12 March, 2020

ICPID2020 Product Innovation & Design – September 18-20, 2020


2020 2nd International Conference on Product Innovation and Design

The proposed conference solicits original, unpublished and novel papers for research publication and presentation in the research track and industry/application papers in application track. Articles describing novel ideas and applications in all areas of computer science and engineering are of interest, including the following:

  • New design for X approaches
  • Design processes for new paradigms
  • Tools and methods for managing design processes
  • Supply chain management for complex products
  • Simulation in design processes
  • Original research articles including conceptual/theoretical and empirical articles
  • “From Experience” articles which describe unique perspectives and approaches to improving new product and service development
  • “Perspective” articles which do not fit into the category of original research yet provide value to scholars and/or practitioners

For more information click here

4 March, 2020

Design Contents Conference – From 15th to 17th July 2020 – Vancouver, BC


The Conference for Designers & Content Strategists — we’re better together

Designers and content strategists team up. Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras in one of the most beautiful cities, Vancouver, BC, Canada. For more details click here

17 February, 2020

Service Design Days – From 2nd to 5th April 2020 in Barcelona, Spain


Leading Design for Design Leaders

Technology’s integration in our daily lives is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. It’s in our pockets, in our ears and in every room of our house. It has changed our relationship with others, with products and with the organisations that serve us. From government to banking, from healthcare to leisure, from retail to communications, servitization and tech have become inextricably linked. Enabling services that were unthinkable before. Are you looking for ways to apply technology responsibly? To develop design strategies to humanise technology and contribute to an inclusive digital society? Are you already designing services with an eye on the arrival of new tech or taking it into consideration? Do you want to learn how groundbreaking companies are bridging the use of tech with great service delivery? And do you want to be prepared for service-changing innovations that have an impact?

Then you must participate in this annual conference where we will take a deeper look at how humans are going to interact with each other in new ways. Listen to experts. Share your own experiences on how your company is delivering innovative services. Join both hands-on and strategic masterclasses. Learn from design professors. And discuss in our round table sessions your concerns about humanising technologies to deliver desired services.

On top of that, you are invited to listen to real service design stories while getting to know the city of Barcelona. Hop on and join the Service Design Tour and visit organisations that open their doors for you.
Join the 5th anniversary Service Design Days
conference from April 2 to 5 in Barcelona! Click here for more information.

12 February, 2020

HXD – Health Experience Design Conference, 14-15 April 2020


Improving health through design and innovation

We believe in the power of design to drive much-needed change in health. As the annual conference hosted by Mad*Pow’s Center for Health Experience Design, the Health Experience Design Conference provides a unique crossroads for a diverse community of executives and practitioners in design, innovation, research, strategy, and technology to help accelerate the transformation of our health system. Attracting over 400 visionaries across the health ecosystem, this two-day mix of inspiring presentations, workshops, and discussion will help drive real-world change. Need more reason to attend? Check out these three:


















You can find more information here

5 February, 2020

The Design + Diversity Conference – Washington University, US, 30th July – 01st August 2020


The conference which inspires, celebrates and promotes not only diversity in design, but the diversity of design.

Each year we focus on the themes of:

  • Using creative practice to address social ills and systems of oppression through Social Justice
  • Using creative craft to meet the needs of specific identities through Designing Diversity
  • Developing a collective acumen of Traditional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Additionally, this conference has created a platform for diverse speakers from around the country to present their work, challenge our assumptions and build our knowledge on a wide range of topics. This event provides a safe space for critical conversations among designers, innovators, and leaders. We welcome the perspective of diversity, equity and inclusion professionals, designers, and all enthusiasts or allies.

Find more information here.

28 January, 2020

Women in UX 2020, 18–20 February 2020, Australia


UX Australia – Women in UX 2020, Sydney

The Women in UX workshops are the first of it’s kind for UX Australia. In the last year, the UX Australia team uncovered a disturbing pattern; more men than women were proposing talks for UX Australia and Design Leadership. For example, the Design Leadership conference had submissions of 11 men to 1 woman.

In 2020, we will be launching a new project in the hope to grow the number of women speakers, increasing diversity, and ensuring new voices and ideas are heard at UX conferences.

As our first step, Mags Hanley will by running two half-day workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. At these workshops, each attendee will have a proposal that is ready for submission to a conference.

Step two will incorporate another workshop in mid-2020, focusing on women presenting their proposal submissions at conferences.

You can find more information here

21 January, 2020

By Design


By Design is a conference about design and business, based in Bratislava, Slovakia – June 6, 2020

The conference will be held in Bratislava, at the P. O. Hviezdoslav Theatre in the historical centre of Bratislava. The venue has an intimate atmosphere with a soft touch of socialist architecture.

You can find more details here

15 January, 2020

Design Thinking and Innovation Week – March 16-20, 2020 – London


Every day will consist of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtable discussions and visits to the top companies who adopted the human-centered approach, where you will meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation. Some people call our format a ‘design safari’, some say it’s a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. During the week you will also explore the latest trends and discoveries in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, sustainability and future of technologies. You will learn about the latest innovation methodologies, and best tools for product and business management – and have the opportunity to ask any questions in an informal atmosphere.

All lectures and workshops will take place in the actual agencies giving participants a better context of the topic. This programme is designed to give you inspiration and tools for your work, to help you get an expert opinion on your current projects, and keep you up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.

For more information click here

7 January, 2020

Education Summit: 2 February 2020 – Domus Academy

Interaction Design Education Summit 20

The program for the summit is live!

With a panel of international speakers and hosts, we invite you to discover our take on the New Dawn of interaction design education.
The talks and workshops are broadly clustered as follows:

  • Learners are the new teachers – a discovery of bottom-up experiences
  • Getting out of the classroom – stories of learning on the field
  • School as an experiment – an expedition/journey to the world of new educational approaches

You can find more information here

18 December, 2019

Needed: 2020 Academic Paper Reviewers


The dmi:Academic Design Management Research Conference (ADMC) Impact the Future by Design will be held in Toronto on August 5-6, 2020. The conference will explore how design adds value to innovation, competitiveness, and social good.

DMI is currently accepting qualified volunteers to serve as dmi:Academic Design Management Conference (ADMC) paper reviewers. Reviewers will be assigned two to three papers for review in April 2020.

To be considered, email research_conference@dmi.org with your CV.

21 October, 2019

Call for Papers – Design Thinking Research Symposium 13


Design Thinking Research Symposium 13 – April 20-22, 2021 Technion | Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

The DTRS series of meetings was launched at TUDelft in 1992. It aims to research design thinking on the base of real-world evidence. Each of the last 12 meetings has dealt with a specific topic and in the next 13th symposium we will look at the expansion of what is understood as design (and design thinking), whereby many activities by professionals from different disciplines are seen as included in the term ‘design’. Participants in these undertakings consist of those who were educated in core design fields and others, including managers, marketing professionals and all sorts of other experts. The terms ‘Specialist Designer’ and ‘Generalist Designer’ have been coined to try to distinguish between those trained in traditional design disciplines and other participants in design initiatives. Various modes of team and group work are involved, such as collaboration, cooperation, consultation and more.

The move from design thinking as the way in which designers think to Design Thinking as a method embraced by the business world has brought many new actors to the table, and it is no longer clear what exactly design means and how well it is served by the expansion of its boundaries. In DTRS13 we would like to investigate precisely these questions. What are the new frontiers design is demarcating? Do they have the capacity to sustain the missions of design? What do we gain from this expansion of frontiers? What do we lose, if something is lost? Can we find a new signification for the designer, which will be wider than the traditional one but narrower than “everybody is a designer”? We invite design thinking researchers to explore issues related to these questions, based on evidence.

We invite you to the Technion in the spring of 2021 to participate in an event that promises to be challenging and fascinating. Be part of it! Haifa is a multi-cultural city on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Spring is the best time to visit!

Look up the website for updates and relevant dates and keep in touch with us.
For the Call for Papers please look up the website under Authors and Registration.

Gabriela Goldschmidt and Ezri Tarazi

16 October, 2019

PhD Opportunity – University of Art and Design Linz

My name is Sabina from Tangible Music Lab at the University of Art and Design Linz. I am urgently looking for a PhD student focusing on the area of cultural studies, social science, or humanity, especially the topic related to technology and science, or human and nonhuman discourses, or media theory or biomedia etc.. It is because we are going to apply for a team funding which you will get money and good supports for 3 years. But we need one more student to apply for this funding. However, you have to be under 30 years old OR no more than 4 years since you have graduated with your master’s degree.

The other student is from the Biophysics Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz and we are developing the project that related to the interaction between parasite and humans. It will be very interdisciplinary research combining science, art and social/cultural science. The deadline is the end of October so we don’t have enough time but there is already a proposal made. We think that it won’t be so difficult to edit once we find the student. If you are not focusing on cultural and social studies but you think you can be related to the subject, please contact me as well. I can send you the proposal. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon and please don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions. hyoju.ahn@ufg.at

ICDHS – Zagreb October 16-18 2020


Call for full papers is extended!

New submission deadline: 1 December 2019.


Past Design Experiences and Contemporary Design Practices

In keeping with the enduring aims and objectives of the ICDHS the conference theme LESSONS TO LEARN? Past design experiences and contemporary design practices approach design from two principal perspectives that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s: the research-informed yet still comparatively young academic discipline of design history and the design process-focused field of design studies. The former draws on an increasingly rich and complex body of knowledge, invigorated by other relevant disciplines such as cultural, social, economic, political and other forms of history as well as other disciplinary fields such as social anthropology, ethnography, human geography or semiotics. The latter, design studies, is focused on an informed, critical and analytical understanding of design processes, production, function, consumption and theory, supported by a growing body of knowledge, interpretation, research, publication and pedagogy.

Such a context engenders a range of fundamental questions. What are the latest developments in bringing new facts to the bodies of knowledge known as design history and design studies?  What are the experiences that should motivate and drive design theory and practice for today and tomorrow? Are there any new and undiscovered lessons to learn from design disciplines? If so, how should we learn? And which pathways and methods of research should be undertaken for building a more useful and accessible knowledge of design history, theory and design studies?

The ICDHS 12th conference will be held for the first time within a context of transitional conditions, morphing from one type of social organization to another, a process that is not yet fully complete. A number of challenges throughout this process have been, and still are being, addressed through design activities taken up by designers, design historians and theorists. With regard to history within the local context, there is a strong design awareness of the heritage of the culture of the self-management of socialist past.

Contemporary designers and historians are developing new scenarios for transitional realms, but the connections between past experiences and contemporary design concerns that address new social, economic and technological scenarios remain somewhat elusive. Does design experience of self-managed socialism influence contemporary practice? If so, in which ways and through which type of methods can this be realised? What lessons may be learned from design within a social system that has fallen into decay? And are such experiences to be evaluated from a new type of interpretational perspective?

The context for conference experiences drawn from a vanished past perhaps provides our community with opportunities for opening-up knowledge potential for wider global contexts shaken by environmental crisis, social unrest and the impact of technological changes. What if the realities we take for granted today cease to exist? What kind of design activity would become important then? Are we to learn from past design experiences in order to make way for new and viable creative methods of establishing material and symbolic culture? If so, how? What kind of approaches and what types of design projects will bring about sustainable development? What projects have the potential to inform us today about ways to avoid inheriting and repeating the mistakes of the past?

The potential for opening up a new discourse may be found through the recognition of the value of access to a very substantial data bank blended with a growing body of knowledge relating to design practices drawn from non-prime modernization contexts (Latin America, Asia, socialist and post-socialist European and non-European countries). In addition, it may be asked to what extent does the semantic field of design theory, mediated by the more comprehensive research methods of design history and design studies within different cultural contexts, offer a fresh agenda? Do such developments point to a new level of informative value exchange located in design-related research activities via analysis of examples located in the past as a route to establishing a more functional platform for design projects of today?

The globalization of design practices, design histories and design studies is a consideration that could, or perhaps should, be viewed through the evolution of some positive aspects of knowledge. Lessons to learn might be lessons to survive – even, perhaps, by design. If so, there are still many examples to analyse and research: best-practice exemplars, case studies, single-author biographies, concepts and visions, utopias, and theories drawn both from the contemporary world or more remote past.

In a world of design rooted in multiple cultural and economic contexts, the experiences brought to light by researchers perhaps should help us learn together, making design experiences an integral part of the drive to a better future world.

Click here for more details.

PhD Opportunity – Aalborg University, Denmark



Over the last 30 years, the average lifetime of products has decreased significantly. This means that every day we throw away products, which have cost significant resources and valuable materials to produce. This PhD project is set up with the ambition of approaching this challenge. The PhD project focuses on products that are ‘designed to last’ and hereby it supports UN’s 12th global goal of: ‘ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns’.

More concretely, the aim of the PhD project is to create knowledge on long-life products that are usable in small and medium-sized companies. This knowledge should help small and medium-sized companies to understand, what it would mean to their company, if they create products with a longer lifetime, both with respect to the product’s design as well as with respect to the company’s business model and competitive position on the market.

As part of the PhD project, the candidate will do research in companies, who are already developing long-life products. Based on this research, the PhD candidate will support the conceptual development of new ‘long-lasting’ products in four small or medium-sized companies.

The project is divided into three major parts:

  • A best practice study on companies, who develop long-lasting products
  • An implementation study. Here a model is developed, to support the creation of long-lasting products and business-concepts. This model is tested in four small or medium-sized companies.
  • Development of communication material focusing on the project’s activities and conclusions. As well as dissemination of this to a network of small and medium-sized companies.

The PhD project will also include a mandatory stay abroad of 3-6 months at a relevant university or research facility.

Qualification requirements

The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Applicants to the PhD scholarship must hold a degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Applicants enrolled at a Danish Master’s programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, a copy of thesis contract and documentation for the date of their final exam.

Please find information on admission requirements for PhD positions on the website of the Doctoral School https://www.phd.tech.aau.dk/

We are looking for a talented and ambitious candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in design or related fields.
  • Ability to work independently as well as the ability to initiate and collaborate with companies.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills to accommodate scientific work and dissemination purposes. Danish speaking skills will be an advantage.
  • Promising academic records, well trained in applying scientific research methods. The application for the PhD scholarship must include:
    • A motivated application
    • CV documenting university degree(s)
    • Reflections on the project description and the achievement of this.

The project description can be commissioned from Head of Secretariat Lene Grundahl, email: lgru@create.aau.dk

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Louise Møller Haase, phone: +45 61469372, email: louise@create.aau.dk concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013, on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application, procedure contact Ms Sofie Pia Jensen, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: spj@adm.aau.dk.

Click here for more information.

7 October, 2019

Call for Papers – AHFE 2020


3rd Int. Conf. on Additive Manufacturing, Modelling Systems and 3D Prototyping

July 2020, San Diego, California, USA

After the great success of the 2019 edition, you are cordially invited to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping (AMMSP), as a part of the 11th Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference (AHFE 2020)
Recent manufacturing, prototyping and modelling technologies have produced remarkable changes and improvements in the way people and companies design and fabricate objects, products and services.
The 3rd International Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping, which is part of the 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2020), is a leading forum focused on cutting edge design and manufacturing processes; it welcomes papers that cover articles, case studies and multidisciplinary studies focused on novel researches, design applications, engineering processes, experimental purposes and theoretical methods applied the themes of Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping, and their cross-sectorial convergences.

Find more information here

Call for Papers – AMPS London 2020


Complexity and the City – Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment

17-19th June 2020

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ The Economy of Cities. It came a decade after her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and heralded a new age in thinking about the city. The city would no longer be a question of design and planning in isolation. From the early 1970s onwards, it would be seen as a complex interdisciplinary phenomenon.

The first years of the 1970s saw the introduction of a whole series of notions that would mutually inform our reading of the metropolis: social justice and the city, sustainability, defensible space, and urban centres as sites of public health. It saw the emergence of concepts such as the global city, urban economics, the post-industrial society and the cultural city. From art, design and cultural perspectives, post-modernism would critique of the whole modernist project.

Five decades after complexity theory was first applied to our reading of the city; this conference revisits its consequences. It reconsiders the city as an adaptive, self-organising and unpredictable system of interconnecting interventions, forces and perspectives. It asks how these competing and mutually reinforcing factors came into play and how they operate today. It questions how the city has been and continues to be, informed by the practices of multiple disciplines.


Seeing the urban phenomenon as not reducible to single issues, this conference asks you to bring your disciplinary expertise to a forum examining the city through the lens of complexity theory – as inevitably fragmented but simultaneously interconnected and changing. As such it welcomes contributions on the following strands (click for details):

1) Urban Design | Architecture | Interiors | Landscape

2) Engineering | Infrastructure | Sustainability

3) Housing | Public Health | Sociology | Human Geography

4) Economics | Business | City Management | Government Policy and Planning

5) Cultural Studies | Art History | Social History

For more details click here

12 September, 2019

Call for Papers – DRS2020 Brisbane, 11–14 August



The Design Research Society 2020 International Conference will be hosted by Griffith University at Brisbane, Australia. As with the previous DRS biennial conferences, DRS2020 will be one of the major forums to discuss and present cutting-edge design research. DRS2020 invites high-quality research papers, together with conversation and workshop proposals.

DRS2020 explores SYNERGY– the coming together of people and disciplines in design research to create positive impact. While we champion the uniqueness of disciplinary knowledge and creativity, we are also optimistic about how the coming together of different mindsets, backgrounds and perspectives can realise transformative visions of the future. Synergy in design research provides exciting possibilities for answering multi-faceted problems, supporting stakeholder initiatives and participation, and transforming existing situations into desirable ones.  

As the influence of design research grows within academia and society globally, through Synergy we question what new opportunities there are for us to work together, within and beyond our field.  How do disciplines work together in design research? What new methods and tools of design do we need to realise synergistic working? But also, when might Synergy not be desirable? How do we balance the tension between design research specialisms and the new experience design, interdisciplinary design and transdisciplinary design research spaces we find ourselves working in?

While design research is always future focused, 2020 is also a time for us to reflect on what social, cultural, economic, environmental, technological and policy impact the Synergy within and beyond disciplines has had on our evolving field.

Find more information here


London Design Fair 2019, 19 – 22 September


The London Design Fair is the Largest Trade Destination during the London Design Festival.

London Design Fair is located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day event that brings together the exhibitors from different countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

As the most international trade destination during the annual London Design Festival an enormous number of influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest; furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

For more information go here

19 August, 2019

Call for Research Projects on Gendered Design in STEAM

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) and Carleton University are pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest to research on Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

Please find the full text of the call here
16 August, 2019

Call for Papers – Design Culture(s) Roma 2020


Conference theme

Aligned with the vision of Cumulus Association and its commitment for sharing design knowledge and practices in a global and multidisciplinary perspective, Sapienza University of Rome will host the Annual Cumulus conference with the aim to house and foster the international debate on the current cultural, social, and economic challenges in design.
In particular, the conference is calling designers, academics and experts to tackle the relationship between Design and Culture, with the purpose of valorizing interdisciplinarity and diversity in Cumulus community.

The working title of the Conference is “Design Culture(s)” and it is aimed to map the most advanced research and education in design, by reflecting on the idea of design as a form of culture, while drawing its field and opening to new directions.
Design Culture(s) is investigating not simply on the concept of culture as a monolithic expression of a specific knowledge that reflects on itself, but as the product of an investigation that is open to many different “Cultures” which are emerging and revolving around it in society, in the places and in history.
We live in an increasingly complex society, which is crossed by new social, cultural and economic challenges and at the same time, it is more global and multicultural than ever, more and more enriched by new languages and the flows of people.
As a consequence, design is evolving as a wide-open field with many new applications and cultural meanings.
Design as an expression of Culture(s) is taking into consideration the cultures we are inheriting from the past and which should be granted for the benefit of future generations, so intertwining past and future, tangible and intangible, innovation and tradition.
This is the time when it is urgent to multiply the opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination, in order to tackle the cultural, societal, economical, technological and industrial shifts of the future, through design education and research.

Find more information here

22 July, 2019

Call for papers – Pictorials


Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Sydney, Australia 9-12 February 2020

Pictorials are papers in which the visual components (e.g. diagrams, sketches, illustrations, renderings, photographs, annotated photographs, and collages) play a major role in conveying the ideas and contributions of a study in addition to the accompanying text. Pictorials leverage the power of visual communication with the effective use of visual languages and high-quality images. They may have a practical or theoretical nature or both.

Through Pictorials, researchers, practitioners, industry professionals, artists, designers and students from various disciplines, including engineering, interaction design, computer science, product design, media studies and the arts are encouraged to express and unpack their design practices and projects in visually rich ways.

We welcome submissions related to the rapidly developing field of tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction as well as the conference theme of Future Bodies, Future Technologies. The theme invites participants to speculate on a vision of how technologies could interact and interweave with our bodies as they augment the embodied human experience. In this broad context, submissions may cover diverse topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • Design decisions and methods employed to create new interactive techniques and tools.
  • Artistic explorations or practice-based research in or through tangible computational media technologies to support new human-machine interactions.
  • The design or deployment of interactive technologies to explore new ways to engage and activate human, beyond-human or collective bodies.
  • Perspectives on tangible, embedded and embodied interaction ranging from arts to science from design to education.
  • Other insights, lessons learned practices or processes of designing and evaluating tangible, embedded and embodied interaction technologies.

Some important points to consider when preparing your pictorials:

  • Does your work require a Pictorial format, or would it be clearer in a more conventional textual form?
  • Is the production value for the images and/or diagrams of high quality?
  • Are images/diagrams emphasized over text as the primary means of communicating the research contribution?
  • Are the implications for HCI and/or interaction design clear? These may be descriptive, analytic, generative, synthesis-oriented, and even manifestos.
  • Does every image used in the Pictorial play a meaningful role and clearly present the idea on its own or with the support of text?
  • Does the placement of images and text compose a good narrative?

For more information click here, please.

18 July, 2019

DRS Student Research Bursary Scheme 2019


The scheme is intended to support design research projects by DRS Student Members.  Applications to help undertake the project (e.g. funds for equipment, prototyping, accessing research subjects, data collection and analysis etc) and where an impactful publication or practical output will result, are favoured.  Co-funding is encouraged.  Applications for travel funds should contribute directly to the research.  Applications to help with social needs or support for students in developing nations to enable the project to be undertaken may be considered.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is 23 September 2019.

