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Design Survey for PhD Thesis and Book

Designers and researchers, please, support the following survey below.

Thanks in advance!

My name is Gonzalo Raineri Bernain, and I’m doing a PhD in Design program at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, researching Design, Sustainability and Autopoiesis. The purpose of this post is to invite you to please take part in a survey to obtain data from relevant players like you, in various fields of design.

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Leonardo Three-Year Symposium on the Ph.D. in Art and Design

Leonardo Three-Year Symposium on the Ph.D. in Art and Design

In 2017, the journal Leonardo celebrates 50 years of publishing research and works of art at the intersection of art, science and technology. As part of the celebrations, we initiated a 3-year symposium to address issues surrounding the development of the Ph.D. in Art and Design. The first articles are about to appear.

Universities around the world are now debating this issue. While the MFA is a terminal degree for professional practice, the Ph.D. is a research degree — the doctor of philosophy. The debate began in the U.K. when independent art and design schools merged with universities or obtained university status in their own right. This led to the question of the standards for appointment and promotion to programs once located in separate institutions that are now located within universities. Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America have joined the conversation by establishing new Ph.D. programs or initiating serious debates on whether — and how — to build them. The question of the Ph.D. for art and design raises many challenging issues. First among these is the nature of research, research training, and the Ph.D. While this issue is obvious to those who have earned a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, social sciences, or liberal arts, it remains complicated in understanding the Ph.D. for art and design.

  • What is the Ph.D. in art?
  • What is the Ph.D. in design?
  • What should a Ph.D. be in a field of professional practice?
  • Should there be several kinds of Ph.D. in art and design or one major model?
  • Why pursue such a degree?
  • What is the nature of such a Ph.D. with respect to
    research quality as distinct from the quality of art or design practice?
  • Why are so many programs struggling or going wrong?
  • Why do universities and accrediting authorities permit problematic programs to continue?
  • Why, in the past, did artists interested in research choose to take a Ph.D. in disciplines outside art?
  • Are there specific skills all researchers require without respect to their discipline?

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College Art Association annual conference in NYC

CAA Annual Conference

Even if you can´t go, it´s a great source of top references – experts in almost all the design fields.

Visit site: http://conference.collegeart.org/

Time: Wednesday 2/15


Chair: Sara Desvernine Reed, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Tropicana: Designing Cosmopolitan Cubanidad

Erica Morawski, Smith College

To and From Ticul: Uses of the Maya Pot in California Design, Science, and Counterculture
Robert J. Kett, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

How to See Japan: Japan Tourist Bureau Images for Western Tourists of the 1930s

Dori Griffin, Ohio University School of Art + Design

From Hotels to Home: Designing Ghana’s Tourism Industry through Asanti Textiles

Allison Joan Martino, University of Michigan

Arriving and Departing from American Sāmoa

Kelema Lee Moses, Occidental College


Synaptic Leaps: Energy Interchange in Contemporary Printmaking

Deborah Cornell, Boston University

Once You Know, You Can’t Unknow: Creative Problem Solving in Computationalist Culture

Zachary Kaiser, Michigan State University

The Efficacy of Painting in the Landscape Imagination

Sandy Litchfield, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emotional Location: A Reflection on the Digitally Rendered Surface

Barbara Rauch, OCAD University


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BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research – Free Ebook


BITE: Recipes for remarkable research is an edited field book capturing the research, learning and experiences of an international network of scholars studying effective and creative research environments.  The book encapsulates what it is that enables remarkable research, and offers, as Professor Lizbeth Goodman says, “practical, evidence-based instantiations of ideas and innovations” as well as theoretical knowledge. It is set out as a recipe book, with supporting academic papers and case studies.

The recipes present research and advice from a wide range of subject areas in an instantly recognisable format. Each recipe enables the reader to take practical steps to understand and develop their own research at all levels, from personal solo work and group collaborations, to an institutional and architectural dimension.

Whether you are a PhD student, early career researcher, professor or decision-maker, these recipes, case studies and papers invite you to consider research habits, approaches and environments in interesting and different ways.