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    Bursaries of up to 500 GBP to support student member projects see more

    Applications Open for DRS Student Research Bursary Awards

    The DRS Student Research Bursary Awards support design research projects by DRS Student Members. Five to seven Bursaries of up to 500 GBP are available each year. Funds support the execution of a research project. This could include prototyping, data collection, equipment purchase, essential travel to undertake the research, etc.

    The 2019 application deadline is 23 September. Visit the Bursary webpage for more information, to download the application form and to see project reports from previous winners. Please note: applicants must apply with a sponsor, usually a research supervisor. Both the student and sponsor must be current DRS members.

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    Overview of three winning projects from 2018 see more

    DRS Student Research Bursary Winners 2018

    The DRS Student Research Bursary Awards support design research projects by DRS Student Members. In 2018, the DRS awarded seven bursaries of 500 GBP, which supported a range of projects from students working in the UK, France, Chile and China. A DRS Council panel selected the winners based on project quality, value for money and project impact.

    The following are three winning projects from 2018.


    Multi-Sensory Interface, Learning the Basics of Trigonometry

    Maria Elena Errázuriz, School of Design, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

    The goal of this project was to build a device to enhance student learning of trigonometry. It involved designing a Tangible User Interface (TUI) that helped students learn through their senses (see photo above and check out this video). The Bursary Award helped fund prototype construction and Maria Elena's travels to the Seminario de Investigación en Diseño where the project was presented.

    Neurophysiological Correlates of Cognitive Design Behaviours

    Julie Milovanovic, Graduate School of Architecture Nantes, France

    Julie's project explored design learning cognitive patterns in studio environments. She used EEG tracking to study brain activities while designing (see image below). The DRS Bursary Award helped fund a trip to the Depict Lab in Sweden, where Julie explored neuro-cognitive design science and conducted a pre-test for her project. 

    Crisis|Wellbeing in the Emergency Department

    William Wang, Royal College of Art, UK

    This project explored the mental health patient journey in the Emergency Department of Charing Cross Hospital, London. William collaborated on the redesign of a high-risk mental health patient room (see image below). The Bursary Award funded production of research and collaboration tools like a card deck and 3D model.


     Above Left: Eye-tracking data and emotions during building design, Julie Milovanovic | Above Right: New patient room, William Wang


    The 2019 DRS Bursary Award deadline is 23 September. Visit the Bursary webpage for more information, to download the application form and to see project reports from previous winners.



    Robin Roy, DRS Student Research Bursaries Coordinator

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    JDT is dedicated to academic study of design thinking, creativity and cognition see more

    The Journal of Design Thinking and its First Call for Submissions

    There is a growing list of great new design research journals, with She Ji and Sciences du Design (est. 2015) as prime examples. The most recent addition is the Journal of Design Thinking (JDT), dedicated to academic study of design thinking, creativity and cognition, as well as the broader topic of industrial design. Dr. Yassaman Khodadadeh, Editor-in-Chief of JDT, kindly spoke with us about her vision for this new journal. Khodadadeh is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of Tehran – and was, in fact, the first person to hold this faculty position in Iran!

    Top Left: University of Tehran during a workshop with TU Delft | Top Right: Dr. Yassaman Khodadadeh


    What are your hopes for JDT?

    The goal is to provide a valuable publication space for researchers worldwide and provide a possibility for exchange of ideas.

    How does JDT compare to other journals, locally and globally?

    The JDT is the first International specialized design research journal based in Iran. However, it aims to contribute to high quality design research at international and national levels.

    With these impressive goals in mind, Khodadadeh and the JDT editorial board have announced the call for papers for their first issue:

    In preparation for the first issue of the Journal of Design Thinking, we invite submissions on design thinking, design practice, the relationships between design theory and practice, reflective practice and conceptualization challenges. Please submit a paper title, abstract (max. 300 words) and author bio by February 20, 2019. Submissions must be sent by email to Alma Zanjanian, JDT Executive Director, at jdt@ut.ac.ir.

    We will evaluate abstracts through blind review and invite authors of accepted abstracts to submit a manuscript at a later date.

  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    Share your completed PhD research with the DRS community see more

    Let’s Talk PhD Projects

    Calling recent PhD graduates in design! The DRS is impressed by the talented new researchers joining our community. We want to highlight your hard work and bright ideas through our online platforms. We’ll post a news article about your PhD project, a copy of your dissertation and, optionally, a video about your work.

    This opportunity is open to PhD graduates in design or closely related fields from the past 2 years.

    To participate, we’ll need:

    • Your bio – Including your name, PhD project title, institution of study, etc.
    • Your photo – 400x400 px. headshot
    • Short written blurb about your PhD research – Explain what you studied and why
    • PDF of your final dissertation
    • Optional: Short video about your PhD research – Introduce your project, including your research problem, question, methods, findings, contributions, etc.

    All communications should present your work in fun, accessible way to engage the wider DRS community!

    Read more about submission guidelines and add your project here.

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    Tell the DRS community about a conference you attended or organised see more

    Call for Conference Reports

    The DRS Online promotes design research community activities. We post news about DRS-related activities and our pick of design research headlines from around the world. We also maintain an international Events Calendar and Jobs & Opportunities Board.

    We want you to get involved! We’re looking for reports from major design research conferences and events around the world. This opportunity is open for conference attendees or organisers, writing about an event that happened within the last 2 months.

    Reports should be:

    • Short – Up to 400 words
    • Informative – Introduce the conference, sub-field, organisers, venue, etc.
    • Critical – Take a position and explain what was exciting, new, challenging, etc.
    • Visual – Include several high-quality images that you have permission to use
    • Easy to read – Write in a clear, relaxed academic tone
    • Original – New content, developed just for the DRS Online

    If you’re interested, submit a brief proposal though our online form. The DRS Communications Team will review your proposal and then reach-out with news and feedback. We offer 40 GBP for accepted conference reports. 

    Visit our Contact page for information about posting other news, events, conference calls, jobs or opportunities on our website.

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    Invitation to the 2018 Latin American Design Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina see more

    The Latin American Design Meeting: A Space for Regional Conversations and Networking in Design

    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


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    The Design Journal: new section and submission type - PhD Study Reports see more

    This year The Design Journal celebrates its 20th year and we are introducing a new section and submission type. PhD Study Reports provide an opportunity for PhD candidates in design and related fields to outline the scope, research questions and methodology they are using or intend to use and the contributions to knowledge they are hoping to make.

    This new section will highlight emerging areas of research and will enable the Journal’s readers to make contact with students if they have relevant sources, contacts or approaches that might help them.

    Since the purpose of these reports is to describe ongoing research, authors would not be expected to report on findings from completed work, although initial findings might be described.

    PhD Study reports should be no more than 2000 words in length, including the following sections: Overview, Key words, Main report, Acknowledgements (e.g. funding sources), References, Biography, Contact details.

    PhD study reports will be subject to one round of single-blind peer review, following which a decision of accept/revise/reject will be made.

    Submissions are invited at www.tandfonline.com/RFDJ

    For informal enquiries, contact the Editorial Assistant Kirsty Christer at k.a.christer@shu.ac.uk