The conference invites full papers, student papers, design cases, workshops and tutorials, and aims to accommodate the many and international voices of design and design research in sharing concepts and interests – including perspectives ranging from the humanities to physics, from ethnography to art, from engineering to marketing. Contributions may cover experimental and exploratory research approaches to design and the production of knowledge. Papers may also be based on historical, historiographical, cultural or philosophical studies that hold qualified contributions to the field in terms of insights and ideas.
The conference will be organized to enable exchange and in-depth discussion of work presented. Papers will be presented in thematic break-out sessions facilitated by experienced session chairs, in panels, and in one-track plenary sessions. Keynotes and panels addressing emerging or controversial issues are organized as one-track sessions to provide a common platform for discussing new directions for research.
In the Making is now closed to new submissions
Types of submissions
The conference invites contributions internationally that relate to the conference theme. Ideally, anyone wanting to attend the conference should also find a suitable format for presenting their work. Depending on the kind of work you are thinking about presenting, how far it has progressed, and how you want it to be reviewed and presented, there are a number of submission categories to choose among:
|•||Full papers is the primary category for presenting original and fully developed research that is ready for the final stages of dissemination. Papers should fulfil normal academic standards of concise argumentation, clear indication of how arguments presented are grounded in the author’s own work or in the work of others, and traceable references to relevant related work.|
|Full papers should be approximately 8-10 pages long. If accepted, there will be an opportunity for revision and the final version submitted will then be published in the conference proceedings. At the conference, full papers will be presented by its author(s) in thematic break-out sessions, in panels, or in one-track plenary sessions.|
|•||Student papers provide an opportunity for graduate or PhD students to enter the conference even if their work is not yet developed or complete enough for a full paper. Student papers could present results from design studies, experiments in actual design projects, or studies of design practice in e.g., companies. Such results could come from, for instance, analysis of video recorded design sessions, design documents, design mock-ups, or interviews with designers. Though product designs may be part of your argument, the paper must also make a general contribution to the field of design research. To position and ground the argument, the paper must also relate to relevant literature in design research and/or of research methods appropriate to the study of design.|
|Student papers should be 3-4 pages long. If accepted, there will be an opportunity for revision and the final version submitted will then be published in the conference proceedings. At the conference, student papers will be presented by its author(s) in special student paper sessions or as ‘teasers’ in the regular theme sessions.|
|•||Design cases take the practice of open critique and discussion as a starting point, and is targeted towards students, designers, and practioners wishing to expose their work at the conference in a less academic way. Design cases may include description of designs, design methods, or design practices in industry, and will be evaluated on the basis of contribution to design research, f.ex. how design research knowledge is used in real-world design practice, or challenges and lessons from practice of interest to design research. Submissions in this category do not require typical scientific standards, and may appeal to those doing interesting and important work done outside research contexts.|
|Design Cases should be approximately 2-4 pages long. At the conference, student papers will be presented by its author(s) in special student paper sessions or as ‘teasers’ in the regular theme sessions. At the conference, cases will also be presented by its author(s) as A1-sized posters. During certain scheduled poster sessions – or ‘running critique’ – the authors are expected to be available at their posters to explain their work, and a panel of design experts will circulate the exhibition space to spark critique and discussion.|
|•||Colloquiums and Tutorials. For the pre-conference program on Sunday, May 29th, focussed discussions will be organized as colloquiums on this day in addition to the conference program on Monday-Wednesday.|
|Tutorials are also invited for the pre-conference program. Tutorials should be half-day or full-day sessions that offer introductions to approaches, methods or techniques in design research to participants. The program committee offers to distribute announcements and organize practical issues relating to these but will not review or select among the suggested activities. Tutorials should be described on 1-2 pages describing theme, content and target audience.|
Design is a restless field positioned as a productive practice in between conceiving and making. Design research is no less volatile, as it explores, explains and challenges what we know in and through design.
“In the making” is the theme of the first Nordic Design Research Conference. The conference invites contributions from researchers working internationally in universities, design schools and industry who share an interest in understanding and developing design as a trans-disciplinary practice that is always in the making. The scope of the conference reaches beyond the traditional design disciplines and includes other research areas with common interest in how people shape and make sense of things in an increasingly man-made world.
The conference directs its interest towards the diversity, challenges, emerging practices and understanding of design. Rather than searching for common definitions or a unified approach to design, “In the making” addresses the frontiers of design research as it is practiced in a broad array of academic fields. The conference theme reflects a range of issues that characterize design and design research today.
Issues and themes
• The role of the designer is changing. Design processes are becoming arenas for change where many people collaborate, and designed objects play an even broader role as explicit socio-cultural manifestations of new possibilities.
• The object of design is expanding. We see the need for designers to understand wider notions of user experience at the same time as to explore classical issues of form in light of new technologies and media.
• The products of design practice are never conclusive. People appropriate design artifacts in use whereby the social and cultural role and meaning of the artifacts undergo continuous change.
• The conceptual foundations for design work are shifting. Incorporating methods and approaches from areas such as the social sciences and humanities, the basic concepts we use to describe, understand, and reflect upon the design process are changing.
Deadline for all submissions March 1, 2005
Feedback to authors with suggestions for revision April 1, 2005
Registration for the conference opens April 20, 2005
Final paper submissions uploaded to website May 1, 2005
Conference in Copenhagen May 29 – 31, 2005
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