aims to provide a practical platform for international design educators and professionals to share views, knowledge and experiences on Design Education. The Conference has come to its eighth year in 2012. It draws hundreds of international design educators, design researchers, practicing designers, design students, and design-related executives every year.
There will be a two-day programme featuring presentations, panel discussion, workshops and paper presentations on major topics of Design Education. The presentations and research papers will bring you inspirations in design education, and allow you to better prepare for the new challenges that lie ahead for design educators.
The DesignEd Asia Conference is one of the key events under the week-long program of Business of Design Week (BODW). Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre, and supported by HK Trade Development Council, and Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, BODW is an inspiring must-attend ideas exchange platform for Asia's most innovative thinkers and business leaders.

School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong Design Institute, Member of VTC group Co-organiser:
Hong Kong Design Centre

Liveable Cities research team
Our ambition is to create an holistic, integrated, truly multi-disciplinary city analysis methodology, which uniquely integrates wellbeing indicators, is founded on an evidence base of trials of radical interventions in cities, and delivers the realistic and radical engineering solutions necessary to achieve our vision.
Our vision is to transform the engineering of cities to deliver global and societal wellbeing within the context of low carbon living and resource security through developing realistic and radical engineering that demonstrates the concept of an alternative future.
Our research objectives are: to understand how cities operate and perform in terms of their people, environment and governance, taking account of wellbeing indicators, followed by synthesis into a city analysis methodology; to establish how city performance relates to the vision of low-carbon living, working, conserving and consuming; and to develop realistic and radical engineering solutions as robust city design solutions that are generally applicable.
International Glass Symposium::
24 August 2012
'Architecture and the Artistry of Glass'
Venue: School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton
As part of the 2012 International Festival of Glass this one-day symposium entitled 'Architecture and the Artistry of Glass' explores the relationship between glass and architectural forms whether in terms of building materials or the artist wedded to architecture.
The symposium brings together artists and designers whose international profiles are distinguished: John Lewis, the Californian sculptor and architectural artist; Danny Lane whose furniture and sculpture ranges from the domestic to the monumental; Brent Richards, award winning architect in the field of glass technology; Tomasz Urbanowicz, the Polish architect and Architectural Glass artist creating large-scaled kiln-formed glass compositions; and Keith Cummings who has pioneered kiln forming over the past 45 years and has been active as a teacher and practitioner. Their work sits within the architectural environment as structure, membrane or object. These artist's notions of transparency and solidity exert a particularly seductive and tenacious hold on the imagination, and the relationship that is produced between glass and architecture is at its most sophisticated when their technical limitations are transcended.
Writing in 1931, Walter Gropius presciently observed: 'Glass is the purest form of building material made from earthly matter. It can mark the limits to spaces, it can protect us against the weather, but at the same time opens up spaces, it is light and incorporeal. Although glass as such has been known to us for many years, it is the technical age we now live in with all its modern manufacturing processes that has rendered this substance one of the most valuable materials of our day and of the future. Glass architecture, until recently deemed purely utopian, is now a reality.'
By their expression the invited speakers have produced work that have changed the way we view the world. The artists here know that these intangible things are at the heart of what they produce. The mastery of their medium combined with the intangible are what astounds us in their work. This symposium explores their thinking and delves into their methodology.
Contact: Dr Max Stewart on: Max.Stewart@wlv.ac.uk
An Ecology of Ideas

