craft+design enquiry #8: Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries (2016)

Deadline for expressions of interest: Postponed till further notice.

The craft + design enquiry Editorial Board welcomes Tiziana Ferrero-Regis, Rafael Gomez and Kathleen Horton, from Queensland University of Technology, as the Guest Editors of c+de#8 with the theme of ‘Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries’.

Contributors to c+de#8 are invited to submit Expressions of Interest for either the Themed Section or the Open Section by following the Steps to Submitting a Paper outlined at the website.

Expressions of Interest close on 30 April 2015. For contributors invited to submit papers, the deadline for full papers is 30 June 2015. c+de#8 will be published in mid-2016.

Please refer to the website for further details.

CFP: The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design (SECAC, Sarasota FL – October 2014)

Venue: Southeastern College Art Conference

Dates: October 8-11, 2014
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Deadline for submissions: April 20, 2014

The story is familiar: modernism’s post-World War I fascination with machines and technology – in architecture, industrial design, the decorative arts, and fashion – dissipated in the 1930s, replaced by a valorization of handicraft and a reemergence of the human subject. Where the machine aesthetic dominated design in the early 1920s, artists grew disenchanted with the signs of industry in the 1930s, focusing instead on the human subject, and crafting work to show the “hand” of the maker.  But is this tale of a “return to the hand” universally true? Are there certain mediums or national traditions that trouble the story?  This session solicits papers that examine the precarious dynamics of industry and the hand-made in the applied arts between the wars. We encourage a variety of perspectives within or beyond the powerhouse industrial economies of the West, and we hope, through the breadth of papers, to reassess the standard narrative of interwar design.

Session Co-Chairs: Toby Norris, Assumption College and Rachael Barron-Duncan, Central Michigan University.


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.

Research Prototype Workshop (Feb 2013, Ghent Belgium)

Date: Thursday 21 February 2013
Location: Stam, Ghent (Belgium)
Deadline for submission of short paper: 10 November 2012

On Thursday 21 February, Howest Industrial Design Center organizes the Research Prototype workshop in cooperation with Ghent University. The workshop is a part of the  fifth conference on Sustainable Construction and Design (SCAD’13).

We would like to invite submissions for the Research Prototype workshop.

Research prototypes provide an opportunity to test and understand new research ideas and emerging technological solutions in an uncertain context. Meet international researchers from different disciplines. Share and discuss your experiences with research prototypes during a one day workshop.

3rd Creative Prototyping summer school, Howest Industrial Design Center, September 3 – 7, 2012

The 3rd edition of the Creative Prototyping summer school, organized by Howest Industrial Design Center, is an opportunity for designers, engineers, (PhD) students, teachers, researchers and creative-technical people from all over the world to train their model making skills.

During 1 week full of maker workshops, people meet like-minded individuals who share the passion for design and prototyping, co-creation and materialization of ideas.

The participants are coached by professionals such as Lékué (Barcelona), Jürgen Heinl (former BMW modeler, München), Pilipili product design, Atohms design and many others.

Workshop programme: quick & dirty prototyping, clay modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, wood turning, welding, plastic shaping processes, product photography, 3D scanning, foam modeling and arduino open source electronics (makey makey invention kit for everyone).

Place: Howest Industrial Design Center, Kortrijk, Belgium

When: September 3rd – September 7th 2012

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Design Gymnastics Workshop (July 2012, Berlin)

Application deadline: Friday, 25 May 2012
Dates: 16-20 July 2012
Location: Berlin, Germany

to explore the sensorial approach to design; the new science of living

The sensorial qualities in design are the foundations of future living concepts. Masayo Ave, a Japanese architect/designer and the founder of Haptic Interface Design Institute, is a considerable pioneer who explores the studies on sensorial qualities in the field of industrial design for more than two decades.

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