History of the Design Research Society

The Design Research Society was founded in the UK in 1966. The origins of the Society lay in the Conference on Design Methods, held in London in 1962, which enabled a core of people to be identified who shared interests in new approaches to the process of designing.

The purpose of the DRS, as embodied in its first statement of rules, was to promote ‘the study of and research into the process of designing in all its many fields'. This established the intention of being an interdisciplinary, learned society. The DRS promoted its aims through a series of one-day conferences and the publication of a quarterly newsletter to members.

However, within a few years, fruitless attempts to establish a published journal, and equally fruitless internal debate about the Society's goals led to inactivity. The Society was revived by its first major international conference, on Design Participation, held in Manchester in 1971. At that conference a meeting of DRS members led to a call for a special general meeting of the Society, and to changes of officers and council members. Subsequently, a series of international conferences was held through the 1970s and 80s: in London (1973), Portsmouth (1976, 1980), Istanbul (1978), and Bath (1984).

In the mid-1970s DRS also collaborated with the Design Methods Group, based in the USA, including publishing a joint journal, Design Research and Methods. By the late 1970s there was enough enthusiasm, and evidence of design research activity around the world, for the DRS to approach IPC Press (now Elsevier) with a successful proposal for its own journal. Design Studies, the international journal for design research, was launched in 1979.

A new biennial series of DRS conferences began in 2002 with the 'Common Ground' conference in London. See the link to 'Past Conferences' for the series to date.

Design Research Society - holders of the Chair:

  • 1967-69 John Page
  • 1969-71 William Gosling
  • 1971-73 Chris Jones
  • 1973-77 Sydney Gregory
  • 1977-80 Thomas Maver
  • 1980-82 Nigel Cross
  • 1982-84 James Powell
  • 1984-88 Robin Jacques
  • 1988-90 Bruce Archer
  • 1990-94 Sebastian Macmillan
  • 1994-98 Conall O'Cathain
  • 1998-06 David Durling
  • 2006-09 Chris Rust
  • 2009-16 Seymour Roworth-Stokes
  • 2016-present Tracy Bhamra

 

Honorary President:

  • 1992-00 Bruce Archer
  • 2000-06 Richard Buchanan
  • 2006-present Nigel Cross

Upcoming Events

 

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:  http://lxd2017.london/

The submission website is here: https://www.conftool.net/lxd2017/index.php?page=index

PLATE 2017 – Product Lifetimes and the Environment

8-10 November 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

Call for Papers Deadline: 13th January 2017

http://www.plateconference.org/second-plate-conference/

 

Design Management Academy 2017 - Call for papers

7-9 June 2017,Hong Kong.

Call for Papers Deadline: 9 January 2016

http://designmanagementacademy.com/dma2017/paper_submission/theme/

 

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

12-14 April 2017. La Sapienza in Rome Italy

http://www.designfornext.org/index.html

 

CUMULUS 2017: REDO

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

http://cumuluskolding2017.org/

 

MODE Motion Design Education Summit

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

http://www.modesummit.com/

 

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

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

 http://www.eksig2017.com/

 

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Call for Papers

PLATE 2017 – Product Lifetimes and the Environment

8-10 November 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

Call for Papers Deadline: 13th January 2017

http://www.plateconference.org/second-plate-conference/

Design Management Academy 2017 - Call for papers

7-9 June 2017,Hong Kong.

Call for Papers Deadline: 9 January 2016

http://designmanagementacademy.com/dma2017/paper_submission/theme/