Seymour Roworth-Stokes

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Professor Seymour Roworth-Stokes, our outgoing DRS Chair, has passed away after a period of illness.

Seymour was also the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University. Seymour made a huge contribution to the Design Research Society; he was DRS Chair from 2009 until June 2016 and a member of Council for over 10 years.

He worked hard to promote the society and design research in general and will be very much missed by all DRS Council Members.

You can read the Times Higher Education obituary here.




The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community, promoting excellence in design research globally.

  • recognising design as a creative act common to many disciplines
  • understanding research and its relationship with education and practice
  • advancing the theory and practice of design

Find out more about the society, and its aims and activities, history, governance, current council and events.

Special Interest Groups

DRS now has nine SIGS which aim to facilitate debate and networking between DRS members, and to produce resources accessible to the research community. Find out more on the individual SIG pages.

  • Experiential Knowledge SIG (EKSIG)
  • Design Pedagogy SIG (PedSIG)
  • Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks SIG (OPENSIG)
  • Inclusive Design SIG (Inclusive SIG)
  • Inclusive SIG
  • Sustainability SIG
  • Design for Behaviour Change SIG (Behaviour Change SIG)
  • Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies SIG (tentSIG)



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Cumulus Hong Kong 2016: Design for E-very-thing

21-24 November 2016. Hong Kong, China

Registration is now open here.

Themed on ‘Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes’, Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is an international conference for designers, researchers and students to discover the possibilities of Open Design under six different tracks: Open Design for Empathy, Ethnography, Experiment, Environment, Education and Engagement.




BRIGHTON, 27-30 JUNE 2016

The official proceedings are available here.

Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. DRS2016 considered how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead.


GLOBAL DWELLING: Sustainability - Design - Participation

Friday 23 September 2016. Manchester, United Kingdom.

The third OIKONET conference on “Global Dwelling” will be hosted by the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, School of Art, Design and Fashion, University of Central Lancashire.




The 12th EAD Conference: “Design for Next...”  

12-14 April 2017. La Sapienza in Rome Italy

We invite contributions from professionals, academics and students to address the following questions with their own research, projects and experiences: What is Design for the Next? And what is the 'Next' focus of Design?

15 August 2016: Abstract submission via



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MODE Motion Design Education Summit

June 7-9, 2017. The Ohio State University, USA.

Call for proposals and readers deadline 1 October 2016.

This international event brings together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects, changes messages, meaning, and communication.