Research Through Design 2015

Research Through Design 2015 conference
21st Century Makers and Materialities

25th-27th March 2015, Cambridge UK.


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1st Call for Submissions

We are excited to invite submissions for the second bi-annual Research
Through Design (RTD) conference, to be held in Cambridge, UK, between
the 25th and 27th of March 2015. RTD supports the dissemination of
practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference
format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research accompanied
by round-table discussions in ‘Rooms of Interest’. The exhibition will
be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research
processes and outputs, and for generating debate about the role of the
design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on
the success of inaugural RTD conference held in Newcastle upon Tyne in
2013, the second conference, RTD 2015, is to be hosted at Microsoft
Research¹s new European lab in the centre of Cambridge, which promises
to be an exciting venue for exploring what design practice means in the
early-21st Century.

RTD 2015 aims to foreground the materiality of design research, placing
its artefacts, processes, and practices centre stage. We invite
submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through
design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and
insights emerging from a design inquiry and offering a departure point
for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the authors¹
presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) as
central to their submission; the artefacts will be included in the
curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact
in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference.

Contributions to RTD 2015 may fall under (but are not limited to) the
following themes:

– Ways of Making: Experiences, explorations, procedures and aesthetics;
– Ways of Knowing: Methodologies of practice, intentionality and
critical thinking;
– Ways of Being: Craft practitioners; researcher identity; engagement
and collaboration;
– Process Interrupted: Work in progress; critical reflective practice.

We strongly encourage participation from a wide range of Design
disciplines including but not limited to: Product, Industrial,
Interaction, Service, Textile, Craft, Jewellery, Fashion, Architecture,
Interior, Experience, Film, and those working at the intersection of
disciplines such as Human-Computer Interaction or in more emergent
fields and practices such as Synthetic Biology.

How to submit to RTD 2015

The submission process is made through the OpenConf system (check
website soon for link to submission site) and is split into two stages:

Stage 1:
Authors are invited to submit a 300 word Abstract, accompanied by up to
10 illustrations provided as a single PDF file by the 4th July 2014.
The Abstract should summarise the motivations, intentions and/or
outcomes of a ‘research through design’ project, and describe an
artefact or documentation representative of this project, intended for
inclusion in a curated exhibition at the conference.

We invite the submission of diverse material forms of artefact,
including film, online media, installation, or live performance. However
the artefact ­or a component feature of it ­ must be portable to be
flexibly moved between the exhibition space and Rooms of Interest during
the conference programme. Abstracts should summarise key aspects of a
research through design project, and will be double-blind peer reviewed
by the programme committee.

Stage 2:
Authors of successful Abstract submissions will be invited to submit a
6-page (maximum) written commentary on their work, using the RTD paper
template provided, by 3rd October 2014. Papers should comprehensively
document a research through design project, describing aims, process,
(intended) outcomes and critical reflections. Authors are encouraged to
illustrate this paper, leveraging visual communication in the
presentation of their work.

There are no constraints on the size and dimensions of proposed
artefacts at Stage 1 of submission. However, a central feature of RTD is
that exhibited artefacts are brought into the Rooms of Interest to
support discussion. Therefore, when preparing submissions, authors are
encouraged to consider transportation logistics and costs, alongside
artefact portability and ease of handling at the conference. Venue staff
will receive the artefacts from 27th February 2015. If your artefact
contains latex or any other known allergen, let us know when submitting
and we will
negotiate how best to display it if accepted. Authors will be
responsible for all shipping costs and insurance of artefacts and for
their removal at the end of the conference.

Papers and images of the artefacts will be published in ISBN digital
conference proceedings that will be made available at the conference and
on the conference website after the event. Works of exceptional quality
will be invited to be part of an edited book that will be published
following the conference.

Important Dates

Submission of Abstract: 4th July 2014
Authors Notified: 1st September 2014
Paper Submission Deadline: 3rd October 2014
Authors Notified: 12th December 2014
Final Paper Submission: 9th January, 2015
Artefact Arrival Date: 27th February, 2015
Conference: 25th to 27th March 2015

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