Sixteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices
University of Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia
19-21 January 2022

Themes and Special Focus

The Sixteenth 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. We 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. Our aim is to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Back to Life: Seeking Vision and Purpose in Principles and Practice
  • 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

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience. with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes.

1 Present to a Global Audience

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our network members. Add your voice, in-person blended or online-only, by submitting a proposal today.

You do not need to commit either to an in-person blended or online-only presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

View our Step-by-Step Guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Robust Online Experience

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.

And now we propose another kind of intervention -- a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.

With this step-by-step guide, we walk you through the new phases pre/during/post-conference to ensure you have a productive blended conference.

3 Publishing Opportunities

We are working to change the way in which knowledge is produced, validated, and shared within member-based Research Networks.

The Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection and Book Imprint offer pathways to transform your presentation into formal research objects. We also support a number of affordable Open Access pathways to allow maximum flexibility to support principles of open research, in a sustainable manner.

Find out more about the Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection and Book Imprint.

Join as an Audience Member

Audience Passes are for those who want to benefit from the content, connect with presenters, and join the discussion -- in-person blended and online only. You'll gain access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, and curated thematic content -- either live or from any place and in your own time. And you'll be able to participate in innovative blended formats -- Talking Circles, Garden Conversations -- using the best of in-person and online capacities, and on a human scale.

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

You do not need to commit to either an In-Person Blended or Online Only presentation format at the time of submission. You can present both ways if you register In-Person Blended or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 19 March 2021
Early Proposal Deadline 19 June 2021
Regular Proposal Deadline 19 October 2021
Late Proposal Deadline 19 December 2021

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 19 April 2021
Early Registration Deadline 19 July 2021
Regular Registration Deadline 19 December 2021
Late Registration Deadline 19 January 2022

Submit Your Proposal

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