For more information please click here

For further information about the Student Research Bursaries please contact:

Professor Robin Roy (robin.roy@open.ac.uk), Research Bursary Scheme Coordinator


10 July, 2019

dmi: Web Conversation

dmi’s President Carole Bilson meets online with innovation leaders from around the world to discuss important issues where design, business, and education meet. Join the conversation. For more information click here

2 July, 2019

Call for Papers – dmi: ADMC 2020


Call for Paper Abstracts Announced – Abstracts Due January 29th, 2020

The future presents new challenges and opportunities for design. Those who manage design must equip themselves to confront rapid change on all fronts – economic, environmental, and social. Research and practice must increasingly collaborate to keep pace with the needs of today and the future.

The dmi:Academic Design Management Conference #ADMC2020 will explore how design adds value to innovation, competitiveness,

and social good. The latest design research and partnerships will be presented to help light a path towards impacting the future by

The Call for Paper Abstracts is Announced in the Following 6 Conference Tracks:

1.  Design Research-Led Innovation – Design’s Role as a Catalyst for Innovation.

2.  Design in the Digital Environment – Design Research using Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Interaction, Robotics, Wearables, and Ethics.

3.  Design for the Public Good – Design Research for Health, Wellness, Universal Design, Environment, Sustainability, Transportation, Public Sector, and Education.

4.  Design Leadership – Design Management Futures, Organization Design / Transformation, Design Research Surrounding Internal Processes in the Area of Design Thinking, and Leadership.

5.  Business – Design and Design Management for Economic Growth – Design Research-led Work for Products, Services, Business Models.

6.  Open Track For Papers That Do Not Directly Fit Themed Tracks – Eg. Fashion, Architecture, Service Design, Etc.

Papers will be selected by a double-blind, peer-review process. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and be considered for publication in the dmi:Journal.

26 June, 2019

Job Opportunities – New £13 Million Project Goes Beyond Imagination in Tackling World Issues


New Opportunities at Lancaster University, ImaginationLancaster

Professor Leon Cruickshank‏ will be leading the Beyond Imagination project, working with Professor Rachel Cooper and professor Nick Dunn which is going to enable more high impact and more radical design research.

They will be recruiting 33 people to the part of Beyond Imagination, watch the space but until then find more information here.

Call for Papers – PDC 2020: Participatory Design Conference


Participatory Design Conference PDC2020 – Participation(s) otherwise

Manizales, Colombia June 15-19 2020

Universidad de Caldas

Welcome to the 16th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Manizales, Colombia. This is the first time PDC will be held in South America, hosted by Universidad de Caldas in conjunction with their Festival de la Imagen 2020

Participation(s) otherwise: What forms, conceptions and understandings of participation, collaboration, intervention, design and technology can we draw upon to contest essentialist views on participatory design? Are current conceptions coherent with plural understandings and realities? What haven’t we realized before? From whom else are we / can we be learning?

You may find more information here.



11 June, 2019

Teachers / Researchers wanted!


For the MA Eco-Social Design we offering a range of diverse teaching positions for the next academic year. Beyond excellence in the specific fields, we are looking for people who enjoy transdisciplinary collaboration and transformative practices.

You can find more information here

5 June, 2019

Call for Papers – Design 2020 – 16th International Design Conference


Discussion and further development of all aspects of design knowledge from cognition and philosophy, to methods and tools, from research theory to practice.

The DESIGN Conference programme offers broad exchange possibilities to researchers and practitioners, strategic decision makers, managers, design and engineering professionals, national or regional agencies or governmental bodies.

Our goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners who have worked on or thought about engineering and industrial design from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and fields: engineering, aesthetics, ergonomics, psychology, sociology and the like…

please find more information here.

ADADA Asia Digital Art and Design Association (Nov 2019, Selangor, Malaysia)


ADADA 2019 invites papers describing original contributions in all fields of art and design associated with digital technologies and related research areas. All submissions should be in English. For every accepted submission, it is required that at least one author will attend the conference to present the work. Research topics of interest for ADADA 2019 include, but are not limited to Interactive Art, Digital Art, Media Art Interaction Design, Interactive Technologies Computer Animation, Computer Graphics, Visual Effects Web Design, Web Application Design, Web Service Design Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Game and Gamification, Social Networks, SNS, IoT, Sensor Networks, Big Data, Innovative devices, Robotics for Art, Gadgets, Education, Digital Archives, Digital Content Design, Design Theory and Design Methodology Digital Music, Musical Interface, Sonification, Design Cases.

See the website for further information.

5 April, 2019

Corridor Conversations

Corridor Conversations is a one day symposium for design research students across the UK.  The aim of the event is to bring together those carrying out research about and through design, with the aim of growing a research community.

This symposium will take an alternative approach to academic conferences focusing on discussions and actions, oppose to traditional formal paper presenting.

Submission Deadline Date: 31st May 2019.

Find more information here

2 April, 2019

Call for Papers – 3rd NERD Conference, New Experimental Research in Design

3rd NERD – New Experimental Research in Design (Basel, 1 – 2 Nov 19)

Institute Integrative Design, Academy of Art and Design
Basel Switzerland
November 1 – 2, 2019
Deadline: Apr 22, 2019

The particular epistemic and innovative potentials of Design Research are increasingly recognized within the wider academic sphere and are in constantly growing demand by businesses, institutions and politics alike. Yet, design research also is a field and practice that, due to its in-between nature, lacks the clear boundaries and formal dogmatisms of more traditional research disciplines, as well as their implicit notions of secured knowledge and linear progress.

Find more information here

1 April, 2019

The International Conference of Experience Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

14 – 16 August 2019, Gold Coast, Australia

Conference highlights

  • World-leading keynote speakers from academia and industry
  • A cross-disciplinary conference building bridges across expertise
  • Full paper (3,000–5,000 words) and short paper (1,500–2,000 words) submissions
  • Research track for innovative ideas, methods and findings
  • Industry track for applied knowledge, skills and techniques
  • Know-how workshops featuring progressive and pioneering industry skills and technologies
  • Creative workshops featuring innovative thinking processes, tools and techniques
  • The beautiful Gold Coast, with easy access to Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) and the greater Queensland

Find more information here

27 March, 2019

International Visual Identity Awards

Isn’t it time you entered your work into the Visual Identity Awards?

With 21 diverse categories, there’s plenty of opportunities to share your branding project with the world.

Now celebrating our 6th year, we are the world’s most comprehensive and independent visual identity competition.

In what proved to be another wonderful year for the International Visual Identity Awards, we had entries from 20 countries across 6 continents, from a great mix of agencies, individual designers, students and corporates.

Take a look at our winners and runners-up and their wonderful work.

Are you a branding agency, a freelancer in logo design, graphic design student or corporate that is looking to showcase recent branding work?

If so, then the International Visual Identity Awards design competition is for you.

Our Early Bird deadline is 15 May 2019.

Find more information here


Event – Feminisms and Technology

Feminisms and Technology: New imaginings for future care and well-being

Last year, The Culture Capital Exchange launched an Arts and Health Forum as a discussion and knowledge exchange platform for member researchers and staff as well as those working in the arts, cultural sectors and/or health-related fields. So far the forum has hosted a number of events and supported the development of funding bids. It acts as a mini-hub within TCCE, creating informal spaces for researchers working broadly within these subject areas to share their research, connect with colleagues and share their work with new audiences.

This academic year, we are continuing the work of the forum with a series of activities over the coming months focusing on the following themes including:

March 29 Feminisms and Technology: New imaginings for future care and well-being

April 10 Culture Health and Well-being: Connecting research, policy and practice

June 18 Cyborg Futures

Find more information here


14 March, 2019

Call for Speaker – Develop: Brighton

Insight: Inspiration: Networking

Connected Futures, led by Professor Karen Cham, is sponsoring the Develop: Research academic track, an applied research showcase at influential games industry conference, Develop : Brighton. The conference will be held between 9-11 July 2019 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in Brighton and will be an opportunity to demonstrate the impactful research and enterprise of our university community and our key collaborators.

Develop: Brighton is an industry-facing event which brings together people from the European gaming community, routinely attracting more than 2000 attendees from across the games industry. This expansive convention features a conference, workshops, networking events and an extremely well-attended exhibition hall. As such, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase industry-facing academic research, identify potential collaborators and gain insight into the breadth of technical and creative innovation shaping the sector.

This year, Develop: Research Chair, Helen Kennedy, is working closely with Professor Gregor White from Abertay University and esteemed colleagues from across the UK to address the gap in a dedicated, sector-facing, game conference where academics at UK universities can engage with industry to generate economic and cultural impact.

Please click here for more information.

21 February, 2019

Call for Papers – Design and Technology 2019

International Conference on Design and Technology –  June 18-19, 2019
Technion, Haifa, Israel

The Design-Tech 2019 conference is a new and unique platform for researchers and practitioners in the field of design initiated to showcase their work. Being held for the first time at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, the conference will enable attendees to visit one of the most vibrant start-up eco-systems in the world.

Abstract Submission deadline: March 15, 2019
Submission: 300-500 words
Submit your abstract: Submission Form
The first round of reviews: March 30, 2019
Full paper submission: April 15, 2019
Notification: May 1, 2019
No. of pages:  Max 4500 words + Max 2 pages for references

You may find more information here

16 February, 2019

Call for Papers – Design Principle & Practices 2020

Fourteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus, New York, USA, 16–18 March 2020

Current proposal submission deadline:

16 March 2019


You can find more information here

12 February, 2019

Updates on ADIM 2019 Conference

… received a record of 230 full papers and almost 60 case study submissions.  Also, we are accepting proposals for Workshop and would like to encourage early career researchers to participate in ADIM Collective Research Training event on Tuesday 18 June. 


11 February, 2019

Intl Conference – Meanings of Design in the Next Era

Ritsumeikan University, 21-23 October 2019, Osaka, Japan

Conference theme

4D is an International Conference aimed to discuss the role of Design in developing value for social entities, technological advancement, and business creation and revamping. Modern and nascent economies indeed are adopting design as a competitive lever to embed continuous and discontinuous technology in new product language as to propose new entrepreneurial ventures. Moreover, design has become a strategic lever for social entities to run fund-raising, to create new user engaging logic’s, to combine social and economic value.

Specifically, 4D conference embraces both perspectives:

i) “designing development” where design is the main input to create feasible conditions to enhance social values, to diffuse new technology paradigms and to create new ventures

ii) “developing design” where design is the “output” of the inter-playing of social, economic and technological supporting forces.

The Conference aims to attract speakers and scholars representing different fields of design to enhance the interdisciplinary interaction and scientific input to the topic of Design and Development in Today’s Modern World.

Keywords: design in general, design thinking, aesthetics, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, networked society, social innovation, open innovation, sustainability, technological development, post-human era, local, global

The Conference is organized within 3 tracks:

TRACK 1: Meanings of Design in Social Development

Topic 1.1: Design for the Future Craftsmanship

Topic 1.2: Design for Third Sector and Social Innovation

TRACK 2: Meanings of Design in Technological Development

Topic 2.1: Design for New Paradigms in Production

Topic 2.2: The Role of Design in Humanizing Technologies

TRACK 3: Meanings of Design in Business Development

Topic 3.1: Designing Tradition in Global Markets

Topic 3.2:  Design for Business in the Post-human Era

Please find more information here

ADIM Conference 2019 Registration

The registration is now open

Dates of Event 18th June 2019 – 21st June 2019

Last Booking Date for this Event 21st June 2019

The Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London International Research Conference will be hosted by Loughborough University London. The ADIM International Research Conference 2019 is organised in collaboration with members from international partners: Hong Kong Polytechnic, Politecnico di Milano, the University of Twente, Oslo Metropolitan University, Macromedia University, Tecnun, the University of Southampton, Middle East Technical University, Universidade de Lisboa, RMIT University and Delft University of Technology.


