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International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Design Conference 2011

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Welcome to the website of the Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. In 2011, the Design Conference will be held at Sapienza University of Rome in Rome, Italy from 2 to 4 February.

This Conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to design today. It is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The Conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

In professional and disciplinary terms, the Conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a transdisciplinary dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering, technical communication, telecommunications, urban planning and visual design.

Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

Participants are welcome to submit a presentation proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a 90-minute colloquium session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

We encourage all presenters to submit written papers to Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants may also submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All Conference participants who have finalised their registration will receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.

If you would like to know more about this Conference, bookmark the Design Conference site and return for further information – the site is regularly updated. You may also wish to subscribe to the Conference and Journal Newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat.


International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

The Design Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The Inaugural Design Conference was held at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London in 2007. The Second Design Conference was held in conjunction with the University of Miami, USA in 2008. The Third Design Conference was held at Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2009. The Fourth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA in 2010.

The Design Conference is a presenter’s conference, comprised of numerous parallel sessions.
The Conference organising committee is inviting proposals to present 30-minute papers, or
60-minute workshops or 90-minute colloquium sessions. These may be:

  • Academic or research papers, or
  • Presentations describing educational initiatives.

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal

Conference participants may submit papers to the Design Journal, before the Conference and up until one month after the Conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees’ reports.

For those unable to attend the Conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the Journal, as well as the option to submit papers to the Design Journal.

For more information about the Journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.