Design Research News – May 2015


Design + Research + Society | Future-focused Thinking

Preliminary Call for Participation at the 50th anniversary

27-30 June 2016
Brighton, UK

Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm
basis for our understanding of design. For DRS2016 we invite
you to join us in considering how design research can help us
address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie
ahead. We ask:

How can design research help frame and address the societal
problems that face us? How can design research be a creative
and active force for rethinking ideas about Design? How can
design research shape our lives in more responsible and open

Join us in Brighton, on the UK’s south coast, from 27th to
30th June 2016 to engage meaningfully and productively in
moving design research forwards, into the next 50 years.

Whatever your field of design research we encourage you to
participate, to show the true diversity of our subject area,
and to help us build a conference formed and shaped by the
people that come.  We will be developing new formats for
participation and interaction whilst rigorous peer review and
high quality paper presentation remain central to the
conference experience.

DRS2016 is hosted by the University of Brighton in the UK, in
association with the Royal College of Art and Imperial
College, London (where the very first meeting of the Design
Research Society was held in 1966). The conference week will
give you the chance to experience the energy and creativity of
the dynamic city of Brighton.

Further details about conference themes and submission will
follow shortly.

Preliminary deadlines:
Full papers: Sunday 8th November, 2015 Proposals for
workshops, conversations and student conference: February 2016

DRS2016 organisation

General Chair:
Peter Lloyd, Professor of Design, University of Brighton, UK

Tracy Bhamra, Professor of Sustainable Design, Loughborough
University, UK
Jonathan Chapman, Professor of Sustainable Design, University
of Brighton, UK
Stephen Boyd-Davies, Professor of Design Research, Royal
College of Art, UK
Peter Childs, Professor of Engineering Design, Imperial
College, UK

Review Chairs:
Lin Lin Chen, Professor of Industrial and Commercial Design,
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Paul Hekkert, Professor of Form Theory, TU Delft, The
Tracy Bhamra, Professor of Sustainable Design, Loughborough
University, UK
Nathan Crilly, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design,
Cambridge University, UK

Submissions and Proceedings Chair:
Erik Bohemia, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design,
Loughborough University, UK

Debates Chair:
Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies, Carnegie
Mellon University, US

Conversations Chair:
Stella Boess, Assistant Professor in Design for Interaction,
TU Delft, The Netherlands

Workshops Chair:
Carlos Peralta, Senior Lecturer in Experience Centred Design,
University of Brighton, UK

Conference Experience Chair:
Dan Lockton, Research Tutor in Innovation Design Engineering,
Royal College of Art, UK

Student Conference Chairs:
Alison Thomson, PhD student and organiser of phd by design,
Goldsmiths University, UK
Maria Portugal, PhD student and organiser of phd by design,
Goldsmiths University, UK
Bianca Eizenbaumer, Research Fellow and organiser of phd by
design, Leeds College of Art, UK

Special Interest Group Leaders:
Michael Tovey, Professor of Industrial Design, Coventry
University, UK
Rebecca Cain, Associate Professor in Experiential Engineering,
Warwick University, UK
Hua Dong, Professor of Inclusive Design, Tongji University,
Tom Fisher, Professor of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent
University, UK
Nithikul Nimkulrat, Professor of Textile Design, Estonian
Academy of Arts, Talinn
Rhoda Trimmingham, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Design,
Loughborough University, UK

Executive Advisors
Carl Di Salvo, Associate Professor in Digital Media, Georgia
Institute of Technology, US
Kees Dorst, Professor of Design, University of Technology,
Sydney, Australia
Janet McDonnell, Professor of Design Studies, University of
the Arts London, UK
Kristina Niedderer, Professor of Design and Craft, University
of Wolverhampton, UK
Johan Redstroem, Professor of Design, Umea Institute of
Design, Sweden
Erik Stolterman, Professor of Informatics, Indiana University,
Anna Valtonen, Dean of Aalto School of Arts, Design and
Architecture, Helsinki, Finland


The winner of the 2014 Design Studies Award has been

The award is to be made to Janet Kelly (University of Southern
Denmark) and Ben Matthews (University of Queensland,
Australia) for their paper ‘Displacing use: Exploring
alternative relationships in a human-centred design process’,
published in Vol. 35, No. 4, pp 353-373. Our publisher at
Elsevier has created a ‘Virtual Special Issue’ of all the six
shortlisted articles for the award, and this is available for
free viewing on the journal website:

Contents of Volume 38, May 2015

Activity Theory as a means for multi-scale analysis of the
engineering design process: A protocol study of design in
Philip Cash, Ben Hicks, Steve Culley
Pages 1-32

Performance-based parametric design explorations: A method for
generating appropriate building components
Burak Ercan, Soofia Tahira Elias-Ozkan
Pages 33-53

Fixation and creativity in concept development: The attitudes
and practices of expert designers
Nathan Crilly
Pages 54-91

Using survey questions to identify and learn more about those
who exhibit design thinking traits
Jacqualyn Blizzard, Leidy Klotz, Geoff Potvin, Zahra Hazari,
Jennifer Cribbs, Allison Godwin
Pages 92-110

How engineering teams select design concepts: A view through
the lens of creativity
Christine A. Toh, Scarlett R. Miller
Pages 111-138

A new model of conceptual design based on Scientific Ontology
and intentionality theory. Part II: The process model
Yong Chen, Meng Zhao, Youbai Xinge, Zhinan Zha
Pages 139-160
9 June 2015 – Workshop: “The Performance of Nonhuman
Behaviour” Nordes 2015, Konstfack, Stockholm

Organisers: Claudia Dutson, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Dan
Lockton (Royal College of Art, London)

Aim: To question what intelligence and smartness mean when we
interact with technology.

Abstract: This full-day workshop is situated at the
convergence of technology, behaviour and people’s
understanding of the nonhuman entities with which they
interact, questioning the ideas of ‘intelligence’ and

As the Internet of Things, ‘smart cities’, Quantified Self,
and similar concepts intersect with design for behaviour
change and sustainable behaviour, becoming pressing research
themes across product, service, interaction and architectural
design, we ask how the relationships between humans and
nonhumans are characterised and articulated.