9 to 13 July 2012


The American Society for Cybernetics, working with the Bateson Idea Group, is pleased to announce our joint conference to be held in Asilomar, California, The title of the conference is "An Ecology of Ideas". Please visit the web site at www.asc-cybernetics.org/2012
for further information. A major (but not exclusive) intention is to move forward from Bateson's work, which will provide a major focus.
Our conference directly precedes the ISSS conference (round the corner in San Jose, California) on the theme "Service Systems, Natural Systems" which you can check out at
The current issue of Design and Culture has been released and available online.
Design and Culture The Journal of the Design Studies Forum Volume 04, Issue 01 | March 2012
Dark Arts: Designed Communications and a New Rhetoric of Authenticity| DANIELLE INGA [ABSTRACT] http://www.designstudiesforum.org/journal-articles/%E2%80%9Cdark- arts-designed-communications-and-a-new-rhetoric-of-authenticity/
Worldmaking: Working through Theory/Practice in Design | SHANA AGID [FULL TEXT] http://www.designstudiesforum.org/journal-articles/worldmaking- working-through-theorypractice-in-design/ [pdf] http://www.designstudiesforum.org/dsf/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ agid_worldmaking_berg.pdf
 Simmel's Handle: A Historical and Theoretical Design Study  | SIEGFRIED GRONERT [ABSTRACT] http://www.designstudiesforum.org/journal-articles/simmels-handle -a-historical-and-theoretical-design-study/
Keen House: Scale and the Architectures of Enthusiasts | STEPHEN KNOTT
"I Have Seen the Future": Norman Bel Geddes' "Futurama" as Immersive Design | NICOLAS P. MAFFEI
Socialism, Urbanization, and Nobel Burek in Ljublijana | FRANC TR EK
The Evolving Terrain of the Book: Ariel Malka's Javascriptorium | LESLIE ATZMON
Design Museum Holon, Israel  |  BOBBYE TIGERMAN
Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s  | CATHERINE L. FUTTER
The Global Africa Project  |  BARBARA A. BEALL-FOFANA


·         Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture | PEARL JAMES

·         Japanese Fashion: A Cultural History | TOBY SLADE

·         Design as Politics | TONY FRY

·         Interior Design: A Critical Introduction | CLIVE EDWARDS

·         Textile Futures: Fashion, Design, and Technology | BRADLEY QUINN

·         Lycra: How a Fiber Shaped America | KAORI O'CONNOR

·         Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story | PAUL SHAW


International Journal of Design Vol. 6(1) April 2012 | Table of Contents  Original Articles
Beyond Surprise: A Longitudinal Study on the Experience of Visual-Tactual Incongruities in Products Geke D.S. Ludden, Hendrik NJ Schifferstein, Paul Hekkert
The Influence of Visual and Tactile Inputs on Denim Jeans Evaluation Osmud Rahman
I Knew I Shouldn't, Yet I Did It Again! Emotion-driven Design as a Means to Motivate Subjective Well-being Deger Ozkaramanli, Pieter M. A. Desmet
Design Case Studies
Designing for Unexpected Encounters with Digital Products: Case Studies of Serendipity as Felt Experience Rung-Huei Liang
Challenges of Doing Empathic Design: Experiences from Industry Carolien Postma, Elly Zwartkruis-Pelgrim, Elke Daemen, Jia Du
The Quality of Design Participation: Intersubjectivity in Design Practice Denny K L Ho, Yanki C Lee
Supporting Creativity Within Web-based Self-services Elizabeth Mara Gerber, Caitlin Kennedy Martin
Announcing the second of two issues on the theme of 'Beyond Progressive Design'
Anne-Marie Willis with Sean Donahue, Rama Gheerawo, Editorial: Beyond Progressive Design 2


·         Oliver Vodeb, 'Beyond the image and towards communication: an extra-disciplinary critique of the visual communication profession'

·         Jan-Henning Raff & Gavin Melles, 'Design without designers: thinking everyday design practice'

·         Eva Koppen & Christoph Meinel, 'Knowing people: the empathetic designer'

·         Pirkko Raudaskoski, 'Beyond words: design for people with severe brain

·         Yoko Akama, 'A way of being in design: Zen & the art of being a human-centred practitioner'

·         Petra Perolini with Tony Fry, 'Home eco-nomy: dwelling, destruction & design'