Design Management Conference 2019 London

DMI: Design Management Conference Lnodon April 2-4 2019

The Designers Dilemma: Managing Disruption in an Uncertain World
For different types of organizations – large/small, start-ups/established, private sector/public sector – organizing and managing through this era of change involves addressing different challenges and opportunities. What are the common principles and practical examples from the front line? What do the new practices of design management look like up close?

Join us in London for a provocative, and productive discussion!

Find more information here



8 February, 2019

Call for Papers – Design Research for Change

Design Research for Change Symposium
Design Museum, London
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December 2019

A quick search of the word “design” reveals hundreds of different definitions. Likewise, there are many different designers – different disciplines, different attitudes, different goals, different agendas, different ways of working, different ways of doing research, different outputs, and different values. Perhaps, however, the connection between all of these diverse activities is the iterative development of products, services, systems, experiences, spaces, and other stuff in order to improve the human experience. In other words, using the power of human creativity to improve humanity.

Today, with its application across a wide range of different disciplines and fields, the design is being used to help address significant, complex, and global issues ranging from antimicrobial resistance to mobility, from healthy ageing to migration. And with its inherent agility and applicability, design helps shape the technological advances which are transforming the world around us.

In recent years, design research has witnessed a “social turn” where researchers have looked to make a change in social contexts as opposed to wholly commercial ends. This “social turn” has encompassed a range of activities and interventions that constitute a more “socially-driven” form of design, which suggests that researchers and practitioners from non-design disciplines are central to realising the change in social situations.

The Design Research for Change (DR4C) symposium will examine this “social turn” in design in detail and explore how design is increasingly involved in social, cultural, economic, environmental and political change. The DR4C Symposium will highlight the significant roles that design researchers play in some of the most challenging issues we face, both in the UK and globally, such as creating new products with reduced environmental impact, design research that enhances policy-making through greater citizen involvement, gaming interventions that prioritise the rights of girls and women to live a life free from violence, and design research that helps address recidivism by reframing prison industries as holistic “creative hubs”.

For more details please click here







2 February, 2019

Call for Papers – The First Issue of Journal of Design Thinking (JDT)

There is a growing list of great new design research journals, with She Ji and Sciences du Design (est. 2015) as prime examples. The most recent addition is the Journal of Design Thinking (JDT), dedicated to the academic study of design thinking, creativity and cognition, as well as the broader topic of industrial design.

Dr Yassaman Khodadadeh is Editor-in-Chief of JDT and Associate Professor of Design at the University of Tehran – Iran.

You may find more information here

23 January, 2019

The New Deadlines for the ADIM 2019 Submissions

  • Full Paper submission deadline is Tuesday 5 February 2019
  • Submission to participate in the ADIM Collective 2019 Research Development Workshop deadline is Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • Application for the ADIM 2019 Complementary Places for Early Career Researchers from the Global South countries is Tuesday 12 February 2019
  • Application for the ADIM 2019 Full BURSARIES for Early Career Researchers from the Global South countries from the Global South countries is Tuesday 12 February 2019

More information can be found here

21 January, 2019

Call for Workshop Proposals, Design Research for Change, Chiba University, JAPAN, 1 to 2 July 2019

Does Design Care…?

The challenges in care systems have become intractable. There have been divide and conquer approaches to responsibility and accountability in care that act to cripple our ability to engage with the thoughtful and systemic approaches that design offers. Imagination has been cauterised by a risk-averse, Neo-liberal culture – the same culture that also profits enormously from turning care into a transaction. Therefore, we propose the following four conditions for the design of possible futures:

  • We call the first condition “Care of Complexity” – to design-with-care being sensitive and responsive to the boundaries between human and non-human (e. artefacts, animals, nature), local, global, and temporal contexts, and the value in both the commonality and diversity in post-global, post-national, and post-individual contexts.
  • The second condition is “Care of the Project” – to design-with-care acknowledging the complex network of relationships between the material and immaterial, and challenging the dichotomy between human and non-human worlds. To achieve this, the design must shift its existing paradigm and lead fundamental shifts in other disciplines.
  • The third condition is “Care of Relations” – to design-with-care asserting that people today must repair, instead of cutting off, the relationship between people, things, environments, and ecology, not only to maintain a good balance but also to emphasise the interdependence between these entities.
  • The fourth condition about the future of care and care for the future that we have to live with is “Care of Carelessness”. We are inevitably careless, and we need to be careful about our carelessness. To be care-full, care cannot be designed efficiently (e.g. into a service). Care must remain distinctive from commerce… and care cannot be an optional extra.


You may find more details here

14 January, 2019

The call for abstract has been extended to the 4th February 2019

Call 2019
Initiate, sustain, expand
The value of socially engaged practices in social
Call for Abstracts extended: Monday 4 February 2019
Socially Engaged Design Conference (SED) is a two-day event that discusses how
researchers and practitioners propose and implement solutions to tackle contemporary
societal issues.
SED 2 will explore the role of art and design in driving social change. Under the umbrella
the theme of socially engaged practices through the arts and design (current and future) the
speakers will present and debate their stance on political theories, democracy, the actual
the impact of socially engaged practices, social cities and co-design.
01 / Art, Design & Politics
02 / Socially Engaged Practices & Democracy
03 / The future of Socially Engaged Practices
04 / Social cities

Important dates
Submission of Abstracts: 11 January 2019 4 February 2019
Reviews to authors: 12 April 2019
Submission of Workshop proposals: 3 May 2019
Notification to accepted Workshops: 26 July 2019
Camera Ready Papers: 13 September 2019
Submissions are made through the EasyChair management system
For more information on the conference, themes and submission guidelines please visit
For any queries contact the organising committee

01 / Art, Design & Politics
Art and design can be used, as political instruments in the form of activism or, as a medium
to discuss possible or better futures. Politics itself can also be understood as a form of
design, since it involves planning, decision- making and law-devising. What are the practices
and issues related to public space, democracy, equality and participation and how can
activist art and design influence the fields of democracy and participation? What is the role of
socially engaged practices in times of political and cultural crisis?
02 / Socially Engaged Practices & Democracy
Socially engaged practices encourage participation and changes within communities. Direct
engagement is a true democratic model of tangibility and influence that yields change where
it is needed most: the places where we live. What are the dynamics of socially engaged
practices within the current societal challenges and needs? How can we advance
democratic practice within a local level through socially engaged practices, and how, through
these practices, can we affect democracy in our everyday lives? Moreover, how can socially
engaged practices themselves become a democratic practice when we deal with issues of
co-authorship and co-design?
03 / The future of Socially Engaged Practices
Our design choices and practices were and are reflected in our society. Altering and
morphing constantly upon the needs and wants of the ever-evolving cultures we build,
maintain and grow. We participate, collaborate and act. We reconsider everything in search
of social change. Terms such as innovation, future trends, prototyping, peer-to-peer learning
and user-centric thinking constitute the foundation of the vocabulary associated with
transforming systems.
How can we create a system that allows us to tackle the tangible problems of our society
before they become one more representation of the past? In which direction should socially
engaged practices expand to allow for even more meaningful and sustainable
transformation? How can this field start participating in decision and policy-making at the
highest political and legislative level? Where do Universities, NGOs, start-ups and innovative
businesses fit into the equation? In short, where to now for socially engaged practices?
04 / Social cities
The future of our cities is at the core of discourses taking place on political, entrepreneurial,
legal, academic and professional levels. Dream cities (resilient, inclusive, accessible,
championing equality, environmentally, technologically and financially sustainable) are high
on the political agenda. Although some urbanised clusters are perceived as successful
social environments, others struggle to be friendly to their inhabitants and to offer a balanced
social experience. Within this framework, can we as socially engaged practitioners to propose
fresh, imaginative, financially viable and inclusive objectives and processes to truly support a
wholesome lifestyle and propel the quality of our livelihood? Solutions that, will include
citizens in their making and, will not only allow the progression of a city (in historical,
infrastructural or financial terms) but also respect the unexpected results of their originators?
Can we fulfil these goals and still place emphasis on small-scale change, and preserve the
idiosyncrasies of everyday life? Or are we at risk of weakening the distinctiveness of our
cities, diminishing diversity and increasing the privatisation of public space in pursuit of all of
the above?

Please find more details at https://sedconference.com/

24 December, 2018

Academy for Design Innovation Management is wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year!

21 December, 2018

ADIM 2019 Complementary Places for Early Career Researchers from the Global South countries!

We have several Complementary Places available for Early Career Researchers from Global South countries who are planning to present papers at the upcoming Academy for Design Innovation Management conference| 2019 London.

Researchers are eligible to apply if you are from the Global South countries:

  1. located in: Central and South America; Africa; and any country included on DAC list https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2014to2017_flows_En.pdf
  2. undertaking a full-time PhD/Master / completed a PhD/Master degree / gained employment at a University within the past five years.

Applicants will need to submit a full research paper by 29 January 2019, please see the Call for Papers here

For more information, you may go to the link below,



Call to Participate in the ADIM Collective 2019 Research Development Workshop

Poster deadline is on Tuesday 5 February 2019

Notice of acceptance is on Tuesday 19 February 2019

Registration for the ADIM Collective 2019 Research Development Workshop ONLY is on Tuesday 16 April 2019

Note: Those who will register for the conference the attendance of the ADIM Collective Research Workshop is inclusive

For more information, you may go to the link below,



20 December, 2018

Job Opportunity

DeTao Master’s Academy in Shanghai is hiring

DeTao Master’s Academy in Shanghai (DETAOESSLINGER.COM) is hiring 2 talented full/part-time teachers for the Strategic Design and Innovation (Esslinger Studio) department.

1. An Associate Studio Manager (Foundation Level Students; Freshman/Sophomore focus) the Chinese language preferred.

2. Advanced Design Teacher (Innovation focus; Junior/Senior level, could be part-time), English and Chinese speaking.

It is an opportunity to join a truly international and award-winning design school in Shanghai.

For official job description e-mail Helen Liu, the e-mail address is as below,


14 December, 2018

Special Issue of Sustainability “The Future of Design for Sustainability” May 2019

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019

Design for sustainability is not the panacea we hoped it would be when it was first introduced in the latter part of the 20th century. Today, the health of both our environment and our societies is at a critical state, at a breaking point, with piecemeal solutions offered as social-media-friendly rallying points, such as the recent European Parliament-approved ban on single-use plastics, whilst fundamental, and arguably less ‘exciting’, issues such as loss of biodiversity, overpopulation, and climate change are shuffled to the back. It can be argued that the awareness of the concept of sustainability and the need to reduce our negative impact on the environment and society has grown significantly and, consequently, has moved up the global agenda.

This is evidenced by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference; however, it is clear that the role of design for sustainability within this agenda is not providing the solutions necessary to manifest the level of change required. Traditional approaches are not working.

This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that push the frontier of what design for sustainability could be and possibly should be—across the broad spectrum of design disciplines, including product design, user experience design, service design, etc. In particular, we invite manuscripts that question and offer alternatives to the current thinking, strategies, and directions.

See the website for more information.

Narratives of South Asian Women in the Conversation about Travelling and Tourism

This podcast series focuses on sharing stories and experiences of strong and remarkable South Asian women who loves travelling and exploring the world. Through this series, Komal Faiz hopes to bring forward the narratives of South Asian women in the conversation about travelling and tourism.

