Valuing Design Research : 26+ perspectives

cropped-universitc3a9_renc3a9_descartes_paris_1.jpg11th International European Academy of Design Conference, April 17-19th 2015

Ensuring people feel valued and communicating design as a value (to life and business) are examples of why I respect and admire the European Academy of Design. Since my first experience as a young doctoral student in 2001, presenting my ‘inaugral’ academic paper at the Universidade de Aveiro, in Portugal it has become a benchmark of best practice, offering inspiration, aspirations and genuinely new insight into contemporary design. I would go as far to say it has shaped (and continues to shape) my values as an active design researcher and the multiplicity of roles I fulfil on a week-to-week basis. The theme for the 11th International conference is the Value of Design Research. It is timely with relevance and resonance for all professional and academics. “Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. The gestalt of the conference is “the whole is more than just the sum of its parts”. Taking this principle to heart, the conference will bring together all stakeholders in design research and design process innovation. University labs, design schools, and R&D departments from industries have been invited.” The Call for Papers is OPEN with details below and further details available at Important Dates: •    Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 30th, 2014 •    Acceptance of Abstracts: July 10, 2014 •    Submission of full paper: October 1st, 2014 •    Reviewer feedback: November 15, 2014 •    Registration open: September 15, 2014 •    Final version of full papers for proceedings: January 15, 2015 •    End of Early Bird registration: February 1, 2015 •    Conference date: April 17-19, 2015

The conference is organized around 4 meta-themes divided into 26 tracks:

Excellence in design research

  1. Methodology for design research
  2. Epistemology of design
  3. Design research and creativity
  4. The future of design research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  5. Design research and design education

Interdisciplinarity in the innovation process

  1. Exploring the partnership between designer and researcher
  2. Design research & innovation in luxury industries
  3. Design research & arts and crafts
  4. Design research in innovation management :emotion, Kansei engineering
  5. Design research in innovation management : CK theory
  6. Human factors as a source of value for innovative design
  7. Design scenarios for innovative product and service strategies
  8. Design research, NPD, innovation management & marketing
  9. Interdisciplinary perspective on art, lifestyle and scalable business

Towards more human value in society

  1. The value of design research for public policy
  2. The value of behavioural change through design research
  3. Research through design for prospective value
  4. Design research in Industry R&D strategy
  5. Design research co-creating value with the consumer
  6. The value of humanities for Design research

The value of design research for organizations

  1. Can design research help measure design value?
  2. Design thinking research and new business model. Design leadership.
  3. Design research for making things differently with more dynamic & inclusive approaches
  4. Enterprise design, Enterprise architecture, Research for user interface design
  5. Design research for sense making, branding evaluation and semiotics
  6. Designing “the whole of design research“: visualizing and measuring excellence.


Abstracts Abstracts should specify the research question, give bibliographical references, mention the research methodology, the findings and describe the objective in terms of value.

Abstracts should be less than 500 words in length. They summarize the paper, and should not provide any identifying information about the author(s).


Some tracks will be best illustrated through a workshop experience so we welcome ideas on workshops during or before the conference.

Full Papers

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Full papers should be between 3000–5000 words in length. We welcome any research approach or type of paper including conceptual, empirical and critical literature reviews. However, we expect high standards of scholarship within the papers in terms of establishing the theoretical context, explaining the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers.

Best papers will be published in a Special issue of Design Journal.


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