Through using performative methods, we aim to explore
questions such as:

– What kind of conversations take place between humans and
machines, and   the surrounding environment?

– How is algorithmic decision-making, as designed into
systems, experienced and understood by humans?

– How can designers engage with algorithms, critically but
also usefully?

– What does it mean when nonhuman performance becomes a
material of design practice?

If you’re taking part, we’d like you to send us, beforehand, a
screenshot of your computer desktop, and a photo of your
working environment.

Participants: 15 maximum

More details:

Contact email address:

PDF outline:

9 June 2015 – Call for contributions Workshop on Co-designing
and communing at Nordes 2015

Konstfack University, Stockholm Sweden, June 2015 (in
Conjunction with NORDES 2015 Conference)

Organisers: Andrea Botero (Aalto University), Sanna Marttila
(Aalto University), Frederik Van Amstel (Twente University) ,
Anna Seravalli (Malmoe University), Joanna Saad-Sulonen (Arhus

There is currently a lively debate hinging on the notion of
commons as a principle for an alternative way of organising
social production. Commons challenge the basic assumption that
private property or centralised control are the only options
when creating, protecting and/or managing shared resources
against depletion and waste. Instead, commons-based forms of
organising typically rely on communication, awareness and
self-regulation among the contributors

We seek contributions that highlight, reflect and raise
awareness around commons as an objective and communing as a
way of doing and being for design activities:

How can we design better infrastructures and frameworks that
enable, mediate and foster commoning practices? What new
design principles and practices are needed to co-design
commons? How to articulate – long-lived and open ended –
collaborative practices that rely on sharing resources, and/or
produce collective outcomes?

Our intention is to continue ongoing efforts to link
discussions and research done in “commons” framework to
collaborative practices found in design around human centred
design, participatory design and open design (See e.g.Marttila
et al. 2013, Marttila et al.2014 and Seravalli 2014).
Interested researchers and practitionersare invited to send
position papers reflecting on a current project or case, in
relationshipto the theme of the workshop (4 pages by email to DL 22nd of May). Organizers will
collect also cases and examples as a basis for hands-on
mapping and discussion during the workshop.

Information on the workshop:

Information on NORDES conference

13-14 August 2015 – CALL FOR PARTICIPATION Design
Anthropological Futures conference

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design,
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Design Anthropological Futures conference explores
future-making from a design anthropological perspective. The
concept of futures relates both to the creation of visions and
practices of the possible through transformative processes of
anthropology and design, and to the exploration of new
frontiers for the field of design anthropology.

Design anthropology is an emerging transdisciplinary field,
which is enjoying growing attention in recent years. In an
interconnected world where the boundaries between physical,
social and digital environments become increasingly
challenged, the conventional distinctions between social
science and design research no longer hold. The conference
explores different perspectives on design anthropology as a
holistic and critical approach to complex everyday and
societal issues, with the aim of creating potential futures
with diverse communities and stakeholders.

With a starting point in a forthcoming book based on a
selection of papers (to be made available to the participants)
prepared under the auspices of the Research Network for Design
Anthropology (2013-2015) the conference addresses future
concerns in design anthropology, and its particular approaches
to futures-in-the-making through two keynote speeches, four
thematic discussions and an exhibition space for workshops on
emerging design anthropological practices.

With this call we invite participation of researchers,
professionals and research students with an interest in these
concerns in design anthropology. Participants can prepare
their contributions to the conference discussions by
submitting position statements for the thematic discussions or
by proposing exhibits and workshop proposals for the
exhibition space (for details of submission see below).
Participation without submissions is also welcome, but the
total number is limited to 100 participants.


There are three ways to participate in the conference:

Position Statement. We encourage you to explore the
preliminary outcome of the Network’s three preceding seminars
available here:
and submit a position statement in response. The format of
the position statement can be one of the following:

– a three page position paper (following this template), or

– a twitter-length statement (140 characters including spaces)
and a high resolution .jpg photo suitable for print in A2 (see
here for an example).

Position statements will be made available to conference

Interactive exhibition. If you would like to share a concrete
design anthropological experience in an interactive format
this is for you. The format involves multi-sensory
presentation material (visual, audio, physical etc.) along
with a specific suggestion as to how an audience of
approximately 15 persons can be invited into your concrete
design anthropological encounter during a 30 minutes mini
workshop. Submit a precise description of what you would like
to exhibit, and how you expect people to interact with it.

Without submission. All interested are welcome to participate
in the conference without submitting a contribution, simply by
registering (here).

Capacity is limited to 100 seats. Participants with a
submission are prioritized.


Deadline for submission of position statements and Interactive
Exhibition items: June 15, 2015.

Notification: Authors will be notified of acceptance of
submissions soon after we receive them.

Registration (by email to the address below): May 10th – July

Registration (and submissions) must be send to:<mailto:designanthro-futures@kadk.


The Research Network for Design Anthropology is established in
collaboration between the CoDesign Research Center (CODE) at
the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, the
Contemporary Ethnography program at the Department of Culture
and Society, Aarhus University, and SDU Design at the
University of Southern Denmark. All of these institutions have
a strong track record of cultivating and furthering the field
of design anthropology, both in terms of academic courses, PhD
student supervision, conferences and publications. The strong
ties and collaboration between the three institutions have
created the platform for the development of the international
Network for Design Anthropology and a planned book
publication. The network is funded by the Danish Research
Council (grant number 13923).


9 June 2015 – Utopia and Design of Society

Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design,
Stockholm, Sweden (as part of the Design Ecologies – the
NORDES 2015 Conference workshop programme)

Organisers: Kari-Hans Kommonen, Mia Muurimaeki, Regis Frias
(Aalto ARTS Media Lab)

This intensive full day workshop will engage its participants
in a two stage process of 1) discussion of societal designs
and 2) an exploration of using utopia as a method for
discussing desirable futures.

