• Isabel Prochner posted an article
    We received 30 DRS Student Research Bursary applications this year—a record number! see more

    DRS Student Research Bursary Winners 2019

    We received 30 DRS Student Research Bursary applications this year—a record number! These bursary awards provide funds to carry out a research project. This includes data collection, equipment purchase and prototyping, but not normally conference travel or fees. Two DRS Council members reviewed each submission based on quality, value for money and impact. Bursary coordinator Robin Roy conducted a final review of high-scoring applications. This resulted in five full awards of 500 GBP and four awards of 250 GBP. Offering full and smaller awards enabled us to issue nine bursaries, instead of the seven we budgeted for.

    The bursary winners were Pushpi BagchiBritta BoyerTung DaoMaría José IzzoAlessandra PeppiViola PetrellaValentina Marques da Rosa Virginie Tessier and Florencia Varas. The winners are based in Chile, Brazil, Canada and the UK. Their research topics are broad and include a comparative project on transnational education in the UK and Shri Lanka (Bagchi); collaboration with UK-based companies to increase product life (Dao); hospital design to reduce distress for children undergoing cancer treatment (Marques da Rosa); and assessment guidelines for student designers learning to work collaboratively (Tessier).



    Robin Roy, DRS Student Research Bursary Coordinator

  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    Darren will consolidate and develop the historic and ongoing publishing activities of the DRS see more

    Introducing Darren Umney, DRS Publications and Archive Editor

    The DRS is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Umney as Publications and Archive Editor. Darren will take responsibility for consolidating and developing the historic and ongoing publishing activities of the DRS with a particular focus on academic papers, reports and conference proceedings.

    Darren will join the DRS support team that includes Online Editor Isabel Prochner and Administrator Linda Anderson. The support team works with the DRS Council and manages the day-to-day operations of the Society.  

    Darren began his career as an artist and has experience in film making, performance art, exhibition curation and online newspaper publishing. In addition to his role with the DRS, he works as Associate and Managing Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He received his PhD from the Open University (UK) in 2016. His thesis explored the implications of studying parliamentary debate, and positioned the parliamentary process as a design process.

    Darren received a DRS 50th Anniversary Student Bursary, which he used to uncover the archaeological history of the Society. He also conducted an online performance—tweeting retrospectively about early DRS conferences. This work contributes to the growing DRS archive and was presented at DRS2016 in Brighton.

    As Publications and Archive Editor, Darren is looking forward to consolidating his historical exploration of the Society. He also has an important role sharing past, present and future DRS work with members.

  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    Open-access digital library for all DRS publications and archive material see more

    New DRS Digital Library in the Works

    The DRS recently subscribed to the Bepress Digital Commons platform, run by Elsevier Science, to create an open-access digital library for all DRS publications and archive material. Digital Commons is used by many leading universities, societies and organisations around the world to manage institutional research publication needs (see full list). We will use this new platform to publish papers from new and existing conference proceedings as well as for historical material associated with the Society.

    The Digital Commons platform will make DRS publications much easier to access, cite, and explore, taking advantage of a broad range of referencing and citation analytics that Elsevier has to offer. Many DRS publications are currently available here, but the webpage is somewhat limited and difficult to search for individual papers. The new platform also provides an opportunity to expand DRS publishing activities.​​

    We are currently customising the platform with a planned launch in several months. 

    Stay tuned for updates, sneak peaks and the official launch!

    If you would like to know more, please contact the publications and archives editor Darren Umney at:

  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    Teaching resources from PedSIG and The Open University Design Group see more

    Distance Design Education Resources

    The DRS Special Interest Group in Design Pedagogy (PedSIG) has stepped up in a big way to support distance design education. Many design schools around the world are going online to slow the spread of COVID-19. This transition to distance education is a particular challenge for design educators, since design curriculum often relies heavily on hands-on work and studio access.

    PedSIG has collaborated with The Open University Design Group (UK) to develop and share teaching resources. This includes a new distance design education website. The site features blog posts about staying connected and collaborating at a distance, and a resource list for screen sharing, communication and assessment programs. New posts are being added daily so check back regularly.

    PedSIG is also co-hosting a Q&A session for moving design classes online. Distance and online design education experts including Derek Jones, Nicole Lotz, Georgy Holden and Peter Lloyd will participate in a discussion and answer questions. The session will take place on 18th March at 4pm GMT on Zoom ( Any design educator is welcome to join the call.

    Best wishes from the DRS—stay healthy and safe in this difficult time!

  • Peter Lloyd posted an article
    The Design Museum is now open in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington. - See more see more

            The Design Museum is now open in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington.
  • Derek Jones posted an article
    Design society, China opens: design museum, cultural design platform and international ambitions see more

    Design Society had its grand opening this month (December 2017) and aims to create a cultural platform to enable China to become a global design leader.

    Housed in Fumihiko Maki's Sea World Arts and Culture Centre, Design Society has an ambitious public programme of exhibition, education and collaboration. It firmly positions design knowledge within its socio-cultural context and positions itself as service for society generally.

    Design Society is currently hosting a joint gallery with the V&A, UK, titled Values of Design and was listed as part of a broader strengthening of UK / China creative partnerships.

    The Values of Design exhibition will run throughout 2018 - more details can be found here.

