CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
CENTRAL THEMES FOR DRS2016
(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.
Synergies of Practice : 3rd European Conference on Design4Health
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK 13-16 July 2015
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. Design Research Society members are eligible for a discounted fee.
Our events provide an opportunity to reflect on how the disciplines of design and health might develop new ways of thinking and working, and how we might impact positively and sustainably on the social, economic and cultural factors within our communities and beyond.
We are pleased to announce the election of a new DRS Fellow: Professor Ann Heylighen
Ann is research professor at the Research[x]Design group of the Architecture Department of KU Leuven, Belgium.
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.
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.
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).
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)
You are warmly invited to the Design Research Society’s 2015 symposium hosted by Sheffield Hallam University UK. This year the symposium theme is Working with different sectors and value systems: growth, application and analysis. We are fortunate to have secured three prominent design researchers to address this theme.
Professor Sue Walker will talk about design research doctoral training for the design researcher at the AHRC-funded Design Star Doctoral Training Centre. Professor Paul Chamberlain will discuss design research in the context of health and well-being through projects undertaken at Lab4Living in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Professor Linda Candy the co-editor of the books Interactive Experience in the Digital Age: Evaluating New Art Practice and Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner will discuss evaluation in research and practice.
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.
The Design Research Society: A Growing Worldwide Community
A report from Peter Lloyd, DRS Membership Secretary
The 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 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. http://iasdr2015.com
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:
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.