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Welcome to DesignCalls, a blog for posting announcements of calls for papers for design-oriented journals and conferences.  I’m still not sure how this blog’s functionality will evolve over time.  Hopefully, its layout and design will improve in response to how it’s used.

Panel at Conf of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S): Technologies of representation in design and making (Nov 2015, Denver USA)

Dates: 11-14 November
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Website: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29 March 2015

Listed as Panel #36: From one thing to another: Technologies of representation in design and making
Arlene Oak, University of Alberta, aoak@ualberta.ca
Claire Nicholas, cn4@ualberta.ca

Technologies of visualization are a well-established matter of concern to STS scholars interested in questions of knowledge production and representation (Hacking 1983, Latour and Woolgar 1986, Latour 1990, Kaiser 2005). Recent work extends this consideration to acoustic technologies (Helmreich 2007, Pinch and Bijsterveld 2004, Roosth 2009). This panel opens an adjacent conversation in relation to the use of digital and analog media in the design processes of fields such as industrial design, architecture, planning, engineering, and visual communication design. Here the issues are less about constituting pattern, order, and meaning from scientific data, with the digital/analog question instead highlighting issues of translatability, or “transductivity” (Helmreich 2007, Silverstein 2003) across representational mediums, and in relation to problems of scale and complexity. It also bears on professional debates on craft, making, and aesthetics.

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Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network “Make, Mistake, Journey: Practice-led Research and Ways of Learning” (Mar 2015)

Website: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/about
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 13 March 2015

Practice-led research has become particularly pertinent in art, design and the social sciences in recent years, alongside a more general blooming of interest in the relationship between the mind, body and external world. Studies increasingly acknowledge or embrace the presence of the researcher or use the body as the means of doing research. In practice-led research bodily movement is simultaneously the mode of knowledge production and reception (Sklar 2000: 71).

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Progetto Grafico 29 International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Clients and Patrons

Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2015
Contact: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico 29: Clients and Patrons

edited by Riccardo Falcinelli, Davide Fornari, Carlo Vinti

At a time of general economic difficulties, marked by constant disciplinary and professional readjustments in the field of visual communication, we have chose to devote this issue of Progetto grafico to the theme of clients and patrons.

Historically, in the field of graphic design, large industrial, commercial, or institutional clients have provided not only financial support to designers (in the form of commissions), but have also had an impact on design choices, and contributed to shaping the image that graphic designers have of themselves as professionals. Despite this, clients are often forgotten protagonists in the history of graphic design. Recent critical debate has more often focused on the changing role of graphic designers and their direct relationship with end users. The issue of clients and patrons has remained largely in the shadows, although clients continue to play key roles in the process of design and production of communicative artifacts.

A series of important changes since the 1980s has perhaps made it even more urgent to resume the discussion about clients’ roles. On the one hand, the need for independence felt by the youngest generation of
graphic designers has increasingly led them to question the traditional designer-client relationship, structured as consulting or professional services provided to a customer. On the other hand, entire business and institutional sectors have begun to turn to professionals outside the traditional world of graphic design, whose skills lie more in marketing and strategic communication. Meanwhile, the position of the graphic designer has been significantly rethought: designers have attempted to appropriate many other roles in recent years (author, editor, curator, producer), including that of entrepreneur. Various forms of DIY-production and the diffusion of self-initiated projects have led many to believe they could do without the clients, or at least to prefer other forms of collaboration with partners who share their same culture. Public support from universities and foundations (in the form of scholarships and residences) is a more recent phenomenon whose sustainability model offers food for debate.

Given this complex framework, we believe it is particularly useful to reconsider several basic questions: What does being a client or patron mean, and what is the relationship between contemporary graphic designers and clients, taking into account the different shapes this relationship can take.

We are also interested in reconsidering some of the original meanings associated with the Italian term comittenza: the noun derives from the Latin verb committere, which, in addition to the sense of “entrusting,” “ordering,” and “requesting,” initially also referred to the acts of “putting together,” “joining two or more things.” English distinguishes more clearly between the activities of patronage (the support given to somebody’s work) and the role of customer (who buys or pays for goods and services), but from an etymological viewpoint the two terms both imply the idea of giving support: hence supporting a human work or activity, and not just economically.

And so, for this issue of Progetto grafico, we look forward to receiving contributions (essays, research, other forms of reportage) that critically discuss the theme of clients and patrons, in light of the aforementioned questions and issues. We are interested in perspectives from different disciplines, as long as they have at least a tangential pertinence to the field of visual communication and its cultural implications.