Craft Research vol. 3 - Now available from Intellect
Craft Research
The search for craft's identity: Examining the continuing effect of technology on the craft industry
About the journal
Craft Research aims to advocate and promote current and emerging craft research, and to portray and build the crafts as a vital and viable modern discipline that has a vision for the future. It is this future vision that is of special concern in this issue with the focus on the effect of technology on the craft industry and the opportunities technological developments present. The contributions demonstrate the continued desire for defining the identity ofcraft while at the same time highlighting how craft is evolving by opening up and contributing to cross-disciplinary working.
Alla Myzelev's account of the Ukrainian peasant craft revival on the verge of World War I explores the nature of craft in ahistorical context, investigating how craft revival and avant-garde innovations merged to create objects that combined traditional peasant skills with innovative Suprematist compositions. Sarah Kettley's article explores the seven 'foundations of craft' that emerge through a discussion on a programme of research in which contemporary craft was reflexively employed as a methodology for designing digital jewellery. Through this she demonstrates that the question of the identity of craft is not merely a historical question but is as relevant today, with crafts people themselves reflecting on the nature of their practice and how established ways of working can incorporate new technologies to express the true spirit of craft. Victoria Mitchell's review of Sir Christopher Frayling's book On Craftsmanship revisits historical perspectives on ideas of craft and craftsmanship and in many ways provides a link between Myzelev's historical account and Kettley's investigation.
The influence of digital technologies upon craft is a strong theme throughout the issue. Both Brent Richards in his 'Craft and Industry' report and Jane Harris' paper on the development of digital craft paint a positive picture of the influence technology can have, leading to abroader definition of 'craft', and the influence craft skill can have on wider realms of practice and industry. Rachel Philpott further demonstrates the new opportunities presented by digital technologies for textile makers to extend the sphere of craft by exploiting the potential of CAD/CAM to create complex and innovative outcomes. Her discussion is mirrored in the two makers' reviews - Michael Eden (ceramicist) and Rebecca Riisberg (textile designer; reviewed by Anne-Louise Bang). Emma Shercliffe's review of the Textile Research in Practice (TRIP) conference and Pat Dillon's review of the 'Lost in Lace' exhibition demonstrate how traditional domains are being re-interpreted. This volume also includes an article by Otto von Busch on the craft do guitar-making and a review by Paul Harper of the second Making Futures conference which both take a broader approach to the understanding of craft.
About Intellect
Intellect publishes a diverse portfolio of academic books and journals in creative practice and popular culture. Their publications are in the fields of art and design, film studies, theatre and music, and media and culture.
Title Info
Full Title: Craft Research, volume 3, issue 1
Principal Editor: Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK; Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University, UK
ISSN: 20404689 | Online ISSN: 20404697 | Published by: Intellect | Publication: May 2012 (Volume 3, issue 1)
For more information, or a review copy, please contact Nicola Reisner: Nicola@intelle Intellect, The Mill, Parnall Rd, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3JG, UK bethan@intellectbooks.com
 The International Committee on Design History and Design Studies is pleased to present its new website for the International Conferences on Design History and Studies (ICDHS). It is available at the address: www.ub.edu/gracmon/icdhs.
The website keeps record of past Conferences, with information on themes, papers, venues, reviews, and more, along with the links to coming or ongoing Conferences. It is hosted by the University of Barcelona's Design Research Unit Gracmon, a partner of ICDHS.
NORDES  Summer School Oslo 2012
27-29 August 2012:
Title: Design on the Move
Venue: Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) Submission: 1-2 page position paper about your project and the relevance of summer school theme. Deadline for submission:  August 1th 2012. Submissions may be sent to dagny.stuedahl@intermedia.uio.no
Design researchers increasingly do approach complex environments to find new possibilities and solutions. This challenges the research methods as well as the design methods we use. This year we have put together a programme for NORDES Summer School 2012 that will focus on how the research methodologies in several design based research approaches do relate to the complex issues of mobility and urban contexts.
The theme Design on the Move are to do with the shaping of interdisciplinary inquiry and methods following the medley of theory and practice related to the use of designed artifacts or solutions in mobile situations. This year's summer school will be dedicated to practical workshops as well as formal research presentations and talk focusing on of how methods develop, in accordance to theories and current approaches to designing for mobility and place-making.
Mobile life, mobility and urban place making entail new forms of citizen participation as well as community building that concern a wide spectre of design related disciplines, such as urban planning, cultural heritage, sustainability and green design movements. Mobility is currently conceptualized as going beyond the mundane movement-spaces  function that move 'subjects' and 'objects' about (Thrift 2004) into forms of mobility that transgress types of places and spaces. This summer school has put focus on how we can explore, observe and conceptualize these place-making processes methodologically.
The summer school is based on two formal research seminars where invited keynotes present diverging approaches to design methods into mobility, and where PhD students present mobility issues from their own research project, in addition to an experimental workshop day focused on practical activities with a variety of research methods related to mobility. The aim is to motivate participants to shift their current activities towards sharper and faster production of written texts and hopefully papers for the next NORDES Conference (2013).
Participation in NORDES summer school is free, but participants have to cover travelling and stay by themselves. We will suggest reasonable bookings.
For further information and preliminary program, please visit: http://www.nordes.org/index.php?Summer+Schools
National Design Innovation Conference "Abhikalpana ", at IDC, IIT Bombay
26-28 June 2012