Our world is in a severe state. Climate change, growing
inequality, financial crises, unemployment, destruction of
biodiversity and habitats, and depletion of natural resources
are examples of the greatest challenges we are facing, and
there are practically no commonly shared visions that could
guide our societies towards global, sustainable long term

We believe that design, as an inherently transdisciplinary and
integrative practice and activity, could make significant
contributions towards this. However, this requires that the
design field and those involved must develop new competences
and understandings of fields that they may not have thought
about as relevant for design, and that we can find and develop
relevant communities of both experts and citizens that welcome
the contributions from our direction.

The aim of this workshop is to take steps in that direction.
The workshop invites a group of participants who are
interested in exploring a design-oriented way to create ideas
of serious utopias – i.e. what kind of a society we would like
to have in the future. The workshop is a part of the Redesign
of Society initiative of the Arki Research group in Aalto ARTS
Media Lab.

Participants must register for participation in the conference
and are expected to submit beforehand a position paper with –
a short introduction of themselves,

– an example of a change that is or should be taking place in
society, and

– a design fiction story about society in the year 2040.

The contributions of participants will feed the workshop
process, where we first, in the morning, explore how to
discuss societal designs, and then, in the afternoon, explore
the potential benefits of utopian design.

Information on the workshop and how to participate:

Information on the NORDES conference:

Call for papers, Call for chapters Call for authors, Call for

EDITED VOLUME Editors: Pieter Vermaas & Stephane Vial (Eds.)


for the new Springer book series “Design Research Foundations”
edited by Ilpo Koskinen and Pieter Vermaas.

Philosophical interest in design and design research is
increasing in both philosophy and design research, offering
the possibility of the emergence of the new scholarly field of
philosophy of design. The first steps towards this possibility
has been made by work by individual authors and with volumes
containing reflective research on design. With this new edited
volume we plan to make a further step by bringing together
essays that survey philosophy of design either through
research papers on specific topics or by explorations of
issues this field could or should take up.

Given the past naturalistic and empirical turns in philosophy,
outcomes and practices in design research can immediate inform
philosophy of design, and philosophy heritage can strongly
fertilize design practices and design research models. For
facilitating this process, the volume is planned to also
include essays co-authored by design researchers and

All topics in the large range of design disciplines are
welcome, e.g., topics in the applied arts, industrial design,
engineering design and all new types of design practices
(ecodesign, user-centered design, interaction design, UX
design, service design, design thinking, social design…).

We therefore solicit:

– proposals for research papers on topics within philosophy of

– candidates from design research and philosophy for
co-authoring papers

Responses to the call for co-authoring will be used to create
and propose matching pairs of design researchers and
philosophers for co-authoring contributions to the volumes.

Topics for papers could be but are not restricted to:

– phenomenology of design: the use of hermeneutics in design
processes and in design projects considered as lived

– epistemology of design: the specificity of design research
as compared to scientific research or considered as a new
kind of scientific research

– ethics of design and responsible innovation

– design knowledge and ‘designerly ways of knowing’

– esthetics of/in design

– modelling and mapping design processes

– validation of design research

Important dates:

– June 2015, 1st: abstracts (500 words)
– December 2015, 1st: full papers (between 6000 and 12000
– February 2016, 1st: decisions and feedback to authors
– March 2016, 1st: revised papers
– April 2016, 1st: submission to reviewers
– June 2016, 1st : reviewers feedback
– July 2016, 1st: final revised papers
– September 2016: release

Abstracts must be sent to:

– Pieter Vermaas, Delft University of Technology,
– Stephane Vial, University of Nimes / Sorbonne Paris 1

25-26 November 2015 – EKSIG conference

2nd call for papers for the EKSIG 2015 Conference in Kolding,
Denmark this November. The deadline for full papers is 1 June
2015 via the conference system
( which is
now open for submissions. Please circulate this call to your
colleagues who may be interested.

We are proud to present the first two keynote speakers. Our
first speaker is Dr Lene Tanggaard, who serves as a Professor
in Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, and she is an
expert in creativity and learning. The second keynote speaker
is Dr Elvin Karana from the Technical University in Delft. She
is the main editor of a recently published book entitled
Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design.

It is an EKSIG tradition to publish a post conference
publication as a special issue of a journal – we are working
on this and will be announce our journal partner in the final
call. Selected papers from the EKSIG 2013 will be published as
a special issue of Journal of Research Practice prior to the
EKSIG 2105.

Please find the call below and/or check the official website

EKSIG 2015: TANGIBLE MEANS – experiential knowledge through

International Conference 2015 of the DRS Special Interest
Group on Experiential Knowledge at Design School Kolding and
University of Southern Denmark.

Call for papers:

With the theme “TANGIBLE MEANS: Experiential Knowledge through
Materials”, the conference aims to provide a forum for debate
about materials as a means for knowledge generation by
professionals and academic researchers, exploring the role and
relationship of generating and evaluating new and existing
knowledge in the creative disciplines and beyond.

In recent years many creative disciplines have shifted focus
from what is produced to why it is produced and how it is
used. This includes a growing interest for combining craft
traditions with design and other related issues such as
sustainability. As early as 1983 Schoen defined designing “as
a conversation with the materials of a situation” (Schoen
1983: 78) and the designer as a maker of things even though it
is acknowledged that the concept of design can be broader than
‘making things’. Also in the 1980s Manzini (1989: 17) pointed
out a need for further development of cognitive tools and
cultural references in order to catch up with the technical
and scientific development of materials. Recently Karana et
al. (2014) have expressed a need to study not only the
functional but also the experiential side of materials. Thus,
material knowledge is not only about ‘scientific’ facts such
as functional and technical properties. It also encompasses
personal, experiential, cultural, emotional, environmental and
social aspects. In many disciplines, materials pervade all
parts of practice, from the processes to the creation of
artefacts and/or other kinds of physical manifestations and
the interpretation through other professionals, such as
curators, critics, historians etc.

