The evolution of representational methodologies in the visual arts as well as design education and practice has altered the means by which concepts are developed and presented. Advances in technology have facilitated novel approaches to representation that have influenced the design process and practice across a range of disciplines. The Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD) conference seeks submissions that explore a broad range of representational strategies, methods and media in contemporary art and design education and practice. The conference will consider the role that representation plays in reshaping and advancing ideas about graphic communication in both the academy and practice.
The conference organizers also invite full session proposals that include three to four papers topically related.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The role of representation in design
• Integrating digital and analogue processes to support design communication
• Pedagogical approaches to representation and communication
• Teaching design communication at the beginning of the curriculum
• Design communication across disciplines
• Visual communication and representation across cultures
• Integrating image and text
• Visual communication across languages
• The roles of representation in Universal Design
• Relations between illustration and design
• Developing independence and growth through drawing
• Ways designers promote seeing
• Drawing convention and drawing invention
• Challenging the traditions of drawing and drawing instruction in design and art schools • Drawing as rhetoric
• Digital images and the liberation of drawing in design curricula
• The end of drawing
Submission and Review Process
Individual and Co-Authored Papers
Papers accepted for 20-minute presentations at the conference and full session proposals will be selected through a blind peer-review process.
Individual and co-authored submissions must include the following documents provided as separate PDFs that do not exceed 2 MB each:
1) a cover page with paper title, name(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es), email address(es) and telephone numbers of the author(s) (with the corresponding author identified) [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Paper_Cover.pdf]
2) a one-page abstract with the paper title, summary of the paper not to exceed 500 words, and images (if applicable) [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Paper_Abstract.pdf]. Abstracts must contain no information or references that wouldidentify the author(s) in order to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process.
Full Session Proposals
Proposals for full sessions must include the following documents provided as separate PDFs that do not exceed 2 MB each:
1) a cover page with the proposed session title, paper titles, names, affiliations, mailing
addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of the session organizer and all authors [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Full_Session_Cover.pdf]; and
2) a proposal with the session title, session description, paper titles, summary of the session
and abstracts for the papers not to exceed 500 words each, and images (if applicable) [filename: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_ Full_Session_Proposal.pdf].
Proposals must contain no information or references that would identify the author in order to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process. For full session proposals, the organizer
Complete submissions must be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than July 01, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be provided by September 15.
All abstracts will be blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and distributed at the conference.
The College of Architecture, Art and Design has an esteemed reputation for the creative disciplines, offering bachelor’s degree programs in architecture, design management, interior design, multimedia design and visual communication, as well as a master’s degree program in urban planning. Its Bachelor of Architecture program was the first of its kind outside North America to be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board of the United States.
The conference will be held at the College of Architecture, Art and Design of American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Located a short drive from the center of Sharjah City and from the city of Dubai, the university is home to more than 100 nationalities. Sharjah is known as a city of learning and the arts, as confirmed by its 1998 UNESCO designation as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World. For more about Sharjah,