Lev Manovich, Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University Center, Chicago, USA
Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Opening Reception, Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practice, Berlin, Germany

Our History ...

The Design Principles & Practices Research Network

Conference

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 network 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.

Publishing

The Design Principles & Practices Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network 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.

Community

The Design Principles & Practices Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly 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.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2007 - Imperial College, London, UK
  • 2008 - University of Miami, Miami USA
  • 2009 - Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 2011 - Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 2012 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2013 - Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
  • 2014 - UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2015 - University Center Chicago, Chicago USA
  • 2016 - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Design Principles & Practices has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Banny Banerjee, Stanford Change Labs, Stanford University, Stanford, USA (2012)
  • Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2012)
  • Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan, Italy (2011)
  • Jorge Frascara, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Puebla, Mexico (2014)
  • Luigi Ferrara George, Brown College, Toronto, Canada (2015)
  • Christian Guellerin, L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes, France (2011)
  • Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA (2007)
  • Gesche Joost, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany (2009)
  • Lorraine Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester USA (2014)
  • Yoichiro Kawaguchi, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2013)
  • Manabu Kawada, Yamaha Design Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan (2013)
  • Klaus Krippendorff, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2008)
  • Ezio Manzini, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Itlay (2007)
  • Lev Manovich, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, USA (2012)
  • Victor Margolin, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA (2010)
  • Stefano Marzano, Philips Design, Amsterdam, Holland (2011)
  • Guillermina Noël, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Puebla, Mexico (2014)
  • Sol Sender, VSA Parnters, Chicago, USA (2010)

Past Partners

The Design Principles & Practices Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations ...