Include 2015: Disruptive Ideas in Inclusive Design (Sep 2015, London UK)

Dates: 17-18 September 2015
Location: Royal College of Art, London, UK
Website: http://www.rca.ac.uk/research-innovation/helen-hamlyn-centre/include/include-2015/
Deadline for submissions: 27 April 2015

Organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.

Ever since the international inclusive design community first came together around the needs of older and disabled people for the inaugural Include conference in 2001, a series of disruptions have moved the tectonic plates under the field. Definitions of inclusive design have expanded, new directions have proliferated and the rapid emergence of new technologies has altered the landscape too. Co-design, co-creation and crowdsourcing have re-cast the relationship between designers and users; social innovation and digital manufacture have raised new agendas.As a result, the pluralistic world of inclusive design now looks very different from the picture at the turn of the new millennium. Keynote speakers will be speaking about Disruptive Ideas on Day 1 and include Marco Steinberg, Snowcone & Haystack, Finland and Liza Chong, INDEX, Denmark (see http://tinyurl.com/khzjufv to see all confirmed keynotes).

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Craft Research, Issue 7.1 (June 2015)

Website: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=3D172/
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 June 2015

Craft Research is now inviting submissions for its next issue: 7.1 – February/March 2016.

Editors
Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK, email: k.niedderer@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University, email: katherine.townsend@ntu.ac.uk

Submission

For guidance notes, for further information or to submit a paper, please contact the editors. Please find all details on the website: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=3D172/

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The Illustrator as Public Intellectual (Nov 2015, Rhode Island School of Design, USA)

Dates: 6-7 November 2015:
Location: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
Website: http://illustrationresearch.co.uk/index.php/call-papers-illustrator-public-intellectual/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 June 2015

Keynote Speaker: Rick Poynor
Visiting Professor in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the
Royal College of Art London

Illustrators and all who study their work have long understood the importance of pictures to communicate ideas and shape opinion, and to possibly provoke the viewer in unpredictable ways. What should illustrators say in the public sphere? What forces limit the illustrator’s expression of thought? What are the key issues and debates around the communication of ideas through illustration?

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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: 20 April 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.

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Spaces & Flows: 6th Intl Conf on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies (Oct 2015, Chicago USA)

Dates: 15-16 October 2015
Location: University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA
Website: http://spacesandflows.com/the-conference/call-for-papers
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16 April 2015 (there will be further rounds)

Theme: Decline Belt Cities and Places: Prospects, Problems, Possibilities

This conference aims to critically engage the contemporary and ongoing spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transnational, global, and neoliberal world. In a process-oriented world of flows and movement, we posit, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the mapping of, the nature of, and the forces that propel these processural changes.

See the website for further details.

Spatial Storyworlds Panel at the 4th Intl Visual Methods Conf (Sep 2015, Brighton UK)

Dates: 16-18 September 2015
Location: University of Brighton, UK
Website: http://goo.gl/riKlO5
Deadline for submission of summaries: 15 April 2015

While immersed in watching the screen or reading a book, you are, in many senses, always ‘outside’ the story. By contrast, you can walk right into a narrative environment, becoming physically, emotionally and intellectually immersed in narrative space. It seems bodily immersion in spatialised stories heightens the sensory dimensions of narrative and simultaneously reduces other aspects of narrative experience. The majority of narrative environments e.g. exhibitions, cultural and heritage sites, brand and retail environments or crafted public realm, are not strictly determined, linear spatial experiences. They offer a different kind of immersion. Visitors/audiences/inhabitants/users tend to go where they like and construct their own narrative threads. Fixed linear sequence from a single viewpoint is one dimension that is often loosened. However, it is argued that this kind of sequence is not the primary or sole key to narrativity. Narrative spaces have authors, narrators, dramatic conflicts, content, ways of telling, events, characters, voice, shifts over time from one state to another, in other words, a plethora of narrative dimensions.

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10th Intl Conf on Design Principles and Practices (Feb 2016, Rio de Janeiro Brazil)

Dates: 25-27 February 2016
Location: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Website: http://designprinciplesandpractices.com/the-conference-2016/?mid=906687947&ml=29564323
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 25 April 2015 (there will be future rounds)

We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and encourage faculty and research students to jointly submit proposals, discussing design principles and practices through one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Design Education
Theme 2: Design in Society
Theme 3: Designed Objects
Theme 4: Visual Design
Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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17th Intl Summer School on Engineering Design Research for PhD Candidates (Jul/Aug 2015, Germany/Luxembourg)

Dates: 28 June – 3 July 2015 / 2-8 August 2015
Locations: Gut Schöneworth, Freiburg/Elbe, Germany / Franciscan Mother House, Luxembourg
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 10 April 2015

The aims of the Summer School on Engineering Design Research are to make PhD students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping them select a theoretical foundation and develop a research approach, and (ii) encouraging discussion and collaboration.

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Intl J of Design Special Issue: Social Design and Innovation (Sep 2015)

Website: http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/announcement
Deadline for submission of full papers: 10 September 2015

This special issue welcomes articles that focus on theoretical investigations into social design (e.g., history, different paradigms and models), on the methodological challenges of social design (e.g., various models, frameworks and trans-disciplinary insights and cross-fertilization), and on trans-disciplinary examples and implementations of social design innovations. In order to enhance our understanding and development of social design across different societies, either comparative studies or case studies on newly founded social design societies are encouraged.

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7th Intl Conf of the Design Education Forum of South Africa: Ethics and accountability in design – do they matter? (Sep 2015, Midrand South Africa)

Dates: 2-3 September 2015
Location: Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, Midrand, South Africa
Website: http://www.defsa.org.za/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2015

Design communities in 2015 are called on to respond to the Millennial imperative “to do the right thing, to know the truth of a situation, to have a job that means more than a pay cheque and to live a life that matters” (Chester, cited in Mind the Gap, Codrington and Grant-Marshall 2004:63). We, as stakeholders and leaders in the design community take responsibility to lead with integrity and commit ourselves to the co-creation of a shared design ethos.

Aiming our intentions, efforts and influence toward ‘that which ought to be’, DEFSA 2015 seeks to honour and grow an emerging principle-driven, civic minded and human-centred design culture that takes issues of the sustainability, credibility, corporate social responsibility, professional accountability and personal integrity to heart. The typical worldview rhetoric of what should be done is redirected towards individuated responses and actions that foster meaningful change.

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