EAD11: 11th Conf of the European Academy of Design: The value of design research (April 2015, Paris France)

Dates: 17-19 April 2015
Location: Paris Descartes University – Paris College of Arts
Website: http://www.europeanacademyofdesign.org 

Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. The gestalt of the conference is “the whole is more than just the sum of its parts”. Taking this principle to heart, the conference will bring together all stakeholders in design research and design process innovation. University labs, design schools, and R&D departments from industries have been invited.

The conference is organized around 4 meta-themes divided into 26 tracks:

Excellence in design research

1.  Methodology for design research
2.  Epistemology of design
3.  Design research and creativity
4.  The future of design research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
5.  Design research and design education

Interdisciplinarity in the innovation process

6.  Exploring the partnership between designer and researcher
7.  Design research & innovation in luxury industries
8.  Design research & arts and crafts
9.  Design research in innovation management :emotion, Kansei engineering
10. Design research in innovation management : CK theory
11. Human factors as a source of value for innovative design
12. Design scenarios for innovative product and service strategies
13. Design research, NPD, innovation management & marketing
14. Interdisciplinary perspective on art, lifestyle and scalable business

Towards more human value in society

15. The value of design research for public policy
16. The value of behavioural change through design research
17. Research through design for prospective value
18. Design research in Industry  R&D strategy
19. Design research co-creating value with the consumer
20. The value of humanities for Design research

The value of design research for organizations

21. Can design research help measure design value?
22. Design thinking research and new business model. Design leadership.
23. Design research for making things differently with more dynamic & inclusive approaches
24. Enterprise design, Enterprise architecture, Research for user interface design
25. Design research for sense making, branding evaluation and semiotics
26. Designing “the whole of design research”: visualizing and measuring excellence.



Abstracts should specify the research question, give bibliographical references, mention the research methodology, the findings and describe the objective in terms of value. Abstracts should be less than 500 words in length. They summarize the paper, and should not provide any identifying information about the author(s).


Some tracks will be best illustrated through a workshop experience so we welcome ideas on workshops during or before the conference.

Full papers

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Full papers should be between 3000-5000 words in length. We welcome any research approach or type of paper including conceptual, empirical and critical literature reviews. However, we expect high standards of scholarship within the papers in terms of establishing the theoretical context, explaining the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers.

Best papers will be published in a Special issue of Design Journal

Reviewing PROCESS

All abstracts and papers need to be submitted via our conference management system.

Abstracts will be assessed by members of the Academic Committee. If accepted, authors will be invited to submit a full paper. To submit your abstract, please follow these steps:

1.  The conference management tool will be active starting March 31st, 2014. You will need to and to create your account.
2.  Once logged in select ‘Your Submissions’ and then click “Submission of Abstract”. First, include all the authors and affiliations. Then, provide the abstract title and the text of your abstract (maximum 500 words).
3.  Please select the track(s) that you wish to be considered for, and provide keywords describing your submission. You can include any comments for the Academic Committee. Then click “Proceed”.
4.  Your abstract will be stored in the CMS and passed on to the relevant track chairs for consideration.
5.  If successful, you will receive an email notifying you and giving you details of further steps.
6.  If successful, you will also be also required to upload your full paper to the CMS following a similar procedure. Full details will be provided in due course

Contact details

If you have questions please contact us at: Julien.nelson@parisdescartes.fr

Conference presentations
At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the conference and present their work.

Key dates

– Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 30th, 2014

– Acceptance of Abstracts: July 10, 2014

– Submission of full paper: October 1st, 2014

– Reviewer feedback: November 15, 2014

– Registration open: September 15, 2014

– Final version of full papers for proceedings: January 15, 2015

– End of Early Bird registration: February 1, 2015

– Conference date: April 17-19, 2015


Proceedings from the conference will be published digitally on the EAD website.

Information about previous European Academy of Design Conferences, including the proceedings of the 2012 conference, can be found at: http://www.ead.lancs.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.

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