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DRS 2014: Open By Design

Design's Big Debates: The DRS Biennial Conference Report


Review by Stella Boess

"Friendly, innovative and efficient - typically Swedish" was the verdict of delegates to the Design Research Society's 7th Biennial Conference in Umea, Sweden from 16 to 19 June. Perhaps it was the promise of a new, open format that brought the unusually large number of 400 delegates to Umea. Or perhaps the Society's strong European connections? Certainly, the conference “did a good job of prototyping a format for future design research conferences”, said closing panel member, Lin Lin Chen.


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)


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.


New DRS Fellow

We are pleased to announce the election of a new DRS Fellow: Professor Yoram Reich, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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.


Design Studies Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal. The award is to be made to Stefan Wiltschnig, Bo Christensen and Linden Ball (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Lancaster University, UK) for their paper Collaborative problem–solution co-evolution in creative design, published in Vol. 34, Number 5 (September 2013) Pages 515–542;

See the article here:


Learn x Design

Call for Papers

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


DRS 2012 Proceedings
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