This conference welcomes contributions exploring and
discussing materials in relation to sensuous qualities,
objects, context, strategy, service, space, time, place,
techniques, discipline, domain, production, sustainability,
interaction, use, metaphors, imaginations, associations,
reflective thinking, etc. We interpret materials here in the
widest possible sense to include any kind of creative outputs
in whatever formats. With this conference, we wish to explore
different ways in which experiential knowledge through
materials can be given more appropriate consideration within
the framework of research. This may include for example
investigations into the nature, aims, validity, evaluation
and/or necessity of different modes of communication and

Questions of interest are for example:

What do we mean when we say ‘material knowledge’?

What are the current understandings of material as a knowledge

Why might materials be important for any research conduct?

How can materials be utilised within the framework of

How can we articulate material knowledge, which might be tacit
and embodied within the process of research?

What frameworks are there to guide the communication of
material knowledge?

What differences are there between the pure sensing of
materials and sensing of materials in a context?

What means and methods can be utilised to transfer and
replicate material knowledge?

How can knowledge about materials be integrated and used
within the framework of research?

How can we articulate and/or communicate material knowledge
within the process of research?

What contribution can the use of creative practices make to
the understanding and communication of material knowledge in

What means and methods do we have to transfer and iterate
material knowledge?

What and how can we know from materials through research
regarding the aspects of personal, experiential, cultural,
emotional environmental and social issues?


We wish to bring together engaged professionals and scholars
from various disciplinary backgrounds, fields of knowledge
production and methodological approaches to explore these
issues. We invite contributions from creative subjects and
other disciplines, e.g. design, craft, architecture,
engineering, media, performance, music, fine art, curation,
museology, archaeology, philosophy, knowledge management,
education, sensory studies, etc., that are concerned with
materials and tangible means in research and in creative and
professional practice.


Karana, E., Pedgley, O., & Rognoli, V. (2014) (eds.).
Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design.
Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Manzini, E. (1989). The Material of Invention: Material and
Design. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Schoen, D. (1983).The
Reflective Practitioner. How Professionals Think in Action.
London: Ashgate.


Key Dates:

Full Paper Deadline: 1 June 2015
Full papers will be between 4,000 and 5,000 words, plus
Full Paper Notification: 28 August 2015
Final Submission: 25 September

22-15 May 2015 – School of Design, Jiangnan University in
Wuxi, China is hosting its 4th round of the Redesign Design
Education Conference

The theme of this year is Emerging Common Grounds: Strategy,
Experience and Wellness.

Redesign Design Education is a serial conference aimed to
reform Chinese design education, while it also responds to
issues of design education globally. It has been held three
times successfully with over one hundred renowned
international speakers who spoke at the main conference and
many others who have held seminars and workshops throughout
the last three years. This conference is becoming an
educational movement in China with potentially profound
influence for years to come.

The 2012 Conference, scope, methods and principles, reflected
landscape of design education.

At the 2013 conference on New Contexts, New Opportunities, and
New Approaches, professionals along with educators explored
how design thinkingpenetrates and supports new areas human
experiences such as health, services, public affairs, and so
on. It had also discussed how design consultancy might evolve
or change.

In 2014, Philosophic Concepts was chosen as the conference
theme with three sub-themes, Placements, Transformation and
Relevance to explore how philosophy as a method might
contribute to story telling in design and at different levels.

Redesign Design Education conference (IV): Emerging Common
Grounds: Strategy, Experience and Wellness, explores concepts
and methods emerging from new common interests in design,
strategy, experience and wellness. While new areas of
interests elevate design into the next level of decision
space, they also puzzle everyone on what exactly those areas
are, what and how decisions are made. Interestingly, it seems
that more of those undefined inquiry spaces emerged in recent
years due to the increasing awareness of design thinking. As
they remain fuzzy, they gradually lose their power of
inspiring conversations. Professionals and educators from all
over the world will gather in Wuxi this May to share their own
stories in practice, research, or both. Hopefully, their
stories and experiences will provide inspirations for shaping
and understanding new common grounds of design, particularly
in areas of strategy, experience and wellness.

24-26 May 2016 – CALL FOR PAPERS ServDes.2016 conference,
Copenhagen, Aalborg University-Copenhagen

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 29 2015

ServDes, the Service Design and Innovation conference, is the
premier research conference for exchanging knowledge within
Service Design and service innovation studies. Born as a
yearly Nordic conference, ServDes has now become a bi-annual
international event with the aim of bringing researchers and
practitioners together to discuss, share and evolve the
emerging discipline of Service Design, and design-related
service innovation



After a long maturation period, the discipline of Service
Design is evolving in several directions and exploring new
territories. The discipline has been founded on the area of
affluence of many knowledge streams, from service marketing
and management to interaction design and product design. The
ground knowledge from those disciplinary areas has been
integrated through research and cases studies that have
emphasized different and new aspects of service design,
including user-participation and co-creation, user experience,
systemic and social aspects, technological implications and
strategic perspectives.

This relatively young area of design research is now exploring
a wide landscape, that includes methodological contributions,
practice-based research, concrete cases and prototypes, while
new stakeholders are expressing interest in this discipline
and promoting new cases and experiences.

The last few years have also seen an increasing number of
public sector initiatives with the support of design agencies,
foundations and research groups that are promoting novel
approaches to public service innovation. This includes for
example modes to capture and amplify signals of social
innovation projects or the set up of innovation labs within
Government offices. At the same time the private sector is
exploring the potential of more collaborative approaches to
service innovation that value users’ contribution and
participation in the design process.

Furthermore new contextual conditions are changing the
cardinal points in service innovation: e.g. the availability
of large data sets create new grounds for a new generation of
services, that enable citizens to navigate and connect with
dispersed resources; social networking tools are creating new
layers of interaction and collaborations among close and far
off people, while amplifying human capability to elaborate
existing information; finally broader social changes are
changing the patterns of the demand for new services. ServDes
2016 will explore this new landscape with the aim of
generating new maps, new orientation tools and coordinates, to
help interpreting and framing this evolving field.