    Design Society website:


  • Peter Lloyd posted an article
    About the DRS's Participation in the World Design Summit see more

    The DRS at the World Design Summit: Report



    The Design Research Society was invited to participate, along with many other International Design Societies and Organisations, in the World Design Summit which took place in Montreal on the 23rd and 24th October 2017. The purpose of the Summit was the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement to identify the unique role, capacities and value of design and design-related disciplines in the current global context. The declaration outlined how design impacts and can better address aspects of economy, culture, environment, and society and serves to galvanize the resources and skills of the international design, planning, architecture and landscape architecture communities in articulating a bold vision of a design-driven future.


    Delegates at the World Design Summit in Montreal


    The Design Research Society came relatively late to the process, in August this year, but the declaration has been many years in development. In 2015 seven international organizations representing industrial design, interior design, interaction design, graphic and communication design, landscape architecture and housing and planning jointly declared design’s critical role in shaping the world that meets global development goals fostering sustainability, equality, diversity and long term economic viability. Conceptual convergence has come about by focusing on that which is common between the disciplines and the shared desire to strategically leverage the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs.


    The draft declaration was considered by the DRS Council prior to the summit and, though there was some criticism that the role of design researchers and Universities wasn’t prominent enough, it was thought this was an initiative that aligned well with the aims and objectives of the Society. The summit itself was conducted as a UN style negotiation, with each society/organisation having up to two delegates. Professor Peter Lloyd represented the DRS as Vice Chair and head delegate, with Professor Tiiu Poldma as supporting delegate (though also head delegate for IASDR). Societies who had indicated that they would be prepared to sign the declaration were given the chance to speak in various sessions to comment on various aspects of the draft delegation. On behalf of the DRS it was suggested that design research (and research in general) as well as forward thinking design education, should be a key component of any future involving design solutions at the global scale.


    DRS Vice Chair, Peter Lloyd signs the Montreal Design Declaration on behalf of the DRS


    Following two days of commenting on the declaration - comments that will be taken account of in the next stage of implementation - the summit ended with a signing ceremony where 25 international design organisations along with several International Non-Governmental Organisations, amongst them UNESCO and other UN Global Compacts, signed up to what is now known as the Montreal Design Declaration. 


    It will be interesting to see what follow’s from a declaration of such ambition and scope, but several of the possible projects listed as examples could be taken on by the DRS - see the text of the declaration below for project outlines. Aside from the declaration many good connections were made with the leaders of other Organisations and Societies, so future partnership working and collaboration will be a possibility. Many at the Summit were aware of the DRS, and very positive about its participation at the event. For those that were unaware, the Design Research Society will now be on their horizon. The DRS’s contribution to the Summit, and participation going forward, will mean an increased level of influence on the world design stage.


    For Further Details

    Please contact the DRS Administrator: 


    For Reference

    Read the Montreal Design Declaration

    Website for the World Design Summit

    The United Nations Sustainable Development goals 

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    Bloomsbury announces digital Design Library see more

    From the Bloomsbury Press release:


    Bloomsbury Digital Resources launches new Bloomsbury Design Library platform!

    We’re delighted to introduce Bloomsbury Design Library. This comprehensive online resource offers unrivalled scholarly coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day.

    It combines carefully curated text and fully searchable image content of the highest quality with an intuitive taxonomy for research and discovery. It is the ideal choice to enhance research, teaching and learning in the fields of visual arts, design and craft studies.

    About Bloomsbury Design Library

    This unparalleled resource offers a new way to access and explore comprehensive, peer-reviewed reference works such as World History of Design by eminent design historian, Victor Margolin; and Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, which features more than 1,700 authoritative articles by leading international scholars. 

    These authoritative reference works are complemented by cutting-edge academic research and a wealth of images in over 60 eBooks with broad coverage of topics across design and craft studies, by leading scholars including Glenn Adamson, Tony Fry, John Heskett, Penny Sparke, Judith Attfield and Nigel Cross.

    When users need to get the lowdown on key figures in design, they can turn to the site’s handy designer pages for the essential details and links to further reading on influential designers from William Morris to Charles and Ray Eames.

    An exciting feature that users won’t want to miss is the interactive timeline. This richly illustrated tool offers an overview of global design and crafts history from 1500 BCE to contemporary times, accompanied by contextual information and click-through links to related content. It’s perfect for helping users to understand the history of design in its social, political and economic context.

    The combination of these authoritative, practical resources will empower researchers, academics and students to discover more about important designers, schools, places, disciplines and periods, with numerous paths to navigate the site seamlessly.

    Coming soon to Bloomsbury Design Library:

    • Online exclusive articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design
    • Image collections and exhibition archives from museum partnerships – including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York
    • A museum directory comprising key design and decorative arts museums worldwide

    Praise for the major reference works in Bloomsbury Design Library

    World History of Design

    Victor Margolin

    “World History of Design encapsulates a vast body of knowledge within a singular vision ... [and is] more than an essential reference source.” – Journal of Design History

    Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design

    Clive Edwards (Editor)

    “From traditional crafts to digital gaming, the collection offers a rich and solid content embracing the complexity and diversity of the field of design.” – ICON Magazine

    Interested in finding out more?

    Bloomsbury Design Library is available now for 30-day free trials, and can be purchased on a subscription basis. If you would like to know more or have any questions about the product please contact

    Company information

    Bloomsbury Digital Resources division is focused on providing essential and cutting edge scholarly content across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Visual Arts in a dynamic online format.

    Whether it be primary documents, critical texts, historical archives or the latest in video and audio resources, we are committed to enhancing research, teaching, and learning with innovative digital products.

  • Erik Bohemia posted an article
    5 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 

    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