‘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:


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/

SWA The First Annual Student Web Awards – May 31, 2014

The first annual Student Web Awards intends to become a highly anticipated yearly competition and showcase of the best in student Web design. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate student work. 

This contest is an online exhibition, juried by leading design practitioners and educators. The jurors selected for this event share a passion for design education and a commitment to supporting emerging design talent.

We invite you to submit the best of your student Web design work! All submitted work will be evaluated for both its visual and interactive merit. Each accepted work will be eligible to win awards in the following categories:


Contest entry is free. Only one submission per entrant. Multiple submissions will result in exclusion from the contest. Any Web design-related project completed while all team members were students is eligible. Only accepted entrants will be notified of the status of their submissions. Accepted work will be added to the gallery within approximately one month of submission. 

All submissions must be received no later than May 31st, 2014. 
Voting for the People’s Choice Award will remain open for one month after the contest deadline.


Bridging the Divide: Developing & Applying Design Methodologies for Cross-Cultural Collaboration (March 2014, London, UK)

Symposium & Workshop Call for Participants

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014
Time: 9.30 – 18.00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, London
Website: http://ual.force.com/apex/EventFormPage?id=a0RD0000009biQhMAI&book=true

We would like to invite participants for a one-day research symposium and workshop on cross-cultural collaboration. Facilitated by an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award, it is centred around the exhibition The Craft of Ubuntu: An Exploration of Collaboration through Making, which is being shown in Cape Town and London as part of the World Design Capital 2014 official programme. 

The speakers include guests from WDC2014 Cape Town: Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Andile Dyalvane (South African ceramicist), Dr Katherine Ladd (University of Brighton), Simon Maidment (Kingston University), Dr Kirsten Scott (RCA), Sarah Rhodes (CSM) and John Ballyn (Independent Design Consultant). 

Whilst the morning presentations will be on cross-disciplinary practice in an African context, the focus on the day is on wider cross-cultural collaboration in design and craft research. The discourse will centre on:

  • The success, and importantly, failure of such partnerships;
  • The politics of working together;
  • Negotiating collaboration across disciplinary and cultural borders:
  • What might future collaborations look like?

Attendance is by RSVP only – If you would like to attend, please send an email to Sarah Rhodes: s.rhodes1@arts.ac.uk 


Design and Personalisation Symposium Feb 19-20th, Nottingham UK

‘Personalisation’ is rapidly permeating our everyday lives. From advertising to health care, and from clothing to architecture – most services and products can be tailored to suit particular needs and preferences. Where does it leave designers when consumers specify their products? Do personalised health services deliver value to the tax payer?
A fee of £75 allows delegates at Design and Personalisation Symposium, to consider specific instances of personalised designs, their consequences for users, and for society. Speakers will include academics, designers, public service providers, and industry professionals who will explore these conceptual, methodological and practical challenges.

Speakers will include:

Till Schutte – European head of Design and Graphics, Coca Cola

Rose Brook – Digital Media editor at Rapid News Communications

Jon Oberlander – Co-Director of Design Informatics, and  Chair in Epistemics, University of Edinburgh

For more details email Dr Iryna Kuksa iryna.kuksa@ntu.ac.uk

Workshop: Participatory Design for Persons Living with Cognitive or Sensory Impairments @ CHI2014

Pieter Duysburgh:

2nd call for participation. Workshop on Participatory Design for Persons Living with Cognitive or Sensory Impairments @ CHI2014

Originally posted on Design Journal & Conference Calls:

Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at CHI2014 in Toronto, Canada. This workshop will be held on April 26 or 27.

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Workshop: Participatory Design for Persons Living with Cognitive or Sensory Impairments @ CHI2014

Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at CHI2014 in Toronto, Canada. This workshop will be held on April 26 or 27.

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Call for Papers

Open call for papers for Special Issue of Interacting with Computers (Oxford University Press) on INTUITIVE INTERACTION

Intuitive interaction or intuitive use has been much talked about but until recently not much researched. This issue seeks to bring together the current state of the art in intuitive interaction research, which will then be easily accessible to a wide audience, and will also encourage take-up of principles and ideas for implementing intuitive interaction into user interfaces

Each paper should include a rigorous definition of intuitive interaction or intuitive use (your own or cited from previous work). Intuitive interaction should be the main focus of the research reported in the paper.

Scope includes intuitive interaction:
• for the general population
• for older, younger or disabled people
• for other particular groups

Also of interest are:
• methodology around researching intuitive interaction
• how to test products or interfaces for intuitive interaction
• how to design for intuitive interaction
• tools or methods than can be applied by designers or developers to design for intuitive interaction
• other issues relevant to the research, understanding and application of intuitive interaction.

“Interaction” or “use” can include but is not limited to interaction with:
• computers
• interfaces
• games
• products
• systems

Full papers to be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iwc

Deadline for submission of full papers 15th March 2014

Editors of the special issue are Associate Professor Alethea Blackler and Professor Vesna Popovic.