Below is the link to the first episode of the podcast,


Job opportunity

The Royal College of Art is seeking an outstanding researcher and teacher in the History of Design

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors.

The School of Arts & Humanities brings together Programmes and research previously located in the Schools of Fine Art, Humanities and Material. The School has a distinctive research culture, based upon a dynamic interplay between theory and practice, and encompassing a broad range of subjects and approaches, from highly individuated scholarly and creative enquiry to projects concerning public policy and evaluation; from collections-based research to a speculative practice-focused enquiry.

The History of Design Programme is jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).  The Programme teaches and researches cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the fifteenth century to the contemporary, and draw on cognate areas such as geography, performance studies and design research.

The RCA is seeking an outstanding researcher and teacher in the History of Design, to contribute towards the on-going work of the School of Arts & Humanities and the Royal College of Art more broadly. The candidate will teach primarily on the Design & Material Culture pathway. As well as being able to support and respond to the work of MA and PhD students, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach from their own research by delivering workshops, seminars, lectures and crits in V&A/RCA MA History of Design and the other Programmes in the School.

Applicants should have substantial knowledge and experience of emerging and existing research/practice in the field of design history and demonstrate experience of working around themes and discourses that will further the diversity of the RCA community. It is essential that candidates have a PhD in a relevant specialism and demonstrable evidence of, or clear potential to produce, research outputs of at least 3* REF quality in line with the strategic direction of the College.

Further information and the application portal can be found here: https://jobs.rca.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=123-18


13 December, 2018

Develop Your Research Capability

12 December, 2018

ADIM2019: Call for Workshops

The Academy for Design Innovation Management conference invites proposals for workshops that will engage and reflect upon the conference theme “Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations”.  The workshop proposals are due by Wednesday 20 February 2019.

The full call can be accessed here.

7 December, 2018

ADIM2019: Call for Case Studies

The Academy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019 invites an international community of scholars and practitioners to share their stories from the front lines. The case studies proposals are due by 15 January 2019.

More information can be accessed here.

6 December, 2018

Call for Papers – Socially Engaged Design Conference 2019: Initiate. Sustain, Expand – Limassol, Cyprus, October 2019

The value of socially engaged practices in social change

Socially Engaged Design Conference (SED) is a two-day event that discusses how researchers and practitioners propose and implement solutions to tackle contemporary societal issues. SED 2 will explore the role of art and design in driving social change. Under the umbrella theme of socially engaged practices through the arts and design (current and future) the speakers will present and debate their stance on political theories, democracy, the actual impact of socially engaged practices, social cities and co-design.


01 / Art, Design & Politics
Art and design can be used, as political instruments in the form of activism or, as a medium to discuss possible or better futures. Politics itself can also be understood as a form of design since it involves planning, decision-making and law-devising. What are the practices and issues related to public space, democracy, equality and participation and how can activist art and design influence the fields of democracy and participation? What is the role of socially engaged practices in times of political and cultural crisis?

02 / Socially Engaged Practices & Democracy
Socially engaged practices encourage participation and changes within communities. Direct engagement is a truly democratic model of tangibility and influence that yields change where it is needed most: the places where we live. What are the dynamics of socially engaged practices within the current societal challenges and needs? How can we advance democratic practice within a local level through socially engaged practices, and how, through these practices, can we affect democracy in our everyday lives? Moreover, how can socially engaged practices themselves become a democratic practice, when we deal with issues of co-authorship and co-design?

03 / The future of Socially Engaged Practices
Our design choices and practices were and are reflected in our society. Altering and morphing constantly upon the needs and wants of the ever-evolving cultures we build, maintain and grow. We participate, collaborate and act. We reconsider everything in search of social change. Terms such as innovation, future trends, prototyping, peer-to-peer learning and user-centric thinking constitute the foundation of the vocabulary associated with transforming systems.

How can we create a system that allows us to tackle the tangible problems of our society before they become one more representation of the past? In which direction should socially engaged practices expand to allow for even more meaningful and sustainable transformation? How can this field start participating in decision and policy-making at the highest political and legislative level? Where do Universities, NGOs, startups and innovative businesses fit into the equation? In short, where to now for socially engaged practices?

04 / Social cities
The future of our cities is at the core of discourses taking place on political, entrepreneurial, legal, academic and professional levels. Dream cities (resilient, inclusive, accessible, championing equality, environmentally, technologically and financially sustainable) are high on the political agenda. Although some urbanised clusters are perceived as successful social environments, others struggle to be friendly to their inhabitants and to offer a balanced social experience.

Within this framework, can we as socially engage practitioners to propose fresh, imaginative, financially viable and inclusive objectives and processes to truly support a wholesome lifestyle and propel the quality of our livelihood? Solutions that, will include citizens in their making and, will not only allow the progression of a city (in historical, infrastructural or financial terms) but also respect the unexpected results of their originators? Can we fulfil these goals and still place emphasis on small-scale change, and preserve the idiosyncrasies of everyday life? Or are we at risk of weakening the distinctiveness of our cities, diminishing diversity and increasing the privatisation of public space in pursuit of all of the above?

Please find more details at https://sedconference.com/

4 December, 2018

Call for Papers – Heron Island, Queensland, Australia, 15 – 18 December 2019

Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design

This conference series commenced in 1989 to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art and cutting-edge research on computational and cognitive models of design creativity and became known as the “Heron island” conferences.

This conference, the Thirtieth Anniversary Heron island conference, aims to bring together both (1) the community of researchers who have presented their research at previous Heron island conferences, asking them to reflect on the trajectory and influence of their research, and (2) the community of researchers who commenced their research more recently, asking them to present their research by placing it within the context of the thirty years of preceding research.

A set of reflective and prospective papers that have been referred by an international board of reviewers will be presented and proposed to be published as a book by Springer as part of the continuing archive on design creativity research.

Substantial periods of time at the conference will be set aside for both formal and informal discussion to create opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions, mutual learning and creativity-inspired new ideas.

For more information go to the link below,


3 December, 2018

Job Opportunity

The University of Washington – Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington seeks an individual dedicated to excellence in teaching and research programs to join our dynamic interdisciplinary intellectual community in 2019.

For more information go to the link below,


We are recruiting for our second MA cohort in Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies. Scholarships and fellowships available.

This is an interdisciplinary Master’s program grounded in environmental humanities and political ecology with further options to focus on a range of topical areas from theories of nature-culture studies to Anthropocene studies, climate change cultures to green urbanisms, eco-literatures and global supply chains to indigenous knowledge amongst other issues. More information and a short film on the Master’s program can be viewed here: liberalartsmasters.risd.edu/ncss

Recent RISD/NCSS events/speakers include: Tony Fry (on decoloniality, ecology and eco-design), Juliet Schor (plenitude and platform co-ops), Neil Brenner (planetary urbanism), Laurence Delina (green new deal & wartime mobilization), Jesse Jenkins (eco-pragmatism & rapid decarbonization), Alison Clark (eco-design and the legacy of Victor Papenek), Paola Antonelli (Broken Nature eco-art futures), Asim Waqif (on public art and ecology in India); Matt Hern (on climate change and the Tar Sands); Alyssa Battistoni (on gender, ecosocialism and Just transitions). Many of these talks can be watched here: https://liberalartsmasters.risd.edu/ncss/events/

Finally, you watch our recently completed two-day conference: Climate Futures, Design and the Just Transition here:


This event also mapped a range of cutting-edge discussions in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies from discussions about the future of ecosocialisms, eco-design, environmental justice studies, ecomodernism and degrowth to design futures and the political aesthetics of low carbon futures.

For inquiries about the program please contact, Professor Jonathan Highfield, Graduate Program Director of Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies jhighfie@risd.edu

Authors and designers are invited to submit works for possible publication…


The sixth issue will be published between July 15 and September 15, 2019. The deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives written and/or designed that meet Dialectic Issue 06’s categorical descriptions (see below) is: 5:00 pm CDT, January 4, 2019.

Dialectic’s sixth issue will publish pieces that articulate research, scholarly inquiry, surveys, case studies, reviews, opinion/position papers, visual narratives/visual storytelling and criticism that addresses diverse topics located across the increasingly broad and variably contoured landscape that affects and is affected by visual and interactive communications. Authors and designers of visual narratives planning to contribute to our sixth issue are reminded that each submission to Dialectic MUST meet the categorical parameters articulated for ONE of the following submission types, which are described in more detail later in this text:
· original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling
· research papers
· long-form case study reports/case series reports
· position papers
· criticism of designed artefacts, systems, and processes
· reviews of books, exhibitions, and conferences
· survey papers
· theoretical speculations

Find more details at the link below,


Call for Papers – 7th eCAADe Regional International Symposium, Aalborg University, 2-3 May 2019

Virtually Real

Academics, professionals, PhD and graduate students are invited to contribute papers, short papers, and posters on the topic of virtual reality in architecture within one of three sub-topics:


  • VR and AR displays
  • Rendering
  • Sound simulation


  • Interactive design
  • Navigation in architectural space
  • Exploration of abstract design spaces


  • Solutions for co-design
  • Design review
  • Design guidance
  • Discussions

Find more information at the link as below,


Call for Papers – 4T Design and Design History Association, Annual Symposium 2019

Design and Authority 

May 2 – 4 2019 – İzmir, Turkey

Those who are interested in contributing papers to the thirteenth 4T Symposium are invited to submit a title and an extended abstract of 1000 words through EasyChair by January 25th 2019. Registration to Easy-Chair is essential in order to submit abstracts. The symposium language is English, therefore all abstracts, presentations and papers should be in English. For more information see this site.

Call for Papers – Around the Campfire, Resilience & Intelligence


Cumulus welcomes proposals for academic and professional papers for the Cumulus 2019 conference ‘Around the Campfire: Resilience and Intelligence’. The goal of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners from various fields of art and design to facilitate inspiring and progressive discussion by sharing knowledge of past, existing, and future activities from around the globe. We welcome individuals from academia and industry with different approaches, including, but not limited to, hands-on design and art practices, theory, design thinking and industrial practice.

For more information click the link as below,


Call for Papers – 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) Finland 3-4 Jun 2019

Who cares?

This question is a provocation for design research. What do, or should, we care about in design and design research today? The 8th biennial NORDES conference poses the question, Who cares? exploring related questions, issues and propositions concerning responsibilities, relationships, ways of doing and directing design today.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:

The who in care? Care, relations, empathy and what comes next

  • Care (in)action? Encounters, systems and institutions of care, welfare, healthcare
  • How to care? Care and care-ful materials, methods and processes in design and design research
  • Care, where? Design and peripheries, identities, minorities and commonalities
  • Care ethos and ethics? Purposes, philosophies and responsibilities in/of design

You can find more information at the link as below,



29 November, 2018

Call for Papers – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Designing for connected and expressive artificial ecosystems

In recent decades, the design has faced great challenges and profound transformations. Its traditional approach to crafting and shaping the tangible world has been revolutionized by the way this very world has changed, becoming infused with digital technologies that have made it smarter, more interactive, and more connected.

Recent technological developments have generated even more rapid and extreme changes. The emergence of AI, machine learning, flexible electronics, miniaturized and implantable sensors, and hybrid synthetic- biological materials have not only provided designers with new design ingredients but also generated new cultural and social landscapes in which they must design.

This edition of the DeSForM conference will explore the implications of these recent and emerging technological transformations in the practice of design, with a particular focus on the aesthetics and human experience of these new systems.