Thematic areas of the conference are:

– The centres: the evolution in the foundation of Service

– The fringe areas: exploring the boundaries of the Service
Design discipline

– The tectonics: developing the methodological approach and

– New directions: e.g. emerging social and technology-driven

– Private and public places: cases, strategies, initiatives
and experiences in and across the public, private and
third sector.

– Future transformation: the future research, education, and
professional perspectives.

Submission guidelines Submissions will be accepted in three
different categories:

– Short papers

– Full papers

– Case studies/industrial cases

Short papers

Short papers are expected to present significant work in
progress or smaller or more speculative ideas, research that
is controversial or not fully developed yet. They should be
inspirational and spark some discussion among attendees. They
should be in English, in PDF format and not exceed 2500 words
or 5 pages (including figures, bibliography and notes) on the
ServDes Template. They should also be submitted electronically
using the short-paper track of the conference submission

Full papers

Full papers will present cases, methods or research work,
possibly documented with adequate graphical material. Full
papers must be presented in English, in PDF format and cannot
exceed 5000 words or 13 pages (including figures, bibliography
and notes) on the ServDes Template. Full papers must be
submitted electronically using the full-paper track of the
conference submission system.

Case Studies/Industrial cases

Case studies and industrial cases can be submitted on a
separate track. Papers in this track are expected to document
empirical work or any other cases of non-academic project work
that maybe relevant for this conference. must be presented in
English, in PDF format and cannot exceed 3000 words or 6 pages
(including figures, bibliography and notes) on the ServDes
Template. Full papers must be submitted electronically using
the Case study/Industry case track of the conference
submission system.

More information, general guidelines and recommendations and
important dates:

Conference website

2-5 September 2015 – 7th Information Design International
Conference [CIDI 2015], and the 6th Information Design Student
Conference [CONGIC 2015], which will take place in Brasilia –

Call for participation

CIDI is biannual scientific event promoted by the Brazilian
Society of Information Design [SBDI], with the aim of bringing
together professionals, researchers and students to discuss
information design issues. The Information Design Student
Conference [CONGIC], on the other hand, is a scientific event
directed towards students and recently graduated
professionals, who have developed research in this field.

SBDI was founded in October 2002, in Recife -Brazil. SBDI
mission is to contribute to the scientific and technological
development of Information Design in Brazil; and among its
aims are to disseminate the research, teaching and practice in
this area; promote and facilitate cooperation among
professionals, lectures and researchers; and stimulate
community interest for visual culture and the informational
theme. SBDI publishes the electronic magazine InfoDesign-
Journal of Information Design, a pioneer in America on this
issue, and the book Selected Readings of the Information
Design International Conferences. —

24-25 September 2015 – International Manufacturing –
revisited: embracing new technologies, capabilities and
markets, Moller Centre, Cambridge

The call for papers for the 19th Cambridge International
Manufacturing Symposium is now available.

We have an outstanding set of confirmed academic and
industrial speakers this year.

Further information is available on the event website at:

If you would like to submit a paper for the conference,
abstracts (400 words maximum) should be submitted to Ella
Whellams ( by Monday, 6 July 2015.


Science du Design <> is
the first international journal of ‘scientific’ design
research published in French by a major publisher, the
‘Presses Universitaires de France’ (PUF). It is intended to
make widely recognized design as a scientific discipline and
establish itself as a scholar reference in the French-speaking
design research community.

Under the auspices of an international scientific committee
from more than 30 higher educational and research
institutions, Science du Design
<> is a biannual journal
available in bookstores and by subscription, both in print and
online through The journal is published with the
support of the University of Nimes, the ‘Haute ecole d’art et
de design – Geneve’ (Head-Geneve), the ‘Ecole de design Nantes
Atlantique’, the ‘Ecole nationale superieure de creation
industrielle’ (Ensci – Les Ateliers) and ‘Strate ‘School of
Design, in collaboration with non-profit design institutions
and programs such as ‘Les Ateliers de la Recherche en Design’,
‘Multimedia Sorbonne’ and ‘Designers interactifs’.

The first special issue ‘Which Sciences of Design?’ is to be
published in May 2015 and is edited by Prof. Stephane Vial and
Prof. Alain Findeli, with papers by Yves Michaud, Stephane
Vial, Lysianne Lechot Hirt, Alain Findeli, Emeline Brule,
Anthony Masure, Robin de Mourat, Ioana Ocnarescu, Anne-Lyse
Renon, Marine Royer, Jocelyne Le Boeuf, Nicolas Nova, Fabienne
Kilchoer, Sebastien Fasel, Annie Gentes and Bernard Kahane
– see the table of contents

The journal was launched in preview in Paris from 22 to 24
April 2015, during the 11th International European Academy of
Design Conference <>. For
this occasion, 40 copies were on sale. Much of the
editorial board members, which participate in the organization
of this conference, were also present.


The International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology  is an independent and open platform
for disseminating design knowledge. The design of new products
drives to solve problems that their solutions are still
partial and their tools and methods are rudimentary. Design is
applied in extremely various fields and implies numerous
agents during the entire process of elaboration and
realisation. The Journal is a multidisciplinary forum dealing
with all facets and fields of design. It endeavours to provide
a framework with which to support debates on different social,
economic, political, historical, pedagogical, philosophical,
scientific and technological issues surrounding design and
their implications for both professional and educational
design environments. The focus is on both general as well as
specific design issues, at the level of design ideas,
experiments and applications.

Authors are invited to submit quality research papers for
review. All submitted papers must conform IJDST Instructions
(content, style and format) and are subject to blind
peer-review. There is no deadline for submitting a paper. Each
accepted paper will be published within four months after
completion of the final draft

4-6 December 2015 – Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our
own – a vision of sustainability with focus on water’.

The event Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our own’ is
being held at Mumbai, India, hosted by the Industrial Design
Centre (IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Bombay, Mumbai.

