Call for Papers – Progetto Grafico International Graphic Design Magazine (IT) – Topic: Traces

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edited by Luigi Farrauto, Claude Marzotto, Silvia Sfligiotti

In this issue of Progetto grafico, devoted to “Traces”—indices, markers, clues, imprints, and diagrams—we would like to explore visual communications that, rather than focusing on mere representation, deal with the dimension of time.

First and foremost, traces have historical value: in any and every artifact, they take us back to the moment the object was thought up, revealing the reasoning and techniques by which it was produced. Oftentimes, they also reveal subjective choices and incidents during development that betray an underlying human factor that seemingly contradicts the presumed neutrality of graphic design.

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Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference (November 2013, Istanbul Turkey)

Dates: 15 November 2013
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 January 2013

We are pleased to announce the Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference (15 November 2013), the academic component of the 2013 IDA Congress which will be held between 15-17 November 2013 in Istanbul.

Dialects of Design Education and Research Conference will explore the theme of 2013 IDA Congress Istanbul “Design Dialects” in the realm of design education and research focusing on the three disciplines of the International Design Alliance (IDA) which are industrial design, communication/graphic design and interior architecture/design. This educational conference will provide a platform for design academics to discuss challenges and opportunities among designers, educators or researchers.

You can find the call for papers and posters here.

{MoDe} Motion Design Education Summit (April 2013, Notre Dame Indiana USA)

Dates: 26-27 April 2013
Deadline for submissions: 14 December 2012
Location: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
{MoDe} is a gathering of design educators who specialize, research and teach in the area of motion graphic design. This event will address the growing field of motion graphic design and the need for academically driven text and examples to support and challenge design educators.
Contributors / attendees will be part of a collective knowledge that will produce a manifesto that describes the impact of motion design, recognizes leaders in the field, considers the future of professional practice and academia, builds a foundation for coursework and theory and finally provides educators a space for sharing, comparing and disseminating teaching innovations and methodologies. Finally we will produce an e-book for the iPad that reproduces the concepts of motion by actually using animation and demonstration within the illustrations and exercises.
We seek participation by motion design experts from both academia and professional practice. Those looking to participate can apply by sending a letter of interest to Please include:
+  A Bio (less than 300 words)
+  A Curriculum Vitae or Resume
+  Samples of personal work or student work, animations preferred.

2013 AIGA Design Educators Conference (April 2013, Norfolk Virginia USA)

Dates: 12-14 April 2013
Location: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
Deadline for submissions of proposals: 1 August 2012

Theme: Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now

Blunt describes this conference’s aspiration and topic. It is a term that invokes our potential and our problems, and suggests the type of dialog we seek to engage. To be effective, criticism must be keen and direct, undiluted by concessions to academic or professional propriety. Graphic design is firmly established as a unique form of practice, but we do not yet have a developed body of literature that serves to question, critique and propose alternate interpretations of our way of viewing the world. Criticism is an activity, but not necessarily a negative one. Criticism is also productive and projective. It can reimagine and reconfigure existing relationships between design and other disciplines. Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now is dedicated to the exploration of graphic design criticism and outspoken applications of its practice. Blunt invites contrarian statements to prevailing wisdom on graphic design practice, education, and criticism.

In order to conceptualize a critical practice, Blunt proposes that we foster an awareness of—and need for—the conceptual tools, techniques and vehicles of critical practice by writing back at graphic design, challenging established views and assessing possibilities.

Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now will present speakers who will address the discourse of criticism in design, critique aspects of graphic design practice, and present or propose methods of critical thought. Conference sessions are divided into the areas of practice, history, writing, and education. Workshops are planned in critical writing and the practical concerns of curriculum and advancement in academia.

