anti-po-des journal volume 2 (Dec 2011)

Design Futures : Laboratories and design foundations
Deadline for abstracts: 30 Dec 2011

New Zealand’s international reputation as a ‘social laboratory’ emerged at the end of the 19th century as a result of innovative labour relations, universal suffrage for women and social welfare legislation. This reputation for social innovation inflects the powerful cultural myth of #8 wire-technological innovation based on rapid adoption and adaptation of industrial production to the diverse environmental conditions of southern islands remote from the major industrial centres.

However, as with all industrialising nations, New Zealand made considerable efforts to develop a sustaining design culture, from the first industrial exhibition in 1865 and the implementation of formal design education in 1870, to the New Zealand Industrial Design Council (1967-88), Designers Institute of New Zealand (1991-) and BetterByDesign (2004-).

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DRS2012: Call for Proposals for Workshops (July 2012, Bangkok)

Location: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Dates: July 1-4 2012
Deadline for submissions: 20 Jan 2012

We are pleased to invite you to submit proposals for workshops for DRS 2012: Bangkok. Workshops should provide an opportunity to discuss and explore emerging areas of design with diverse participants from global design communities. This may address any aspect of theory, established concerns or new perspectives on design research. The goal of the workshops is to share understandings and experiences, to foster research networks and to envision future possibilities. They may take the form of tutorials, group discussion, presentations, a field trip, or any combination of such.

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Student competition: Design the Future of News (Dec 2011)

Deadline for submissions: 5 December 2011
Eligibility: any student, or person who graduated in 2011

Thomson Reuters and the IxDA are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2012 Student Design Challenge!

Entries are open now, and close on December 5, 2011. Be in the running to win a scholarship to Interaction 12 in Dublin, and take part in an exciting design challenge around the future of news.

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CFP: Design/History/Revolution conference

Submission deadline: December 7, 2011

Conference dates: April 27 & 28, 2012

Location: 66 Fifth Avenue, The New School, NYC

Keynote speaker: Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture & Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions?  We propose a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a mode of historical analysis.

Casting a wide net, we define our terms broadly. We seek 20-minute papers that examine the roles of design in generating, shaping, remembering or challenging moments of social, political, economic, aesthetic, intellectual, technological, religious, and other upheaval. We consider a range of historical periods (ancient, pre-modern, early modern, modern, post- and post-post-modern) and geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories).  We examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., communications, services, governments).  And we welcome a diversity of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches.

This conference brings together scholars from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences with designers, artists, and other creators. We hope not only to present multiple methodological approaches but also to foster conversations across traditional spatial, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

We list some possible subject areas below, and encourage you to propose others:

Design and political / cultural / economic revolution….. Design and technological revolution…. Design and the print revolution….Design and government…. Design and social movements…. Design and surveillance…. Design and empire….Design and historicity…. Design and the sacred……Design and the avant-garde…..Design and memory…. Design and philosophy/philosophies of design…. Design and literature / literature of design….Design and the everyday…. Design and consumerism… Design and education….Designed landscapes…. Design and the environment…Design and the city….Design and science … Design and cybernetics ….

Please submit a 250-word abstract (maximum) and 1-page CV to:

Conference co-organized by  The New School’s  Committee on Historical Studies, Global Studies Program, Humanities Department, and School of Art and Design History and Theory.

8th Intl Conf on Design & Emotion: Out of Control (Sep 2012, London UK)

Dates: 11-14 Sep 2012
Location: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London UK
Deadline for submissions: 1 Feb 2012

The organising committee of the 8th International Design & Emotion Conference, London, 11th-14th September 2012, is very pleased to invite you to participate in this conference.

This conference is a forum held every other year where practitioners, academics and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion.

Details available at the website.

Call for Submissions – International Journal of Designs for Learning

The International Journal of Designs for Learning is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to publishing descriptions of artifacts, environments and experiences created to promote and support learning in all contexts by designers in any field. The aim of the journal is to support the production of high quality precedent materials and to promote and demonstrate the value of doing so. Audiences for the journal include designers, teachers and students of design and scholars studying the practice of design.

Full length design cases should include a detailed description of the intervention as the central focus. In addition, the case should address: the critical and/or interesting decisions made during the design process and their results in the intervention; key aspects of the design process as they are relevant to the form of the intervention; transparent discussion of problems and/or failure analysis relevant to the intervention and its design. Authors should make clear the relationship of the author to the project being described, context and conditions under which the project was carried out, and the features of the project that prompted the authors to make it the subject of a case. IJDL allows authors to present their cases using all the media capabilities the web affords — audio, video and even animated interactions.

IJDL is sponsored jointly by Indiana University and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Author guidelines are at:

View the latest issue of the IJDL at:
International Journal of Designs for Learning

Architecture ‘Live Projects’ Pedagogy Intl Symp 2012 (May 2012, Oxford UK)

Dates: 24-26 May 2012
Location: Oxford Brookes University, Headington Hill Campus
Deadline for abstracts: 28 Nov 2011

A three-day international symposium by and for live project educators, live-project community participants, live project students, practice architects involved in community co-design, University management involved in community partnership projects, and live project practitioners and participants from associated fields and disciplines.

Themes include:
Problem-based learning, community-engaged scholarship, co-design, peer-based learning, tacit knowledge, threshold concepts, practice-ready skills, professionalism and ethics, diversity, critical citizenship, education futures, deep and surface learning, live project methodologies and paradigms, architecture curriculum, assessment and validation.

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ICDHS 2012: Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies (Sep 2012, São Paulo Brazil)

Dates: 3-6 September 2012
Location: University of São Paulo • Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil
Deadline for proposals: 29 Feb 2012

8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies

History marks territories that in some way or another are reflected in design. Since the first ICDHS conference, held in Barcelona in 1999, significant steps were taken to draw attention to the nature of design studies, practice and history in a wider world context. Parallel to that, the configuration of design landscapes has been significantly altered by education, technology and national state policies intended to promote local industries and sites by means of design.

The 8th ICDHS conference, “Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies”, aims to discuss how design history and design studies may push the limits of design knowledge. The frontiers of design may be challenged by the exploration of new territories, by the establishment of new concepts, by the emergence of new technologies, as well as by rediscovering the past and by finding new ways of applying current wisdom.


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Conf of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (June 2012, Winnipeg Canada)

Location: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Dates: 17-20 June 2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9 Jan 2012

The Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) is an organization whose mission is to “enhance the competence and relevance of graduates from Canadian engineering schools through continuous improvement in engineering education and design education.” This third annual CEEA conference continues to build on the previous efforts of the Canadian Design Engineering Network (CDEN) and the Canadian Congress on Engineering Education (C2E2). We strongly encourage the broad community of engineering educators to join us – from Faculties of Engineering and Applied Science, Arts & Science, Education, Libraries, Teaching and Learning Centres, and Industry. Relevant student papers are also welcome.

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