June 16-19, 2014 Umeå, Sweden
Välkommen! We welcome you to join us for the Design Research Society 2014 conference in Umeå, Sweden.
Together, we can push the boundaries of where design research is going in the future. We invite you to participate in this process and to create an exciting, vibrant and important conference.
The event will be held June 16-19, 2014. It will give you an opportunity to experience the nightless nights and sunny days of the Swedish Midsummer, and the many events of Umeå, Cultural Capital of Europe 2014. Host for the conference is Umeå Institute of Design, one of the world’s leading design schools.
Call for Participation
DRS 2014 - Design's Big Debates
Umeå, Sweden, June 16-19, 2014
Design Research Society’s 2014 conference invites you to engage in discussions and debates on the future directions of design and design research. We welcome you to join us in Umeå, Sweden, June 16-19. We believe there is a shared discourse in design, one that includes all areas of design research, and that is of vital importance for our understanding and development of the foundations of design. This discourse is something we share and cultivate over long periods of time, as it tells stories of past, present and future trajectories of design and its role in society. With an ever-increasing demand for academic specialization and increasing numbers of highly specialized conferences, there is a bigger need than ever for a venue where the design research community can address significant challenges that cut across domains and big issues that will influence the way our field, as a whole, develops.
The main purpose of the DRS 2014 conference is to foster and support a shared design discourse. By focusing on key big issues in design, we want to create a forum where the questions that have the potential to change the way we think and do design – its philosophy, theory, practise, methodology, education, profession and history – will be discussed and debated. To create this platform for discussions and debates we want to open up a wider set of possibilities for engaging and participating. Thus, the DRS 2014 conference will make use of multiple publication and presentation formats, including both established ones such as ‘papers’ and new ones such as ‘conversations’, each with its own submission and review process. Now is the time to begin asking yourself: 'What do you think are the big debates in design?' What would you like this exciting conversation to be like to really matter to you – and how will you contribute to make that happen?’
DRS 2014 is hosted by Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. The conference week will give you an opportunity to experience the nightless nights and sunny days of the Swedish Midsummer, and the many cultural events of Umeå, Cultural Capital of Europe 2014.
Johan Redström, Erik Stolterman and Anna Valtonen (General Chairs)
Carl DiSalvo and Jamer Hunt (Conversations and Debates Chairs)
Youn-kyung Lim and Kristina Niedderer (Papers Chairs)
Full papers: October 1st, 2013
Conversations: November 1st, 2013
All information about the conference is available at: http://www.drs2014.org
Design Research Society: http://www.designresearchsociety.org/
Umeå Institute of Design: http://www.uid.umu.se/
Umeå 2014: http://www.umea2014.se/