The issues we would like to explore include:

– How industrial, commercial, and publishing entrepreneurs, as well as political and cultural institutions, have contributed (and continue to contribute) to the establishment of the graphic design profession.

– Who are professional designers’ clients nowadays, and how has the relationship between designers and their commercial, institutional, or cultural counterparts changed?

– Who acts as mediator between designers and clients, both today and in the past?

– How has the traditional designer-client relationship, first established in the 20th century, changed in the contemporary landscape?

– How is the client perceived in the professional community? Does it still make sense to talk about “educating clients”?

– What kind of professional relationships do graphic design schools now prepare their students for?

– Is there such as thing as graphic design without clients?

– What opportunities do companies and institutions now offer graphic designers to encourage them to take risks, innovate, experiment, or even do research?


scheduled release: spring 2016
submission deadline: 30 May 2015

Send proposals to: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

Progetto grafico è la rivista internazionale di grafica edita dall’Aiap http://www.aiap.it/progettografico/

Davide Fornari, Silvia Sfligiotti

editorial board
Emanuela Bonini Lessing, Serena Brovelli, Maria Rosaria Digregorio, Riccardo Falcinelli, Claude Marzotto, Jonathan Pierini, Carlo Vinti, Stefano Vittori


Off the Lip: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation (Sep 2015, Plymouth UK)

Dates: 7-11 September 2015
Location: University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
Contacts: martha.blassnigg@plymouth.ac.uk (for papers), michael.punt@plymouth.ac.uk (for workshops)
Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2015 (for papers), 28 February 2015 (for workshops)

The promise of cognitive innovation as a collaborative project in the sciences, arts and humanities is that we can approach creativity as a bootstrapping cognitive process in which the energies that shape the poem are necessarily indistinguishable from those that shape the poet. For the purposes of this conference the exploration of the idea of cognitive innovation concerns an understanding of creativity that is not exclusively concerned with conscious human thought and action but also as intrinsic to our cognitive development. As a consequence, we see the possibility for cognitive innovation to provide a theoretical and practical platform from which to address disciplinary differences in ways that offer new topics and concerns for research in the sciences and the humanities.

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EKSIG 2015: Intl Conf of the DRS SIG on Experiential Knowledge: Tangible Means – Experiential Knowledge through Materials (Nov 2015, Denmark)

Dates: 22-26 November 2015
Location: Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark
Website: http://www.experientialknowledge.org.uk/conference.html
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2015

This conference welcomes contributions exploring and discussing materials in relation to sensuous qualities, objects, context, strategy, service, space, time, place, techniques, discipline, domain, production, sustainability, interaction, use, metaphors, imaginations, associations, reflective thinking, etc. We interpret materials here in the widest possible sense to include any kind of creative outputs in whatever formats. With this conference, we wish to explore different ways in which experiential knowledge through materials can be given more appropriate consideration within the framework of research. This may include for example investigations into the nature, aims, validity, evaluation and/or necessity of different modes of communication and exchange.

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Special Issue of Digital Creativity: Post-Anthropocentric Creativity (Jan 2016)

Website: https://www.academia.edu/10836691/Post-Anthropocentric_Creativity
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 May 2015

Guest editors: Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack

This special issue aims to audit existing conceptions of creativity in the light of non-anthropocentric interpretations of agency, autonomy, subjectivity, social practices and technologies. Specifically, it seeks to explore how 1) the agents, recipients and processes of creativity and 2) the purpose, value, ethics and politics of creativity relate to phenomena of computation. The editors encourage innovative narrative or visual strategies that can express relevant scenarios better that more typical forms of academic writing. Dialogues, conversations, plays, scripts, instruction sets, games or visual essays (for example) might be suitable alongside logical arguments or formulae. Initial proposals should be submitted as abstracts of 800–1200 words.

Abstracts due: May 15, 2015, to be sent as PDFs to Stanislav Roudavski at stanislav.roudavski@cantab.net as well as to the editors of Digital Creativity at dcsubmit@gmail.com

Full Call for Submissions can be seen here: https://www.academia.edu/10836691/Post-Anthropocentric_Creativity

Irish Design Research Conference 2015: Faultlines Bridging Knowedge Spaces -(Carlow, Ireland)

Irish Design Research Conference 2015: Faultlines Bridging Knowedge Spaces -(Carlow, Ireland)

4th-5th of June 2015

20th Mar  – Submission of Abstracts Close


Twitter @_faultlines

The inaugural Irish Design Research Conference is an exciting new event on the design landscape, supported by ID2015 Year of Irish Design. In recognition of the breadth & depth across the design disciplinary bandwidth in both research & practice, FAULTLINES-Bridging Knowledge Spaces has been adopted as the 2015 conference theme.

