DUCK: What is textile design research?

Call for Journal Contributions: What is textile design research?
Deadline for submissions: 22nd January 2010

Research for textiles is broad and far reaching. Historical, theoretical, technical, scientific, commercial and aesthetic strands interweave to create a complex and interdisciplinary field of investigation and invention. The intention of the first call for submissions to DUCK is to explore the nature and significance of current Textile Design research and establish a platform for
future discourse.

Submissions are invited which address or cover one or more of the following themes:

  • The contexts for textile design research
  • The role of interdisciplinarity in textile design research
  • The distinction between research related to processes and that related to outcomes
  • The tensions between the demands of commercial enterprise and the academic domain
  • The methodologies that might be appropriate for textile design research
  • The impact of new materials and/or technologies on directions and approaches in textile design research
  • The influence of craft methods/approaches in textile design research
  • The interaction between craft and scientific method in textile design research
  • Historical and theoretical perspectives within textile design research
  • Relationships between theory and practice in textile design research
  • The benefit of textile design research to the designer
  • Forms of application and dissemination of textile design research

Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by the end of April 2010.

Submission Instructions:
Contributions may take the form of written texts (maximum 5,000 words), visual essays, a series of images relating to methods (sketchbook style), visual diaries or other methods deemed appropriate.

Duck does not advise a particular format for written submissions although we ask that contributors present their ideas in an accessible format for Duck’s diverse readership of researchers, educators, artists and designers. For written texts the Harvard System of referencing is preferred.

Images should be 300dpi where possible, RGB format and submitted as TIFF or JPEG files. Text should be provided in MS Word (.doc), rich text (.rtf) or pdf format.

Please provide your name, affiliation, email address, a title for your submission and a short summary of your contribution.

Please send submissions by email to: (Maximum file size: 5mb). Alternatively, please send on disk (CD or DVD) to:

DUCK Journal – Textiles Research Group
Loughborough University School of Art and Design
LE11 3TU

In submitting material to Duck, contributors thereby grant permission for it to be published on the Duck website. Contributors retain copyright of their material and may use it elsewhere after publication in Duck, though we would appreciate it if Duck could be acknowledged as the original source of publication.

Please note that it is the responsibility of contributors to obtain the necessary permissions for reproducing work other than their own.


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

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