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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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

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.


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