Nordes 2007 – Welcome

The last Nordes conference in Stockholm was a great event with high quality papers, interesting keynotes and an appreciated social program. The “Designens hus” next to Konstfack had been staged by designers from Mungano and who also made a fantastic happeng out of the lunches.

The next Nordes confernce will probably take place in Oslo 2009.

We look forward to see you there!

This is the call from Design Inquiries:

The Second Nordic Design Research Conference
May 27-30 2007 at Konstfack Stockholm Sweden

How can we understand the impact of design for people, companies and society? How can we provide design practice with appropriate and inspiring knowledge and ideas?
How can we use critical and constructive design thinking to create new possibilities for the future?

Design is here understood as a family of practices creating new products, systems and environments. The family resemblance is based on the skilful handling of complex demands, restrictions and technologies to fit different cultural contexts by use of intuitive and heuristic methods as stepping-stones to innovative solutions.

As Design Research is a fairly new practice based on different design practices and on theories and methods from many disciplines the conference will be open to many kinds of contributions. The range includes, but is not restricted to:

Inquiries about Design ­ studies of design processes, artefacts and design as phenomena based on theories and methods from disciplines such as Sociology, History, Philosophy and Management.

Inquiries for Design and for Design Education ­ studies from within a design perspective aiming at a more profound theoretical understanding and articulation of the processes, a better integration of different kinds of knowledge, more sophisticated evaluation methods and improved artistic means.

Inquiries through Design ­ studies that use critical design thinking and design competence to explore, develop and realize potentials and possibilities in real-life situations to enhance considerations about the future.

The conference is organized by NORDES (, an open network that started with the first Nordic Design Research Conference, In the Making, in Copenhagen 2005. The conference had over 200 participants and accepted more than 100 papers, ranging from inquiries on new forms of materiality and interaction design through design history to issues in design education. NORDES has also arranged a Summer School in Helsinki in September 2006. NORDES will continue organizing bi-annual conferences and summer schools and also promote publication and dissemination of design research through the NORDES Digital Archive.

We invite contributions based on critical, empirical and constructive design research. Three kinds of contributions are welcome:

Full papers, max 10 pages, presenting new and original knowledge based on research of good quality

Exploratory papers and posters, 4-6 pages, presenting early observations, ideas for new research or analysed design cases

Student papers, 4-6 pages, presenting ideas and results from advanced student work

Models, prototypes and other physical or digital results of design or artistic work are welcome as part of all three kinds of contributions. Arrangements will be made so that those results can be exposed in connection with the paper presentations.

Posters can be submitted in the exploratory paper category. If the poster is accepted the author will have time to make the graphic design for the poster before the conference. Please write “poster” in the upper right corner of your contribution.

A template for formatting the papers is available in

Each submission will be peer-reviewed by two people. After that feedback will be sent to the writers in order for them to improve tha papers for the final submission in April.
Some full papers will be presented and discussed in a plenary sessions. Other full papers and exploratory papers will be presented in 3-5 parallel sessions. Student papers will be presented in a doctoral colloquium on Sunday May 27.

Deadline for submissions is February 5, 2007

Important dates

Deadline for Submissions ­ February 5 2007

Notification to authors ­ March 15 2007

Final papers submission ­ April 4 2007