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DRS/Cumulus Conference Report

LearnXDesign - The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers

June 28 - July 1, 2015 Chicago, IL, USA

ChicagoThis third DRS/CUMULUS conference was entitled LearnXDesign. Hosted by the School of Art Institute of Chicago, it had an ambitious range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. The assumption was that, at a career level, the intention in the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. We can interpret each designed product in terms of a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Design academics who have engaged in scholarship and research to develop theories and principles about learning have the opportunity to present their work at the event. For many the classroom can be a laboratory in which they test and validate new approaches and thus extend policy and practice.


DRS2016 Detailed Call for Participation

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DRS2016 invites new and challenging paper submissions from any area or discipline of design research.  We embrace research looking at and using design in the widest possible sense with interdisciplinary work and work responding to the conference themes particularly encouraged.


(1) Future-Focused Thinking:

Papers, case studies, or designs that anticipate developments in one or more of the three areas of Design, Research and Society.

(2) Papers critically engaging with our key conference questions:

> How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us?
> How can design research be a creative and active force for rethinking ideas about design?
> How can design research shape our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?

(3) 50 Years of Design Research:

Papers looking critically at key contributors and contributions over the past 50 years of Design Research.


DRS 50th Anniversary

Nominations for DRS Lifetime Achievement Award

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for DRS, we want to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals to design research.  We are inviting nominations from DRS members. We are looking for people who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to effect significant change in the development of design research, coupled with the determination to pursue their vision successfully over a working lifetime. The Award is normally made to persons who have also had an active relationship with the Society.


IASDR 2015

IASDR 2015

IASDR Congress 2015 Brisbane, Australia  2-5 November

Deadline for full-paper submission now 20 April 2015.

A global forum for presentation and discussion of the INTERPLAY of design research and applications across all domains of design, science, technology and arts. This continual INTERPLAY provides opportunities to explore interaction between cross-disciplinary knowledge and various design research approaches. IASDR 2015 aims to establish trans-disciplinary research platforms across diverse domains to foster new research and education opportunities and stimulate innovation. Visit the conference website for more information.


Design Studies Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal. The award is to be made to Janet Kelly (University of Southern Denmark) and Ben Matthews (University of Queensland, Australia) for their paper Displacing use: Exploring alternative relationships in a human-centred design process, published in Vol. 35, No. 4, pp 353-373.

A 'Best Paper Collection 2014' Virtual Special Issue of Design Studies containing the winning paper and the five other shortlisted papers is available for free viewing on the journal website:



DRS 50th Anniversary Grants

As part of the Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Celebrations, we want to support research which furthers our understanding of the origins of design research, as well as the role and contribution the DRS has played in its development. We are also interested in thought-provoking pieces which recognise the past and anticipate the future of the field, to stimulate debate and discussion at the 2016 DRS conference.

Up to four proposals of GBP 1,000 will be awarded. The application form provides further details about the criteria for the grants and information about the reviewing process  (download forms here). The deadline for submission is Friday 31st July 2015.


New DRS Fellow

We are pleased to announce the election of a new DRS Fellow: Professor Tiiu Poldma

Tiiu is Professor at the School of Design, Faculté de l’Aménagement (Faculty of Environmental Design), Université de Montréal, Canada

Conferment of the title of Fellow of the Design Research Society acknowledges an established record of achievement in design research, and attainment of peer recognition as a researcher of professional standing and competence.

Members of DRS can apply for election to Fellow; see 'Becoming a DRS Fellow' in the members menu item on the left.


About DRS

The Design Research Society is a multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide.The DRS was founded in 1966 and facilitates an international design research network in around 40 countries.
Read the Welcome message from the President of the Design Research Society, Professor Nigel Cross.
DRS is a founder member of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR).


DRS Student Research Bursaries

The DRS Student Research Bursary Scheme offers grants of up to 500 GBP to student members of the society. The purpose of the scheme is to help research students progress towards a publication in the design research field. 2500 GBP is available for the scheme in each calendar year.


Call for Participation: PhD by Design, 5-6 November, Goldsmiths University, London

PhD by Design: Researching across difference
Department of Design at Goldsmiths
5th and 6th of November 2015

PhD by Design especially invites designers undergoing or having completed a practice-based PhD within and outwith design departments. This two day event...

Call for Papers: Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

Position Statements @ UBICOMP 2015

Workshop on Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

Osaka, Japan - September 7-8, 2015

Submissions due: 19 June 2015

WORKSHOP GOALS  - This workshop (held in conjunction with the UBICOMP 2015: The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ISCW 2015: The 18th International Symposium on Wearable Computers) will bring together researchers and practitioners to reflect on the use of participatory design methods, especially in the context of design for wellbeing.

Swiss Design Network Symposium

Unfrozen – 1st Design Research Winter Summit

After three years in hibernation, the Swiss Design Network invites you to Unfrozen, the 9th SDN Symposium and the first SDN Design Research Winter Summit – January, 28-31 2016.

Society for Social Studies of Science Conference

The 4S 2015 Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA from 11-14 November. Calls for papers are now open. Further information can be found at

Provocative Plastics - Call for Papers

Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world.  They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless, they are controversial:  for some they are beautiful and adaptive; for others unauthentic and destructive.