DESIGN LATITUDES: An exhibition mapping the innovations, influences and future directions of design studies in the north

Dates: May 12 to June 6, 2015 (Reception: May 21, 7 to 10 pm)
Location: Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton (53.53° N), Canada
Deadline for proposals: 6 February 2015

An exhibition mapping the innovations, influences and future directions of design studies in the north

This exhibition is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta.

The Design Latitudes exhibition explores shifts of ‘latitude’ and frontiers of ‘north’ in relation to our interdisciplinary Design Studies program at the University of Alberta, which connects design education to research, practice, industry and community engagement. ‘Latitude’ encompasses both geographical context as well as breadth of freedom of action or thought. ‘North’ is bordered geographically, framed in opposition, and conceptualized through a diversity of lenses, experiences and spaces. This exhibition will reflect on, articulate and critique aspects of design education by documenting our past, situating our present and envisioning our future possibilities. Beyond looking at the legacy and prospects of our own program, we hope that Design Latitudes will generate dialogue and debate on how to equip designers to meet the needs of communities in the north and beyond.

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AIGA Design Educators Conference (Portland September 2014): Call for Panel Abstracts

Call for Panel Abstracts

Dates: September 11–13, 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 11, 2014 — 5:00 pm (PST)

New ventures are propelling design educators and students to re-think how, where and what types of experiences best serve a design education in the 21st century.

  • How does a program’s location within a school, college or university create broader opportunities for learning as well as more defined, discipline specific learning?
  • What potential collaborations occur when new partners emerge?
  • How do different student cultures work together? (i.e. business, engineering and graphic design students).
  • How can faculty from different disciplines co-create a new model of design education?

From the creation of new types of graduate programs (DMBA), to the physical creation of design think tanks and venture accelerator programs on campuses — a new landscape of collaboration, intersection and adventure is quickly emerging.

Join fellow design educator and professionals in the vibrant design community of Portland, Oregon for two inspiring days of exciting intersections in the form of panel sessions, poster presentations, a juried student show, and lively conversation!

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“Moving Type Sound and Image” International Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 30th May till 1st June 2014

Dates: 30th May till 1st June 2014
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline for submission students films: 24 March 2014

Polish–Japanese Institute of Information Technologies Warsaw recommends to your attention the international conference ‘Moving Type Sound and Image’ which will be organized in Warsaw from 30th May till 1st June 2014.

In the 3-day International Students’ Moving Type Festival, including three days of workshops, students’ movies presentations and a one-day conference, we would like to focus on the broad field of:
  • sound and motion in visual communication;
  • theoretical and experimental methods of dynamic graphic problem-solving;
  • teaching time-depended media in design and creative processing.
The conference will be organized in cooperation with: PJWSTK (Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technologies), ZZG Zentrum Zeitbasierte Gestatltung, FH Mainz University of Applied Science, Institut fur Mediagestaltung Fachhochschule Mainz, Hochschule fur Gestaltung Schwabisch Gmund, numerous European design schools collaborating in Erasmus program of international exchange and NINA (Polish National Audio-Visual Institute). The event is curated and conducted by Polish and German professors Ewa Satalecka, Anja Stoffler and Ralf Dringenberg. The conference will take place in the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technologies, the cinema Muranow and some public spaces in Warsaw. We hope that you will become our partner in this project.

AIGA Design Educators Conference (Portland September 2014): Call for Panel Session Proposals

AIGA Design Educators Conference
New Ventures: Intersections in Graphic Design Education
Portland, Oregon – September 12 + 13, 2014

New ventures are propelling design educators and students to re-think how, where and what types of experiences best serve a design education in the 21st century.

Deadline: February 17, 2014 – 5:00pm (PST)
New Ventures: Intersections in Graphic Design Education, will be organized around 16-24 panel sessions.
Each session is made up of 3-4 speakers and organized by the panel session moderator.

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PICA 2014: DESIGN PIONEERS: It’s Your Turn to Lead the Way (May 2014, Edmonton, Canada)

Dates: May 7–10, 2014
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Deadline for Proposals: February 1, 2014

Design Educators: Lead the Way!
Share your design research, teaching and learning!

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Leading Innovation Through Design: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

August 8-9, 2012, Boston, USA 

Conference Website:

Extended Abstract Submission deadline: April 18, 2012

The Design Management Institute is pleased to announce that it is soliciting submissions for an academic conference to be held August 8-9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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PICA 2011: BEYOND: the un-convention (May 2011, Banff, Canada)

Dates: May 1-3, 2011
Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Deadline for Proposals: March 25, 2011

The GDC Alberta North Chapterʼs focus is to inspire, educate and grow local talent with the goal of strengthening the entire industry. With this purpose in mind, we have partnered with the University of Alberta and MacEwan University to include an Education Stream that will open the Pica Conference. Design academics and graduate students are invited to submit papers for consideration.

The focus of PICA 2011 is on pushing the boundaries of graphic design and visual communications. In the Education Stream we are exploring new and innovative approaches, practices and thoughts concerning design education. For example presentations could be theoretical in nature, they could document research project, they could document work or a project completed, or they could present proposals for new educational models.
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