Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

University Center Chicago
Chicago, USA

12-14 March 2015


Conference Focus

This conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to design today. It 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 which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing Design Principles and Practices through one of the following themes:

Design Education Design in Society
Designed Objects Visual Design
Design Management and Professional Practice Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Design Collectionl may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Conference Details

To learn more about the conference, including speakers, session formats, venue, registration, and the like, stay in The Conference section of the website and use the navigation bar on the left to access desired information.


Chicago & Design

Now in its ninth year, the Design Conference travels to Chicago. Nestled on the edges of Lake Michigan, Chicago's skyline is world-famous. Its buildings – living monuments to some of the world's most influential architects – are complemented by Chicago's renowned public art found in the streets, with works from Chagall, Picasso, Miro, and Calder. The conference, hosted in Chicago's downtown Loop and theater district, is just near Grant Park – home to Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus. Engaged by the historic and cultural spirit of Chicago, we bring to topic design principles and practices – providing a cross-disciplinary forum to explore the meaning and purpose of design.