Present and future trends in design research

Preparing for hosting Design Research Society's 2014 conference in Umeå, UID is gathering a group of experts from different areas of design research to develop the conference theme and format. As a start for this collaborative process, we will have an open symposium September 12th where we will present and discuss perspectives on present and future trends in design research.


13.00 Introduction

13.15 Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

14.00 Youn-kyung Lim (KAIST, Republic of Korea)

14.45 Break

15.00 Jamer Hunt (Parsons, USA)

15.45-16.30 Panel discussion, w. Kristina Niedderer (University of Wolverhampton, UK)


CarlCarl DiSalvo is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research draws together the humanities, science and technology studies, and interaction design to increase public engagement with technology and analyze the social and political uses of digital media. He is the author of Adversarial Design (MIT Press, 2012) and he regularly publishes articles in the fields of design studies and human-computer interaction design. He also designs and produces experimental media and public events, which have been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media), Warhol Museum, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, and the Walker Art Center.


JamerJamer Hunt collaboratively designs open and flexible programs that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He is the Director of the experimental graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons the New School for Design. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design, and he is co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia, now the largest city-based design festival in the US. He is a Fast Company Expert Design Blogger and Huffington Post Education Blogger, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for Design, the Editorial Board of the journal Design and Culture, the Board of Directors of the Victor Papanek Foundation, and on the Icograda Design Education Manifesto Steering Committee. With MoMA and SEED Magazine he collaborated on and co-hosted MIND08: The Design and Elastic Mind Symposium as well as the project Headspace: On Scent as Design in 2010. He has consulted or worked at Smart Design, frogdesign, WRT, Seventh Generation, and Virtual Beauty. His written work engages with the poetics and politics of the built environment and has been published in various books, journals, and magazines, including I.D. magazine, which published his Manifesto for Postindustrial Design.


LimYoun-kyung Lim is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Design at KAIST in South Korea. She has been participating in service activities for the CHI community and the design community as a program committee member and as an organizing committee member for international conferences. She is also a receiver of Microsoft Research New Faculty Award in 2009. Her current research focus has been in the areas of experience-centered design and aesthetics of interaction, as well as prototyping in interaction design especially for creative interaction design.


KristinaKristina Niedderer, Ph.D. MA (RCA), is Reader in Design and Applied Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She leads the 'Material and Theoretical Practice' research cluster and Contextual Studies for the MA Design and Applied Arts. Originally apprenticed as a goldsmith and silversmith in Germany, she then trained as a designer and design researcher in the UK, with an MA (RCA) and a Ph.D. in Design. Her research focuses on new directions for craft and on mindful design.


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