This international event is aimed at creating design awareness
on sustainability bringing focus on water and simultaneously
offers a platform for interaction for the art, design and
media community. The events are centered around the interests
of students, educationalists and practicing professional
designers. The event is expected to throw light on the role of
art, design and media in an interconnected global world within
the context of sustainability.

The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and
thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to
converse with grandmasters of design, interact with thought
leaders and listen to visions by outstanding speakers.

This is an invitation to be a part of a series of events
concerned with sustainability and design:

International Design Conference on Sustainability
Round-table Meet on Sustainability
Pre-Conference Design Workshops for Students on Sustainability
Design Carnival: Exhibition and Installations based on

These events are open for submissions:
Call for Papers – (deadline: 31st of May 2015)
Design Competition – (deadline: 31st of July 2015)
Cartoon Competition – (deadline: 31st of August 2015)
Call for Posters – (deadline: 30th of September 2015)

We invite a 500-800 word abstract with 2-3 visuals on the
theme for the Conference – ‘in a planet of our own – a vision
of sustainability with focus on Water’

The questions being addressed are:

– how can we as designers address the concerns of
– how may we use Design as a construct for sustainable
– what is the role of design in a connected global world
within the context of sustainability?

The paper for the conference can be based on any of these:

– Outstanding Contributions in Research or in Academics
– Excellent Applications in Industry or in the Field as Case
– Exceptionally Innovative Student Design Projects

And, the paper could be about:

– Concern/Issues in Sustainability with focus on Water
– Application of Sustainability with focus on Water
– Conceptual Student projects on Sustainability with focus on


The conference will have the following themes:

– Vision, Thinking and Philosophy in context to Sustainability
– Culture, Identity, Artifacts, Storytelling and
– Design Process, Planning and Strategy for Sustainable best
– Production, Supply, Energy, Conservation, Preservation and
– Awareness, Education, Curriculum and Policy

Call for Papers:

Both the abstracts as well as the papers will be double blind
juried for selection. Accepted contributions will be published
in the conference proceedings (ISBN). The total number of
words including the title, keywords and the abstract should be
a maximum of 800 words.

Paper and Presentation Details:

Selected papers will need to be orally presented by the
author/s during the conference on 4th and 5th December 2015 at
VMCC, IIT Bombay, India.

The time duration for each of the paper presentations is 15
minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion along with Q & A.
The selected papers will be published during the time of the
conference. Formatting guidelines as well as a template for
the full paper will be supplied along with the acceptance mail
of the abstract.


Deadline for abstract submission: 31st of May 2015
Declaration of accepted abstracts: 30th of June 2015
Deadline for submission of full paper: 31st of August 2015
Paper selection results: 15th of September 2015

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

6-7 November 2015 – First international Illustration Research
conference to be held in North America.

Call for Proposals: The Illustrator as Public Intellectual
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI, USA

Keynote Speaker: Rick Poynor Visiting Professor in Critical
Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art London

Email 300-word abstracts to by Monday, 1
June 2015.
illustrator-public-inte llectual/

Illustrators and all who study their work have long understood
the importance of pictures to communicate ideas and shape
opinion, and to possibly provoke the viewer in unpredictable
ways. What should illustrators say in the public sphere? What
forces limit the illustrator’s expression of thought? What are
the key issues and debates around the communication of ideas
through illustration?

Organized and hosted by the Illustration Research Network and
RISD Illustration, the 6th annual International Illustration
Research Symposium invites proposals for papers, panels, round
tables, and visual presentations on the theme of the
illustrator as not only conveyor of established intellectual
thought in the public sphere, but also as a vital, potent
voice in public discourse and the author of content
throughindependent provocation, seduction and persuasion.

The Illustrator as Public Intellectual questions the common
misconceptions that the illustrator’s mind and hand are wholly
guided by editors, art directors, and clients; and that their
work is subordinate to the texts they illustrate. This
symposium proposes that illustrators are empowered as
originators and purveyors of unique thought.

The visual languages of the illustrator not only translate
content, they transform it, indelibly inscribing ideas with
force and conviction at the intersection of visual and verbal
thinking.  And yet, public exposition is dogged by inevitable
challenges, including balancing profundity and accessibility,
intention and misinterpretation. Papers may embrace or reject
the concept of the public intellectual, while addressing
relationships between communicative intention and audience

The definition of illustration is open to wide interpretation
by participants, but as a general guideline illustration may
be provisionally defined as fabricated images primarily
created to elucidate and communicate an idea, narrative, mood,
information, and/or opinion through publication. Studies on
the illustration of any era or place are welcome.

300-word proposals for 20-minute academic papers and
practice-based presentations are invited, and may address the
following questions, or others that the presenter feels are

Studio Practices

– How do different forms, techniques, and materials affect
attitudes, feelings, ideas and the legitimacy of messages?
– How is thought- manifested in an illustration how do
creative and visual thinking processes comprise unique
forms of cognition?
– What is the relationship between the canon of intellectual
thought and illustrators- methodologies?
– In what ways does an image embody a philosophy?
– What emerging technologies might further or hamper the
intellectual reach of illustration?

Public Sphere

– How do ethics and social responsibility impinge upon
– If an audience misinterprets an illustrator’s intentions, is
the audience’s reading valid?
– What happens when the interests of the intended audience are
at odds with the interests of a wider audience?
– What is the impact of technologies of dissemination, old and
new, on audiences, creators, and messages?

Creative and Intellectual Communities

– When, where, and how do illustrators participate in
important political, social, and intellectual debates?
– What is the intellectual community of illustrators and what
challenges do they face, particularly in educating
illustration students?
– Can intellectual partnerships between illustrator, designer,
author, and/or publisher exist?
– What is the appropriate balance between an illustrator’s
personal satisfaction and the client’s wishes, and what is
at stake when a clash occurs?
– What are future directions for the field of practice as a
forum for public intellectual discourse?

Email 300-word abstracts to by Monday, 1
June 2015.

