Unfrozen – 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit (Jan 2016, Switzerland)

Dates: 28-31 January 2016
Location: Swiss Alps, details TBA
Website: http://www.swissdesignnetwork.ch/
Deadline for submission of abstracts & workshop proposals: UPDATED: 4 May 2015

Unfrozen – First SDN Design Research Winter Summit January 28-31 2016

After three years in hibernation, the Swiss Design Network invites you to Unfrozen, the 9th SDN Symposium and the 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit – January, 28-31 2016. Whether you are uncovering gems from the glaciers of design history, exploring the melting snowcaps of design’s changing climate, or riding the fresh powder of emerging trends, we welcome submissions exploring this metaphor. You are free to submit your work for the platform of your choice : as a classical lecture, a workshop, a fireside talk, or to suggest an alternative form.

The fireside talks and workshops are more informal events, in which you are invited to be creative and amaze your audience. Workshops should have some kind of output at the end while fireside chats are more about discussion and exchange.

1st and 3rd stream : Contemporary design research projects are presented alongside a selection of groundbreaking design projects by practitioners. The aim is to give an insight into the design research landscape and contemporary challenges by bridging theory and practice.

2nd stream : Design history, co-curated by a working group on Swiss design history.
This collaboration opens a discussion on theory and practice through the lense of design history : in graphic design, industrial design and beyond.

4th stream : Design futures, co-curated by PHD-students.
PhD-Students are invited to submit a curatorial concept with project presentations, nourishing the discussion of their own research. This can include any form of presentation as well as guest speakers, workshops, etc.

See the website for further information.

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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