The Design Research Society's 2014 conference invites you to
engage in discussions and debates on the future directions of
design and design research. We welcome you to join us in Umeå,
Sweden, 16-19 June 2014.
We believe there is a shared discourse in design, one that
includes all areas of design research, and that is of vital
importance for our understanding and development of the foundations
of design. This discourse is something we share and cultivate over
long periods of time, as it tells stories of past, present and
future trajectories of design and its role in society.
With an ever-increasing demand for academic specialization and
increasing numbers of highly specialized conferences, there is a
bigger need than ever for a venue where the design research
community can address significant challenges that cut across
domains and big issues that will influence the way our field, as a
The main purpose of the DRS 2014 conference is to foster and
support a shared design discourse. By focusing on key big issues in
design, we want to create a forum where the questions that have the
potential to change the way we think and do design - its
philosophy, theory, practise, methodology, education, profession
and history - will be discussed and debated.
To create this platform for discussions and debates we want to
open up a wider set of possibilities for engaging and
participating. Thus, the DRS 2014 conference will make use of
multiple publication and presentation formats, including both
established ones such as 'papers' and new ones such as
'conversations', each with its own submission and review process as
set out below.
Now is the time to begin asking yourself: 'What do you think are
the big debates in design?' What would you like this exciting
conversation to be like to really matter to you - and how will you
contribute to make that happen?'
DRS 2014 is hosted by Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University,
Sweden. The conference week will give you an opportunity to
experience the nightless nights and sunny days of the Swedish
Midsummer, and the many cultural events of Umeå, Cultural Capital
of Europe 2014.
Johan Redström, Erik Stolterman and Anna Valtonen (General
Carl DiSalvo and Jamer Hunt (Conversations and Debates
Youn-kyung Lim and Kristina Niedderer (Papers Chairs)
Design Research Society: www.designresearchsociety.org
Umeå Institute of Design: www.uid.umu.se
Umeå 2014: www.umea2014.se
Any queries about the conference should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Design Research Society is a multi-disciplinary learned
society for the design research community worldwide. DRS was
founded in 1966, and since then has established a record of
significant achievements in contributing to design knowledge. You
can visit the DRS website at: www.designresearchsociety.org