Through interaction and collaboration across disciplines, gaps in knowledge and practice will offer new opportunity, to inform future theory & practice for mutual benefit.


The Irish Design Research Conference seeks to draw stakeholders from across the design related community together into a common dialogue.

The aim is to offer a forum to disseminate the most current knowledge, share ongoing practice-led insight, and discuss emergent issues relevant to those working in the field of design, design thinking & practice.


This biennial event seeks to bring participants from the design community together, and it is envisioned that new insight & opportunity for collaboration will emerge.

This will identify further research, understanding & engagement, which build on current thinking, to inform development in theory, design thinking & practice.

The conference structure will aim to facilitate flexible participation from academia, design industry & agency, from across the design disciplinary bandwidth:

Oral/Visual Panel Presentation (research, practice, case study etc. – 15mins)
Workshop/Demonstration (method, process etc. – 40min)
Poster (visual representation/narrative)

POLICY (research & regulation that informs strategy which drives decision making)
SOCIETY (research or intervention which enhance social development & community)
INDUSTRY (research, practice or thinking with impact in job creation)

Calls are invited from:

design academics
design researchers
design professionals
associated design industry partners
agencies engaged in supporting & promoting design

Submission :

Participation at the Inaugural Irish Design Research Conference is simple. The call requires the submission of a short ‘300 word Abstract’ on the downloadable Conference ‘Abstract Submission Form’ and possible attachment of images or associated materials if appropriate.

Review Process:

Each submission will be evaluated by a Peer Review Panel and feedback provided before 17th April 2015 to advise suitability and/or engagement.


All accepted submitted abstracts for conference will be published in a ‘Book of Abstracts’ available the week prior to the conference.

Abstracts will be also be considered for full paper submission to ITERATIONS®, Ireland’s first Design Research Practice Review, which will be launched at the Conference.

Cumulus Mumbai (Dec 2015, Bombay India)

Dates: 4-6 December 2015
Location: Industrial Design Centre (IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai.
Website: http://www.cumulusmumbai2015.org
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2015

Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our own – a vision of sustainability with focus on water’.

The event Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our own’ is being held at Mumbai, India on 4,5, 6 December 2015, hosted by the Industrial Design Centre(IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai.  This international event is aimed at creating design awareness on sustainability bringing focus on water and simultaneously offers a platform for interaction for the art, design and media community. The events are centered around the interests of students, educationalists and practicing professional designers. The event is expected to throw light on the role of art, design and media in an interconnected global world within the context of sustainability.  The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to converse with grandmasters of design, interact with thought leaders and listen to visions by outstanding speakers.

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HCI 2015: 29th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (July 2015, Lincoln UK)

Dates: 13-17 July 2015
Location: Lincoln, UK
Website: http://hci2015.bcs.org/participation/interactions-gallery/
Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2015

The 29th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2015) will be held in Lincoln from 13th-17th July 2015. The conference is organised by the University of Lincoln’s Social Computing (LiSC) research centre in conjunction with the BCS Interaction Specialist Group. The theme for HCI 2015 is digital society, and the role interactive technology plays in mediating our civic lives.

The Interactions Gallery is a new initiative for British HCI 2015: a curated event on the opening evening of the conference presenting work from creative practitioners, artists and HCI researchers alike.  The Gallery welcomes a diversity of work, including fine art, performance pieces, interactive media design, demonstrations and technologically augmented live experiences.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 1st May 5pm BST
Notification: 1st June
Interactions Gallery Event: 13th July

Please find more info here about how to submit: http://hci2015.bcs.org/participation/interactions-gallery/

Relating Systems Thinking and Design 4: At the Frontiers of Systemic Design (September 2015, Banff Alberta Canada)

Dates: 1-3 September 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
Website: www.systemic-design.net
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 March 2015

For 3 years the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) symposium has convened scholars, design researchers, and serious practitioners to articulate and demonstrate the shared value of a transdisciplinary field with applications across all complex systems and services.  We invite participation for RSD4 from all those working at the frontiers of systemic design – those leading real projects informed by systemic and complexity theories, and those researching systemic behaviours within real-world complexity, services and systems.

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