We would like to invite you to the National Design Innovation Conference "Abhikalpana", proposed by Shri. Sam Pitroda (Chairman, National Knowledge Commission, Government of India). The conference was mooted during the meetings at Yojana Bhawan, Delhi for the proposals for setting up of design innovation schools and the initiative to include design innovation as an important component for the 12th five year plan for our country. The conference will serve as a platform to draw attention to untapped potential and discuss processes for need based innovation through presentations and projects done in various fields.  The seminar will also draw attention to different approaches to the 'innovation process' which starts with user study, finding problems, ideating, realizing concepts into workable solutions and implementation. The conference will look at innovation as a process arising from a gamut of disciplines with design as a key drive.  It will address the need to focus on innovation as an essential factor for progress of the country. This year we will focus on:
- Human Centered  Innovation - Innovation for emerging economies - Innovation in design education
The conference will showcase case studies by eminent experts from government, industry and academia.  The conference will be rotated every year among the institutes offering design courses.
This year the conference will be hosted by IDC, IIT Bombay on 26th and 27th June 2012 at Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC), Opp. IDC, IIT Bombay along with the Design Degree Show 2012 showcasing the project of the passing out students.
Endnote Interest Group
To share knowledge & expertise of EndNote, EndNote Web & Reference Manager among UK FE, HE & Research Council site licences. Also for Adept Scientific & Thomson Reuters to announce new releases, patches, user group events and beta testing of new versions.
European Rtd Insight
European RTD Insight is a monthly publication on developments in EU research and policy.
Insight is funded by the British Council and is available without charge.
 Digital Creativity
The latest issue of Digital Creativity is now available online. This new issue contains the following articles:
Original Articles

·         Retrieval of motion composition in film Matthias Zeppelzauer, Maia Zaharieva, Dalibor Mitrovi  & Christian Breiteneder

·         Kissing and making up: time, space and locative media Chris Speed

·         Full-body movement as material for interaction design Lise Amy Hansen

·         Adventures in remediation: the making of Echo Coral Houtman

·         Appropriating an architectural design tool for musical ends Michael Fowler

·         Art Space: editorial Sue Gollifer

·         Miscellany

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MAKING - an International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge
24-27 September 2012

We kindly invite you to participate in MAKING - an International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway.
The MAKING conference aims to provide an arena for discussions on field-specific, inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge production within Making Disciplines/Making Professions/Making Education. The conference is organized by the Nordic research network, Nordfo <http://www.nordfo.org>.
Confirmed keynote speakers at the conference are:
Professor Michael Biggs, University of Hertfordshire, UK, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo and University of Lund, Sweden
Professor Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Helsinki University, Finland
Professor Fredrik Nilsson, Chalmers University, Sweden
Dr. Kristina Niedderer, Reader, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
You will find an updated program of the conference days here: http://making.nordfo.org/program-posts/program
Read more at http://making.nordfo.org
Do you have any questions; do not hesitate to ask either marte.gulliksen@hit.no or kirstine.riis@hit.no
AIGA Design Educators Conference, Honolulu Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain

The East-West Center and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Honolulu, Hawai'i; USA
13-15 December 2012