Alethea Blackler (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the School of Design and Leader of the Intuitive Interaction theme at the People and Systems Lab at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She has conducted ten studies into Intuitive Interaction over the past 12 years, in conjunction with colleagues and students and has published on the topic for the past 11 years.

Vesna Popovic (PhD) is a Professor in Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her research focus is within experience and expertise, intuitive interaction and intuitive navigation domains. She was founder of People and Systems Lab at QUT. Vesna is a Fellow of the Design Research Society and the Design Institute of Australia.

2nd CfP Special Issue of CoDesign: CoDesign with People Living with Cognitive and Sensory Impairments

Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/ncdncfp3.pdf

Submission of intentions to contribute: October 18, 2013

CoDesign with people living with cognitive and sensory impairments

The main focus of this special issue is on methods and techniques for codesign with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments. The issue will collect a number of high-quality papers describing how existing methods/techniques were adjusted for people living with impairments, or how dedicated methods/techniques were developed.

Focus & topics

The special issue aims to go beyond collecting case studies. Moreover, it will identify commonalities in current practices to determine main principles behind adjustments made to codesign techniques (or behind developing new techniques) for users with cognitive or sensory impairments. The focus of the individual papers should therefore be methodological, answering the main question of how the research approach has been different from an approach for codesign with users without impairments.

Specific topics to be dealt with may include

  • Specific methods/techniques for codesign that were adapted or developed for use with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments
  • Sensory stimuli/tools/etc. that were used in codesign sessions with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments
  • Ethical issues when doing codesign with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments
  • The role in the codesign process of both people living with cognitive or sensory impairments as well as caregivers
  • The process of translation and interpretation of data and insights towards concepts and designs
  • Personal interaction with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments (including issues such as vocabulary, instruction material, use of language, interpreters, etc.)
  • Dealing with the fact that you as a researcher/designer are not an expert in the area of the specific impairment of your target group
  • Flexibility with respect to the codesign approach
  • Collaboration with people with whom it is difficult to relate and whose world of experience is very different from that of the researcher/designer

Important deadlines

Submission of intentions to contribute should be submitted by October 18, 2013. Notifications of relevance (and thus invitations to write a full paper) will be sent by November 29. 2013. Full papers are due by March 28, 2014. The special issue will be published in the spring of 2015.

Further information:

For the full call for papers, go to: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/ncdncfp3.pdf

Potential authors should contact Karin Slegers (karin.slegers@soc.kuleuven.be) with any questions about the Special Issue.


NordiCHI 2014, the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Helsinki, Finland.

Conference theme for 2014 is Fun, Fast, Foundational


The conference will take place at Marina Congress Center, just a short seaside walk from the Helsinki city center. So book your calendars for October 26th-30th 2014, from Sunday to Thursday, and for the other important dates.

NordiCHI is the main Nordic forum for human-computer interaction research, with the conference proceedings published in ACM Digital Library. NordiCHI gathers together academics and practitioners to present and discuss challenges and achievements in human-computer interaction from diverse perspectives.

Important dates
Deadlines for submissions

  • 24.4.2014 – Full & Short Papers
  • 8.5.2014 – Workshop & Tutorial Proposals
  • 14.8.2014 – Workshop papers; Posters, demos, and videos; Panels; Doctoral consortium; Industrial experiences; Design cases; Student design competition

Conference dates

  • 26.-27.10.2014 Workshops, Tutorials
  • 27.10.2014 Doctoral Consortium
  • 28.-30.10.2014 NordiCHI conference

For more informations: http://nordichi2014.org/

Good Things and Bad Things (June 2013, Nottingham UK)

*Save the Date* for

 ‘Good Things and Bad Things’

Symposium in Nottingham on 10th/ 11th June 2013.

The programme will bring together a range of approaches to the ‘rights and wrongs’ of designs, designers and designing, hearing perspectives from Design (Jana Scholze, Victoria and Albert Museum), Sociology (Tim Dant, University of Lancaster), Social Anthropology (Mike Anusas, U of Strathclyde), Art (Gene-George Earlé), Design History (Ralph Mills, MMU), among others.

The good/ bad things in question include guns, things in questionable taste, immaterial things, sportified things, criminal things… among others.

We intend to start discussion about these as crossing points between ideas of virtue, propriety, moral conduct and the agency of material and immaterial objects.  This will connect both with debates from object orientated philosophy, and about designs as manifestations of social and cultural practices.

‘Good Things’ is Hosted by Nottingham Contemporary, to coincide with the exhibition ‘The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things’ curated by Mark Leckey and is a collaboration between the Design Research Society OPENSiG (objects, practices, experiences, networks), Nottingham Trent University, the Design against Crime Research Centre at Central St. Martins and Nottingham Contemporary.

Register here:


Registration fees are as follows:

Standard:                       £75

DRS Members:               £60

Student/ unwaged          £35

This covers lunches and refreshments on both days.

For updates, join our ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/474678392584933/

Queries – contact Tom Fisher: tom.fisher@ntu.ac.uk


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