Managing Innovative Thinking + Design

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Design Inquiries

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.

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, 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.

A template for formatting the papers is available early December at Each submission will be peer-reviewed. Some full papers will be presented and discussed in one of four 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 1st, 2007

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.

Important dates
Deadline for Submissions ­ February 5 2007
Notification to authors ­ March 9 2007
Final papers submission ­ April 4 2007

For more detailed information about submissions see
Contact:Conference ChairProf. Peter
Emerging Trends in Design Research

Call for Papers
The International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) will have a conference 11-15 November, 2007 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This is a large, international design research conference with an intensive and high quality programme. Keynote speakers will be invited from other disciplines–the social sciences, computing, and business, for example. Multiple paths through the papers will be suggested to help participants find synergies among people and papers. Ample time will be available for informal meeting and discussion. Please consider your research interests in terms of the following description and consult your calendar for availability.

Emerging Trends in Design Research
Design Research is becoming more acceptable as a knowledge resource in collaborative actions, in practical applications, in building scholarly foundations for the discipline, and in post-graduate programmes worldwide. Some research follows well-worn paths of investigation and development, and some research strikes out into new territories of disciplinary overlap, technology development and application, large system dynamics, difficult to solve social problems, fundamental knowledge development, or needs for better processes or methods. Emerging Trends is particularly interested in design research explorations that respond to our changing life context, globally, locally, economically, educationally, socially, technologically, and particularly through design research interventions. The following list presents some ideas that signal emergent trends, but it is not inclusive. Your work might be located on the list or expand it. We are interested in ideas emerging now that will influence future developments.

Here are some emerging topics.
Design Process issues:- identifying the limits of user research- making collaborative decisions- managing information resources- evaluating innovation potential- exploring multimedia and multimodality
Design Research issues:- developing collaborative research strategies- exploring digital convergence- managing multiple problem/solution perspectives- translating research findings to design action- communicating research findings effectively- creating research community- developing new research methods- funding basic research in design
Design Education issues:- blending art and science- identifying fundamental knowledge for design- creating distance learning approaches for design- exploring industry-academia research partnerships- developing quality assurance for design education
Social issues:- controlling privacy- controlling environmental degradation- supporting human equality- supporting development in undeveloped regions- changing human behavior

The schedule for abstract and paper submission is as follows:
February 27 Abstracts deadline
March 26 Paper selection & invitation
June 1 Full paper due
August 1 Review back to author
September 1 Complete paper
Review Process for Full Papers
Abstracts are limited to 400 words and a bibliography. Full papers are limited to 6,000 words. Two appropriate reviewers in a double blind process will review the abstract. Invitation to submit a full paper will be accompanied by reviewer comments and suggestions. Every attempt will be made to use one of the original reviewers to read and comment on the resulting full paper draft. This set of comments will be sent to the author to help polish the paper for final submission.

Poster Proposals
Poster proposals are limited to 200 words. A small committee will review poster proposals and respond to authors regarding suitability, sharing any suggestions or comments. The minimum poster size is one vertical A0 (841mm wide x 1189mm high) and the maximum is two vertical A0 (side by side). More detailed specifications for the poster will follow in subsequent mailings.

IASDR 2007 Conference Committee
Prof. Lorraine Justice, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Sharon Poggenpohl, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Lin-Lin Chen, National Taiwan University of Science andTechnology
Prof. Nigel Cross, The Open University
Prof. David Durling, Middlesex University
Prof. Ming-Chyuan Ho, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Prof. Kun-Pyo Lee, KAIST, Korea
Prof. Soon-Jong Lee, Seoul National University
Prof. Kazuo Sugiyama, Chiba University
Prof. Toshimasa Yamanaka, University of Tsukuba

As an interim accommodation, contact for further information and watch for the official website release in January.
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