8th Intl Conf on Design and Emotion (Sep 2012, London)

Theme: Out Of Control
Location: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London UK
Dates: 11th-14th September 2012
Website: http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/de2012/
Deadline for papers and case studies: UPDATED: 8 pm GMT, 8th February, 2012

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.

We are looking for researchers, academics and practitioners to submit proposals for the following:

1) Paper Submissions

Full Papers are expected to contribute widely applicable long-lasting knowledge to the discipline. Accepted papers will be presented in the conference programme and published in the proceedings. The paper length is a maximum of 12 pages (approximately 4,000-5,000 words plus figures and tables) in the specified format, which will be detailed on the website (including a template).

Short Papers (Posters) are expected to describe research that is more appropriate for the interactive poster session. The paper length should be a maximum of 5 pages (approximately 2,000 words plus figures and tables) and an additional page containing a full-page image of the poster in the specified format for the publication in the conference proceedings. The first submission requires a short paper manuscript without the poster page.

2) Case Studies

Case studies are invited for submission to present design projects that address issues and insights in design and emotion, or to communicate and discuss your approach to enhance emotional effects. These must include a summary description in a maximum of 5 pages (approximately 2,000 words) in the specified format and a maximum of 30 slides illustrating the design, design process and use.

3) Workshops & Masterclasses

Workshops & Masterclasses of either a full or half-day will be held on 11th September 2012 prior to the main programme of the conference. The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting and discussing novel ideas and emerging issues in a less formal way than the conference itself. The format of each workshop/masterclass is to be determined by its organiser, but each one is expected to include ample time for general discussion.


While Design & Emotion is the overarching focus of the conference—allowing us to consider all aspects of the relationship between human experience and design understood in its widest senses—the theme this year is “Out of Control”.

For a number of years, uncertainty, crisis and chaos have been keywords describing the experience of many of us. A world driven by uncertainty, crisis and chaos demands different responses from design (as a community, a practice and a process). On one hand we can mitigate against these—designing systems which can withstand, or manage, the challenges they produce. Here there is a focus upon design as a “problem-solving” activity. On the other, we can use them as springboards to a creative future. In this way, design as “opportunity mapping” becomes important.

We would like to encompass both of these approaches to design and to examine how they impact upon, or are generated by, the whole spectrum of human emotion experienced at the macro (socio-cultural), micro (personal), meta (philosophical), processural (methodological) and strategic levels.
This conference is open to any theoretical, empirical or methodological work on Design & Emotion and we are particularly interested in receiving papers from researchers, academics and practitioners in the following topic areas (though they are by no means exhaustive and other work relevant to the theme will be considered):

Socially Responsive/Responsible Design
Design for Behavioural Change
Design & Space/Environment
Design for Digital Media
Corporate Social Responsibility

The Self/The Object:
Design & Identity
Design & Well-Being (inc. food, healthcare & love)
Design & Illusion, Fake & Fraud
User Experience (inc. Human Factors & HCI)
Experience Design

The Philosophical:
Design without Emotion
Design, Affect & the Materiality of Experience
Design, Magic & Enchantment

Processes, Methodologies, Tools & Methods:
Research Methodologies
Theoretical Foundations
Empirical Approaches

Design, Strategy & Innovation:
Design & the Future (foresight/trends)
Designing Services
Business Experience


Submission and review processes will be handled by our conference system. All submissions will go through a blind-review process with at least two reviewers considering each proposal. All submissions accepted in the second review will be asked to submit the final manuscripts in the camera-ready format. The detailed authoring guideline will be available on the conference website.


1st February 2012:  Papers & Case Study submissions
15th April 2012:   Notification of Acceptance Papers & Case Studies
1st May 2012:  Workshops/Masterclasses submissions
15th May 2012:  Notification of Acceptance Workshops/Masterclasses
1st June 2012:  Final Paper submissions
15th June 2012:  Final Acceptance
15th July 2012:  Early Registration
11th September 2012:  Workshops/Masterclasses
12th-14th September 2012:  Conference

Contact Details Please direct all enquiries to the following: de2012@csm.arts.ac.uk

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.

One Response to 8th Intl Conf on Design and Emotion (Sep 2012, London)

  1. Pingback: 8th Intl Conf on Design and Emotion: London « Jason Wilkins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: