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Fourth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

February 13 2010 | University of Illinois, Chicago

Deadline: June 11 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

We are excited to be holding this year's Conference in Chicago, one of the world's great design cities. Chicago serves as a living history of modern architecture - the home of the world's first skyscrapers and, at various times, of architects Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. More recently and notably in the global design scene, Chicago-based Sol Sender created the the design strategy and concept for the 2008 Obama campaign for the US Presidency. Chicago is also a marvelous city of art and design galleries, and museums, including a recently opened modern art wing to the Chicago Art Institute, designed by Renzo Piano. This dynamic history, and continuing spirit of creativity, makes Chicago an environment well suited to the goals and spirit of the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

The Design 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 that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the Conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a 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 and telecommunications.

This highly inclusive format provides Conference Delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specialisations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, often weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

As well as an international line-up of plenary speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal of Design Principles and Practices. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the Design Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 June 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website -