Welcome to DesignCalls

Welcome to DesignCalls, a blog for posting announcements of calls for papers for design-oriented journals and conferences.  I’m still not sure how this blog’s functionality will evolve over time.  Hopefully, its layout and design will improve in response to how it’s used.

AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche #4: Italian Material Design: Learning from History (July 2014)

Website:  journal@aisdesign.org
Deadline for submissions: 7 July 2014

Editors:  G. Bosoni and M. Ferrara

The 4th number of the “Ais/Design. Storia e Ricerche” Journal (expected journal publication November 2014), is proposed as an occasion of confrontation on the theme of the relationship between materials and Italian design. The aim of this call is to collect a series of original contributions with unpublished writings or re-positioning well known stories, that provide documentary evidence of the proposed topic (the particular attention of the Italian Design to materials, technologies and productive processes), with its various stories – product, fashion, interiors, visual, etc. – also focusing on how communication design contributed to build this myth. Even if based on the Italian history, the call also demands a other contributions that could compare foreign episodes and experiences with these Italian realities to better understand the specificities of the Italian case.

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Special Issue of Simulation & Gaming: Service Design Games (May 2014)

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2014
Website: http://sg.sagepub.com/ and http://www.unice.fr/sg/

Service Design may, to an outside eye, seem an unlikely area in which to use games and play. However, the fields of Service Innovation, Service Design, Participatory Design and Co-Design have a strong tradition of using games and playful activities to improve existing services and innovate new ones. Games are used with the staff, management, customers and other stakeholders of service providers. Yet these games have so far been developed, deployed and analyzed in relative isolation from the research conducted within game studies and the study of simulation/games. The aim of this symposium (special issue) is to fill this academic void by bringing together, consolidating and promoting contributions from service design games and placing them into dialogue with work in the sibling fields. Thus, the study of service design games will also contribute to simulation and game studies and design worldwide, and will in turn assist service designers in making their games even more efficient and interesting than they are now.

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12th Reinventing Space Conf (Nov 2014, London UK)

Dates: 18-20 Nov 2014
Location: London UK
Website: http://www.rispace.org/
Deadline for submissions: 2 June 2014

The space industry is constantly innovating. 2014 has already presented a number of challenges and opportunities. What is the future of global cooperation? How will cuts in US government spending affect the private sector? How will the commercial launch sector evolve? Will suborbital be a game changer? Reinventing Space addresses these issues and more.

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J Artistic Research special issue on Criticism (June 2014)

Website: http://www.jar-online.net
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2014
Guest Editor: Mary Sherman

One of the most common terms bandied about in academic circles of late is ‘Artistic Research.’ It has become a regular feature in seminars, departments are being built around it, and exhibition texts are smattered with it. Yet, as the Journal for Artistic Research – a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Artistic Research – reminds us, the term remains elusive. What JAR offers is not so much a definition of artistic research as examples of it. Recognising that text is only one of a number of possibilities to present research to a wider audience and taking advantage of online multimedia formats, the journal offers artists a space to unfold their research where they can use words and/or alternative modes of expressions, such as video, sound, and slide shows. The journal then provides a forum for peer-to-peer discussion.

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EuropIA.14: 14th Intl Conf of Advances in Design Sciences and Technology (Oct 2014, France)

Dates: 1-3 October 2014
Location: Nice – Cote d’Azur, France
Website: http://eia14.europia.org
Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2014

Theme: Architecture, City and Information Design

EuropIA Conferences are organized as a cross-platform for the study and analysis of the application of the ICT to architecture, archaeology, building engineering, civil engineering, urban design and policy analysis. The aim of EuropIA international conferences is to promote advancements of information and communication technology (ICT) and their effective application for the Building and Construction industry.
The characteristic of these conferences is the interaction of different disciplines regarding their approach, methods and techniques for the application of advanced technologies.

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DESIGNA 2014: Intl Conf on Design Research (Nov 2014, Portugal)

Dates: 20-21 November 2014
Location: University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Website: http://www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2014
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2014

DESIRE is the chosen theme to DESIGNA’s 4th edition, returning to the University of Beira Interior November 20th and 21st, 2014.

 The call for papers starts today and will be open until May 31st. We welcome the submission of original communication proposals with a seminal propensity that are able to explore the connection between Design and Desire within one of the six thematic frames that structure the conference: Communication, Multimedia, Product, Fashion, Theory and Education.