Many design educators in different parts of the world today are working in what may be called a transnational context. The boundaries that define the field of higher education have become increasingly fluid, and professors, students, programs, and curricula are moving back and forth between distant regions of the world as never before. The design projects, research, and institutions that result retain a unique cultural complexity because they promote meanings and values that often transcend the cultures and boundaries of the nations within which they originate.
The conference Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain will provide international design educators the opportunity to share examples of design projects and programs that have been implemented within a transnational context, while allowing others to present theoretical or reflective positions about what it means to design within a transnational context today. The conference will also be open to presentations from practitioners who design within transnational contexts and who view design as a strategic framework for intercultural collaboration and intersection. The conference will use the term "transnational" to describe the ways in which designs moves through a wide range of contemporary and historical geographic contexts, including the movement of design between multiple nations and other geopolitical entities; the movement of design between peoples who define themselves as belonging to different geopolitical entities, regardless of their location or national affiliation; and the movement of design against the constraints of any particular national, international, or global geographic construct.
By examining the movement of design projects, ideas, and institutions throughout a wide variety of global contexts, we hope to stimulate discussion about design education and how it engages some of the following questions: How do graphic design practices and products take shape within a given transnational context, and consequently give shape to it? How is this context revealed in the design products we make as well as the ideas and values that fortify such products? How do graphic designers explore, support, and reinforce notions of multi-national cultural identity that move beyond nationality and universality within their contemporary practice? How are design educators working to establish new connections or to facilitate existing connections between different global regions and peoples? How can design educators formulate research objectives that better respond to their own transnational contexts--ones that respond to the specificity of cultures and yet reach beyond the commodification of cultural difference?
Conference Audience
The conference Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain will bring together nationally and internationally renowned design educators and practitioners as a community of individuals with global interests. The conference will offer experienced educators the opportunity to share examples of transnational projects and ideas that have worked well for them, and will allow interested educators to learn about transnational design education from the ground up. While the conference will focus on the ways in which the transnational experience has informed education and practice within the graphic design discipline, we will also welcome compelling proposals that address aspects of transnational design more generally (historically and/or theoretically).
Conference Format and Structure
The conference will take place over three days (Thursday through Saturday) and will consist of three thematic strands. These strands will allow conference participants to address the ways in which design projects, design ideas, and design institutions move within transnational contexts. Two renowned design thinkers will launch each conference strand by presenting their ideas about the ways in which transnational design operates today. These opening sessions will then be followed by consecutive paper sessions, which will continue throughout the second and third days of the conference.
P&D Design 2012 Congress, Brazil
10-13 October 2012


On behalf of the Federal University of Maranhao (UFMA) - Department of Design and Technology (DEDET), in association with the Brazilian Association to Teaching and Research in Design (AEnD-BR), we would like to cordially invite you to participate in the P&D Design 2012, 10th. Conference on Design Research and Development which will be held from October 10th to 13th, 2012 in Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil.
The Conference's central theme is Research and Development in Design. For seeking to discuss design research and education, it offers a crucial space to reveal and debate relevant questions resulting from research either applied or scientific which leads to the advancement of knowledge in design. The range of topics listed on P&D includes all sorts of design subjects including technology, usability, education, methodology, theory, critique and history.
The main objectives of the P&D Design 2012 Congress are:
To gather professionals from different technological areas that involve design activities concerning research and methodologies;
To present and go into details of methodologies, methods and techniques that emphasize the design process and discuss diffusion and implementation strategies.
The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 11th, followed by a week of International and national plenary speeches, workshop sessions, oral technical sessions, and posters session in design research.
We are both greatly honored and proud to host the P&D Design Conference in Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil in the 2012 year. Sao Luis, the capital of Maranhao, is located in a transition area between northeast and northern regions of Brazil. Sao Luis is a marvelous city with many attractive sightseeing places, such as beautiful beaches and an ensemble of over 3,500 colonial buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries with uncountable architectural elements and details. We have exerted all our efforts to make this gathering a very rewarding and fruitful one socio-culturally as well as professionally and we sincerely hope that you will join us in making it success.
NordDesign 2012
Aalborg, Denmark

22-24 August 2012

Center for Industrial Production, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Department of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University, invites you to participate in the NordDesign 2012 conference to be held August 22nd - 24th 2012 in Aalborg, Denmark.
The conference topic is design in a wide context: Integrated Product Development, Engineering Design, Industrial Design and Conceptualisation.
An International Conference
This ninth biannual conference serves as a Nordic complement to the large European and American conferences within the field of Engineering Design and Product Development, but participants from other countries are also cordially welcomed.
The conference is organised in cooperation with the Design Society and complies to the Design Society's rules and quality standards with respect to review process, publication etc.
A Nordic Approach
Our Nordic approach to product development in industry, research and education is based on cooperation between industry and academia. The cooperation is close and informal.
Industrial companies allow researchers and students access to carry out empirical studies in practice, and companies offer student projects based on actual and important product development tasks. Students are expected to work responsibly and to synthesise results on operational as well as strategic levels. Nordic design education is based on contemporary research results.
 EKSIG 2011 - SkinDeep - Proceedings
The conference proceedings of EKSIG 2011 - SkinDeep are now available online from the conference site at http://www.experientialknowledge.org
You can access them either from the 'resources' menu item or from the home page of the EKSIG 2011 conference from where you can download them.

Information to the editor, Professor David Durling. <david.durling@me.com>