Designing beyond intelligence means that the design of such advanced and smart ecosystems should consider issues beyond mere algorithmic thinking and functionality. Scholars in the design field should start reflecting on the connections and mutual relations between the performance of these intelligent ecosystems and their physical appearances, aesthetics, interaction modalities, and personalities. In doing so, they will be able to address the design of ecosystemic user experiences.

You may find more information at https://desform19.org/


Job Opportunity

Position Open for a Senior Researcher in Design or Human-Computer Interaction

The applied research centre Fraunhofer AICOS, located in Portugal, is looking for a senior researcher (PhD holder) in Design or Human-Computer Interaction. You may find the announcement as below,


Conferences in 2019 – 2020


ADIM – London June 2019  http://designinnovationmanagement.com/main/


CHI – Glasgow May 2019 http://chi2019.acm.org/


D4. Designing Development Developing Design – Osaka October 2019 http://4d-conference.com/ 


DRS – Brisbane 2020 https://www.australiandesignreview.com/news/brisbane-wins-hosting-rights-design-research-society-conference-2020/


DMI – London April 2019 https://www.dmi.org/general/custom.asp?page=conferences


DS – Delft August 2019 http://iced19.org


EAD – Dundee April 2019 https://ead2019dundee.com/


IASDR – Manchester September 2019) https://iasdr2019.org/

21 November, 2018

Call for Papers – IASDR 2019 – Manchester Metropolitan University, The United Kingdom

Design Revolutions

Design revolutions will explore how design drives and responds to revolutionary thinking through questioning the norm, probing the now and embracing the new. For the first tim,e IASDR will be held in the UK and will foster new thinking towards a compelling, meaningful and radical dialogue regarding the role that design plays in addressing societal and organisational issues.
The biannual conference enables academics, practitioners and students join together to explore contemporary agendas, emerging directions and future challenges that are at the forefront of design research. IASDR 2019 will provide opportunities for the presentation and publication of a collection of high-quality peer reviewed research papers alongside the space to discuss and debate the evolution and revolution of design.

Conference Tracks


Design continually evolves as it responds to the context in which it operates. It spans boundaries and is shaped by disruptions – be they political, ideological or conceptual. What forms of change should design embrace and who are the thought leaders that are instigating change? What new business models and modes of operation should design support? How should design transition from the now to the new?


From digital automation to machine learning and artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, the technology landscape that design needs to engage with is become increasingly complex. Long gone are the days when design was able to humanising technology without engaging with other disciplines. How can design support the 4th industrial revolution? What is the role of design in discovering new technology? How should design connect technology and humans? How can design and creativity unlock the potential of digital technologies?


Design and making are intrinsically linked, be it through the use of the hand or the machine. The creative possibilities of materials and processes have long been harnessed by designers to innovate. What models of production, fabrication and modification are going to shape the future? How are materials shaping design and how are designers shaping materials? Is the democratisation of making a positive of negative issue for design?


Understanding human behaviour, and just as importantly misbehaviour, provides opportunities to design collaboratively for, and with, people. By enabling social and cultural dimensions to be considered, design can connect to the needs of citizens today and in the future. Why are people important to design? How will co-design and co-production models evolve in the next decade? What social dimensions in society can design embrace and why?


Design surrounds us by shaping the way we live through our consumption of products, the services we use and the cities we inhabit. It impacts the environment, health and wellbeing of all. What vision of living should design suggest? How should design be used to enhance our lives and the environment? How should design improve the way we approach sustainability and the circular economy? How can design enhance the urban environment?


Communicating the relationship between design and business has long been a challenge for design. While the design is recognised as a driver for innovation, the design has long been seen as a cost rather than an investment. How can design be effectively managed to maximise its economic value? What evidence is needed to justify the place of design at the board level? How will new models of design shape innovation thinking?


Design is inherently a learning process that supports creativity to transform current situations to preferred ones. While creativity is considered critical in education, is design being eclipsed by STEM subjects? How should we respond to the current challenges presented in education? What ways can design enhance learning experiences? How should design nurture creativity towards new ways of learning?


Design is global and multicultural yet debates have for a long time biased particular mindsets, ideologies and philosophies. While there are voices that claim that design is inclusive, realities have tended to support existing notions of power and hierarchal socio-political systems. How can design become more inclusive, ethical and sustainable? Has the time come for the decolonisation of design? What are the ethical challenges that design must address and how should they address it?


Design Revolutions is about the novel and the new so we encourage out of the box thinking, so challenge conventions and probe the norm. What are the critical debates in design research? How should design research engage with other disciplines and what new forms of inter- and multi-disciplinarity will emerge? Who are the key thinkers and doers in design and why? What is revolutionary thinking in design research?

You will find more information at https://iasdr2019.org/

20 November, 2018

Job Opportunity – University of Wales, Swansea Campus

ATIC Principal Innovation Fellow – 00889

Full Time – Fixed Term until 31.04.2021

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced individual for the post of Principal Innovation Fellow to work in the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATIC), based within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art on a full time, fixed term contract to 31st April 2021. You will find more information at https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/jobs/job-title-77443-en.html

ATIC Project Innovation Fellows x5 – 00890

Full Time – Fixed Term until 31.04.2021

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is seeking to recruit 5 Innovation Fellows to work in the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATIC), based within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art on a full time, fixed term contract to 31st April 2021. You will find more information at https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/jobs/job-title-77385-en.html

16 November, 2018

Call for Papers – ICED 2019

The ICED 2019 organisers would like to make you aware of an extension to the submission of the full paper deadline. You will now have until Sunday 16th December 2018 to submit to conftool.

5 – 8 August 2019 – Delft, The Netherlands

The forthcoming International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED19, will continue to be a great forum where the design community comes together to share insights, discover new ideas, create new design ventures, and meet friends. We invite high-quality submissions for ICED19, covering substantial, original and previously unpublished research. We are looking forward to including applied, theoretical, and data-based papers from both, academia and industry into the conference programme, based on thorough analysis and argumentation. Submission instructions are available on the ICED19 conference website: http://iced19.org.

The paper submission deadline is 2nd December 2018.

We invite you to rally around the theme of “Responsible Design for Our Future”, which encompasses four main areas with the following sub-topics:

• Responsibility for future society

• Responsibility for the future organisation

• Responsibility for our future products, production and service systems

• Responsibility for future designers

Petra Badke-Schaub & Maaike Kleinsmann
Delft University of Technology
Department of Product Innovation Management

Sandro Wartzack, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, GER
Benjamin Schleich, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, GER
Milene Guerreiro Goncalves, Delft University of Technology, NL
Boris Eisenbart, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS
Harald Voelkl, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, GER

Petra Badke-Schaub, Delft University of Technology, NL
Maaike Kleinsmann, Delft University of Technology, NL
Milene Guerreiro Goncalves, Delft University of Technology, NL
Dirk Snelders, Delft University of Technology, NL
Boris Eisenbart, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS
Carlos Cardoso, Iowa State University, USA

ICED19 Contact:
E-mail: info@iced-conference.org
Information: http://iced19.org

The Design Society: http://www.designsociety.org/

15 November, 2018

Call for Experimentation by Design – The Design Danish Centre

Event info

Date: 06.12.2018

Time: 8:30 – 17:30

Organiser: The Danish Design Centre, The Danish Business Authority and Innovation Fund Denmark

Address: Danish Design Centre, Bryghuspladsen 8, BLOX, 1473 Kobenhavn K, Denmark

Experimentation by Design – Creating Agile Governance in Business and Policy
The technological development is happening at an increasing pace, and new business models emerge in its wake. If we are to tackle the challenges this entails and not let the inherent opportunities pass, we need to challenge the existing ways we collaborate and create a more agile public regulation.

Therefore, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Design Centre invite business leaders and public decision-makers to join Experimentation by Design. A highly interactive symposium where you will both be presented to cutting-edge insights from internationally acknowledged speakers and be a part of designing the experiments we need to make in order to move agile governance in both business and policy even further.

The conference is structured around keynotes from leaders in business and government and leading international researchers. We supplement the keynotes by workshops where we co-create the necessary experiments on agile regulation. We promise that the programme will also leave room for as much networking as possible – both formal and informal.

For more information, please click the link as stated below,



12 November, 2018

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for low and middle-income countries) have been launched.
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:
  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity
 Developing Countries 
Scholarships for UK PhD study are available to students from Developing Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Granada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Zambia.  Students apply directly to their Countries nominating body. Details of how to apply are available on the Commonwealth website http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/
The studentship provides tuition fees at 80%, plus a full stipend paid directly to the student. Loughborough has signed an agreement to cover the 20% shortfall in tuition fees. This 20% is covered centrally and not from your School studentship allocation. If you have an applicant who has applied for or intends to apply for Commonwealth funding, they will need a supporting statement from a proposed supervisor from one of their preferred Institutions listed in their scholarship application. Please ensure that you inform the Doctoral College (J.Thurman@lboro.ac.uk) so that funding can be arranged. These awards are competitive, and only the very best students are successful. We typically have 2-3 Commonwealth funded PhD students per year.  
The closing date for each Country will vary. However, all applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 19 December 2018 at the latest. Successful award holders are announced in the following April and must start in the following October.  Note the 11-month lead time. Students looking to start their study in October 2019 are likely to be looking for host institutions during the summer of 2018. 
9 November, 2018

Job Opportunity – Kent State University

Full-time Tenure-track Faculty Position in Communication and Information

The College of Communication and Information at Kent State University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track and/or tenured position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor in one of the following areas: web development/programming, emerging media or human-computer interaction.

29 October, 2018

Volunteers Needed

Come join us at the Academy for Design Innovation Management!
We are currently looking for online editors to help us with sourcing, editing and upload content on the ADIM website. This includes:


  • Curating and posting news
  • Curating and featuring research work of Design Innovation Management Academics
  • Curating and featuring research activities of Design Innovation Management PhD candidates


Interested? Please get in touch via: adim [at] designinnovationmanagement.com



3 October, 2018

Call to support Early Career Researchers from developing countries

The Academy for Design Innovation Management (ADIM) Conference operates as a platform for knowledge creation, collaboration and advancement across a diverse range of Design Innovation and Design Management discipline areas. The conference attracts speakers and attendees from across the globe, including recognised industry professionals, international scholars and emerging researchers operating in the creative, commercial and service industries.

Early career researchers play a pivotal role in the development of new research, and make a significant contribution to the advancement of design innovation management as a discipline. Unfortunately, the opportunity to travel to conferences is not equally distributed amongst researchers.

At the ADIM 2019 conference we would like to ensure equal opportunities for contribution to the conference topics, by providing bursaries for early career researchers less able to afford the costs related to attending a conference. The aim of such bursaries is to specifically encourage early career researchers from developing countries to apply and attend the conference.

By sponsoring the fund, you will provide an opportunity for an early career researcher to attend the conference, present their research and gain feedback on their work, as well as network with other design innovation scholars and possibly forge exciting, new research partnerships. 100% of your donation will be used to fund the travel, accommodation and conference fees. The suggested sponsorship level is £2000 enabling one person to attend.


For more information, please contact Erik Bohemia (e.bohemia@lboro.ac.uk).

Download the full poster here.


We look forward to welcoming you to the #ADIM2019 Conference in London!

29 September, 2018

Job at University of Montréal

The School of Design at University of Montreal, Canada is seeking applicants for a position of Professor of Industrial Design at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Candidates must have experience in teaching fundamental notions of design and expertise related to industrial design.

