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
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.

The first Research Through Design conference aims to explore multi-textural opportunities for presenting and discussing non discipline specific research through design and resists the  temptation to adopt a traditional format for both paper submission and presentation in favour of an exhibition of design research accompanied by roundtable presentations and discussions in ‘rooms of interest’. The exhibition will be used as a platform to present and express outcomes of research, demonstrate examples of research enquiries and generate debate about the role of making in design research. The conference of theme of Praxis and Poetics represents the different modes and approaches to practice as well as a larger ethos around content related to poetics, beauty and grace.

RTD will be run alongside the Design of Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI) 2013 conference. Abstract submission deadline: March 25th, 2013. All submissions will be double peer reviewed and the exhibition will be curated. You can find out more about the set up and process of RTD at

The full conference will be up and running in a couple of weeks and will be publicised soon.

For general conference enquiries please email<>. I would appreciate if you could forward this on to relevant communities.


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

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