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

Progetto Grafico 28 International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Publishing

Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2015
Contact: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico 28: Publishing

Edited by Maria Rosaria Digregorio, Silvio Lorusso, Silvia Sfligiotti, Stefano Vittori

By devoting an issue to “Publishing,” which has always been a central theme for people dealing with communication design, Progetto grafico has decided to start by redefining and expanding upon the term, going beyond its primarily editorial connotations to explore its significance as “making public; disclosing; popularizing.” The latter seems to be a core issue for both those who design/produce editorial material (professionally or otherwise) as well as those who use it.

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Call for papers: Message – Edition 2

Mes­sage
Typography, Lettering and Text as Image (edition 2)
Where are the boundaries of communication and meaning?
Website: http://messageresearch.net

Call for academic submissions
Scholarly submissions are invited for consideration in the full colour, large format, and international journal, Message.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (300-500 words): 8 September 2014
Notification of abstract acceptances: 15 September 2014
Full paper/report (4000-6000 words): 5 January 2015

Email to: v.squire@plymouth.ac.uk

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Summer School of Making (Aug 2014, Belgium)

Dates: 24 August – 5 September 2014
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Website: http://www.summerschoolofmaking.be
Deadline for application: ASAP

LEARN NEW SKILLS THIS SUMMER IN MOTION GRAPHICS / CREATIVE PROTOTYPING

Creative students or young professionals from all over the world come together in the final weeks of the summer in Belgium.
Are you a creative from a technical creative discipline such as: digital design, motion design, product design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, typography, interior design, graphic design, animation,…? Come to Kortrijk to perfection your model making or motion design skills and learn from professionals from the industry. You can expect intense master classes, fully equipped workshops which are almost 24/7 at your disposal and a hands-on, international learning experience. In week 1 we organize a bunch of hands-on technical, creative workshops spread over 2 tracks: creative prototyping or motion graphics. If you want to put your new learned skills to the test, stay for another week in which we will challenge you with a creative and multidisciplinary design assignment.

J Communication Design (July 2014)

Website: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/journal/journal-of-communication-design/
Deadline to submit abstracts for 2015 publication: 1 July 2014

Editor-in-Chief: Teal Triggs, Royal College of Art, UK

Bloomsbury Publishing is delighted to announce that from 2015 it will be the publisher of Journal of Communication Design: Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research, the official publication of Icograda (The International Council of Communication Design). Journal of Communication Design was originally launched by Icograda in 2009 as an online publication called Iridescent with the aim of providing a platform to share ideas and findings between scholars and researchers across different cultures and to facilitate collaboration between the members of the Icograda network.

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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:

  • TYPOGRAPHY
  • VISUAL DESIGN
  • INTERACTIVITY
  • USER EXPERIENCE
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • BEST IN SHOW

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.

 http://studentwebawards.net

GLIDE’14 CFP: Diversifying STEM (Nov 2014, online)

Dates: 12 November 2014 (streaming)
Location: online
Website: http://glideconference.org
Deadline for submission of 500-word abstracts: 15 March 2014

GLIDE (Global Interaction in Design Education) is a biennial, virtual conference that disseminates cutting-edge research on the important role of communication design within global society. The purpose of a virtual-only format is to bridge cultural and geographic divides in an eco-friendly way. The 4th GLIDE conference will stream Wednesday, November 12, 2014 starting at 8:15 AM. You are invited to submit full papers, poster papers, and online workshops on topics related to the role of communication design in diversifying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Call for Papers – Progetto Grafico International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Play

progetto grafico 27

Play

edited by Serena Brovelli, Maria Rosaria Digregorio, Luciano Perondi

[Play] is an activity which proceeds within certain limits of time and space, in a visible order, according to rules freely accepted, and outside the sphere of necessity or material utility. (Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens, 1939)

Play, in all its many forms, involves all ages of life. Designing for games and play is, therefore, a complex, multifaceted activity that occurs on many different levels.

With this issue of Progetto Grafico, we place play at the center of designers’ attention, both as a rich source of design ideas as well as a design realm in and of itself, involving the use of various skills and resources.
Play is an experience that exists in an arbitrarily defined space and time; it has a precise aim, and is based upon a series of mutually accepted rules and conventions. The latter provide its key structure: the comprehension and agreement upon such rules and conventions are what make players a part of the game, and allow them to reach the goal the game was designed for.

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Call for Papers – Progetto Grafico International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Traces

progetto grafico 26

Traces

edited by Luigi Farrauto, Claude Marzotto, Silvia Sfligiotti

In this issue of Progetto grafico, devoted to “Traces”—indices, markers, clues, imprints, and diagrams—we would like to explore visual communications that, rather than focusing on mere representation, deal with the dimension of time.

First and foremost, traces have historical value: in any and every artifact, they take us back to the moment the object was thought up, revealing the reasoning and techniques by which it was produced. Oftentimes, they also reveal subjective choices and incidents during development that betray an underlying human factor that seemingly contradicts the presumed neutrality of graphic design.

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Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference (November 2013, Istanbul Turkey)

Dates: 15 November 2013
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Website: http://www.idacongress.com/2013istanbul/?page=education_conference
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 January 2013

We are pleased to announce the Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference (15 November 2013), the academic component of the 2013 IDA Congress which will be held between 15-17 November 2013 in Istanbul.

Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference will explore the theme of 2013 IDA Congress Istanbul “Design Dialects” in the realm of design education and research focusing on the three disciplines of the International Design Alliance (IDA) which are industrial design, communication/graphic design and interior architecture/design. This educational conference will provide a platform for design academics to discuss challenges and opportunities among designers, educators or researchers.

You can find the call for papers and posters http://www.idacongress.com/2013istanbul/?page=education_conference here.

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