Travel and sightseeing trips for DRS2018 delegates see more
DRS2018 Travel Tips
DRS2018 provides lots of travel and sightseeing tips for delegates at http://www.drs2018limerick.org/venue/conference-venue, including directions to Limerick from major airports and a list of favourite local pubs! In preparation for your trip, conference organisers recommend booking a room near the University of Limerick (pictured here). Staying near campus will be more convenient, as there is 5km between the UL campus and the city centre. That said, there will still be plenty of opportunities to explore the city. DRS2018 plans to set-up a bike sharing system to travel downtown - in addition to the taxis and busses already available. The gala reception and dinner will also take place in the city centre, at King John’s Castle and The Strand Hotel.
Expressions of interest to host the 2020 Conference are due March 15th see more
DRS Biennial Conference
Call for Expressions of Interest to Host DRS2020
Deadline: Thursday 15th March 2018
The Design Research Society welcomes expressions of interest to host the 2020 International Design Research Society Conference.
Over the past 10 years the DRS Biennial Conference Series has grown to become a major international event in the design research calendar with a reputation for academic quality, provocative thinking, and industry engagement. Over a 4-day period Biennial Conferences embrace refereed paper presentations, conversations, debates, a doctoral programme, and workshops for over 500 participants.
As well as promoting the discipline of design research within hosting countries, holding the DRS Conference can significantly increase the international profile of the host institution and provide development opportunities for staff.
This is a worldwide call for expressions of interest. Recent conferences have taken place in Montreal, Bangkok, Umea (Sweden), and Brighton (UK) with the 2018 Conference taking place in Limerick, Ireland in June. In selecting a venue for 2020, the DRS Council will be mindful of the need for a location that is accessible for our international membership. Further details of previous conferences can be found at: www.designresearchsociety.org/cpages/conferences
Expressions of Interest should be no more than 2000 words and cover the following areas:
- Overall Vision for the Conference
(including: suggested title and theme, any proposed innovations)
- Host Institution
(including: evidence of institutional commitment and support, department(s) and key people involved)
- Proposed Conference Venue
(including: quality and capacity of plenary and session spaces)
- Features of the Location
(including: travel and accommodation, food and entertainment, cultural life)
- Conference Team
(including: local chair and primary contact, experience of managing similar events, relationship with the DRS, finance and management)
- Proposed dates
(normally the conference will take place in late June 2020, but exceptions will be made if sufficiently justified)
- Financial Information
(indicative budget for 500 participants including: proposed registration fee, cost of venues, catering, events, management & personnel, website & marketing, and sponsorship)
All DRS Conferences to date have returned a surplus. The DRS requires that conferences break even at 80% (400 participants) of minimum registration fees and that conferences are underwritten by the host institution against any loss. A fee equivalent to 7.5% of total registration fees will be charged, a proportion of which will allow the DRS to support the host institution through the conference organization.
A Memorandum of Understanding detailing key responsibilities and agreements will be signed by both parties prior to any award for hosting.
Application and Timeline
Interested parties should submit their Expression of Interest to the DRS Administrator (email@example.com) by the deadline of Thursday 15th March 2018
Expressions of Interest will be considered at the DRS Council meeting soon after this date. Following this meeting the leading contenders will be invited to provide more detailed information and asked to present their vision for the conference to the DRS Council meeting in May 2018. We anticipate making a final decision shortly after, with the successful host invited to attend the 2018 conference in June and present their conference at the closing ceremony.
Should you have any further questions or seek clarification on any aspect of a proposal please contact the DRS Events Secretary, Erik Bohemia (firstname.lastname@example.org), for an informal discussion.
Further information about the Design Research Society can be found at: www.designresearchsociety.org
About the DRS
The Design Research Society is a learned society committed to promoting and developing design research. Founded in 1966, it is the longest established, multi-disciplinary worldwide society for the design research community. Our international conference series, special interest groups, and online presence draw together a community from around the world in all areas of design research.
- Overall Vision for the Conference
DRS 2018 Paper submission deadline extended to 14 November see more
The full Paper Submission Deadline for the DRS conference 2018 has been extended to midnight on the 14 November 2017.
Further information on submission can be found on the DRS website : http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/call-papers
DRS Attending World Design Summit in Montreal, a historic gathering of 50 international organization see more
The Design Research Society will be represented at the summit of International Organizations, part of the World Design Summit, in Montreal this October. The aims of the summit of International Organizations are ambitious:
A historic gathering of 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI. This will be an unprecedented moment of global unity in seeking design-driven solutions. Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued international collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.
The DRS will be represented at the summit by Vice Chair, Professor Peter Lloyd along with Internationalisation Officer, Professor Tiiu Poldma.
Summit of International Organizations website: https://worlddesignsummit.com/summit-of-international-organizations/
World Design Summit: https://worlddesignsummit.com/
A full report on the event will appear in due course.
Design Research Society 2018 Conference track themes confirmed, revealing research patterns. see more
The track themes have been announced for the DRS international Conference 2018 and the response was overwhelming from the design research community - 89 proposals submitted, a significant increase compared to the previous conference.
The incredible energy of the design research community evident in DRS 2016 is still very much there.
24 themes were selected and organised by the academic committee and these show some interesting developments in topic since the 2016 conference.
