Reminder: This blog has moved

Just a gentle reminder that this blog has moved to

This WordPress blog remains for archival purposes only.

The new DesignCalls blog is live

The new version of this blog is at  There will be no further posts here.

The new blog includes posts on diverse (non-design) topics too.

Please feel free to email me ( if you have questions or concerns.

ServDes 2016 (May 2016, Copenhagen)

Dates: 24-26 May 2016
Location: Aalborg University-Copenhagen
Deadline for submissions: 29 September 2015

ServDes, the Service Design and Innovation conference, is the premier research conference for exchanging knowledge within Service Design and service innovation studies. Born as a yearly Nordic conference, ServDes has now become a bi-annual international event with the aim of bringing researchers and practitioners together to discuss, share and evolve the emerging discipline of Service Design, and design-related service innovation.

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I feel a change coming on…

I’m looking for input from you.

This is one of 4 blogs I keep.  It’s getting a bit challenging having 4 separate blogs.  So I’m thinking of merging this one with my other blogs.  There will be a separate stream for design CFPs, and there will be separate RSS feed too, so subscribers can just get the CFPs and not worry about the other stuff.

FYI, the new blog would be on Blogger (a Google product), not WordPress.

The one downside is that anyone currently enabled as an author will have to ask me again to be enabled as an author on the new blog.

I can probably merge the blog in a couple of days, so there wouldn’t be a significant interruption in service.

Does anyone have any serious reservations or concerns about this?

Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 (Oct 2015, New York, USA)

Dates: 22-24 October 2015
Location: LIM College, New York City, NY, U.S.A.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 June 2015

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

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AIS/Design: Storia e Ricerche #7 (Dec 2015)

Theme: Design at work: the history of design between the profession and industry
Editors: Fiorella Bulegato and Dario Scodeller
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 8 June 2015

“AIS/Design. Storia e ricerche” is the peer-reviewed online journal of the Italian Association of Design Historians, dedicated to the advancement of research into every aspect of design history and to the publication of higher scientific research.
Issue number 7, coordinated by Fiorella Bulegato and Dario Scodeller, is dedicated to the work of designers in the many different forms in which it has been expressed and developed since the 1930s, in the fields of product, visual and exhibition design. The intent is to examine, taking a point of view from within the profession, the relationship between design autonomy, and the constraints or opportunities represented by the context of organization, production and distribution – intrinsic to manufacturing companies and institutions – within which the designer must operate.

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AIEDAM Vol 30 No 3: Special Issue – System Architecture Design (April 2015)

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2015

Guest Editors: Claudia Eckert & Marija Jankovic

In the early design stages of design processes system architecture defines the interaction between product, process and company organization as well as the integration across different domains of design such as mechanical, electrical, software engineering. During system architecture design, companies decide the balance between innovative and incremental development. System architecture decisions impact fundamentally on overall project and company success, especially in complex systems.

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Face Forward 2015 (Dec 2015, Dublin Ireland)

Dates: 11-12 December 2015
Location: School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7, Ireland
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 May 2015

Face Forward is an international peer-reviewed conference focused on typography that seeks to examine design and typographic practice, and to make explicit existing connections between craft, research, theory, history, criticism and pedagogy. This conference aims to provoke informed, rigorous and critical debate on aspects of typographic research and practice that relate to current discourse and contexts. It is the inaugural event in what will become an annual international conference. This year’s conference is supported by ID2015 Year of Irish Design and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

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

Dates: 17-18 September 2015
Location: Royal College of Art, London, UK
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 to see all confirmed keynotes).

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Craft Research, Issue 7.1 (June 2015)

Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 June 2015

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

Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK, email:
Dr Katherine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University, email:


For guidance notes, for further information or to submit a paper, please contact the editors. Please find all details on the website:,id=3D172/

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