2015 PhD Summer School on Integrated Product Development (May & Sept 2015, Malta and Germany)

Dates: 4-8 May 2015, 21-25 September 2015
Location: University of Malta and University of Magdeburg
Website: http://www.eng.um.edu.mt/~dme/jcb/ipdss/
Deadline for application: 28 February 2015

The University of Magdeburg (DE) and the University of Malta (MT) will be jointly running the *2015 PhD Summer School  on Integrated Product Development.  This Summer School is aimed at researchers interested in both understanding and researching the various interrelations between design, manufacturing and business aspects, as well as further aspects from the whole life cycle of a products/services.
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COLOR/FORMS, Parsons & Cooper Hewitt Grad Symposium (April 2015; New York, NY)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Color/Forms

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
April 23 and 24, 2015.

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

Areas of investigation might involve:

  • Graphic design and broadcast media–e.g. color printing in lithographs, newspapers and magazines; day-glo color inks and psychedelic design; Technicolor and other cinematic color systems; the advent of color television; etc.
  • Fashion and costume studies–e.g. color, or lack thereof, in menswear; aniline dyes and other technologies of coloration; color forecasting; etc.
  • Industrial design–e.g. colored plastics; anodized aluminum; the color of high technology (silver, black, white, beige) or domestic appliances; color theory and consumer choice; color-customizable products; colors in toys; etc.
  • Decorative arts–e.g. hand-painted and printed colors ceramics; tapestry, color-changing fabrics and other textiles; polychromy in sculpture; etc.
  • Architecture and interior design–e.g. colored exterior lighting; psychologies of colored interiors; wallpapers; “white cities” and exhibition architecture; etc.
  • …or any number of related fields of production and consumption.

Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as History of the Decorative Arts, History of Design, Curatorial Studies, Design Studies, Art History, History of Architecture, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Consumer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and other fields.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Meikle, Stiles Professor in American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on “Postcard Modernism: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and American Visual Culture, 1931-1950.” Dr. Meikle is one of the leading voices in design history and cultural history. His renown scholarship extends to industrial design and technology, popular print media, and alternative cultures from 1950 to the present. His books include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1982); American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995); and Design in the USA (2005).

The Keynote will be on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 and the symposium sessions will be in the morning and afternoon on Friday, April 24.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:

Ethan Robey
Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies
robeye@newschool.edu

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

The symposium is sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design

PLATE Workshop: Cultures of Mending (June 2015, Nottingham UK)

Dates: 17-19 June 2015
Location: Nottingham UK
Contact: mendrs.symposium@gmail.com
Deadline for position statements: 17 December 2014

The focus of this collaborative workshop is the production of mending cultures by individual and collective human and non-human agencies; in other words, shared practices oriented around prolonging the usable lives of material things, recognising the durability of both the object and the value(s) and meaning(s) associated with it. In conjunction with practitioners, activists, and thinkers from diverse disciplinary background we seek to explore the practices and knowledges at the heart of mending culture(s); the meanings created and drawn upon; how such a culture is – or could be – produced; and the most significant barriers to its long-term sustainability.

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Summer School of Making (Aug 2014, Belgium)

Dates: 24 August – 5 September 2014
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Website: http://www.summerschoolofmaking.be
Deadline for application: ASAP

LEARN NEW SKILLS THIS SUMMER IN MOTION GRAPHICS / CREATIVE PROTOTYPING

Creative students or young professionals from all over the world come together in the final weeks of the summer in Belgium.
Are you a creative from a technical creative discipline such as: digital design, motion design, product design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, typography, interior design, graphic design, animation,…? Come to Kortrijk to perfection your model making or motion design skills and learn from professionals from the industry. You can expect intense master classes, fully equipped workshops which are almost 24/7 at your disposal and a hands-on, international learning experience. In week 1 we organize a bunch of hands-on technical, creative workshops spread over 2 tracks: creative prototyping or motion graphics. If you want to put your new learned skills to the test, stay for another week in which we will challenge you with a creative and multidisciplinary design assignment.

