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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.

19th Congress of the Intl Ergonomics Association (Aug 2015, Melbourne Australia)

Dates: 9-14 August 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Website: http://iea2015.org/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 November 2014

We invite contributions on all topics related to ergonomics and human factors including practical, technical, empirical and theoretical aspects. Case studies of the latest technology design and/or practical cases for all domains of use and practice will be given particular attention. Also company case studies, discussing the application of human factors in actual cases, are highly appreciated.

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craft+design enquiry #8: Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries (2016)

Website: http://craftdesignenquiry.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_13.html
Deadline for expressions of interest: 30 April 2015

The craft + design enquiry Editorial Board welcomes Tiziana Ferrero-Regis, Rafael Gomez and Kathleen Horton, from Queensland University of Technology, as the Guest Editors of c+de#8 with the theme of ‘Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries’.

Contributors to c+de#8 are invited to submit Expressions of Interest for either the Themed Section or the Open Section by following the Steps to Submitting a Paper outlined at the website.

Expressions of Interest close on 30 April 2015. For contributors invited to submit papers, the deadline for full papers is 30 June 2015. c+de#8 will be published in mid-2016.

Please refer to the website for further details.

MODE 2015 – Motion Design Education Summit (June 2015, Dublin Ireland)

Date: June 3-5, 2015
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Website: http://www.modesummit.com/index.html
Deadline for abstracts: 05 January 15

The University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Kent State University and Michigan State University jointly present the 2nd MODE Summit. This international event brings together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects, changes messages, meaning, and communication. The conference takes place in Dublin, Ireland, 03–05 June 2015 at the O’Connell House and the Royal Irish Academy.

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Call for Proposals: FIU’s 2015 Interior Design Emerging Symposium

Date: 10th April 2015
Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Website: http://fiu2015intdesignsymposium.wordpress.com/
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2015




The symposium will take place at FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios under the theme “BLURRED LINES.” The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium will be the world-renowned interior and industrial designer, KARMIN RASHID.

This year’s theme, BLURRED LINES refers to those narrow and vacillating borders between the designs of interior spaces and the objects, forms, and technologies that interact in and out of those spaces. “Blurred Lines” investigates the ever-evolving role of the Interior Architect or Interior Designer as one that creatively touches every part of the built environment.

The daylong event will feature a keynote address from KARMIN RASHID along with presentations by leading design academics and practitioners, as well as, an interactive poster session and lively afternoon Pecha Kucha presentation. We are working hard to make this symposium an event that everyone will enjoy and remember.

The proposal submission system is open; Please visit the FIU Interior Design Emerging Symposium website for further information.


Proposal submissions are being accepted via email at: IntArchSymposium@yahoo.com


Registration for the symposium is OPEN. There is an early bird registration fee of $75 per attendee. In order to qualify for the early bird fee, registration must be completed before MARCH 15TH, 2015. Please visit the FIU Interior Design Emerging Symposium website to complete you registration.


If you have any questions regarding the symposium or the call for proposals, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you on April 10th, 2014 in Miami.

Sincerely your Symposium Coordinator,


College of Architecture and the Arts
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture
Interior Designer, ID6132


PAD #12 CALL deadline postponed on September 29, 2014


PAD (Pages on Arts and Design) is an international, open access, and peer-reviewed e-journal published twice a year. PAD publishes original and qualified intellectual production in all area of design and arts research. It provides an international and interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, debate and criticism. PAD findings from researchers and professionals across different countries and cultures of the Mediterranean areas and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on design theory and practice.
The publication of each issue will coincide with the publication of the call for papers for the following monographic issue on Call page.
The journal is identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN 1972-7887) and each its article carries an Article Number (AN). All the articles are freely available online upon publication. They are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


Bodies of interaction: physical, virtual  and social interfaces
keywords: body-environment, interactive artifacts, new media
editor: Daniele Savasta

deadline: September 29, 2014

The editor invites contributions to the issue no.12 of Pad -pages on arts and design- online journal (to be released in November 2014) that will be focused on the interactions between bodies of humans and non-humans.


In the last decades, since the computers became portable and ubiquitous the everyday life of people changed drastically. How we communicate and socialize, the way we gather for fun or work, the concepts of entertainments and occupations changed and are still mutating. The continual introduction of innovative interfaces as experiment or as product in the market impact thoughts and actions. The relations between the human and the non-human bodies are in a constant dialogue, re-discussion and contradiction. The facts and actions in the virtual world regulate and organize in a different manner the actions in the physical world. The digital appendices alter the life in the city and its fluxes. The control of the electronic extensions of our body increasingly involve the gestures of the natural body and cause its modification.

The fact is that these digital artifacts influence our behaviors and a critique of the trigger factors must be encouraged and increased. The vast span of disciplines and research fields involved denote the complexity of the topic including, between the others approaches, interaction design and human-computer interaction, anthropology and urban informatics, psychology and design for services, embodied interaction and sociology.

The focus of the 12 issue of Pad journal is on the interactions between digital artifacts and human behaviors. In specific on the relations, influences, modifications between these devices and the human body viewed as physical, virtual and/or social. The author is free to interpret the theme from his own perspective and with the filter of his discipline, although an interdisciplinary approach is warmly encouraged.

Call for contributions

We invite academics, scholars, educators, researchers and practitioners to contribute original papers that are included, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Track 1 – The human body
– How the emerging interfaces are involving our senses, gestures, physical body?
– How the prototyping tools are helping to fill the gaps between the design and electronics world empowering the diffusion and the creation of new extended body in the physical world?
– How the diffusion of house robots is perceived and how its changing thanks to their physical structure?
– Since visionary devices are becoming real which scenarios can we envision for our future?

