Tenth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

25-27 February 2016


Call for Papers

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will be held 25-27 February 2016 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio in Rio, Brazil.

Conference Themes

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
2016 Special Theme: Design Transforming Society

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.

2016 Special Focus: Design Transforming Society

The ability of design to promote transformations in society is an issue that deserves investigation. When shaping objects, systems, and services, and while dealing with technologies and materials, design is affecting the way people live, our human relationships, and the landscape. These transformations can be acutely subtle and their effectiveness can depend on continuity of an action, which is perceived only on a long-term basis. In this context, the ultimate goal of design seems to follow innovation in our material and immaterial realm, thus becoming a catalyst capable of making a difference in society and eventually the life of human beings.

The 2016 Design Principles and Practices Conference invites you to share your experiences, ideas, and proposals on the role of design in the shaping of societies and cultures. How can we design artifacts, activities, systems, interactions, and environments that affect the way societies take shape?  How in past years did this happen, and how can we plan for the future? 

In exploring how design can become a vehicle to change society, the conference seeks for interdisciplinary contributions on Design Education, Designed Objects, Interaction and Technologies, Communication, Design Management and Professional Practice, and Architecture and Environmental Design.

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.