For more info see:


18 September, 2018

TU Delft Jobs

Within the Design for Sustainability group at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, at Delft University of Technology, there are currently two open positions.


Design of Smart Products and Services for a circular economy – Tenure track position (assistant professor)

We are looking for a colleague who can explore, both in theory and practice, how the design of smart products and services can support and enable a circular and sustainable economy.



Modelling complexity in design for sustainability and circular economy (Postdoc position)

We are looking for a PhD graduate who can help us develop simulation and forecasting tools to inform design interventions towards sustainability https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/48870/postdoc-position-modelling-complexity-in-design-for-sustainability-and-circular-economy/

12 September, 2018

Design Innovation Positions

The University of Sydney is looking to fill three positions in their Design Innovation team:

Lecturer in Design Innovation Ref 1759/0918C

Senior Lecturer in Design Innovation Ref 1760/0918C

Associate Professor in design Innovation

Closing date: 11:30pm, 14 October 2018

1 September, 2018

Job opportunities at QUT

Several exciting academic positions at QUT Australia.


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Fashion: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=7A2D5465-D6D2-859C-9D2A-A4747838229A&CurATC=EXT&CurBID=1877E01E%2D78DD%2D4ED2%2D9D7A%2D9DB40135CFF4&JobListID=73e3bb51%2D1aa7%2Ddb29%2D2ea3%2D52af99b4f747&jobsListKey=8f6082fe%2D3762%2D4668%2Dba35%2D2d65d0be1efd&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=44936600088


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=4DBC3476-51CE-7A1A-7CFB-A47478679495&CurATC=EXT&CurBID=1877E01E%2D78DD%2D4ED2%2D9D7A%2D9DB40135CFF4&JobListID=73e3bb51%2D1aa7%2Ddb29%2D2ea3%2D52af99b4f747&jobsListKey=c6ac795a%2Da5fa%2D479a%2Dbada%2Df9c664815ca4&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=15969340098


Lecturer in Interaction Design: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=D08DF7BD-4EDE-6E55-A1ED-A45C7DA1E41E&CurATC=EXT&CurBID=1877E01E%2D78DD%2D4ED2%2D9D7A%2D9DB40135CFF4&JobListID=73e3bb51%2D1aa7%2Ddb29%2D2ea3%2D52af99b4f747&jobsListKey=60a678cc%2D7f18%2D441d%2Db1d3%2D63cebf119fb1&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=26490830088


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=BD46B717-42E1-6C43-575D-A474788B0A13&CurATC=EXT&CurBID=1877E01E%2D78DD%2D4ED2%2D9D7A%2D9DB40135CFF4&JobListID=73e3bb51%2D1aa7%2Ddb29%2D2ea3%2D52af99b4f747&jobsListKey=61812686%2D79ad%2D450f%2Da948%2Dae7b246ec460&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=39043260098

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=D7C47B72-8D9D-79CD-27A5-A47478D6D625&CurATC=EXT&CurBID=1877E01E%2D78DD%2D4ED2%2D9D7A%2D9DB40135CFF4&JobListID=73e3bb51%2D1aa7%2Ddb29%2D2ea3%2D52af99b4f747&jobsListKey=e6e6ca3d%2Dcdc8%2D4fca%2D9fb5%2Daa1d3e52215d&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=99087480108

Interested applicants from outside the University who are unable to access these links can navigate to these position descriptions via the QUT Jobs website http://www2.qut.edu.au/jobs/

28 June, 2018

DRS2018 Proceedings available

The Design Research Society 2018 Conference Proceedings are available here.

10 April, 2018

Call For Papers

With art as research becoming an established paradigm in art education, several questions arise. How do we educate young artists to actively engage in the production of knowledge and aesthetic experiences in an expanded field? What are some of the role models that we can look to when we speak about hybrid practices and artistic research? How do we best prepare students to carry out their own artistic research? What can we space in the curriculum to accommodate a changed learning, making, and research landscape? And how is teaching “art” different from teaching “artistic research”? What particular abilities and competencies should a teacher of artistic research have?


The conference seeks contributions that respond to these questions through a variety of short presentations, theoretical reflections, analyses, case studies, performative lectures hands-on workshops and poster presentations. We invite practitioners and theoreticians from the fields of artistic research and arts/design to share their perspectives, expertise, and knowledge. The conference, which will take place in Vienna, is being organized jointly by the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. We particularly encourage submissions from young professionals and graduate students. Our goal is to create a supportive space for open, lively, and inclusive discussion.

Key dates 

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April, 2018 

Acceptance notification: 25th April 2018


More info: http://www.didactic-art.org/index.php?id=teaching_artistic_research

7 April, 2018

Clio Awards

The Clios is the esteemed international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate high achievement in advertising, the Clios annually and throughout the year recognize the work, the agencies and the talent — across advertising, sports, fashion, music, entertainment, and health care — that push boundaries and establish new precedent.

19 March, 2018

Call to participate: Survey for Ph.D Students and Supervisors about Research Methods

Researchers from Jane Prophet and Ayoung Suh invite Ph.D students and supervisors to participate in their international academic study investigating the attitudes of Ph.D students and Ph.D supervisors in Art and Design to current provision. They want as wide an international response as possible.
Please contribute by:
1. Circulating our links to the questionnaire for Ph.D supervisors and/or students.
2. Completing the relevant survey aimed at Ph.D supervisors or at Ph.D students.
3. Sending this email on to people who will take the survey (and copying us in if possible so we can follow up later).
The survey will take 20-30 minutes, the researchers are aware of that time commitment from you but ask you to take it as this is the first survey they know of that looks at provision around the world for students undertaking a Ph.D in art and design and supervisors working with them.
The aim is to provide data which would be of use to the international subject community (art and design) when planning research methods training for artists and designers undertaking and supervising Ph.Ds.
The survey links are below.
For more information, please e-mail to Jane Prophet – j.prophet@gold.ac.uk and Ayoung Suh – ahysuh@cityu.edu.hk
16 March, 2018

Echo ++ | Calling all female tech founders!

At Hereast, Stratford, an 8 week accelerator programme will take place for female tech founders. The event is hosted by Plexal – a main collaboration partner – one of Europe’s leading innovation hubs to deliver Plexiglass.

Participants will gain access to tailored content, 121 support, mentoring and workspace for the duration of the programme, culminating with a pitch event to showcase participants, attended by key influencers and investors. Plus, we’ll be working with the cohort to inject some Echo++ magic with skill sharing and peer-to-peer learning.

The requirements for applicants are listed below: 

  • A business founded and / or run by a female entrepreneur
  • Working in the technology sector. We’re particularly interested in: AR / VR, AI, IoT, data analytics, cybersecurity, sport / health tech, fashtech, and fintech
  • Able to base yourself in East London for the duration of the programme.

For more information please click here

2 March, 2018

One week left to submit abstract

One full week left to submit your abstract to the DMA Collective. Deadline looming at 9th of March. More info and to submit your abstract, go to: http://www.dmacollective.org

27 February, 2018

Video DMA Hong Kong 2017

Highlights of the DMA conference in Hong Kong 2017


13 February, 2018

Casablanca Design Management Event

Morocco as an emergent market in west Africa is concerned about design management. Through history, the country is grounded in arts and crafts. This issue is so important for the country in economic and social terms. In this perspective, a ministry is dedicated to that. Nevertheless, the connection with design management is still emerging. Companies are not aware about design value to drive change and innovation. Nabil EL HILALI Ph.D. as a research professor in innovation and design management at ESCA Ecole de management Casablanca, initiates corporate conference cycle highlighting some specific success stories on design management in order to spread the word of design as innovation catalyst for an emergent economy. In this perspective, ESCA EM is hosting through conferences international designers and companies design consciousness.
More info: www.esca.ma

12 February, 2018

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host DRS2020

The Design Research Society welcomes expressions of interest to host the 2020 International Design Research Society Conference.


Over the past 10 years the DRS Biennial Conference Series has grown to become a major international event in the design research calendar with a reputation for academic quality, provocative thinking, and industry engagement. Over a 4-day period Biennial Conferences embrace refereed paper presentations, conversations, debates, a doctoral programme, and workshops for over 500 participants.


As well as promoting the discipline of design research within hosting countries, holding the DRS Conference can significantly increase the international profile of the host institution and provide development opportunities for staff.


This is a worldwide call for expressions of interest. Recent conferences have taken place in Montreal, Bangkok, Umea (Sweden), and Brighton (UK) with the 2018 Conference taking place in Limerick, Ireland in June. In selecting a venue for 2020, the DRS Council will be mindful of the need for a location that is accessible for our international membership. Further details of previous conferences can be found at: www.designresearchsociety.org/cpages/conferences


Application and Timeline

Interested parties should submit their Expression of Interest to the DRS Administrator (admin@designresearchsociety.org) by the deadline of Thursday 15th March 2018

For more information, please visit the conference website.

8 February, 2018

DRS 2018 – Call for Workshops

Call for Conversations

Conversation is the DRS2018 format for sessions conceived as alternative to the traditional paper/presentation format, with the ambition of  providing innovative venues for project-based research and work that is not easily captured or conveyed by the scholarly paper. A Conversation can be a structured discussion or experimental session format that advances dialogue around emergent forms of design research. The aim of the Conversation format is to engage a limited number of attendees in open exchange in arriving at new understandings about a  topic. Each Conversation is facilitated by convenors who will produce a concluding document from their Conversation discussion. Dissemination results will be featured on the DRS2018 site following the conference. Further information and Conversations Template is available on the website: drs2018limerick.org/participation/conversation-sessions. Any enquiries about Conversations should be directed to: conversations@drs2018limerick.org


Call for PhD by Design

PhD By Design will hold a one-day event at DRS2018 to vocalise, discuss and work through some of the many issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in Design. This event will be made up of informal presentations of work as an opportunity to explore what the future holds for practice-based PhDs. It will bring together designers undertaking practice-based doctoral research, as well as supervisors, MRes students, and MPhil students within and out with Design Departments. On the day we will produce an Instant Journal documenting discussions and outcomes and available during the conference. Further information on PhD by Design Limerick is available on the website. Information about past events is available at: www.phdbydesign.com Any enquiries about PhD by Design should be directed to: team@phdbydesign.com


12 January, 2018

Sydney Design Festival 2018

This year, on its 20th anniversary, Sydney Design Festival will happen between 2nd and 11th of March, 2018. The aim of the event is on bringing awareness towards the role of design to solve complex global problems.  It is close to applications now. To get more information, visit the event website.


9 January, 2018

R&D Management Conference 2018: R&Designing Innovation

The conference focuses on transformational challenges for organizations and society that they call for tracks that design management researchers can submit papers. Some examples of these tracks are as follows:

  • Re-thinking design thinking: emerging challenges and future evolutions
  • Team, leadership & organization for creativity and innovation
  • To see the full lists of tracks, please click on here.

The conference will take place between 2nd of July and 4th of July, 2018. Before the conference, there will be doctoral training starting on 30th of June, 2018. Deadline for paper submissions are on 15th of February, 2018.

For more information, please visit the event website.

