Call: Design Principles & Practices

Design Principles & Practices

Submitting Conference Proposal for Review

2015 Conference
Chicago, USA

Submission Deadline:
8 January 2015

Components of Online Proposal Form:

  1. Presentation Type: Paper, poster, workshop, or colloquia (see Proposal Types).
  2. Short Description: A short summary of the main idea of your proposal. This will appear in the Conference Program and will provide the information other delegates use to choose your session to attend. Absolute limit of 30 words.
  3. Longer Description: A concise description of the purpose, methods, and implications of your scholarly work. This will be used to evaluate and place your work in the appropriate session. Include all required components as outlined in theProposal Guidelines. If your paper is subsequently published as an article in the journal, this will serve as the Abstract (may be revised prior to publication). Recommended length 150-200 words.
  4. Keyword Set: Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so please choose words that clearly describe the main idea of your work. Sample keywords are provided in the Themes section. List only 2-3 keywords.
  5. Knowledge Focus: Choose if your work has a Practice, Research, or Theory focus. Note the required components of the proposal for each Focus area as outlined in the Proposal Guidelines.
  6. Theme Selection: Select theme that best categorizes your work. Theme selections will be used to begin the process of organizing presentations into sessions. See Themes for a detailed description. Proposals related to topics other than these themes may also be considered. Theme selection will also determine the journal into which we publish your article, should you choose to submit and article for review and possible publication in one of the journals in the journal collection.
  7. Biographical Information: Organization or institution, position or title within the organization/institution, short statement of interests.
  8. LanguageProposals and presentations must be in English. For information about conference and publishing proposals in Spanish, visit our Spanish language community pages.
If you have trouble with the online process, download the proposal form and follow the directions; or contact us for assistance.
Multiple Proposals: You may submit multiple proposals for a conference. However, in the interest of fairness and as a function of the scheduling process, each presented paper must have a separate registered author. For instance, in the case of three registered presenters of a single paper, each may co-author up to three presented papers, but there must be three registered participants—with at least one person available to present each of the three papers. In other words, there must be at least one in-person registration per paper presented at the conference.
Design Principles & Practices
A knowledge community, international conference, scholarly journal, and book series.
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Theme 1: Design Education

On learning to become a designer. Articles publish into The International Journal of Design Education.
  • Design thinking: cognitive modes and learning styles
  • Design approaches, strategies, methodologies and tactics
  • Problem solving: recognition procedures, hypothesis development, reasoning processes, solution testing
  • The meaning of innovation and creativity, in theory and practice
  • Residues: learning from our historical and contemporary design experiences
  • Cases: empirical studies of design practices
  • Professional stances: acquiring the designer's skills, capacities and attitudes
  • Methods of observation, frames of interpretation and criteria for assessment of design
  • Grounding theory in the everyday and theorizing the empirical
  • Conceiving design: complexity, heterogeneity and holism
  • Design pedagogies: teaching and learning in the design professions
  • Science and technological system in design
  • Educational designs: teacher as instructional designer
  • Designed artifacts and processes as learning experiences
  • Design narratives: stories and sense making in the design process
  • Points of comparison: precedent, analogy and metaphor in the design process
  • Critical analysis in design evaluation
  • History of design
  • Instructional design
Keywords: Design, Learning, Problem Solving, Innovation, Pedagogy, Science, Technology, Instructional Design, Critical Analysis, Design History, Instructional Design

Theme 2: Design in Society

On the social sources of design, and the social effects of design. Articles publish into The International Journal of Design in Society.
  • Design in social policy, planning and politics.
  • Health, safety and public welfare in design practice
  • Design as business
  • Markets for design and designing for markets
  • Design as a factor of production, an economic force: valuing 'intangibles'
  • The design of human systems and cultural processes
  • Design without designers: everyday, amateur, organic and living designs
  • Ergonomic design
  • Design for diversity: culture, gender, sexual orientation and disability
  • Globalization and the design professions
  • Design politics: making technologies, spaces and institutions more responsive to human needs
  • The ends of design: pragmatic, aesthetic, and emancipatory
  • The humanistic and the technological: tensions and synergies
  • Values, culture and knowledge systems in design: the role of perspective, subjectivity, and identity
  • Ethnography of design
  • Universal design and access
  • Psychology of design
  • Sociology of design
  • Cultural studies: difference, diversity, and multiculturalism in design
  • Cross-cultural encounters: working on diverse and global design teams
  • Niche markets: working with diverse clients and users
Keywords: Design, Social Policy, Planning, Politics, Health, Safety, Public Welfare, Business, Markets, Human Systems, Cultural Processes, Diversity, Niche Markets, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Culture, Multiculturalism, Globalism, Disabilities, Universal Design, Values, Identities

