Intl J of Design Special Issue: Social Design and Innovation (Sep 2015)

Deadline for submission of full papers: 10 September 2015

This special issue welcomes articles that focus on theoretical investigations into social design (e.g., history, different paradigms and models), on the methodological challenges of social design (e.g., various models, frameworks and trans-disciplinary insights and cross-fertilization), and on trans-disciplinary examples and implementations of social design innovations. In order to enhance our understanding and development of social design across different societies, either comparative studies or case studies on newly founded social design societies are encouraged.

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Irish Design Research Conference 2015: Faultlines Bridging Knowedge Spaces -(Carlow, Ireland)

Irish Design Research Conference 2015: Faultlines Bridging Knowedge Spaces -(Carlow, Ireland)

4th-5th of June 2015

DEADLINE EXTENSION! for abstracts Fri 27th March

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The inaugural Irish Design Research Conference is an exciting new event on the design landscape, supported by ID2015 Year of Irish Design. In recognition of the breadth & depth across the design disciplinary bandwidth in both research & practice, FAULTLINES-Bridging Knowledge Spaces has been adopted as the 2015 conference theme.

Through interaction and collaboration across disciplines, gaps in knowledge and practice will offer new opportunity, to inform future theory & practice for mutual benefit.


The Irish Design Research Conference seeks to draw stakeholders from across the design related community together into a common dialogue.

The aim is to offer a forum to disseminate the most current knowledge, share ongoing practice-led insight, and discuss emergent issues relevant to those working in the field of design, design thinking & practice.

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Journal on Social Computing (October 2013)

Deadline for full papers: 21 October 2013

The GSTF Journal on Social Computing (JSC) welcomes research articles from colleagues, PhD Research and Masters Research to be published in the journal. The rapid adoption of mobile applications for social media is generating ‘big data’ which allows new and exciting insights into these phenomena. The full paper submission deadline is on 21 October 2013.

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International Journal of Design – Special Issue on “Designing for Subjective Wellbeing”

Theme: Designing for Subjective Wellbeing
Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Theory, principles, and frameworks for wellbeing-driven design;
  • Tools, methods, approaches to wellbeing-driven design and the assessment of wellbeing impact of design;
  • Ethical, social, cultural, and commercial implications of wellbeing-driven design.

Besides long papers, we also invite short papers presenting original design cases that illustrate opportunities and challenges of wellbeing-driven design.


Call for papers:

Wellbeing, someone’s enduring life appreciation, is emerging as a prominent guiding principle for purposeful design. More and more designers find inspiration in the idea that they have the ability to wilfully transform conditions to stimulate the wellbeing of the people who engage with their designs. This growing interest can be observed in the lively discussions on topics such as empathic design, value-centred design, socially responsive design, meaningful design, positive design, and happiness-driven design. Although the variety of initiatives differs in approach and theoretical underpinnings, they all express an aspiration to explore how design can consciously contribute to the quality of life of individuals and communities.

The interest in wellbeing is certainly not new: reflections on the responsibility of designers to contribute to human flourishing can be found throughout the history of design discourse. However, the topic has regained urgency now that design has recently been embraced in several other disciplines as a golden opportunity for dealing with major societal challenges that require novel approaches. This development underlines a growing need for an optimistic and possibility-driven yet pragmatic and realistic perspective on the responsibility of designers. Therefore, we believe it is an ideal time to examine the relationship between design and subjective wellbeing.

Our focus is on the practical, scientific, economic, and ethical questions involved in wellbeing-driven design. For example: should we, and can we indeed generate the resources for people to interact with products, services, systems, and environments with the key intention to improve their wellbeing? If so, how? What knowledge of people and users is required, how can this knowledge be acquired, and how can it inspire and direct creative processes? What opportunities can be identified, and what are the main challenges? How can we assess the wellbeing impact of existing designs and new concepts? What business models are required to foster wellbeing-driven design? Our aim is to provide a platform to initiate and structure the dialogue on wellbeing-driven design. The overarching intention is to cultivate and encourage wellbeing-driven design and design research. We are seeking original papers that address both theoretical and/or practical issues of wellbeing-driven design.



