Intl Conf on Design Creativity (Sep 2012, Glasgow)

Location: Glasgow
Dates: 18-20 September 2012
Deadline for submission: UPDATED: 23 March 2012

NOTE: As of 13 February, the website is back up.  It was down due to a fire at the host organization. 

The 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2012) will take place on 18.-20.09.2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Design Creativity is an important and interesting topic of study in design. Since it involves the profound and essential nature of design, design creativity is expected to be a key in not only addressing the social problems that we are facing, but also producing an innate appreciation for beauty and happiness in our minds. In order to elucidate the nature of design creativity, the following issues are being studied:

  • Cognitive processes underlying design creativity
  • Computational models of design creativity
  • Practical processes to incorporate the human and social dimensions

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7th Intl Conf on Persuasive Technology: Design for health and safety (Jun 2012, Linköping Sweden)

Dates: June 6–8, 2012
Location: Linköping, SWEDEN
Deadline for full papers: 6 Jan 2012

Persuasive Technology is a stimulating interdisciplinary research field that focuses on how interactive technologies and services can be designed to change people’s attitudes and behaviors. Influenced by areas such as classic rhetoric, social psychology and ubiquitous computing, researchers in this field are typically designing applications for domains such as health, business, safety, and education. The 7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology (Persuasive 2012) will build on the successful prior conferences held at Eindhoven, Stanford, Oulu, Copenhagen, Claremont, and Columbus. The conference will feature the latest insights into how mobile and internet-based applications such as mobile games and social networking sites can be designed to influence behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. The conference is expected to gather researchers, practitioners, and students who are interested in networking, presenting, discussing and reflecting on central themes associated with persuasive computing and design.

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Cumulus 2012 (May 2012, Helsinki)

Dates: 24-26 May 2012
Location: Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: Updated 22 Nov 2011

“Open, participative cities: how design knowledge can support public services in the development of open, participative human environment”
The Cumulus conference, interlinked in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, is organized in the premises of Aalto University, in the School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland and in the neighboring city of Espoo. The conference program has the opportunity to include pre-conferences and site events.
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Book: Signs and Symbols in the Workplace and Public (Nov 2011)

Editors: Annie W.Y. Ng and Alan H.S. Chan
To be published by Nova Science Publishers in 2013
Deadline for abstracts: 30 Nov 2011

Signs and symbols are one of the possible safety precaution measures that can be taken to attempt to reduce accidents and injuries in workplaces and public areas. They are also used to deliver regulations, directions, navigations and guidance in all locations and all sectors where the public has access. In this book, we aim at gathering the latest research and case studies on the design, evaluation, planning and management of signs and symbols in workplaces and public areas. Readership is international and includes professionals like academics, ergonomists, designers, health and safety specialists, organizational psychologists, facilities practitioners, and urban and infrastructure planners would be of interest. The book is also aimed at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students who are taking a course in information design and facilities management. The book will be organized in self-contained chapters to provide greatest reading flexibility.
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J of Interior Design: Special Issue on Interior Design History (Feb 2012)

Deadline for submission: 15 Feb 2012
Full CFP:

In recognition of the importance of continuing contributions to Interior Design’s History as well as IDEC’s (Interior Design Educators Council), the Journal of Interior Design anticipates a special issue to be published in 2013. This issue intends to bring together new and important research on the history of interior design, its practitioners, and development as a profession. JID invites scholarly research papers for consideration in the special issue.

Contributors are asked to submit full papers and abstracts on themes relating to Interior Design’s past. Papers can focus on, but are not limited to, contributions of past and present individuals and firms; significant interiors and furnishings; and various interior design processes such as education, professional development, professional organizations, or preservation. Authors may present empirical research, theory, or issues-oriented papers that advance the body of knowledge in interior design’s history.

