Nordes 2009 – Overview

Confronted with the increasingly complex problems of our times, design should engage in new ways of thinking. Design objects are characterized by their form, aesthetics, functionality, materials as well as social, political and cultural codings. How do and might designers, and educators and researchers of design respond to these different perspectives in design? How can designers respond to the life cycle of artefacts? How can designers be better at designing artefacts for performability and sustainability? How do designers and researchers develop ways of researching knowledges, skills, theories, methods, intuition and passion in design practices?
In addressing these many issues, the Engaging Artefacts conference includes the following themes:

•    Consumption: We invite critical perspectives on the increasing number and diversity of artefacts and their creative design but also use and abuse in global economy
•    Production: Critical perspectives on the complexity, interrelations and consequences of production
•    Technology: new forms given by new materials – and new materials developed to enable new forms
•    Interactivity: performance and system oriented thinking regarding the interaction between artefacts, material systems, environments and users
•    Politics: the role of artefacts in shaping alternative futures especially addressing accessibility, sustainability, poverty and democracy

So as to fully take up the theme Engaging Artefacts, we invite a range of contributions: full research papers, presentations of design cases, artefacts for exhibition, tutorials and workshops. We welcome the many voices of design and design research ⎯ including perspectives ranging from the humanities to physics, from ethnography to art, from engineering to marketing. Papers may cover experimental and exploratory research approaches to design and the production of knowledge. Papers may also be based on historical, histographical, cultural or philosophical studies that hold qualified contributions to the field in terms of insights, concepts and ideas. Submitted contributions are subject to an anonymous peer-review process. Accepted contributions will be published electronically on the conference website prior to the conference and in the conference proceedings.