Track 2 – The virtual body
– What is the role of virtual identities in the daily life?
– How and to what extent, the perception of self-change in a virtual environment?
– How the role and perception of identities online changed according to the digital artifacts and common consciousness?
– What is the role of digital artifacts in our physical actions?
– How the evolution of digital artifacts changed our perception of the so-called “black boxes”?

Track 3 – The social body
– What is the role of digital artifacts in our social life? Which interfaces are populating our life and how they change/improve/limit our social interactions?
– Which interfaces are being designed for our cities in terms of the citizens’ life and their relationships?
– Which role can be defined for digital artifacts in the urban spaces?
– How a critique approach to interaction design can enlarge the vision of diffused digital artifacts and their influences on our life?

Track 4 – Bodies relations
– What are the relations created between our bodies (physical, virtual, social) by digital artifacts?


The main language of Pad is English. Although, as usual customs of Pad, the proposals can be submitted in a second language other than English.


Full paper must be received by September 8, 2014. All text will be blind reviewed by peer experts.

The submission will includes:

1) Title (max. 70 characters)
2) Meta-description (156 characters)
3) 3-5 keywords
4) Short abstract (~100 words/ ~600 characters)
5) Text (~4000 words / ~25000 characters)
6) References
7) 3-9 images accompanied by captions
In addition:
8) Short biography of ~50 words
9) Full name, title, affiliations, and email address

Detailed information

Title: The length of the title is limited due to the web format and optimization for web research engines.

Meta-description: it is a summary of the article used by the most common web research engines with a fixed length of 156 characters.

Keywords: The keywords codify the terms from the title, the abstract and the text of the paper.

Abstract: The abstract is an essential part of the paper that work as a concise description of the content.

Text: The author/s declare the manuscript as original and provide citations to the work they are referring to.

Images: Authors are encouraged to include high-quality images free of copyright or with an obtained permission for reproduction and publication on Pad-pages on arts and design.

The accepted formats are:
– JPEG (ideal for photographic images)
– GIF or PNG (best for non-photographic images, bitmaps)

Images are connected by their names to the captions.

Short biography and authors’ data: The biography and the data of the author/s are meant to be published on the website and attached on a different file than the manuscript.


For futher information and submissions:

Unmaking Waste:  Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place (May 2015, Adelaide Australia)

Dates: 21-24 May 2015
Location: Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Website: www.unmakingwaste2015.org
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 October 2014

Waste is created when we no longer value something we create, possess or use. Barriers to prematurely discarding goods and resources have steadily fallen in recent years. Easy credit, low prices, instant online access, and a 24 hour promotional media all reinforce an expanding consumerism.

While much effort has gone into researching and implementing successful technical strategies for reducing waste and emissions, accelerating rates of consumption are undermining these efforts. It is clear that we need new systems-based approaches to reduce this excess consumption, including the excesses of our ‘waste-making’, to generate a more sustainable circular economy.

This conference invites participants to explore new approaches to reduce the speed, volume and impacts of ‘waste-ready’ global consumerism.

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Fashion and Gender (May 2015, University of Minnesota USA)

Dates: 1-2 May 2015
Location: University of Minnesota, USA
Website: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/gender/
Deadline for proposals: 9 January 2015.

The University of Minnesota [USA] is organizing a symposium entitled Fashion and Gender to be held May 1-2, 2015. This symposium is the fourth in a symposium series entitled “Fashion And … ” connecting fashion with other themes of importance in today’s world. Members attending the symposia of Fashion And… examine the interconnections and intersections of fashion in today’s world.

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IASDR INTERPLAY 2015 (Nov 2015, Brisbane Australia)

Dates: 2-5 November 2015
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Website: http://www.iasdr2015.com
Deadline for submissions: 6 April 2015

IASDR 2015 invites papers, posters, workshops, exhibitions and doctoral colloquium submissions from any area of design research that explores the interplay between design research, science, technology and the arts. All submissions will be double blind reviewed. Submissions must be in English and submitted through the online submission system. All submissions should comply with IASDR 2015 guidelines. IASDR 2015 will explore the interaction of design research with science, technology and the arts. This continual INTERPLAY provides opportunities to explore interaction between cross-disciplinary knowledge and various design research approaches. IASDR 2015 aims to establish trans-disciplinary research platforms across diverse domains to foster new research and education opportunities and stimulate innovation. Call for Papers: We invite papers which offer original research and application across all domains of design: architecture, planning, industrial design, engineering design, software, interaction design, fashion or media design. The papers should demonstrate collaborative research and application with science or technology or the arts. Papers should be 3000 – 5000 words excluding abstracts and references and comply with IASDR 2015 guidelines.
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Progetto Grafico 28 International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Publishing

Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2015
Contact: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico 28: Publishing

Edited by Maria Rosaria Digregorio, Silvio Lorusso, Silvia Sfligiotti, Stefano Vittori

By devoting an issue to “Publishing,” which has always been a central theme for people dealing with communication design, Progetto grafico has decided to start by redefining and expanding upon the term, going beyond its primarily editorial connotations to explore its significance as “making public; disclosing; popularizing.” The latter seems to be a core issue for both those who design/produce editorial material (professionally or otherwise) as well as those who use it.

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Conference on Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) June 2015, Nottingham (UK)


 We’d like to inform you that the deadline for abstracts for the PLATE conference has been extended to Friday 19 September 2014 at 12 noon.

Please check the website for further information.


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