Proposals are blind peer-reviewed. Selected papers and
presentations will be considered for publication in
forthcoming issues of the peer reviewed Journal of

More information and submission details:
illustrator-public-inte llectual/



24 June 2015 – Conference in Leeds “The Emperor’s New

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” sees the RITE (Reducing the Impact
of Textile on the Environment) Conference return to its
birthplace at the School of Design, University of Leeds,
reenergised and refocused to take a new approach to
sustainability in the world of fashion and textiles.

The group, founded in 2007, had great success in providing
factual information about sustainability to the fashion
industry, retailers, brands, media and government until its
last conference in 2012.

By adopting the RITE Conference, the School of Design is
progressing its strategy to integrate design and technology to
deliver a more sustainable future for textiles and the fashion

Recognising that the industry needs a step-change in its
approach to sustainability in terms of design, technology and
collaborative action, the line-up for the conference is as
exciting and thought-provoking as it is unique. Confirmed
speakers include:

– Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security
and expert in sustainability in agriculture, University of
– Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Responsible Sourcing, VF
– Dr Mathilda Tham, Professor in Design, Linnaeus University
and Metadesign researcher, Goldsmiths, University of
– Dr Mats Westin, Program Director, Mistra Future Fashion
– Stephen Crawley, Head of Sustainability, John Lewis
– Rebecca Collins, Lecturer in Human Geography at the
University of Chester.

To date, sustainable innovation has tended to concentrate on
eco-efficiency: reducing, rather than truly addressing,
environmental and social impacts.

This conference intends to explore the truth about the current
state of the fashion industry and ask fundamental questions –
which have, to now, largely gone unspoken – relating to
consumption and growth.

Moving beyond prevailing assumptions, we will encourage
delegates to imagine alternative textile futures, where
sustainability is intrinsically applied to all aspects of
fashion and textiles.

The conference is taking place on June 24th and more details
about the conference, speakers and the booking form can be
found on the link below:


A list for those working with Fashion Collections

A list for networking, liaising and sharing information about
matters of interest to those working with fashion collections
(library, archive and museum)


…those who did not know of his work are i think lucky that
his daughter Susan Wright  has made a film of the life of her
father the architect and industrial designer Jack Howe
…he was little known in his lifetime… but is greatly
respected  by those who know of his work…

the film is called ‘Jack Howe: a designed life’ (46 mins)
produced by Susan Wright, directed by Martin Mortimore… it
is available as a DVD from Susan Wright at

(my thanks to John Chris Jones, Softopia – ed.)

12 June 2015 – Interrogating intellectual property rights:
fashion and design
University of Oslo

You are invited to a conference in June, organised by the
University of Oslo on behalf of The Enterprise of Culture:
International Structures and Connections in the Fashion

Interrogating intellectual property rights: fashion and design
lectual-property-rights-fashion-and-design/>* will examine the
question of fashion and design???s intellectual property
rights (IPR) in the diachronic framework of the post-war
period, by bringing together researchers and museum
professionals across the fields of law, design and fashion
history, business and economic history, and anthropology.

Taking place on Friday 12 June 2015 at the University of Oslo,
this free public conference will investigate a range of
exciting cases entangled in shared histories, from the rise of
corporate identity design, criminalization of fashion piracy,
and a biography of the Danish PH Lamp, to Hells Angels tough
protection of the power of their gang insignia vis-a-vis
fashionable imitators

Speakers from the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands
and USA will consider questions such as what counts as
original or as an innovation, and to what degree should and
can these be protected in the face of cheap copies and
knock-offs flooding the markets at an unprecedented speed? And
who has the definition power and the leverage in the form of
market access and higher levels of protection in foreign

Open to anyone with an interest in the law, design/fashion
history, business/economic history and anthropology, the
conference will bring together academics, fashion and design
industry practitioners, students, archivists, museum curators,
and wider public audiences.  It is free to attend but booking
is essential as places are limited.

1-10 JULY 2015 – MEF University, Faculty of Arts, Design and
Architecture announces:
MASS v.1.0 – Robots and Cyborgs in Architecture

Workshop & Lectures

Media Architecture & Spatial Systems Workshop (MASS) aims to
tackle the abstract notion of Spatial Design through a trifold
relation between space, media and technology. MASS
international workshops will introduce the importance and
creativity of digital design and fabrication in a near future.
Through creative code the workshop will expose methods and
design principles trough the combined use of digital media and
fabrication. Digital media tools are providing increasingly
flexible and open source platforms designed for multiple
design applications. With an almost unlimited range of input
and output, add-ons and virtual reality displays, the
correlation between digital media with digital fabrication
potentiates countless ways to generate spatial elements that
intersect both the worlds.

Under the umbrella of MASS the Robots and Cyborgs
International Workshop, will integrate the use of a robot for
digital fabrication with a cybernetic Virtual Reality (VR)
system and into a spatial system. Starting off with an
overview of Robotic Fabrication and VR systems it will quickly
move on to the control of both components and concepts through
tutorials in robotic fabrication and virtual reality. A
team-based approach throughout the workshop will reinforce
technical skills and establish methods to apply in the
integration of space in both systems. As this group
understanding will foster complexity and specialization, in
which the projects will move to the final phase of fabrication
and assembly. In order to support this development the Robots
and Cyborgs workshop will also be supported by a series of
lectures related to the subject of Media Architecture &
Spatial Systems.
-Systems/47882505 2270324?ref=bookmarks

For further information about the event please email


Volume 31, Number 1 Winter 2015

Special Issue: Design Research in Germany

Guest Editors: Rosan Chow, Wolfgang Jonas, Felicidad

1    Introduction

Bruce Brown, Richard Buchanan, Carl DiSalvo, Dennis Doordan,
Victor Margolin

3    Rosan Chow, Wolfgang Jonas, Felicidad Romero-Tejedor
Design Research in Germany?

7    Rene Spitz, Translated by Kate Hunter 7 “Design is not a
Science”: Otl Aicher’s Constitutional Putsch at the HfG Ulm
and His Credo for the Social Responsibility of Designers

