A reminder to all authors on this blog….

I’m VERY gratified to see others contributing to this blog, and I appreciate every contribution.

However, I’ve noticed that a number of contributions are not formatted according to the POSTING GUIDELINES.  These guidelines are designed to help ensure that anyone reading a post will get the most crucial information available “above the fold” and that this information will show on the blog’s front page.  This is important if you want readers to quickly understand whether or not they should read the rest of the entry.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to edit other people’s posts to correct these mistakes.  However, this is my blog and if I can’t ensure consistency of presentation, then I will start deleting entries that do not adhere to the guidelines.  The guidelines are short – less than 2 screens worth of information.  And they’re easy to follow. I go to a significant effort to ensure that everything I post follows those guidelines for the sake of the readers; I encourage everyone else to do likewise.

Thanks.

Call for submissions to upcoming graphic design book “Design to Renourish: Sustainable Design in Practice”

Have you or your design team produced graphic design projects with people, planet, profit in mind, particularly while employing a sustainable systems approach? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for international case studies of sustainably produced print, digital, signage, and comprehensive branding campaigns for the upcoming book Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice by Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo (Focal Press).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015

About the Book

Design to Renourish is a book for graphic design professionals who want to integrate a sustainable ethos into their workflow. The book is about being ethical, empathetic, and effective as a design professional for clients and society. It addresses the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work by detailing various approaches to successfully completed client project case studies that embrace a sustainable systems methodology. The designers interviewed for each case study will explain how they collaborated with clients to achieve the most sustainable—and successful—outcome.
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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
Website: www.designlatitudes.ca

DESIGN LATITUDES: CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
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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Five Years of DesignCalls

10 October 2014 marked the 5th anniversary of this blog.  In that time, over 650 CFPs have been posted. The blog has over 1200 followers and has had over 330,000 “hits.”

This is in very large part due to all the contributions that have been made.  I’m only the “stenographer.”  So I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to this blog.  If it enjoys any success, it’s due to the fine contributions that have been made.

Thanks!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: build it with your eyes closed (working title)

Contact: builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com or jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk
Deadline for submissions: 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014

Describe, in no more than 350 words, the most successful first year undergraduate architecture design project that you have either given as a teacher or received as a student.

  • Why was it successful?
  • What happened?
  • What was learned?
  • What pedagogical theories or frameworks did it employ?
  • How did it influence your subsequent teaching and learning? 

Submissions must comply with the following parameters:

  • 350 words maximum
  • unformatted text in MS Word format
  • no illustrations, tables or figures
  • bibliography provided (where appropriate) in Harvard format
  • include your name, location and (where appropriate) institution

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com no later than 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014.

Architectural educators, graduates and students are invited to critically reflect on what they regard as the most successful and/or influential design studio assignment within the first year of an architectural education. The project is inspired by (but has no relation to) ‘Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment’ (New York, NY: Paper Monument, ISBN 9780979757549), in which eighty-nine artists and fine art tutors critically reflect upon their experiences of the fine art assignment as students or tutors.

Following this call for submissions, ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will run as an open workshop for the duration of Living and Learning, the 2nd international conference of the of the association of architectural educators (aae) at the University of Sheffield, England, 3-5 September 2014. Living and Learning explores the notion of ‘liveness’, not just as experienced through live projects, but expanded to consider different forms of community participation and civic engagement, material and constructed interventions. This conference offers a platform for critical reflection on the most recent wave of ‘live’ innovations in design studio teaching and beyond. The conference is centred on architecture education, but invites contributions from any disciplinary context which might offer insight and spark critical debate. To read more about the aae conference, review the draft schedule, and to register, visit: http://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/

Submissions received in response to this call for submissions will be anonymised and posted for conference delegates to read, comment and respond to. ‘Build it with your eyes closed’ will make the process of blind peer review visible, tangible and social at the heart of the conference.

The contributions to ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will be developed for publication as a standalone book in 2015.

For more information about the project, please contact the editor, Dr. James Benedict Brown (Norwich University of the Arts, England) jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk 

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Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Gender SYMPOSIUM May 1-2, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota

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This symposium is the fourth in a symposium series entitled “Fashion And … ” connecting fashion with other themes of importance in today’s world. Members attending the symposia of Fashion And… examine the interconnections and intersections of fashion in today’s world.

Crane (2000, p. 16) noted that “fashionable clothes are used to make statements about social class and social identity but their principle messages are about the ways in which men women and men perceive their gender roles or are expected to perceive them.” Thus, for our fourth symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and gender.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Designcalls is 4 years old!

This blog started on 8 October 2009, so we’re officially four years old (that’s an eternity on the Internet :-)

To date, there have been over a quarter million hits on the site’s 522 posts, and it has over 1,300 followers.  Thirty-six other people have contributed posts to this blog besides me.

I think this is great, and I’d like to that everyone who has contributed – either as an author or a reader – for making this blog a success.  I look forward to more great stuff in the coming year.

Fil Salustri

Announcement: filtering posts to avoid dubious publishers

I have been made aware of Jeffrey Beall’s excellent list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”  As the number of obvious fly-by-night publishers increases (exponentially, these days, it seems) so too does the risk that academics will end up with a weakened publication record if they fall for this scam.

So I will be checking publishers associated with CFPs that I might post here against Beall’s list.  If the publisher is on the list, the CFP will not be posted here.  I would encourage all my co-authors and readers to keep an eye out.  No one’s perfect, and something might get past me.  If you notice something weird in any of the CFPs posted (with respect to Beall’s list), please let me know by email and I will investigate.

2012 in review – Thanks Everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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