8 January, 2018

Design 2018: Excellence in Design

15th Design Conference will take part in Dubrovnik, Croatia between 21st and 24th of May, 2018. The conference focuses on the following theme:

“Discussion and further development of all aspects of design knowledge from cognition and philosophy, to methods and tools, from research theory to practice” – Conference Website

To achieve this, they call for papers on the following topics:

  • Theory and research methods
  • Design processes
  • Information & knowledge
  • Design innovation
  • Systems engineering
  • Engineering design practice
  • Design methods
  • Organisation & management
  • Design support tools
  • Human behaviour
  • Sociotechnical issues
  • Industrial design

The submission for papers are closed now and final acceptance of paper will be announced on 23rd of February, 2o18.

For more information about the event, please visit their website.

17 December, 2017

Design management news?

Share your design events or other design management related news with us via: editor[at]designinnovationmanagement.com

7 June, 2017

Call for Papers SDN Design Research Summit 2018

at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel
8–10 March 2018

Beyond Change – Questioning the role of design in times of global transformationwww.beyondchange.ch
Extended Deadline: September 1, 2017


All applications should be sent via the Easyschair Platform before September 1, 2017.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for lectures, project presentations, and workshops. We explicitly encourage applications that propose an experimental approach to the conference’s topic (visual presentations, documentary films, social media, etc.).

Applications must be written in English, should not exceed 3000 words (excluding references), and should be submitted as a single PDF.

Large media files should be included as weblinks in the PDF. Additionally, authors must include a short biography of maximum 250 words. Collective submissions are also welcome. All contributions will be peer reviewed.


For more information about the content of the conference please contact: nina.paim@beyondchange.ch

Key dates:

1 September 2017: Extended deadline for applications
15 October 2017: Notification of acceptances and reviewer feedback
15  November 2017: Program announcement
8-10 March 2018: Conference


Conference Host:

FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis, Sarah Haug and Nina Paim


Conference Chairs – Swiss Design Network:

Dr. Massimo Botta, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI
Prof. Dr. Davide Fornari, Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne, ECAL
Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
Isabel Rosa Müggler Zumstein, Lucerne School of Art and Design, HSLU
Prof. Dr. Sarah Owens, Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK
Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann, Bern University of the Arts, HKB
Prof. Dr. Anne-Catherine Sutermeister, University of Art and Design Geneva, HEAD



7 April, 2017

Call for Tracks: DRS 2018 Limerick

DRS2018 which will take place in Limerick, Ireland, 25th-28th June next year. Proposals are invited for researchers interested in organising and managing a theme track of the conference, which will be incorporated into the forthcoming Call for Papers.
The track proposal should consist of:
— a track session title;
— 2 to 3 sub-chairs for the session who together with the chair will oversee the review process for track submissions;
— a track session outline to provide a context (up to 250 words);
— up to 5 references to indicate the track session’s scope;
— if the proposed track aligns with one of the DRS SIGs please indicate which one (the list of SIGs can be accessed here:

Examples of DRS 2016 conference track outlines are available at these links:

Theme track proposals should be submitted by: Tuesday 16th May 2017 to:

All track proposals will be reviewed by the organising committee. Successful track proposals will be publicised on the website as part of the Call for Papers. Paper submissions for successful track sessions will take place via the ConfTool online submission system.

19 February, 2017

Last call for DMA 2017 Workshop Proposals

Workshop Proposals are due on Wednesday 1 March 2017

The DMA conference invites proposals for workshops that will engage and reflect upon the conference theme “Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections”. The aim of the workshops is to create a physical platform to create, knit, and foster collaboration through experimentation at the intersection between research in academia and research undertaken in industry. The workshops will be unique opportunities to explore the roles and responsibilities of design research within both academia and the creative industry, challenging the intersections between the two and crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Please see link below for more details on workshop submission criteria and important dates: http://designinnovationmanagement.com/main/dma2017/call-for-workshops/

We look forward to receiving your workshop proposals!

30 December, 2016

Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s DMA 2017 conference bursaries for emerging researchers

Up to four Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s conference bursaries for emerging researchers are available for emerging researchers who are planning to present papers at the upcoming Design Management Academy 2017 international conference hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University between 7 and 9 June 2017.

The each bursary will cover the conference fees (up to HK$4600 each).

Researchers may be eligible to apply if they are either a member of the Design Society or the Design Research Society and are currently undertaking a full time PhD or have completed a PhD within five years.

They will need to submit a full research paper by or before 30 January 2017 and the paper will need to be accepted for a presentation at the DMA 2017 conference.

The potential applicants should email the following information:

  • Your tile and name
  • Paper submission number and its title
  • Indication whether you are correctly a PhD student or have completed a PhD (if you have completed a PhD then state the year when you have completed it)
  • Outline in less than 300 words why you are applying for the bursary

to dma@designinnovationmanagement.com by Wednesday 15  March 2017 with a subject line: Your Name: Jeanne Liedtka’s DMA 2017 conference bursaries

DMA 2017 organising committee

We look forward to welcoming you to the DMA Conference in Hong Kong!


28 December, 2016

We look forward to welcoming you to the DMA Conference in Hong Kong!

3 October, 2016

Call for Papers DMA 2017

Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong
Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

Hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Full Papers submission deadline: Monday 30th January 2017

Conference dates: June 7–9, 2017 Hong Kong

The Design Management Academy’s international research conference which will be hosted by the School of Design School at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The DMA International Research Conference is organised under the auspices of the Design Society’s Design Management Special Interest Group (DeMSIG) and Design Research Society’s Design Innovation Management Special Interest Group (DIMSIG) in collaboration with: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Loughborough University, Tsinghua University, University of Strathclyde and Delft University of Technology.

The theme of the conference is: “Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections”. Design is becoming more strategic, both in the private and in the public sector. There is a wider range of interfacing activities with internal and external clients and collaborators than before and there is also a wider spread of disciplines to productively interact with. New methods and technologies for collaboration and interfacing have come up. China has been the centre of manufacturing for quite some years. Now it has become a leader in the development of internet services and the most important market in the world in many categories. In this new landscape, the roles and responsibilities of designers are changing dramatically, both in Asia and in the rest of the world.

The Design Management Academy invites an international community of scholars to formulate areas of explorations and academic contribution which are outlined by the following 7 meta themes, within the 20 tracks around which the conference is organised:

Theme 1) New Models of Innovation Track 1a. The Interplay between Science, Technology and Design
Track 1b. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trends in Open Innovation
Track 1c. FROM R&D TO D&R: Challenging the Design Innovation Landscape
Track 1d. Design creating value at intersections
Track 1e. Design management transforming innovation strategy
Theme 2) Product-Service Systems Track 2a. Capturing Value and Scalability in Product-Service System Design
Track 2b. Service Design for Business Innovation for Industry 4.0
Theme 3) Policy Making Track 3a. Creative Intersection of Policies and Design Management
Theme 4) Intersecting Perspective Track 4a. Changing Design Practices: How We Design, What We Design, and Who Designs?
Track 4b. Challenges and Obstacles to the Enactment of an Outside-In Perspective: The Case of Design
Track 4c. At the Intersection Social Innovation and Philosophy
Theme 5) Methods Track 5a. Design practices of effective strategic design
Track 5b. Markets and Design: Vertical and Horizontal Product Differentiation
Track 5c. Foresight by Design: Dealing with uncertainty in Design Innovation
Track 5d. Contemporary Brand Design
Theme 6) Capabilities Track 6a. Building New Capabilities in an Organization: A research methodology perspective
Track 6b. Exploring Design Management Learning: Innovate with ‘user’ oriented design and KM perspectives
Track 6c. Design teams in the pursuit of innovation
Track 6d. Designing the Designers: Future of Design Education
Theme 7) Foundations Track 7a. Pioneering Design Thinkers
26 August, 2016

DESMA Meet-up London

On Friday 16th of September 2016, DESMA invites you to join us in exploring New Formats for Doing and Communicating Research in the Intersections of Design + Management and Academia + Practice.

Register now!

DESMA started out as an Initial Training Network within the area of Design Management funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions (FP7) including 13 researchers, 4 universities and 8 companies aiming to rethink the relationship between design and management, academia and practice, in research. You can read more about our work on the DESMA website or view the video DESMA Experiences.

Today, DESMA is an open platform hosted by the Business & Design Lab at HDK, Academy for Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. We seek to continue developing the vibrant community exploring the territory of design + management research within academia + industry enabling knowledge exchange and collaborations across these boundaries.

In collaboration with the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London we invite this extended network to a DESMA meet-up in London, 16 September 2016, kick-starting the London Design Festival that takes place all over London 17-25 September.

DESMA researchers will share their stories and experiences from the vantage point of their new settings. And of course, in good DESMA spirit, we will have interactive and constructive parts of jointly rethinking the way research can be done and communicated together with pioneers in this field.

Here is a sneak preview of the programme:

Morning: “Vision and trends for the future”
Starting with a framing by Christian Bason from the Danish Design Center the morning is layed out as interactive, constructive session with representatives of new and traditional publishing platforms such as Fjord, Informa, Design Transfer, 21st Century Design and Design Council to trigger a clash of perspectives and hence learnings and potentially new ideas for the future around conducting and publishing research.

Afternoon: “Reactions, stories and discussions”
Inspired by the morning session, Kathryn Best will lead a discussion around challenges that arise when doing and communicating research in the intersection of Design + Management and Academia + Practice combined with stories and insights from the DESMA Research Fellows representing Livework, Designit, Veryday, Aalto University, University of Gothenburg, Volvo, Engine and M4ID.


12 June, 2016

Call for Theme Tracks for the upcoming DMA 2017 Hong Kong

Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong: Academic perspectives on creative intersections

This International Conference is hosted by the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic

Conference dates: June 7–9, 2017 Hong Kong

Conference website: http://designinnovationmanagement.com/main/dma2017/

The Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong International Research Conference will be hosted by PolyU Design (the Design School at Hong Kong Polytechnic). The DMA International Research Conference 2017 is organised under the auspices of the Design Society’s Design Management Special Interest Group (DeMSIG) and Design Research Society’s Design Innovation Management Special Interest Group (DIMSIG) in association with DESMA network and in collaboration with: Hong Kong Polytechnic, Loughborough University and Delft University of Technology. 

This is a follow up conference to 2012 and 2014 Design Management conferences organised by members of the upcoming DMA 2017 Hong Kong. The general theme of the 2017 research conference is ‘Academic Perspectives on Creative Intersection ’. The dates of the conference are 7–9 June 2017.

If you would like to propose a theme track for the upcoming DMA 2017 Hong Kong international conference please email to dma@designmangementacademy.com

The general theme of the conference is Academic Perspectives on Creative Intersections. Design Management could have been in the past about managing a design department in a company. In particular in larger corporations there are large teams of designers. In smaller companies, not only the design team is smaller, there could also be a lot more design servicing through external design consultancies. The embedding of design resources properly in an organisation and providing professional support across a range of design disciplines is not a trivial activity. Nowadays, with design becoming more strategic, there is also a wider range of interfacing activities with internal and external clients and collaborators than before and there is also a wider spread of disciplines to productively interact with. New methods and technologies for collaboration and interfacing have come up. Engaging with the many stakeholders form end-users to those who finance new business activities has become different. The dynamics in the world are changing as well. China which has been the centre of manufacturing, now is leading in the development of internet services and has become the most important market in the world in many categories. In this new landscape, the roles and responsibilities of designers are changing. This poses new questions to design academics. Can the designers continue to be the ones who come up with the creative and visionary ideas? How to manage design and innovation in this new landscape? What are the new and relevant research questions that come up?

Any questions please contact the conference organisers via this email address dma@designinnovationmanagement.com