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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.


DRS Membership

The Design Research Society: A Growing Worldwide Community

A report from Peter Lloyd, DRS Membership Secretary

Membership reportThe membership of the Design Research Society is vital to the ongoing discussions and debates that help form and promote the field of Design Research.  Through conferences, special interest groups, mail lists, the newsletter and the society’s journal, Design Studies, our aim is to further the discipline of design research.  As membership secretary, it is my pleasure to report that the DRS recently achieved a small landmark.  We now have over 750 members worldwide. The membership has grown considerably in recent years as the result of a number of initiatives that include: offering membership as part of the biannual DRS conference registration fee, introducing a special rate for research students, operating a DRS fellowship scheme, and offering research student bursaries.  This has been a combined and sustained effort by the DRS Council, the governing body of the society, and we are proud of what we have achieved together.


IASDR 2015

IASDR 2015

IASDR Congress 2015 Brisbane, Australia  2-5 November

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.


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.


DRS Student Research Bursaries 2013

The importance of collaboration between designers and "users" was a major theme of two of the research projects supported by DRS Student Research Bursary Awards for 2013/14. The value of design for practical products for low-income communities, and design training for traditional artisans were the subject of the other two successful Student Bursary Awards for the year.

Read the reports of all four Bursary recipients - Sarah Rhodes of Central St Martins School of Art, Laura Piscicelli of Nottingham Trent University, Deny Willy Junaidy of Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Timothy Whitehead of Loughborough University.


Design Studies Award 2013

Design Studies Award announced at DRS Biennial Conference


The winning paper for the 2013 Design Studies Award was announced at the DRS Conference in Umea, Sweden, at the DRS2014 gala dinner on 18 June. Stefan Wiltschnig, on the right, received the award of £500 and a Certificate from the DRS Chair, Seymour Roworth-Stokes.

The paper, published in the September issue of the journal, was entitled 'Collaborative problem-solution co-evolution in creative design'. Stefan accepted the award on behalf of all three authors including Bo Christensen and Linden Ball.


DRS joins forces with Cumulus to promote design research


Following the success of the 1st International Symposium for Design Education Researchers in Paris in 2011, the DRS has signed a collaborative agreement with Cumulus. DRS Chair, Seymour Roworth-Stokes and Luisa Collina, Cumulus Vice-President, signed the agreement at the opening of the recent DRS/Cumulus  ‘Design Learning for Tomorrow’ Conference held on 14-17 May 2013 in Oslo, Norway.

Cumulus is the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. Founded in 1990 it has over 180 member institutions from 46 countries.

The agreement aims to support the development of joint events and activities to further design education research between the two organisations.

Pictured in the photograph are (left to right), Seymour Roworth-Stokes (DRS Chair), Petter Øyan (Dean, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences – hosts for the conference), Liv Merete Nielsen (joint Conference Chair) and Luisa Collina (Cumulus Vice-President)


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

Design4Health 2015

Synergies of Practice : 3rd European Conference on Design4Health

Sheffield, UK  13-16 July 2015

Call for papers, posters and exhibition proposals

Design4Health is a biennial conference that brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods.

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.

Learn x Design

The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design

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

Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC