Swiss Design Network SDN Conference 2012: “Disruptive Interaction” Call for papers

Meldung vom 09.07.2012 in der Kategorie Veranstaltungen

Friday 9 November 2012, Lugano, Switzerland

Disruptive Interaction
This year’s Swiss Design Network Conference 2012 in Lugano focuses on the dialectical relationship between design and disruptive ideas, practices and innovations.

In particular, we recognize that interaction and interactivity have become core concepts, questioning and reshaping a world of rapid change in society, sciences and technology. In addition, one could argue that design and design processes from all design fields – including fashion design, visual communication, interior design, industrial design, product design, and so forth – share a dominant role in making proposals for future interactions between the built world, human beings and systems. Thereby interaction and interactivity – in the sense of interaction design or in a broader sense as social interaction between actors – currently appear as promising concepts for the discourse of disruption and radical change in economy, culture, politics etc.
What do designers do to fundamentally change accepted rules (or to completely remove them) or to radically change the context and the environment in which theses rules operate?

How do designers re-think and hack the taken-for-granted? How do they create and communicate new perspectives on the use of existing artifacts? How do they invent new ways of participation and how do they visualize the obvious and the unforeseen? How do they disrupt their own ideologies? How do designers react to and interact with disruptive changes and innovations? Further, do designers disrupt or will they be disrupted?
The conference is looking for projects which identify, describe and invent design practices, processes, methods and strategies which provide the potential for sudden and substantial change in value systems. “Disruptive Interaction” aims to investigate and discuss the capability, the responsibility and the agency of design in areas of disruptive change.

Call for papers
We invite designers, researchers and scholars to present their work at the SDN Conference 2012. We are looking for high quality research papers in the field of design and design research to be published in the on-line conference proceedings. Submitted abstracts and papers must contain original research that has not been previously published and is not concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere.
The conference official language is English and all material must be submitted in English.

Submissions and review process
The process for submission is organized in two stages: submission and review of extended abstracts, and final submission and revision of full papers. You need to submit an abstract to be considered for further submission of a paper. Based on the review of the abstracts, a recommendation for submission of either short or full papers will be given. Short papers are 3000 words, full papers are 5000 words in length. The peer review process is organized by Swiss Design Network.

General chairs
Massimo Botta, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana SUPSI
Martin Wiedmer, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW

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