COLOR/FORMS: The 24th Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design (April 2015, New York)

Dates: 23-24 April 2015
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA
Contact: Ethan Robey, robeye@newschool.edu
Deadline for proposals: 26 January 2015

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.
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ACM Creativity & Cognition (June 2015, Glasgow Scotland)

Dates: 22-25 June 2015
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website: http://www.creativityandcognition.com/cc15
Deadline for submission of papers: 6 January 2015
Deadline for submission of posters, etc: 6 March 2015

ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015 invites papers, posters, demonstrations workshops and Artworks investigating how interactive computing systems and sociotechnical processes affect creativity. We cherish creativity as a wonderful aspect of human experience, transformative and potentially transcendental. Creativity is the partner of inspiration, of moments when we seem to go beyond ourselves to reach new heights. Creativity is the font of innovation. Creativity and Cognition papers address the impact of computing on individual creative experiences, as well as social and collaborative contexts. In all cases, we seek for the presentation of work to include forms of validation featuring data about people, in order to show how computing environments impact human creativity. The data can take many forms, including qualitative, quantitative, and sensory. Creativity and Cognition 2015 will present papers addressing: (1) creativity support environments, (2) studies of technology, people, and creativity, and (3) creative works that utilize computing to engage, stimulate, and provoke human experience. We see research on the impact of computing on creativity not as a fledgling field, in which methodologies are unknown and uncertain, but rather as having reached a relatively mature state, in which various diverse methodologies have been developed and applied. Methodologies and theories, while perpetually under development, are already quite viable.

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COLOR/FORMS, Parsons & Cooper Hewitt Grad Symposium (April 2015; New York, NY)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Color/Forms

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
April 23 and 24, 2015.

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

Areas of investigation might involve:

  • Graphic design and broadcast media–e.g. color printing in lithographs, newspapers and magazines; day-glo color inks and psychedelic design; Technicolor and other cinematic color systems; the advent of color television; etc.
  • Fashion and costume studies–e.g. color, or lack thereof, in menswear; aniline dyes and other technologies of coloration; color forecasting; etc.
  • Industrial design–e.g. colored plastics; anodized aluminum; the color of high technology (silver, black, white, beige) or domestic appliances; color theory and consumer choice; color-customizable products; colors in toys; etc.
  • Decorative arts–e.g. hand-painted and printed colors ceramics; tapestry, color-changing fabrics and other textiles; polychromy in sculpture; etc.
  • Architecture and interior design–e.g. colored exterior lighting; psychologies of colored interiors; wallpapers; “white cities” and exhibition architecture; etc.
  • …or any number of related fields of production and consumption.

Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as History of the Decorative Arts, History of Design, Curatorial Studies, Design Studies, Art History, History of Architecture, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Consumer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and other fields.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Meikle, Stiles Professor in American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on “Postcard Modernism: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and American Visual Culture, 1931-1950.” Dr. Meikle is one of the leading voices in design history and cultural history. His renown scholarship extends to industrial design and technology, popular print media, and alternative cultures from 1950 to the present. His books include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1982); American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995); and Design in the USA (2005).

The Keynote will be on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 and the symposium sessions will be in the morning and afternoon on Friday, April 24.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:

Ethan Robey
Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies
robeye@newschool.edu

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

The symposium is sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design

xCoAx 2015: 3rd International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (June 2015, Glasgow)

Dates: 25-26 June 2015
Location: Glasgow, UK
Website: http://xcoax.org/
Deadline for submissions: 18 January 2015

Computational tools and media, from traditional computers and software to the latest wearable artifacts, sensors, haptic interfaces and more, have dramatically transformed the landscape of arts, design, and several other cultural forms.

xCoAx is an exploration of this environment in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is meant as a hub for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of interdisciplinary and international synergies, with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians working on the frontiers of digital arts and culture.

Our focus has always been on critical and stimulating intersections: between the computable and the uncomputable, the communicable and the incommunicable, the chaos of creativity and the rules of algorithms, the human and the machine, in a constant search for new directions in aesthetics.

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Final Call: Fashion and Gender Symposium (due 9 January)

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] will present a symposium on 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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20th Intl Conf on Engineering Design: Design for Life (July 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 27-30 July 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Website: http://www.iced15.org
Deadline for submissions: 7 December 2014

We are pleased to invite you to prepare and submit papers to the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 15!

The ICED15 conference will be held in Milan, at the same time as EXPO 2015, making this a truly unique occasion for participants to attend both events. The EXPO 2015 theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” inspired the ICED 15 motto to be “Design for Life”, which points to the role and responsibility that designers have in improving human existence.

“Design for a healthy life”, “Design for a sustainable life” and “Design for a contented life” are three fields in which design can have a particularly strong impact and have therefore been selected as themes for the ICED 15 conference.

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DeSForM2015: Aesthetics of Interaction | Dynamic, Multisensory, Wise (Oct 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 13-17 October 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Website: http://www.desform2015.polimi.it
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2015

The works traditionally presented at DeSForM investigate the evolving nature of design artifacts and how new forms or objects’ aesthetics convey meaning. We aim to discuss the potential, the limits, and the constraints of designing intriguing experiences with technology-affected artifacts (be they tangible, virtual or intangible). We will also explore the balance of aesthetics, ethics, meaning, and emotion in design.

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The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (28 June – 1 July 2015)

Call for Paper abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals

2015 DRS//CUMULUS//DesignED Header

Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: SAIC
Chicago, IL USA
http://learnxdesign2015.com/

The DESIGN-ED Coalition, in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus, is excited to announce the Call for Paper Abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals for the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design. http://learnxdesign2015.com/

Deadline for substitution of abstracts and workshop/symposium proposals is on 22 October 2014 via this link https://www.conftool.pro/learnxdesign2015/

Submission information (PDF) is on http://learnxdesign2015.com/LearnxDesign2015_callforpapers.pdf

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CEEA 2015: Experiential Engineering Education (May 2015, Hamilton Canada)

Dates: 31 May – 3 June 2015
Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Website: http://www.ceea2015-mcmaster.ca
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 26 January 2015

The Canadian Engineering Education Association’s Annual Conference (CEEA2015-McMaster) will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from May 31 to June 3, 2015. All areas of engineering education research and practice are invited, but we would like to theme the broader discussion around what experiential education means for our students. This conference offers a unique venue for academics and practitioners to discuss recent trends in engineering education and education research. The conference includes workshops, plenary sessions, and technical sessions.

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AIGA/DEC Conference: Spaces of Learning (April 2015, Toronto Canada)

Dates: 16-18 April 2015
Location: School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: http://spacesoflearning.aiga.org/
Deadline for submission of proposals: UPDATED 14 November 2014

SOL

This conference seeks to activate three conversational platforms embedded in the conference title.

1) Design Education as Interface
2) Design Education as Diverse Cultural and Social Space
3) Design Education as Politics.

The conference will explore the idea that graphic design education is rapidly evolving: the social spaces we work in, and the practices of teaching and learning we engage with, are themselves mediated by larger contexts of social, cultural, political and technological change. Mindful of these changing contexts our conference will seek to pose questions about the assumptions we make about the relationship between making design, thinking about design, asking questions about design and theorizing design in as open and potentially interdisciplinary a framework as possible.

We will also address how, as a specific discipline of making, we are uniquely placed to explore the limits of the emerging conversation about visual communication and visual culture in contemporary spaces of learning.

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