As Nigel Cross (1999) pointed out, as academics we tend to focus on the theory and thinking around design at the expense of the objects and tangible processes. This was reiterated in Alexandra’s student bursary project keynote at DRS 2016. Several of the themes this time round focus on the materiality of design and the physical process of designing - definitely an interesting move and one to look forward to in these themes:
Having noted the point about the materiality of design, let’s not forget that the community of design theorists is most definitely still very active. Back on the list again are ethics and philosophy of design - these are topics that are often assumed within other themes so it will be particularly interesting to see what emerges by bringing these back into focus in DRS 2018. Look out for:
Information design not only remains for 2018 but has been expanded to two sub-themes, perhaps reflecting current trends in Big Data, analysis, design and use of information. Interestingly, the design research community's reaction to the human (social, tangible, emotional, political, speculative) seems to continue to emerge - both in response to this specific topic as well as ongoing contexts of challenge. Again, another very interesting set of topics responding to wider themes:
Another welcome inclusion is that of alternative perspectives in both the objects and subjects of design. At DRS 2016, centrisms in research practice as well as the subjects of research were questioned, leading to continuing debate and adaption of ideas in the design research community. So it's great to see this represented in several themes in 2018 - look out for the following tracks:
Interestingly, 3 of the DRS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have sub-topics, perhaps highlighting recent trends in research topics:
Design Research for Wellbeing, Health and Happiness (SIGWELL)
Design Pedagogy (PedSIG)
Design Innovation Management (DIMSIG)
Finally, as already mentioned, the DRS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have their own themes:
\ Experiential Knowledge (EKSig)
\ Objects, Practices, Experiences and Networks (OPEN Sig): Material-Enabled Changes in Design Research and Practice
\ Inclusive Design (Inclusive Sig)
\ Sustainable Design (Sustainability Sig)
\ Design for Behaviour Change (Behaviour Change Sig)
\ Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies (TENTSig)
Remember, the call for (full) papers in now open with a deadline of 6 November 2017. Papers can be submitted through the DRS 2016 conftool system here: https://www.conftool.pro/drs2018/
And you can find the template, full instructions and details of all the DRS 2018 tracks on the conference website here: http://www.drs2016.org/track-themes/
Invitation to the 2018 Latin American Design Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina see more
The Latin American Design Meeting is a popular and important event for Latin American design and design research communities. It’s a free annual event hosted by the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina that attracts approximately 400 presenters and 5000 visitors each year.
Violeta Szeps, general coordinator of the meetings, explained that the event focuses on “everything that matters to designers.” This includes design thinking and new digital technologies, as well as regionally specific topics like Latin American craft traditions and business and economics for local designers. It also takes place in parallel to other events including a design education conference that attracts design educators and researchers from across the region.
These annual meetings play an important role by creating new networks and fostering local design collaborations. They also support Latin American design communities by encouraging entrepreneurship and providing a space for local conversations, taking place in Spanish and Portuguese.
Although a regional design meeting, designers and design researchers from around the world are encouraged to attend. This year’s event takes place from July 30-August 3, 2018. You can see publications from past meetings online at http://fido.palermo.edu/servicios_dyc/encuentro2008/05_publicaciones/publicaciones_encuentro.html
Erik Bohemia posted an article5 Volume DMA 2017 Conference Proceedings available online see more
5 Volume DMA 2017 Conference Proceedings available for a download.
The conference website can be access from this link http://designmanagementacademy.com/dma2017/
Although, each paper is referenced with a DOI number, the DOIs will be in working order as intended in September 2017.
The set of volumes have the following serial reference number: ISSN 2514-8419 (Online)
The each Volume has been allocated its specific ISBN:
ISBN 978-1-912294-11-4 (Volume 1)
ISBN 978-1-912294-12-1 (Volume 2)
ISBN 978-1-912294-13-8 (Volume 3)
ISBN 978-1-912294-14-5 (Volume 4)
ISBN 978-1-912294-15-2 (Volume 5)
following APA the preferred reference style for your paper:
Author, X., Author, Y. (2017). Paper Title. In E. Bohemia, C. de Bont, & L. S. Holm (Eds.), Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy (Vol. X, pp. xxx–xxx). London: Design Management Academy. doi: 10.21606/dma.2017.XX
Volume 1 Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Volume 1 PDF 8.69MB
Volume 2 Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Volume 2 PDF 6.28MB
Volume 3 Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Volume 3 PDF 9.07MB
Volume 4 Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Volume 4 PDF 8.66MB
Volume 5 Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Volume 5 PDF 6.69MB
Activities, resources and sites celebrating local design and design research see more
Celebrating Irish Design at DRS2018
Taking place in Limerick, Ireland, DRS2018 will celebrate local design and design research. It was the Irish Year of Design in 2015 and DRS2018 builds on this momentum. On Tuesday, June 26th, the conference is hosting a Bread & Butter Session in conjunction with the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI). Bread & Butter is an IDI presentation series where delegates can learn about Irish design practice.
Beyond formal activities, conference goers can also explore Irish art and design in Limerick at the Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Fab Lab Limerick and the EVA International festival, taking place at the same time as DRS2018. Conference organisers also encourage delegates to check out the Iterations journal, a local design research publication.