18  Sandra Groll, Translated by Kate Hunter 18 Traces and
Hopes of Design Research: An Interview with Gui Bonsiepe,
Klaus Krippendorff, Siegfried Maser, and Rene Spitz

32  Bianca Herlo, Gesche Joost 32 Design Research and the Need
for Institutional Support in German-Speaking Networks: About
the DGTF

37  Katharina Bredies, Christian Woelfel 37 Long Live the Late
Bloomers: Current State of the Design PhD in Germany

42  Katharina Bredies 42 Strange Shapes and Unexpected Forms:
New Technologies, Innovative Interfaces, and Design-in-Use

53  Ute Ziegler 53 Multi-Sensory Design as a Health Resource:
Customizable, Individualized, and Stress-Regulating Spaces

63  June H. Park, Translated by Kate Hunter 63 Health Care
Design: Current and Potential Research and Development

73  Michael Erlhoff, Translated by Susanne Dickel 73 Hocus
Pocus: “Knowledge” vs. the Dialectic of Enlightenment

83  Holger van den Boom, Translated by Susanne Dickel 83
Design as Semiotic Construction

Book Received

94 Victor Margolin

Gail A. Papay, M.Ed., LPC-CR
Managing Editor, Design Issues and Nonprofit Management &

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of
Management and The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of
Applied Social Sciences 10900 Euclid Avenue, Peter B. Lewis
Building, Room 345 Cleveland, OH  44106-7235 office:
216-368-2456; fax : 216-368-4776;

17-18 September 2015 – Include 2015. Disruptive Inclusive:
Disruptive Ideas in Inclusive Design, Royal College of Art

We are pleased to announce the 8th International Conference on
Inclusive Design, taking place 17-18 September 2015 at the
Royal College of Art, London and organised by the Helen Hamlyn
Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.

Ever since the international inclusive design community first
came together around the needs of older and disabled people
for the inaugural Include conference in 2001, a series of
disruptions have moved the tectonic plates under the field.
Definitions of inclusive design have expanded, new directions
have proliferated and the rapid emergence of new technologies
has altered the landscape too. Co-design, co-creation and
crowdsourcing have re-cast the relationship between designers
and users; social innovation and digital manufacture have
raised new agendas.As a result, the pluralistic world of
inclusive design now looks very different from the picture at
the turn of the new millennium.

Keynote speakers will be speaking about Disruptive Ideas on
Day 1 and include Marco Steinberg, Snowcone & Haystack,
Finland  and Liza Chong, INDEX, Denmark (see to see all confirmed keynotes).

For more Include 2015 conference information, including:
Outline Programme: Keynote Speakers and Registration, please
include/include-20 15/

The proceedings from the RSD3 symposium are now available
online here:

We are excited to be able to publish a large amount of working
papers and presentations from our successful Relating Systems
Thinking and Design Symposium in Oslo, October last year. The
proceedings contain presentations and papers from some of the
keynotes, and most of the presentations held at RSD3. There
will be minor additions, corrections and updates in the months
to come.

Besides all the interesting contributions from the seven
themes the proceedings also contain further elaborations in
the form of papers by keynote speakers Hugh Dubberly and
Harold Nelson and a transcript of the late Ranulph Glanvilles
last speach.

The RSD symposia have been held in Oslo for three years,
hosted by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design
( The energy and excitements created at the events
have surpassed our expectations. We therefore want to remind
you about the upcoming RSD4 in beginning of September in
Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Please follow this link to read more about RSD4:

RSD3 proceedings editorial:
Editors: Birger Sevaldson, Peter Jones

The Third Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
was held at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design 15-17
October, 2014. The third Oslo symposium engaged over 200
participants and over 50 authors, and we found a much broader
range of contributions across related fields of design and
systemics.  The 5 keynote speakers established a significant

The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design
responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced
by designers, strategists, and transdisciplinary innovators.
We are facing deeply entangled problematics in natural,
social, economic, and political systems. Our professional and
organizational worlds have become too complex for linear
goal-driven management, and the solution of conventional
design thinking is insufficient to address complexity across
domains, scales, and networks. New thinking, new knowledge,
and new forms of intervention are required to take on this web
of interconnected challenges.

The core planning team of the RSD symposia established the
Systemic Design Research Network organized as a collaborative
research group shared between AHO and OCAD University and
independent researchers.  Last year Peter Jones also initiated
a Systemic Design track and interest group at the Washington
ISSS conference, which continues into 2015 with the Berlin
conference. European participants of RSD3 might be encouraged
to know that we are planning a one-day special track for ISSS
Berlin, preceding the conference. Papers and presentations
were organized for the following themes:

– Social Design
– Education
– Service Design and Design for Public Services
– Theories and Methods of Systemic Design
– Business and Enterprise Design, Sustainability and
Economic Policy
– The Built Environment
– Systems Oriented Design

These proceedings are the result of a dialogue and discursive
process within the community of practice, more than that of a
traditional scientific publication process. The process
contains five steps, creating long term engagement, low entry
threshold as well as high level final output:

1) the submission and peer reviewing of abstracts,
2) the presentations and dialogues at the RSD3 symposium,
3) the postproduction and submission of a working papers,
4) the publication of the symposium proceedings with AHO as
5) the publication of selected fully developed and peer
reviewed scientific papers in an external publishing channel.

This process was tested with RSD2 and worked very well
resulting in two special issues of the scientific design
research journal FORMakademisk.

RSD3 is following the same process with fully developed and
peer reviewed selected publications in a new special issue of
FORMakademisk and a volume of collected papers on Systemic
Design for the Springer series in Translational System

In addition to the originally submitted abstracts the RSD3
proceedings contains the working papers and presentations.
These were submitted after the symposium by most, but not, all
authors. Special thanks to Patricia Kambitsch of Playthink and
Daniela Olsen for the sketchnotes.

Editorial Board: Birger Sevaldson, Peter Jones, Harold Nelson,
Alex Ryan, Linda Blaasvaer, Manuela Aguirre


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