RGD2010: 2nd Intl Design Conf “Responsibility in Graphic Design” (January, Poland)

The Design Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice cordially invites all Design Teachers, Researchers, Students, Alumni and Professionals to participate in the 2nd International Design Conference under the heading “Responsibility in Graphic Design”, to be held between the 11th and 15th of January 2010 at the Roundabout Art Gallery.

The focus of this conference is on the notion of responsibility with relation to graphic design professionals and teachers, responsible attitudes in its practice, and the necessary changes in the scope and methods of teaching the subject. The conference is intended as a means of bringing together an international group of academics, students, and professionals. We invite everyone who is interested in shaping civic attitudes and teaching responsible design to take part in the lectures and discussions. The main objective of the conference is to direct the attention of participants to their own work strategies, curricula and teaching methodology, as well as research and projects characterising the current, socially responsible graphic design.

The theme of this conference is “Responsibility in Graphic Design” understood as ethical attitudes in the practice of graphic design and the formative process of designers. The organizers would like to analyse the problem in the context of different local traditions and experiences. You are invited to contribute to the discussion. Presentations on theory, practice, education and history related to responsibility in graphic design are welcome. We are waiting for proposals of lectures, workshops, practical demonstrations and master classes. Professionally equipped graphic studios will be at your disposal.

The key issues we propose are:

  • responsibility in the political, social and religious aspects of design
  • equality and tolerance
  • disabilities and dysfunctions
  • ecology
  • education
  • historical context

Submissions due: December 1st, 2009
Papers can be delivered personally, by e-mail: conference@aspkat.edu.pl or by post to:
Akademia Sztuk Pi_knych w Katowicach
ul. Raciborska 37
40-074 Katowice, PL

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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