Design pedagogy

  • Michael Tovey posted an article
    DRS Design Education Research Conference set for 2019 in Ankara see more

    DRS LearnXdesign 2019

    5th International Conference for Design Education Researchers


    Will be held:


    9-12 July 2019

    Middle East Technical University





    Theme: Insider Knowledge


    More details to follow.

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    LearnXdesign Call for Papers now OPEN! see more

    The call for papers for the LearnXdesign 2019 conference in now open:

    The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to 30 December 2018.

    The call follows confirmation of the final 18 tracks themes, covering an incredibly diverse range of topics in design education and pedagogy. These range from 'Intercultural collaboration' right through to 'More than human prototyping', highlighting the range and diversity of contemporary design education research.

    You can find details of each track theme and instructions for submission here.


    This will be the 5th International LearnXdesign conference and will be hosted by Middle East Technical University (METU). The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first course on industrial design offered in Turkey at METU Faculty of Architecture by the American industrial designer David K. Munro. 2019 also is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Industrial Design as a separate undergraduate programme at METU. 

    Past events have established LearnXdesign as one of the key conferences in design education research. It hosts a particular intersection of educators, practitioners, and researchers across all levels of education and practice, and it’s unique character emerges from this passionately engaged community.

    The Conference theme for LearnXdesign 2019 is Insider Knowledge and major track themes are Learning Spaces; Learning Cultures; and Emerging Skill Sets and Mindsets. This firmly places the discussion within the discipline of design pedagogy itself reflecting the continued emerging confidence of design education researchers across the globe.

    Informed discussion around the purposes, modes, and motivations of design education have (arguably) never been more important. There is an emerging confidence in design pedagogy research - not simply as a different subject of study, but as a form of study in itself: one that has particular ways of knowing. Recent works are tackling the ‘messy space’ between the subjective and objective, demonstrating that it is possible to make progress in such areas and establish a growing knowledge base.


  • DRS Administrator posted an article
    Would you like the opportunity to take on the leadership of PedSIG or Sustainability SIG? see more

    Call for DRS Pedagogy SIG and Sustainability SIG leads

    Would you like the opportunity to take on the leadership of PedSIG or Sustainability SIG?

    Last year the convenors of these two SIGs stepped down and we have had acting SIG leads in the interim period. DRS members are invited to nominate themselves with a convening group to lead PeDSIG (Design Pedagogy SIG) and SustainabilitySIG (Sustainable Design SIG).

    The DRS  Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a vital part of the Society, bringing together communities of design researchers with a common interest in a particular area of design research. 

    SIGs organise conferences and events to create opportunities for discussion around the world. The last two International DRS conferences have hosted themed tracks by both Sustainability and Design Pedagogy SIGs. Design PedSIG organises the biennial LearnXdesign conference series.

    Each SIG is led by a Convenor and supported by an organising group.

    What to do next

    If you are interested in either leading PedSIG or Sustainability SIG, please complete the application form and send to by 1 April 2019.

    The applications will be reviewed by the DRS International Advisory council, and feedback will be given as required to refine the proposals. The confirmation of new SIG convenors will be subject to approval by the DRS International Advisory Council.

    For further information please contact the DRS Administrator Linda Anderson


  • Derek Jones posted an article
    Jony Ive appointed RCA Chancellor see more

    Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple, has been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art. Ive joins the RCA at a critical point in its evolution, expanding its research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility. As Chancellor for a five-year term, Ive will advise the College during a period of expansion.

    Announcement on RCA Website


  • Derek Jones posted an article
    IB seek insight from university design professionals see more

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    This notice is for University academics working in Design education.

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) are currently reviewing their Diploma programme Design technology curriculum and are looking to gain insight from University professionals on the content and requirements of the course.

    This is one of a number of surveys being used to inform the development and review of the course. The target audiences of this series of surveys are:

    • University academics in design-related fields
    • IB Diploma Programme Teachers
    • IB Diploma Programme Design technology alumni
    • Design professionals working in a design industry or with a design association

    The results of this survey will be shared with curriculum developers for Design technology at meetings held at the IB Global Centre, The Hague, and with teachers via the online curriculum centre (OCC), and online discussion forum.

    Responses by individual professionals are encouraged, and we ask that you share this post with colleagues in your establishment and network who also work in a design-related field.

    This survey must be completed and submitted online. Please find the link below: