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Design Conference 2008

Welcome to the website of the Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

This conference 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.

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

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 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 The Design Collection, 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.



The 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 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.

    The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices

    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.



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Who Should Attend

  • Academics in the design and applied sciences, professions, social sciences and humanities.
  • Research students.
  • Design practitioners.
  • Industry-based designers, professionals and managers.
  • Public administrators.
  • Trainers and industry consultants.

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