IDC 2014 Workshop on Design for Repurposing: Rethinking Children’s Interaction with Tangibles (17 June, Aarhus Denmark)

Dates: 17 June 2014
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Website: http://designforrepurposing.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions: March 28, 2014

This full-day workshop will bring together researchers and designers who share an interest in understanding the challenges of how to design for repurposing of interactive tangible objects by children. We invite people who are interested in exploring the field of repurposing by children, or are currently engaged in research related to this topic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: what is repurposing and how can it be exemplified; how to design interactive tangible objects that can be repurposed and how can children be supported in this; and which application and/or activity areas can be of interest for repurposing.

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NordDesign 2014 (August 2014, Espoo Finland)

Dates: 27-29 August 2014
Location: Aalto University Design Factory, Espoo, Finland
Website: http://www.norddesign2014.fi/
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 28 February 2014
In the area of innovation, design and product development we quite often seem to know that something works in practice, but might lack understanding on the theoretical foundations. Many of the topical issues related to design, development, and innovation that seem to be regarded as “common knowledge” within the industry, are insufficiently founded from the theoretical perspective. On the other hand, results of academic research are often insufficiently disseminated to the industry.

We are calling for evidence-based academic work on topical issues on design, product development and innovation that strengthens both our theoretical understanding, and the connection between theory and practice.

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Intl Joint Conf IDMME-VC / IMPROVE / INGEGRAF (June 2014, Toulouse France)

Dates: 18-20 June 2014
Location: Toulouse, France.
Website: http://idmme2014.sciencesconf.org/
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2014

On behalf of ADM, AIP-PRIMECA and INGEGRAF associations and also the organizing committee of the conference, I am pleased to announce the 2014 International Conference related to research on Mechanical, Design Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing aims to be one of the key international meetings of a dynamic interdisciplinary community. It gathers together academics, researchers and industry specialists actively seeking new solutions allowing industrial innovation to be improved and guaranteed.

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Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013 (Sep 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Dates: 3-5 September 2013
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Website: http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/dppi
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2013

We are excited to invite submissions for the 6th International conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK 3rd ­ 5th of September 2013. DPPI is a leading venue for designers, artists, psychologists, systems engineers, social scientists and many more to come together to debate and define future design research and practice. This year’s conference is hosted by Northumbria University (UK) and will be held on the riverbanks of the Tyne in the glorious BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art between the 3-5 of September 2013. DPPI 2013 will also be co-located with the first biannual Research Through Design conference http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/researchthroughdesign/.

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Conf on Engineering and Product Design Education (Sep 2013, Dublin Ireland)

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Dates: 5-6 September 2013
Website: http://www.iepde.org/epde13/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 December 2012

The 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, E&PDE13, will be organised by the School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), in participation with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), with the theme ‘Growing our Future”. The conference aim is intended to reflect the increasing emphasis on design education as a driver for economic growth and in particular the importance of design in addressing such issues as sustainability, creativity and innovation. We encourage conference submissions that have varied interpretations of the phrase ‘Growing our Future’ in line with the stated conference topics.

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Workshop: The Future of Transdisciplinary Design (June 2013, Luxembourg)

Dates: 24-25 June 2013
Location: University of Luxembourg
Website: http://designaxes.com/TFTD13/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 November 2012

The Engineering Design and Methodology Group at the University of Luxembourg will be organising a workshop on “The Future of Transdisciplinary Design” (TFTD13) from 24-25 June 2013 in Luxembourg.

The workshop will focus on transdisciplinary product and service design, and provide a platform to present, share and discuss  the multidimensional nature of issues, problems and approaches in transdisciplinary design from the perspective of Processes, People, Products and Contexts.

Accepted papers will be published in a book (Springer Verlag).  Abstracts to be submitted by 1 November 2012.

For further details and deadlines, please visit our website http://designaxes.com/TFTD13/.

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