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Balkan Locus-Focus: Long 20th Century Communication Design Histories – 2nd Call & NEW DEADLINE:

This two-day symposium held at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
(Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Visual Communication Design
Department) in collaboration with Parsons, USA (School of Art and
Design History and Theory), intends to offer first insights on the yet
silent and poorly recorded histories of communication design in the
Balkan peninsula, focusing on the period from the late 19th century to
the present.

This second call is to remind that along with the general SYMPOSIUM
THEMES, our WORKSHOP THEMES have been announced in our web site as follows:

Theme 1: Local Identity, Global Crisis
Moderator: Fedja Vukić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Theme 2: Visuality and Identity
Moderator: Bratislav Pantelic (Sabancı University, Turkey)

Theme 3: Visualizing Histories / Overcoming Boundaries: New Methods in
Design History Research
Moderator: Jilly Traganou, co-moderator (Parsons, USA)

Theme 4: Perceptive Occupation and Control: Designing the Perception
of the Audience
Moderator: Başak Şenova (Turkey)

Please note that our deadlines have also been updated:

EXTENDED DEADLINE for all abstracts: 5 April 2012
New date for Announcement of accepted participants: 25 April 2012

For more information, please visit our web site:

Please contact us on:

BALKAN LOCUS-FOCUS: 1st symposium on Balkan communication design histories | 29-30 June 2012 | Izmir Turkey


29-30 June 2012 | Izmir, Turkey


This call for participation asks for studies of communication design in the broader region of the Balkans/Southeastern Europe.

Consisting of heterogeneous cultural groups and diverse socio-economic structures, the region has had a turbulent history in the last century, marked by violent manifestations of ethnic conflict but also by regimes that fostered political integration. Its multiple design histories sometimes intersected, but often diverged to distinct national trajectories that looked for points of reference beyond the region’s geographical borders.

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Typo London 2011: Places (Oct 2011, London UK)

Dates: 20-22 Oct 2011
Location: University of London

From 20th till 22nd october 2011 influential speakers from the world of design will lecture on “Places”. Established industry leaders and up-and-coming creative talents share the stage presenting keynotes on visual communication themes from the worlds of information, graphic, digital and filmic design media, branding, wayfinding, user experience, education, culture and typography.

For further information mail to:

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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Graphic Design: sustainable principles and practice (book)

Title: Graphic Design: sustainable principles and practice
Author: Peter Fine, Assistant Professor/Graphic Design, New Mexico State University
Publisher: BERG Publishers

Currently seeking entries from design professionals, academics and students for Graphic Design: sustainable principles and practice.

Offers a complete overview of a topic central to the future of graphic design.
Highlights both key ideas and best practice for students.
Presents cutting-edge work in graphic design from practitioners, educators and students worldwide.

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Teaching History of Graphic Design (Oct 2010, Virginia)

Title: Teaching History of Graphic Design: A Bore or a Blast?
Deadline: April 20, 2010. Send an abstract of the paper (no more than 200 words) and a current CV.

This session will be part of the 2010 joint meeting of SECAC and the Mid-America College Art Association (MACAA) will be in Richmond, Virginia October 20-23, and will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Call for papers and presentations: Topics can include but are not limited to the following questions. As graphic design educators, how have you overcome the challenges of teaching history of graphic design (HGD)? Who is your audience in teaching HGD? Does learning HGD impact studio practice among your students? Do you combine lecture and studio projects in teaching HGD? Does HGD give purpose meaning or direction to the field of graphic design and how is it relevant to contemporary practice of graphic design today? What are challenges and results of teaching HGD as historians from art history departments, vs. teaching as non-historians with MFA degrees in graphic design departments? At what level of undergraduate study is it best to introduce HGD? How should teaching HGD be different at graduate level? Is graphic design theory and criticism relevant to teaching undergraduate HGD? To what extend do you introduce HGD in other studio courses in graphic design? Other general areas of interest may pertain to challenges and successes with your syllabus, teaching methodology and rubrics, methods of examination for content and image recognition, writing short essays, journals and research papers, or an overview of successful design projects in HGD.

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