In this first moment, we invite researchers and designers to submit an abstract with their intended communication proposal. After a double blind review process and the authors’ acceptance notification, we will ask for the submission of the full paper, regarding the publication of the proceedings. The submission procedures can be found in the conference’s website – www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2014 -, a platform available both in portuguese and in english, where you can check all the necessary information about the event and its calendar.

DESIGNA has been contributing, since 2011, to consolidate the research on Design both academically and socially, nationally and internationally. Therefore, we ask everyone who’s interested to spread the word about the conference’s call for papers and to join us at Covilhã next November.

Design for a Billion (Nov 2014, India)

Dates: 8-9 November 2014
Location: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, India
Contact: design@iitgn.ac.in
Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2014

The Design and Innovation Center (DIC) will be hosting an international interdisciplinary conference titled Design For a Billion.
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AIGA Design Educators Conference (Portland September 2014): Call for Panel Abstracts

NEW VENTURES: INTERSECTIONS IN DESIGN EDUCATION
Call for Panel Abstracts

Dates: September 11–13, 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon
Website: http://educators.aiga.org/call-for-panel-abstracts/
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 11, 2014 — 5:00 pm (PST)

New ventures are propelling design educators and students to re-think how, where and what types of experiences best serve a design education in the 21st century.

  • How does a program’s location within a school, college or university create broader opportunities for learning as well as more defined, discipline specific learning?
  • What potential collaborations occur when new partners emerge?
  • How do different student cultures work together? (i.e. business, engineering and graphic design students).
  • How can faculty from different disciplines co-create a new model of design education?

From the creation of new types of graduate programs (DMBA), to the physical creation of design think tanks and venture accelerator programs on campuses — a new landscape of collaboration, intersection and adventure is quickly emerging.

Join fellow design educator and professionals in the vibrant design community of Portland, Oregon for two inspiring days of exciting intersections in the form of panel sessions, poster presentations, a juried student show, and lively conversation!

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Living and Learning – 2nd International Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (September 2014 Sheffield, UK)

Call for Proposals - ‘Living and Learning’: AAE conference 2014

3rd September – 5th September, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK

‘Living and Learning’ explores the notion of ‘liveness’, not just as experienced through live projects, but expanded to consider different forms of community participation and civic engagement, material and constructed interventions. This conference offers a platform for critical reflection on the most recent wave of ‘live’ innovations in design studio teaching and beyond. The conference is centred on architecture education, but invites contributions from any disciplinary context which might offer insight and spark critical debate.

Potential questions to be explored include:

  • What are the various understandings of the term ‘live’ in relation to pedagogy?
  • What is the theoretical basis for ‘going live’ in our teaching?
  • Where are the parallels with other disciplines and how might these challenge or enrich our practices?
  • What are the different motivations for ‘liveness’ and how does it operate at different stages of architectural education?
  • What does ‘live’ mean in online, digital environment?
  • How do the responsibilities of ‘liveness’ co-exist with risk-taking, play and experimentation?

Challenging the traditional conference model, re-inventing it as a social and spatial event, ‘Living and Learning’ develops a more varied feast of exchanges and offerings, with reading groups, performances, workshops and other activities taking place alongside more conventional conference activities. Events will take place both within the University, its Architecture School and elsewhere in the city, aiming to engage a wider audience of students and members of the public in the debate around architectural education.

We invite contributions from people located in any disciplinary area, both within and outside of academia: anyone with relevant experience or with something to say about ‘liveness’ in learning. See our Submission Instructions.

For more information: http://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/

‘Good Things and Bad Things’ DRS Umea – workshop June 15th 2014

NOTE – the workshop date is June 15th (not 16th)

 

If you are interested in questions about the ethics of design, join the good things and bad things workshop at the Design Research Society’s conference at Umea, Sweden, in June 2014.

The workshop is convened by Professor Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University UK; Professor Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins, London

At the workshop we will hear presentations which focus on the good/bad nature of specific things.

For information on how to apply to join the workshop, see the CfP at this dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bt3zgwr8pjag80q/lHYZX6Wxpt

Deadline for applications: 1st April 2014.

And you can join the ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/474678392584933/

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