Theme 3: Designed Objects

On the nature and form of the objects of design. Articles publish into The International Journal of Designed Objects.
  • Product design
  • Industrial design
  • Ergonomics
  • Ceramics
  • Decorative arts
  • Engineering and design
  • Fashion
  • Interior design
  • Jewelry
  • Textiles
  • Retail design
Keywords:  Product Design, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Ceramics, Decorative Arts, Engineering, Fashion, Interior Design, Jewelry, Textiles, Retail Design

Theme 4: Visual Design

On representation and communication using the medium of the image. Articles publish into The International Journal of Visual Design.
  • Communications design
  • Visual arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Film and video
  • Graphic design
  • Typography
  • Technical communications
  • Telecommunications design
  • Interface design
  • Digital, internet and multimedia design
  • Animation
  • Communications designs and knowledge media
  • Digital, software and social media design
  • Virtual product development
  • Designing information systems and architectures
  • Copyright, patents and other intellectual property: proprietary and in the commons, commercial and in the public domain
  • Synesthesia or crossing representational modes: language, image, space and medium
  • Modeling and representation: graphic, symbolic, logical and mathematical
  • Computer simulations and computational tools: conceiving new objects and spaces
Keywords: Design, Visual Design, Digital Design, Internet, Multimedia, Virtual Products, Information Architectures, Intellectual Property, Multimodal Design, Modeling, Simulations

Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice

On the organization of design, design work and design as a professional practice. Articles publish into The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice.
  • People and artifacts: exploring uses and usability
  • Designing design: from conceptualization to specification
  • Multidisciplinary and cross-professional approaches to design
  • Professionalism and its trajectories: narrowing specialisms or multiskilling?
  • Evaluation, judgment and decision-making in complex contexts
  • Working with research and researchers: design practitioners as researchers or users of research
  • The business of speed: the economics and pragmatics of rapid delivery and design alongside construction
  • The logics of collaboration: interactivity, responsiveness, and reflexivity in communities of practice
  • Co-design: designing with users
  • Public and professional understandings of the role of the designer
  • The democratization of design and public accountability: consultation and consensus building
  • Evolutionary design: collaborations over time
  • Expertise as facilitation: designers who know what they might not know
  • Participatory design systems
  • Project management methodologies and processes
  • Design 'projects': planning, management and project afterlife
  • User-centered design and the changing role of the designer
  • Close to customers: design as dialogue
  • Client-centered project management
  • Common knowledge: sharing insights, research, theories and designs in communities of practice
  • Design evaluation: working out what works
  • Scenario planning: designing for alternative futures
  • Making and breaking codes: regulation in the design industries
  • Legal aspects of design: risk management, documentation, compliance, regulation and contractual relations
  • Professional communities; issues of (self-)governance and (de)regulation
  • Professional ethics
  • Documenting the design process: methodologies, heuristics and routines
  • Product and service typologies, schemas, ontologies and thesauri
  • Design knowledge management
Keywords: Design, Design Management, Design Professions, Users, Usability, Clients, Specification, Professionalism, Judgment, Decision Making, Collaborations, Consultation, Participatory Design, User-Centered Design, Project Management, Scenario Planning, Regulation, Compliance, Design Communities, Professional Ethics, Documentation, Knowledge Management

Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

On building design, landscape design and sustainable design practices. Articles publish into The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design.
  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Landscape architecture
  • Event design
  • Interaction design
  • Lighting design
  • Theater and set design
  • Sustainability: design in an environmental, economic, social and cultural setting
  • Eco design: environmental and green design
  • Environmental standards and regulations
  • Environmental certifications
  • Energy use and environmental footprints
  • Water and natural resource use
  • Life cycles: designing products and services for the longer term
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability built in: working with scientists, social scientists, and economists
  • Metropolis: cross-disciplinary perspectives on cities of the future
  • Nature designed: parks and wilderness access
  • Rural designs
Keywords: Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Event Design, Interaction Design, Sustainability, Ecodesign, Environmental Standards, Energy, Water, Natural Resources, Durability, Recycling, Urban Environments, Natural Environments, Parks, Wilderness Areas, Rural Areas.

Presentations at the conference, as well as the journals and books created in this knowledge community, are grouped around the themes listed here. Submissions are welcomed that cross more than one thematic area. Keywords are only indicative - please add your own keywords as you think necessary. The range of ideas listed in each thematic grouping and associated keywords is continually reviewed and revised by the participants in this knowledge community. Please suggest additions and changes.
                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Built Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture
                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .
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