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Adorno – International Design Platform

Adorno

 

Launched last year  during the event Casa Jockey 2016, Adorno is now officially open!

Great project by brazilian curators-designers  Waldick Jatobá and Bruno Simões. Find them at São Paulo Curators.

Discover the best new creations from design communities around the world through our curated collections and exhibitions.”

Meet Adorno!

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Predatory scholarly open-access publishers

From PHD Designer Ken Friedman:

“It was with shock and sadness that I learned today that Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers is no longer.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/18/librarians-list-predatory-journals-reportedly-removed-due-threats-and-politics

This is unfortunate for the field — Jeffrey Beall performed a great and valuable service. Given the problems in so many fields with the avalanche of crank journals and predatory publishers, I understand his decision, but I lament it.

For every research field — including our own — it is time to discuss the ways that people can determine on their own whether a journal is predatory or a conference is bogus. Open access publishing by serious publishers under the same conditions as paywall publishing offers a useful approach for some journals, but the flood of problem journals and predatory publishers is causing untold damage and destruction.

Many of us have used Beall’s list every day. We sent students and colleagues to the list for up-to-date advice. This leaves a massive gap in the field, and Beall’s work will be irreplaceable. I cannot imagine anyone with the capacity to replace Beall’s list — and I cannot imagine, given the repeated attacks on his good name and his character, that anyone will dare to step up.

Since reading this news, I have been sitting here, stunned. I feel the way I felt when the Taliban blew up the great Buddhist monuments.

A global mob of barbarians and pirates found a way to use the university system to open a cash flow spigot, turning earnest young researchers into suckers, and flooding the world with garbage publications. Beall created a solution, at least for those who did not wish to benefit from the corrupt predatory system. Over the past three or four years, the number of enterprises in this corrupt business has quadrupled. To me, this was a monumental effort. In the history of mankind, it may not be remembered in the same way that we remember destroyed monuments and looted archeological treasures. But for those concerned with the integrity of research publishing, Beall’s List was a high point at a low moment in history.”
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Call for Applications: Post-Doc / Visiting Researcher at Dartmouth

 
Call for Applications:
Dartmouth College, Post-Doctorate or Visiting Researcher,
focusing on sustainable design.
Build your career to build a better world.
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Recent PhDs, star Masters, and professionals wishing to build your expertise and delve into research in sustainable design engineering are invited to apply to for a post-doctorate (or visiting researcher position, for those without PhDs) in Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.
Two funded positions are available, paying a moderate stipend.  The research projects will be:
– Improving sustainable product design methods by researching what designers and engineers value in them, and how they can act as innovation tools.  Including integrating life-cycle assessment into product design process.  (Strong design / needfinding skills, or LCA skills, wanted)
– Inventing new materials and/or technologies for sustainable 3D printing of compostable biomaterials that enable low-energy printing processes.  Special emphasis on achieving low cost and high mechanical strength while maintaining compostability.  (Hands-on experience 3D printing alternative materials wanted; ideally also material science or chemistry background.)
To apply, submit a résumé and letter of interest to Jeremy.Faludi@dartmouth.edu, the professor who will hire and advise the researcher.  Describe your particular interest and/or expertise in your letter.  Non-traditional students encouraged.
Deadline for applications is April 5.
Start date is September (negotiable).
Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering offers unique advantages for research:  Its systems-oriented department and resources for entrepreneurs encourage not just technical expertise, but industry leadership.  There are no discipline divisions, making exposure to different skills and ideas inevitable.  Its small size (~300 students) provides you greater access to faculty and individualized attention.  Its ivy-league resources, faculty, and networks help maximize the realization of your potential.

The Bamboozler: Designing for Children During the atomic age

A great design article and resource for designers interested in child design from Kinder Journal by Design Curator Adriana Kertzer

The Bamboozler

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CoDesign Special Issue: Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

Co-Design Journal
Please see below for your consideration a call for papers for a special issue of the CoDesign journal:

CoDesign Special Issue: Understanding, Capturing and Assessing Value in Collaborative Design Research

Guest Editors:
Simon Bowen, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Roger Whitham, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom
Simon Moreton, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Abigail Durrant, University of Northumbria, United Kingdom

In this special issue, we seek to discuss how the value of design research programmes can be understood, communicated, and inform work as it progresses. Funders typically evaluate research according to impact that can be readily described in economic or societal terms. Whilst this indeed demonstrates value, it does not completely capture forms of value that collaborative design research produces, because often they are less amenable to measurement or do not produce quantifiable results within or soon after the funded period.

Design research is apt to be collaborative, involving diverse stakeholder groups and forms of knowledge, leading to outcomes that range in nature from discrete products and services, to new experiences, processes and infrastructures. This diversity and connectedness is a core strength of the discipline, but also a challenge in articulating its value to assessors, and indeed to the discipline of design research itself. There is an acute need to consider how collaborative design research understands and captures the value it offers to the world, addressing the demand for articulating quantifiable value without losing the distinctive theoretical and practical resources design research has to offer society.

We invite authors to consider, illustrate and reflect upon the practical and conceptual challenges and opportunities of understanding design research value. We invite authors to respond to the following issues and questions:

Conceptions of value in collaborative design research:
What forms of value are most relevant to design research?
How can value that is distributed socially, organisationally and temporally be understood?
How can understandings of value respond to co-produced and emergent forms of knowledge?

Practical problems of identifying and capturing the value of collaborative design research:
How has the effect and value of design and design research been successfully (or unsuccessfully) captured in existing work?
How might emergent, diffuse, infrastructural and dynamic forms of value be meaningfully captured?
What are the ethical implications of identifying and capturing the effect of design research?

Assessing value in collaborative design research:
Given constraints on the time and expertise of assessors, what forms of evidence could equip evaluators with the tools needed to understand value?
How have assessment methodologies been meaningfully employed, and what new research has this enabled?
How can assessment account for new and disruptive forms of knowledge and value?

Timeline:
March 2017: launch of the call
30th June 2017: Submissions deadline for intentions to contribute
31st August 2017: Notification of relevance sent to authors
30th of November  2017: submission of full papers
5th  March  2018: post-review notification of accept / reject / revisions to authors
1st June  2018: Deadline for submission of revised papers
1st August  2018: Final selected papers to production
February  2019: Publication of the Special Issue

For further details and instructions for authors, please see:
http://explore.tandfonline.com/pages/cfp/co-design-special-issue

Research partner required – urban agriculture project

Please respond directly to: silvio.caputo@PORT.AC.UK

Dear all,
I am part of a consortium that is planning to submit a research proposal on urban agriculture. under SUGI - Urban Europe call (http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/calls/sugi/).
The call asks for consortia to include extra-European partners (only USA, Quatar, Argentina, 
Brazil-state of Sao Paolo, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Turkey). 
We had an American partner who just withdrew and we are urgently looking for a replacement. 
The (first stage) proposal must be submitted on March 15th.

Can anyone help?

Best regards
Silvio

3D printing prosthesis and the brazilian market

3D Printing

Great article about brazilian developments in the field of #3D Prosthetics hands in Brazil. Like other Bric countries, high technology prosthesis are not affordable by a large number of population and are not designed to their “reality”. Therefore, there is a great need of low cost prosthetics and a huge market demanding this sort of solutions.

Read the article at “Women in 3D Printing” – Specialist Maria Elizete Kunkel”

“Thank you for reading and for sharing! You can contact Maria by email at mao3d.unifesp@gmail.com and follow Mao3D’s actions on their Facebook page.

We invite you to join Women in 3D Printing on LinkedIn and Facebook for further discussion.”