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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Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond (July 2015, Philadelphia USA)

Dates: 6-31 July 2015
Location: Drexel University, Philadelphia USA
Website: http://drexel.edu/westphal/undergraduate/ARTH/historyofmoderndesign/
Deadline for application: 2 March 2015

This exciting four–week NEH summer teaching institute will prepare twenty-five college faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to meet the increasing demand for as well as interest in courses on modern design history. In-depth seminars will focus upon three interdependent thematic units:

  • taste and popular culture
  • political and global interpretations of design after world war II
  • women as consumers and producers of design

The director’s and visiting scholars’ complementary approaches to “The Canon and Beyond” will build upon and reinforce participants’ familiarity with standard material, while simultaneously introducing new material and critical perspectives. Field trips to regional museums and collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum in Delaware will provide participants direct experience with objects, and suggest ways to use local collections in their own teaching. Group presentations by our participants will take place during the final week of the Institute.

Content is in development, for more information please contact nehmoderndesign@drexel.edu.

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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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.

PAD #12 CALL deadline postponed on September 29, 2014

www.padjournal.net

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)

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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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Annual conference of the Universities Arts Association of Canada (October 2014, Toronto)

Dates: 23-26 October 2014
Location: OCAD University, Toronto
Website: http://www.uaac-aauc.com/en/conference
Deadline for submissions: 18 June 2014

THE TENSIONS AND SYNERGIES OF AESTHETICS OF ‘DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY’

Paradoxically, while sustainability has become a keyword of contemporary reorientations of design practices and theories, most research endeavors have been devoted to improving efficiency or performance and few to understanding the influences of these injunctions on culture on the one hand, and design thinking on the other. How designers address the ever increasing environmental expectations or even, how they maintain a creative balance between ethics and aesthetics, remains largely unaddressed in recent design theory.  This session is focused on the questions regarding the tensions between cultural and technical responses of design for sustainability that cross the main disciplines concerned with design thinking, be it at the scales of product, architecture, landscape, and urban design. Do designers go beyond current injunctions of environmental norms, certifications, and policies in order to maintain a creative balance between ethics and aesthetics in their projects? Is the aesthetic tension between form and content emerging as a new framework for designing more sustainable environments?

Session Chair: Carmela Cucuzzella, PhD
Affiliation: Graduate Program Director, Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice
Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Email address : carmela.cucuzzella@concordia.ca

Research Through Design conference (March 2015, Cambridge UK)

Dates: 25-27 March 2015
Location: Cambridge, UK
Website: http://researchthroughdesign.org
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 4 July 2014

We are excited to invite submissions for the second bi-annual Research Through Design (RTD) conference, to be held in Cambridge, UK, between the 25th and 27th of March 2015. RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research accompanied by round-table discussions in “Rooms of Interest.” The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate about the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of inaugural RTD conference held in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2013, the second conference, RTD 2015, is to be hosted at Microsoft Research’s new European lab in the centre of Cambridge, which promises to be an exciting venue for exploring what design practice means in the early-21st Century.

RTD 2015 aims to foreground the materiality of design research, placing its artefacts, processes, and practices centre stage. We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from a design inquiry and offering a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the authors¹ presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) as central to their submission; the artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference.

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EAD11: 11th Conf of the European Academy of Design: The value of design research (April 2015, Paris France)

Dates: 17-19 April 2015
Location: Paris Descartes University – Paris College of Arts
Website: http://www.europeanacademyofdesign.org 

Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. The gestalt of the conference is “the whole is more than just the sum of its parts”. Taking this principle to heart, the conference will bring together all stakeholders in design research and design process innovation. University labs, design schools, and R&D departments from industries have been invited.

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J Artistic Research special issue on Criticism (June 2014)

Website: http://www.jar-online.net
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2014
Guest Editor: Mary Sherman

One of the most common terms bandied about in academic circles of late is ‘Artistic Research.’ It has become a regular feature in seminars, departments are being built around it, and exhibition texts are smattered with it. Yet, as the Journal for Artistic Research – a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Artistic Research – reminds us, the term remains elusive. What JAR offers is not so much a definition of artistic research as examples of it. Recognising that text is only one of a number of possibilities to present research to a wider audience and taking advantage of online multimedia formats, the journal offers artists a space to unfold their research where they can use words and/or alternative modes of expressions, such as video, sound, and slide shows. The journal then provides a forum for peer-to-peer discussion.

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