Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013 (Sep 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Dates: 3-5 September 2013
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Website: http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/dppi
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2013

We are excited to invite submissions for the 6th International conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK 3rd ­ 5th of September 2013. DPPI is a leading venue for designers, artists, psychologists, systems engineers, social scientists and many more to come together to debate and define future design research and practice. This year’s conference is hosted by Northumbria University (UK) and will be held on the riverbanks of the Tyne in the glorious BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art between the 3-5 of September 2013. DPPI 2013 will also be co-located with the first biannual Research Through Design conference http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/researchthroughdesign/.

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Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainability (Sep 2013, Plymouth UK)

Dates: 26-27 September 2013
Location: Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK
Website: http://makingfutures.plymouthart.ac.uk
Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2013

The CALL FOR ABSTRACTS is now open and the closing date for receipt is 10th May 2013. Making Futures invites submissions from artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, historians, theorists, campaigners, activists, and representatives from public and private institutions with an interest in the relationship between contemporary craft practice, sustainability and social issues.

Making Futures aims to investigate contemporary craft as a ‘change agent’ within 21st century society – particularly in relation to global environmental and sustainability issues, social equity and social innovation practices. In doing so, it tries to explore whether these imperatives present opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as more centrally productive forces in society.

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4th Leonardo Satellite Symposium at NetSci2013 (June 2013, Copenhagen)

Dates: 4 June 2013
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Website: http://artshumanities.netsci2013.net/
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2013

ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND COMPLEX NETWORKS: the 4th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2013 taking place in Copenhagen at DTU – Technical University of Denmark

The overall mission of the symposium is to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2013 symposium will leverage interaction between those areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion.

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IDEMi 2013: 3rd Intl Conf on Integration of Design, Engineering, & Management for Innovation (Sep 2013, Portugal)

Dates: 4-6 September 2013
Location: Porto, Portugal
Website: http://idemi2013.com/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 March 2013

Following the success of IDEMi 2009 and IDEMi 2012, we are pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on integration of Design, Engineering & Management for innovation (IDEMi 2013) that will be held in Porto, Portugal, on September 4-6, 2013 (http://idemi2013,com). The IDEMI conference aims to create a forum for discussion, among academics and non-academics of topics with impact on innovation. The main theme of the conference will be “Innovating in a complex and uncertain world”, characterized by intense competition, rapid changes and immense opportunities.

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International Journal of Design – Special Issue on “Designing for Subjective Wellbeing”

Theme: Designing for Subjective Wellbeing
Website: http://www.ijdesign.org
Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Theory, principles, and frameworks for wellbeing-driven design;
  • Tools, methods, approaches to wellbeing-driven design and the assessment of wellbeing impact of design;
  • Ethical, social, cultural, and commercial implications of wellbeing-driven design.

Besides long papers, we also invite short papers presenting original design cases that illustrate opportunities and challenges of wellbeing-driven design.


Call for papers:

Wellbeing, someone’s enduring life appreciation, is emerging as a prominent guiding principle for purposeful design. More and more designers find inspiration in the idea that they have the ability to wilfully transform conditions to stimulate the wellbeing of the people who engage with their designs. This growing interest can be observed in the lively discussions on topics such as empathic design, value-centred design, socially responsive design, meaningful design, positive design, and happiness-driven design. Although the variety of initiatives differs in approach and theoretical underpinnings, they all express an aspiration to explore how design can consciously contribute to the quality of life of individuals and communities.

The interest in wellbeing is certainly not new: reflections on the responsibility of designers to contribute to human flourishing can be found throughout the history of design discourse. However, the topic has regained urgency now that design has recently been embraced in several other disciplines as a golden opportunity for dealing with major societal challenges that require novel approaches. This development underlines a growing need for an optimistic and possibility-driven yet pragmatic and realistic perspective on the responsibility of designers. Therefore, we believe it is an ideal time to examine the relationship between design and subjective wellbeing.

Our focus is on the practical, scientific, economic, and ethical questions involved in wellbeing-driven design. For example: should we, and can we indeed generate the resources for people to interact with products, services, systems, and environments with the key intention to improve their wellbeing? If so, how? What knowledge of people and users is required, how can this knowledge be acquired, and how can it inspire and direct creative processes? What opportunities can be identified, and what are the main challenges? How can we assess the wellbeing impact of existing designs and new concepts? What business models are required to foster wellbeing-driven design? Our aim is to provide a platform to initiate and structure the dialogue on wellbeing-driven design. The overarching intention is to cultivate and encourage wellbeing-driven design and design research. We are seeking original papers that address both theoretical and/or practical issues of wellbeing-driven design.



  • Full Paper Due (extended): 1 March 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 May 2013
  • Final Version of Paper Due: 1 June 2013
  • Special Issue Publication Date: 31 August 2013


Special Issue Editors

Pieter Desmet and Anna Pohlmeyer
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Delft University of Technology

Jodi Forlizzi
School of Design; Human-Computer Interaction Institute; School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University


The complete call for papers can be found here (html) or (pdf)

SBDS+ISSD 2013 (Nov 2013, Brazil)

Dates: 12-14 November 2013
Location: Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Website: http://sbds2013.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 15 May 2013

The Brazilian Symposium on Sustainable Design (SBDS) and the International Symposium on Sustainable Design (ISSD) have been held every two years, since 2007, and together are among the most important scientific events of South America in the area. The first event occurred in2007, in Curitiba; the second happened in 2009, in São Paulo; and the third, in 2011, in Recife.

The fourth edition, to be held in Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), from November 12th to 14th, 2013, proposes the overall theme “The Unbearable Lightness of Having”.

For details, refer to the website.

Global Conference On Mobility Futures (Sep 2013, Lancaster UK)

Dates: 4-6 September 2013
Location: Lancaster University, UK
Website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/mobility-futures/
Deadline for submissions: 12 April 2013

To ethnographers and designers

As part of celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, we are pleased to announce the Global Conference on Mobility Futures, September 4-6th, 2013, at Lancaster University, UK and invite contributions.

Over the past ten years the work of CeMoRe and others have helped to ‘mobilise’ the social and human sciences and developed innovative analyses of economic, social, technological, political, policy and design transformations.

The ‘Global Conference on Mobility Futures’ will reflect this work and provide a forum for the presentation of cutting edge research from across the social sciences that reflects back on, explores the present and looks towards future mobilities.

Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design 2013 Conf (Sept 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne UK)

Dates: 3-5 September 2013
Location: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Website: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/praxisandpoeticsRTD
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 25 March 2013

We are excited to invite submissions for the first International bi-annual Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference, hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. 3rd – 5th September 2013. The conference is based around a curated exhibition of design research, accompanied by a maximum of a 4-page paper for each submission.

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2nd Intl Conf on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (July 2013, London UK)

Dates: 29 July – 2 August 2013
Location: Natural History Museum, London, UK
Website: http://csnetwork.eu/livingmachines/conf2013
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 29 March 2013

The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.

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Design Research Journal special issue: design in and for public sector and public spaces (April 2013)

Theme: design in and for public sector and public spaces
Deadline for submission: 1 April 2013
Website: http://bit.ly/VLPEkW

The complete call for papers can be found at http://bit.ly/VLPEkW.

We especially welcome contributions that develop our understanding of and theories for:

  • Embedding design capacity in public organisations
  • Public and community spaces
  • Reconfiguration of structures that promote resourcefulness
  • Design in public procurement
  • Design for health and care

Contributions in other aspects of design in and for public sector are of course welcome.

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