  • Full Paper Due (extended): 1 March 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 May 2013
  • Final Version of Paper Due: 1 June 2013
  • Special Issue Publication Date: 31 August 2013


Special Issue Editors

Pieter Desmet and Anna Pohlmeyer
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Delft University of Technology

Jodi Forlizzi
School of Design; Human-Computer Interaction Institute; School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University


The complete call for papers can be found here (html) or (pdf)

anti-po-des journal volume 2 (Dec 2011)

Design Futures : Laboratories and design foundations
Deadline for abstracts: 30 Dec 2011

New Zealand’s international reputation as a ‘social laboratory’ emerged at the end of the 19th century as a result of innovative labour relations, universal suffrage for women and social welfare legislation. This reputation for social innovation inflects the powerful cultural myth of #8 wire-technological innovation based on rapid adoption and adaptation of industrial production to the diverse environmental conditions of southern islands remote from the major industrial centres.

However, as with all industrialising nations, New Zealand made considerable efforts to develop a sustaining design culture, from the first industrial exhibition in 1865 and the implementation of formal design education in 1870, to the New Zealand Industrial Design Council (1967-88), Designers Institute of New Zealand (1991-) and BetterByDesign (2004-).

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Design, Design Activism and the Democratic Production of Future Social Natures (Feb 2012, New York)

American Association of Geographers, New York City, Feb 24th-28th 2012
Session Proposal/Call for Papers: Design, Design Activism and the Democratic Production of Future Social Natures
Deadline for abstract submission: 14 September 2011

In this session we would like to consider the genuine tensions as well as possibilities that design activism and the idea of social design politics generates for a politics of space and possibly a new politics of the environment. Modernist design has always been centrally linked to the consumer economy and technocratic modes of thinking. Nevertheless, it could be observed that in contrast to the maudlin and exhausted feel of much radical left and green politics, the interface between design and diverse struggles for social, spatial and environmental justice and appears relatively buoyant, optimistic about the progressive potential for human agency and imbued with a sense of possibility about the opportunities for ‘remaking reality’. How can we politically evaluate the new design activism? Could a new social and democratic politics of design –beyond technocratic and reductive ‘design fix’ modes of thinking – provide some kind of material substance to a new progressive politics of the environment? Could historical and contemporary engagements with design bring real content to the endlessly iterated but materially unsubstantiated and institutionally vague request in political ecology for a ‘democratic politics of nature’ (Smith, 1984; Braun and Castree,1998, Swyngedowu, 1996/2004)? Could a focus on design and the ‘politics of making’ add material content to the suggestive but often decorative and rather exclusive feel to the politics advocated by a-modern and post human geographers (Barry, 2001; Whatmore 2003; Thrift 2004; Hinchliffe,2010)?

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Workshops: Design & The Social (Apr-Jun 2011, Denmark)

Venue: The Danish Design School, Philip de Langes Allé 10, 1435 Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 March 2011
Contact and submissions:

The seminar series consists of three seminars. Each seminar will consist of lectures by one or two invited speakers and a plenary discussion followed by a workshop. A compilation of relevant literature will be disseminated before each seminar – and it is expected that all participants have read before each seminar.

To apply for participation in the seminar series, each participant must submit a short abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should position your research in relation to the seminar and include a statement of interest, i.e. how and why the participant expects the seminar series to be relevant with regards to her thesis project or research agenda. The abstract will serve as an application.

For applicants who are accepted for participation: We ask of you to prepare and submit an extended abstract of 1-3 pages before the first seminar. In addition to the extended abstract, we ask you to submit a short description of your PhD project, as well as questions that you would like to ask and discuss within the seminars.

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Design Philosophy Papers: design and those for whom designs are made

Abstracts due 31 January 2011.

Design Philosophy Papers is calling for papers that reflect critically upon the relationship between design and the communities that are being designed for and/or with. Examples include, but are not restricted to: Inclusive Design;  Universal Design; ‘Design for All’; Human-centred Design; Co-Design; Participatory Design; Design for Social Innovation.

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