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Special Issue of New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia: Cultures in Virtual Worlds (Nov 2011)

Guest-edited by Jeremy Hunsinger and Adrienne Massanari
Deadline for submissions: 11 Nov 2011

Virtual worlds (VW) embody cultures, their artefacts, and their praxes; these new and old spaces of imagination and transformation allow humans to interact in spatial dimensions. Within these spaces, culture manifests with the creation, representation, and circulation of meaningful experiences.  But virtual worlds are not novel in that regard, nor should we make the mistake to assume that they are novel in themselves.  Virtual experiences have been around in some respect for hundreds of years, and virtual worlds based in information technology have existed for at least 40 years.  The current generation of virtual worlds, with roots over four decades old in studies of virtual reality, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), sociology, cultural studies, and related topics, provide for rich and occasionally immersive environments where people become enculturated within the world sometimes as richly as the rest of their everyday lives.

We seek research that encounters and investigates cultures in virtual worlds in its plurality and in its richness. To that end, we invite papers covering the breadth of the topic of cultures in and of virtual worlds.

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29th Symp of the Intl Cmte for the History of Technology (Jul 2012, Barcelona)

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 10 – 14 July 2012
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2012

Theme: Technology, the Arts and Industrial Culture

The 39th ICOHTEC Symposium will be held in Catalonia in mid-July next year. The main theme of the meeting will be Technology, the Arts and Industrial Culture. The aim is to examine technology in a multidisciplinary framework. The key questions are how technological development has interacted with design, architecture, the arts as well as popular culture and whether we can regard industrial culture as a melting pot of various influences. Reflecting on the theme of the previous conference we hope also to explore the role of consumers in this dialogue.

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Two years of DesignCalls – thanks again!

Yesterday, 15 Oct, was the 2nd anniversary of this blog.  I remain extremely gratified by the response and I’ll continue to do the best I can.

For the record, we’re nearly at 116,000 views and we now have 365 subscribers.  You can refer to a previous thank you note from earlier this year to note the tremendous growth over the last 10 months or so.

Once again, thanks to everyone.


AIGA Design Educators Conf: Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain (Dec 2012, Hawai’i USA)

Dates: December 13–15, 2012
Location: The East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i; USA
Contact: Stuart McKee at
Deadline for proposals: 1 Feb 2012

For many design educators working in different parts of the world today, design practice is taking place in what may be called a transnational context. The boundaries that define the field of higher education have become increasingly fluid, and professors, students, programs, and curricula are moving back and forth between distant regions of the world as never before. The design projects, research, and institutions that result retain a unique cultural complexity because they promote meanings and values that often transcend the cultures and boundaries of the nations within which they originate.

The conference Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain will provide international design educators the opportunity to share examples of design projects and programs that have been implemented within a transnational context, while allowing others to present theoretical or reflective positions about what it means to design within a transnational context today. The conference will also be open to presentations from practitioners who design within transnational contexts and who view design as a strategic framework for intercultural collaboration and intersection. The conference will use the term “transnational” to describe the ways in which designs moves through a wide range of contemporary and historical geographic contexts, including the movement of design between multiple nations and other geopolitical entities; the movement of design between peoples who define themselves as belonging to different geopolitical entities, regardless of their location or national affiliation; and the movement of design against the constraints of any particular national, international, or global geographic construct.

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Symposium: Fashion And Health (Minnesota, USA, April 2012)

Call for Papers / Designs for the 2012 SYMPOSIUM April 20-22, 2012 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

This symposium connects fashion to the topic of health. Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and health.

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.

Participation is invited in this symposium by submitting a written abstract or a design. Best submissions will be considered for inclusion in focused issues of journals including Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry as well as for a book Fashion and Health.

Symposium formats will include poster sessions, concurrent individual presentations [15 minutes], plenary sessions [60 minutes], and panel or collaborative presentations.

Important dates:
December 15, 2011:
Abstracts/Submissions due and received.
January 30, 2012: Notice of acceptance
April 1, 2012: Full papers due and received
April 20-22, 2012: Symposium

See the conference website for further information:

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