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:

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.

TOURETTE_Journal#0: WideOpen Call for Calls (22 June 2014)

Call for Calls

Call for Calls



Deadline: 22 June 2014

Eligibility: Anybody is eligible. Authors may have a non-architectural background, but the call must fuel innovative debate within contemporary architectural discourse. Group submissions are allowed.

TOURETTE_journal looks at architecture as a loose and ever-changing discipline, dealing with everything spatial directly and by way of digital culture, shifting institutional ground, political and sociological issues, representational modes, drones and gorillas. Tourette recognizes the power of architectural discourse in the shaping of the discipline and the profession, and wishes to provide an open platform for the proliferating of ideas, debate and disagreement on issues related to the project of architecture in contemporary culture.

CALL: WIDEOPEN: Call for Calls offers winning applicants the opportunity to curate one issue of the journal and contribute to the all-too-contemporary quest for relevancy within architectural discourse. At a time of collective and disciplinary crisis, in which architecture is looking outside of itself in order to redefine its boundaries, WIDEOPEN looks for intriguing questions rather than easy answers, challenging doubts rather than soothing certainties. WIDEOPEN challenges issues of authoriality within the discipline by soliciting a collective effort and foregrounding participation. The first issue of the journal, gathering the collection of accepted calls, will read as a crowd sourced manifesto of contemporary architecture. The whole structure of the journal will revolve around this first issue, expanding it and implementing its scope.

THEMES: Submitted call for papers will deal with one of the following macrothemes/tagwords, expanding it, stretching it and counterubbing it in any way possible. The tagwords are intended to cover some significant moments in the process of design, but are intentionally ambiguous so as to encourage the most diverse interpretations of them:








May 2014: Call for Calls

22nd June: Submission deadline

29th June: notification of acceptance

August 2014: Tourette#0: WideOpen issue release

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For submission details refer to website:

‘Good Things/ Bad Things’ workshop – DRS2014, Umea – 2pm-5pm 15th June: programme

The workshop programme is now ready and is (briefly) as follows:

1400 – 1430 Introduction to Workshop – Gamman and Fisher
1430 – 1450 Tiphaine Kazi-Tani, Rogue Designs – Atelier Van Lieshout
1450 – 1510 Mahmoud Keshavarz, Regularising Things – Passports
1510 – 1530 Discussion 1
1530 – 1550 Annamaria Andrea Vitali, Good Games of Chance – Gambling
1550 – 1610 Adam Thorpe, Fighting for Peace – Fashioning Things for Good
1610 – 1700 Discussion 2 – resume of 2 ‘good things’ events (2013 and 2014) – next steps
1700 Close and adjourn to opening ceremony

Hoping you can join us. Information about the DRS2014 workshops can be found here: The full programme including abstracts is here: 6.5.14 workshop programme

‘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:

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

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: 


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

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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