Design4Health 2015: Synergies of Practice (July 2015, Sheffield UK)

Dates: 13-16 July 2015
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 14 January 2015

We will be holding the third European conference on Design4Health at Sheffield Hallam University in July 2015. There is now just one month to go until the deadline for submission of abstracts on Monday 5th January and I am pleased to attach the Call for Papers for Design4Health2015.  A detailed Call for Papers is available at

This year’s theme is Synergies of Practice.

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Focus Section of Interaction Design and Architecture(s): Designing Self-Care for Everyday Life (Nov 2014)

Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014

To be published at the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A) (ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Self-managing a chronic condition is a challenging activity. It requires patients and caregivers to deal with symptoms and the possible resulting disability, to manage emotions, and mediate their relationship with health professionals. Self-care technologies have tried to help in these tasks in multiple ways, including watching the evolution of symptoms, performing health measurements, or connecting with others that have the same condition. Nevertheless, self-care technologies often fail to integrate themselves into people’s everyday life.

Designing self-care technology for everyday life requires an in-depth understanding of the self-care strategies people use, the contexts in which they live, and tools they have at their disposal. Acquiring this understanding requires new approaches to the design of self-care technologies.

The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers to explore the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and theoretical insights of self-care technologies to broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research in self-care. This body of work is likely to inform the new generation of more holistic self-care technologies that takes into account people’s everyday life and experiences.

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Visible Language: Special Issue on Design for Health and Medicine (Nov 2014)

Contact: Jorge Frascara <>
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 November 2014.

The fields of medicine, pharmacy, public health and other related areas, are becoming more conscious of the contribution design can make, and there is a growing need for designers to acquire the necessary information and skills required in this area. We to increase  our collective knowledge of the work done in the intersection between design and health.

Considering this situation, Visible Language is preparing a special issue on design and health and has asked me to act as guest editor. This issue is planned to be the first of 2015.

If you are interested in having a case study considered for the special issue of Visible Language, please send a one-page abstract to Jorge Frascara <> by November 15, 2014.

The abstract should include topic description, research question, method description and conclusion. The editorial advisors will review the abstracts and invite authors to submit full papers. These will be due by January 15, 2015, and will be peer-reviewed as all articles published in Visible Language

Accepted papers will be returned for minor editing by January 30, and final deadline will be February 14, 2015.

ACE’14 Workshop on Designing Systems for Health and Entertainment: What Are We Missing (Nov 2014, Madeira Portugal)

Dates: 11 November 2014
Location: Madeira, Portugal
Deadline for submissions: 19 September 2014

In conjunction with ACE 2014:

Systems that aggregate health and entertainment goals are proliferating, but little is known about the way to design and evaluate these systems and how to manage the different (if nor opposite) needs of these two main areas. This workshop will promote the discussion of issues surrounding these areas, enabling a better understanding of the how’s and why’s of designing systems for health and entertainment, as well as the identification of new avenues of research in the field.

Therefore we invite designers, researchers and practitioners to participate in an exciting full-day workshop where they are invited to share their personal views and research on the intersection of technology, health and entertainment.

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9th Intl Design & Emotion Conference (Oct 2014, Bogotá Colombia)

Dates: 6-10 October 2014
Location: Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia
Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2014

With the conference’s current motto “The Colors of Care” the organizing committee opens the discussion on the relation between Design, Emotion and Social Innovation. We invite practitioners and researchers from the fields of design, social science, humanities, marketing and business, psychology, engineering, HCI and health sciences, to submit research results and case studies that explore basic aspects of human emotions(individual or collective), demonstrate the application of theories of emotion in functional applications, or discuss developments of experimental artifacts from the point of view of design, social practices and emotion.

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Design Research Journal special issue: design in and for public sector and public spaces (April 2013)

Theme: design in and for public sector and public spaces
Deadline for submission: 1 April 2013

The complete call for papers can be found at

We especially welcome contributions that develop our understanding of and theories for:

  • Embedding design capacity in public organisations
  • Public and community spaces
  • Reconfiguration of structures that promote resourcefulness
  • Design in public procurement
  • Design for health and care

Contributions in other aspects of design in and for public sector are of course welcome.

2013 Design 4 Health Conference (July 2013, Sheffield UK)

Location: Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield UK
Dates: 3-5 July 2013
Deadline for abstracts: 8 February 2013

This conference seeks to explore the relationship between design, and health and wellbeing. Good design can deliver widespread benefits to society but how can design practice and processes meet the challenges of health and wellbeing in the 21st Century? Through this conference we aim to develop environments and propose creative strategies for future living in which people of all ages and abilities ‘not merely survive’ but are enabled and empowered to live with dignity, independence and fulfilment.

The conference provides a platform for dialogue between designers, healthcare professionals, funding bodies, researchers and users. The conference features an exhibition of innovative health related artefacts and designs plus special sessions and workshops.

Those participating in the Call for Papers and Exhibition Proposals might include designers, practitioners and researchers in health and wellbeing, and representatives from the health and design industries and funding bodies.

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Fashion And Health Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 20-21

Registration is now open for the 2012 Fashion And Health SYMPOSIUM April 20-21, 2012 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. The registration fee for general admission is $200 US and the fee for graduate and undergraduate students is $100.  Registration

This symposium connects fashion to the topic of health. Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and health.

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.

Symposium formats will include poster sessions, concurrent individual presentations [15 minutes], plenary sessions [60 minutes], and panel or collaborative presentations.

Important dates:
April 1, 2012: Full papers due and received
April 20-22, 2012: Symposium

See the conference website for further information:

DIS’12 Workshop: Designing Wellbeing (June 2012, Newcastle UK)

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Dates: 11-12 June 2012
Deadline for submissions: 16 March 2012

This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working on wellbeing in the field of interaction design or health care, or are interested in the topic.

Wellbeing is defined as positive mental health, it is not only the absence of mental illness but the presence of positive psychological functioning. The workshop aims to establish a foundational agenda for interaction design research around this concept of wellbeing. It will provide a platform to share experiences and resources, create new ideas for design and build valuable future collaborations. The workshop will further include activities that allow for the experience of different aspects of wellbeing. Moreover, workshop attendees will be invited to collaboratively create design concepts that have the potential to support peoples’ wellbeing and will develop first prototypes using Gadgeteer.

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3rd Biennial, Global Interaction in Design Conference (Nov. 7, 2012, virtually)

New deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 March 2012.
For more information, visit

Full and poster paper proposals are invited for presentation at the 3rd Global Interaction in Design Conference to be held virtually on November 7, 2012. GLIDE is a biennial, virtual conference that disseminates cutting-edge research on topics related to interaction between designers and global communities. The purpose of a virtual-only format is to bridge cultural and geographic divides in an eco-friendly way.

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