Conf/CfP - 11th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, Toronto, 2-4 Mar 2017

Publish Date: Jul 10, 2016

Deadline: Aug 04, 2016

Event Dates: from Mar 02, 2017 12:00 to Mar 04, 2017 12:00

About the conference

The Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices will be held in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, 2-4 March 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Design Education
Theme 2: Design in Society
Theme 3: Designed Objects
Theme 4: Visual Design
Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

Conferennce submission deadline

We welcome the submission of presentation proposals at any time of the year up until 30 days before the start of the conference. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The next proposal deadline is 4 August 2016.

A collection of journal

The Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection consists of six journals and an annual review. The collection encourages the widest range of submissions and aims to foster the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as Community Members.

Journals in the Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection are indexed by:

- Art Abstracts (EBSCO)
- Art Full Text (EBSCO)
- Art Index (EBSCO)
- Art Source (EBSCO)
- Australian Research Council (ERA)
- Computer Science – Business Information Systems Directory (Cabell’s)
- EBSCO Polytechnic Studies Collection: India
- Genamics Journal Seek
- Scopus
- Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory

Conference and community partners 

- Cumulus: International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
- Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College
- European Academy of Design



Founded in 2007, the International Conference on Design Principles & Practices offers an interdisciplinary forum to explore the meaning and purpose of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the community traverses a broad sweep to construct a trans-disciplinary dialogue, which encompasses a wide array of design paradigms and practices.

The International Conference on Design Principles & Practices is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging artists and scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


The Design Principles & Practices Knowledge Community enables members to publish through two media. First, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the Design Principles & Practices Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and digital formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.


The Design Principles & Practices Knowledge Community offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the community YouTube channel. Monthly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter. Or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Design Principles

So, what is this thing design? What is the design of something? And what does it mean to ‘do’ design?

The word ‘design’ has this fortuitous double meaning, simultaneously describing intrinsic structure and the willful act of making. Design is at once morphology and construction.

Morphology: design is inherent, whether its sources be organic, unconscious, common sense or the carefully premeditated product of the professional work of the designer. Design in this sense is structure, form and function.

Construction: design is also an act, a manifestation of agency, a process of transformation. The narrative of design runs like this: take the available designs in the world, inherent to found objects, architectures, landscapes, processes, human relationships, cultures. Then engage in the act of designing, or rework and revoice these designs. This is never just a business of reproduction and replication. It always involves an injection of the designer’s social interests and cultural experiences—their subjectivity and identity, no less. The residue, as the narrative draws to a momentary close, is the world transformed, no matter in how small a way. But the world is never quite the same again, and the redesigned is returned to the world. Design agency traces of transformation that join the repertoire of available designs—new openings to new design narratives.

Such a view contrasts with older understandings of design in which designers were passive recipients of expert routines. Their apprenticeship into professional practice had led them to learn to reproduce received, sanctioned and authoritative design forms. This may have been appropriate for a world that set store on stability and uniformity.

But today’s world is a place of change and diversity. Designing, in a dynamic, transformative sense, can be enabling, even emancipatory. It is a process of changing the world.

In this spirit, the Design Conference, the Design Journals, the On Design Book Imprint and the Design News Blog move between theoretical reflection on the nature of design and case studies of design practice, and from research-based perspectives to the experience-based perspectives of design insiders.

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