DRS Annual General Meeting 2017

Full details of the 2017 AGM and all papers are now available here.

The AGM sill be held at 11:00 am on Friday 26 May, in the Notingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University.

All DRS members are welcome to attend this event.

CANCELLED - DRS AGM Symposium 26th May 2017Contesting Design’s Special Interests

Due to unforseen circumstances the DRS AGM symposium, Contesting Design's Special Interests, has been canceled


DRS Conference 2018

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Call for Track sessions

The DRS 2018 organisers are seeking Track Session Proposals that will act as a Catalyst for Change, the main theme for the conference.

The conference website is here:

In DRS2018: ‘Design as a catalyst for change’ we will critically engage with our key research questions: How can design research help explore the changing territorial contexts of design practice and/or policy? How can design, as a catalyst, shape the relationship between research and practice? How can design, and social, economic and political change, shape each other?

Track sessions

To capitalise on emerging research networks, as well as existing networks not already covered by SIG areas, we welcome proposals for track sessions of full papers related to any area of design research.

The aim of track sessions is to provide specific research themes for paper submissions. These sessions will be managed by sub-chairs as part of the general paper submission and final programme.  

Sub-chairs will be responsible for promoting their track to potential authors, identifying and allocating reviewers, curating conference sessions, and sub-editing their specific track section for the proceedings. Tracks will require a minimum of four accepted papers.

Proposals should consist of a title, proposed sub-chair/s for the session, a list of 2–3 key people who will assist in managing the track submissions, track context and an outline (up to 250 words), and a brief list of references (up to 5) to indicate the track scope.


To allow us to publicise additional tracks prior to the full-paper deadline, track session proposals should be submitted to on or before the deadline of 16th May 2017.  

Track session proposals will be reviewed by a subset of the programme committee with sub-chairs informed of outcomes within two weeks of the deadline.  Successful proposals will be publicised on the website as part of the conference Call for Papers.

Submissions for successful track sessions will take place via the online submission system along with standard paper submissions.


Best wishes from the DRS2018 Conference Committee



LearnXDesign 2017


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Beyond the Allure of the Digital – research in the learning and teaching of design

*** Paper deadline extended to 24th February ***


June 27th – June 30th 2017.  Ravensbourne, London UK

Conference website:

Call for papers now open -

This conference brings together researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of higher education design settings with the intention of connecting emergent models and ideas around the digital, with the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The Conference will be held in London at Ravensbourne on the Greenwich Peninsula. This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners with an international reach and from a wide variety of education design settings with the intention of connecting emergent models and ideas around the digital, with the scholarship of teaching and learning.


A New Discussion Platform for Design Research


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Design Research Failures is a permanent platform for addressing failure in design research, asking in what way design research has failed, in order to anticipate and co-create the future of the design discipline.

The site invites visitors to submit their own answer to the central question (“In what way has Design Research failed in the last 50 years?”) as well as comment on all the existing contributions.

As with the exhibition at Design Research Society 2016 conference, the hope is that the site will very much be alive, with new contributions and comments continuously being added. The commenting is deliberately left open, in the sense that visitors can debate the stated failures as well as put forward solutions if they wish.

Vist Design Research Failures here

Design Management Academy 2017


Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

7th-9th June 2017

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Full paper submission deadline:

Monday 30th January 2017 

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Design is becoming more strategic, both in the private and the public sector. There is a wider range of interfacing activities with internal and external clients and collaborators than before and there is also a wider spread of disciplines to productively interact with. New methods and technologies for collaboration and interfacing have come up. China has been the centre of manufacturing for quite some years. Now it has become a leader in the development of internet services and the most important market in the world in many categories. In this new landscape, the roles and responsibilities of designers are changing dramatically, both in Asia and in the rest of the world.

The Design Management Academy invites an international community of scholars to formulate areas of explorations and academic contribution which are outlined by the following 7 meta themes, within the 19 tracks around which the conference is organised:


1. New Models of Innovation

(a) The Interplay between Science, Technology and Design
(b) Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trends in Open Innovation
(c) From R&D to D&R: Challenging the Design Innovation Landscape
(d) Design Creating Value at Intersections


2. Product-Service Systems

(a) Capturing Value and Scalability in Product-Service System Design
(b) Future: Service Design for Business Innovation for Industry 4.0


3. Policy Making

(a) Creative Intersection of Policies and Design Management


4. Intersecting Perspectives

(a) Changing Design Practices: How We Design, What We Design, and Who Designs?
(b) Challenges and Obstacles to the Enactment of an Outside-In Perspective: The Case of Design
(c) At the Intersection Social Innovation and Philosophy


5. Methods

(a) Design Practices for Effective Strategic Design
(b) Markets and Design: Vertical and Horizontal Product Differentiation
(c) Foresight by Design: Dealing with Uncertainty in Design Innovation
(d) Contemporary Brand Design


6. Capabilities

(a) Building New Capabilities in an Organization: A Research Methodology Perspective
(b) Exploring Design Management Learning: Innovate with ´User’ Oriented Design and KM Perspectives
(c) Design Teams in the Pursuit of Innovation
(d) Designing the Designers: Future of Design Education


7. Foundations

Pioneering Design Thinkers




DMA2017 is organised under the auspices of the  Design Research Society’s Design Innovation Management Special Interest Group (DMSIG) and the Design Society’s Design Management Special Interest Group (DeMSIG). DMA2017 is also organised in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Loughborough University, Tsinghua University, University of Strathclyde and Delft University of Technology.



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)

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED: DRS 2017 Symposium : Contesting Design’s Special Interests

Due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

DRS Conference 2018 - Call for Track Sessions

DRS 2018 is now accepting Track Session Proposals.

The deadline is 16th May 2017 and proposals can be submitted here:

LearnxDesign 2017 Paper deadline extended.

The deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended to 24th February 2017.

Further details can be found here:

The submission website is here:

PLATE 2017 – Product Lifetimes and the Environment

8-10 November 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

Call for Papers Deadline: 13th January 2017


Design Management Academy 2017 - Call for papers

7-9 June 2017,Hong Kong.

Call for Papers Deadline: 9 January 2016


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

12-14 April 2017. La Sapienza in Rome Italy



30 May–2 June 2017. Design School Kolding, Denmark.


MODE Motion Design Education Summit

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


EKSIG 2017 - ALIVE . ACTIVE . ADAPTIVE - Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials

19-20 June 2017, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


See all upcoming events



Call for Papers

PLATE 2017 – Product Lifetimes and the Environment

8-10 November 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

Call for Papers Deadline: 13th January 2017

Design Management Academy 2017 - Call for papers

7-9 June 2017,Hong Kong.

Call for Papers Deadline: 9 January 2016