Design Research Society PhD Student Bursary Competition

Dear Design Researchers,

The Design Research Society (DRS) is pleased to announce the next deadline for applications to the Student Research Bursary Scheme. The aim of the scheme is for the DRS to directly support design research projects by research students across the world. Examples of previous awards and projects can be found on the DRS website:

The scheme is open to all student members of the society, together with a sponsor who is also a DRS member. Please see the DRS website for further details and an application form:

The deadline for applications is 24th April 2015.

If you are not a DRS member, and would like to apply for a bursary, the cost of joining as a student member is 30GBP for three years membership. Full membership is 30GBP per year

Best wishes,

Tom Fisher (for Peter Lloyd DRS Membership Secretary)

‘Good Things/ Bad Things’ workshop – DRS2014, Umea – 2pm-5pm 15th June: programme

The workshop programme is now ready and is (briefly) as follows:

1400 – 1430 Introduction to Workshop – Gamman and Fisher
1430 – 1450 Tiphaine Kazi-Tani, Rogue Designs – Atelier Van Lieshout
1450 – 1510 Mahmoud Keshavarz, Regularising Things – Passports
1510 – 1530 Discussion 1
1530 – 1550 Annamaria Andrea Vitali, Good Games of Chance – Gambling
1550 – 1610 Adam Thorpe, Fighting for Peace – Fashioning Things for Good
1610 – 1700 Discussion 2 – resume of 2 ‘good things’ events (2013 and 2014) – next steps
1700 Close and adjourn to opening ceremony

Hoping you can join us. Information about the DRS2014 workshops can be found here: The full programme including abstracts is here: 6.5.14 workshop programme

‘Good Things and Bad Things’ DRS Umea – workshop June 15th 2014

NOTE – the workshop date is June 15th (not 16th)


If you are interested in questions about the ethics of design, join the good things and bad things workshop at the Design Research Society’s conference at Umea, Sweden, in June 2014.

The workshop is convened by Professor Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University UK; Professor Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins, London

At the workshop we will hear presentations which focus on the good/bad nature of specific things.

For information on how to apply to join the workshop, see the CfP at this dropbox link:

Deadline for applications: 1st April 2014.

And you can join the ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group here:

Design and Personalisation Symposium Feb 19-20th, Nottingham UK

‘Personalisation’ is rapidly permeating our everyday lives. From advertising to health care, and from clothing to architecture – most services and products can be tailored to suit particular needs and preferences. Where does it leave designers when consumers specify their products? Do personalised health services deliver value to the tax payer?
A fee of £75 allows delegates at Design and Personalisation Symposium, to consider specific instances of personalised designs, their consequences for users, and for society. Speakers will include academics, designers, public service providers, and industry professionals who will explore these conceptual, methodological and practical challenges.

Speakers will include:

Till Schutte – European head of Design and Graphics, Coca Cola

Rose Brook – Digital Media editor at Rapid News Communications

Jon Oberlander – Co-Director of Design Informatics, and  Chair in Epistemics, University of Edinburgh

For more details email Dr Iryna Kuksa

Good Things and Bad Things (June 2013, Nottingham UK)

*Save the Date* for

 ‘Good Things and Bad Things’

Symposium in Nottingham on 10th/ 11th June 2013.

The programme will bring together a range of approaches to the ‘rights and wrongs’ of designs, designers and designing, hearing perspectives from Design (Jana Scholze, Victoria and Albert Museum), Sociology (Tim Dant, University of Lancaster), Social Anthropology (Mike Anusas, U of Strathclyde), Art (Gene-George Earlé), Design History (Ralph Mills, MMU), among others.

The good/ bad things in question include guns, things in questionable taste, immaterial things, sportified things, criminal things… among others.

We intend to start discussion about these as crossing points between ideas of virtue, propriety, moral conduct and the agency of material and immaterial objects.  This will connect both with debates from object orientated philosophy, and about designs as manifestations of social and cultural practices.

‘Good Things’ is Hosted by Nottingham Contemporary, to coincide with the exhibition ‘The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things’ curated by Mark Leckey and is a collaboration between the Design Research Society OPENSiG (objects, practices, experiences, networks), Nottingham Trent University, the Design against Crime Research Centre at Central St. Martins and Nottingham Contemporary.

Register here:

Registration fees are as follows:

Standard:                       £75

DRS Members:               £60

Student/ unwaged          £35

This covers lunches and refreshments on both days.

For updates, join our ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group:

Queries – contact Tom Fisher:

%d bloggers like this: