IIT DRC 2010: Design Research Conference (May 2010, Chicago)

Get ready for a cliche: this conference is about you. Really. And we’re going to prove it.

THE COMPETITION

DRC speakers may be exceptional, but we know that most of you have just as much to say. That’s why we’ve scheduled eight 5-minute lightning talks, and all you have to do to enter is register for the conference and send us a short (300-500 word) abstract of the story you want to tell.

We are looking for great design research stories. Maybe it’s about a new tool you’re developing or something your company is doing to better understand people, or it could be about a particularly interesting project. Maybe you once did design research naked (see Luis Arnal’s talk from DRC 2008) or discovered a very strange alternative use for Vicks VapoRub (Stokes Jones at DRC 2009). This is an opportunity to tell a great story to a great audience.

The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2010, and we will announce winners April 30th. Runners up will have their stories posted on the DRC website and at the conference itself. Full information can be found here.

A TASTE OF OUR TOPICS

This year’s conference is about “What’s Next?” and we’ve got much more for you than ever before – extraordinary individuals like Tim Brown, Don Norman, Heather Fraser, Gerald Lombardi, Rick Robinson, Helen Walters, Anjali Kelkar, Cathy Huang and nearly 20 others tackling the frontiers of design research.

Here’s just a taste of the topics DRC will cover:

Design research as a practice: GERALD LOMBARDI – THE DESKILLING OF ETHNOGRAPHIC LABOR: AN EMERGING PREDICAMENT AND A POSSIBLE SOLUTION
…and how to do it faster: ERIC WILMOT – HOW FAST? 21ST-CENTURY APPROACH TO SPEED AND INNOVATION.

Design research technology: ROB TANNEN – DESIGN RESEARCH FOR THE PHYSICAL WOLRD
…and online tools: KIM ERWIN & DIANE FRALEY – OUR WORLD IS FLAT: THE PARADIGM SHIFT TO ONLINE RESEARCH.

Design research in the developing world: CATHY HUANG – LOOKING INWARD: DESIGN RESEARCH IN CHINA
… and our own backyard: ERICA EDEN & DIANE LEE – DESIGNING FOR WOMEN

…and much, much more.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

DRC 2010 will be held at the Spertus Institute in Chicago (the same venue as the sold-out 2009 conference) on May 11-12, 2010 (with optional workshops on the 10th). It will be an incredible opportunity to spend time with a brilliant community of designers, planners, researchers, educators, students, managers and executives concerned with understanding people.

REGISTER NOW

To register now or find more information, visit http://www.designresearchconference.com, or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

Have any questions? Want to sponsor DRC? Still not sure why you should register? E-mail us at drc@id.iit.edu and we’ll be happy to talk to you.

Kind regards,
Raph D’Amico and Gene Young
DRC 2010 Co-Chairs

About the IIT Institute of Design
The Institute of Design was founded by László Moholy-Nagy in 1937 as The New Bauhaus. The school offers professional degrees in communication design, design planning, interaction design, product design, systems design, and design research. The curriculum focuses on critical design methods and strategy as well as user-centered research.

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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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