The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange


University of California, Los Angeles, USA
20-22 January 2012

We are pleased to host the Design Conference this year at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.  Los Angeles is a world center of entertainment, arts, design and media. Its cultural and economic diversity, and landmarks of expansion and development over the last century make Los Angeles an ideal place to discuss the dimensions of design theory and practice.

The Design Conference 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 that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue that encompasses an expansive array of disciplinary perspectives
and practices. The highly inclusive format provides conference delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specializations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

As well as an international line-up of plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed ‘Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal’. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the Design Conference YouTube Playlist. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.  We also invite you to subscribe to our monthly email newsletter, and subscribe to our Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 7 July 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date.? Proposals are reviewed within two
weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the conference website -
We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Los Angeles in 2012.

Yours Sincerely,

Lorenzo Imbesi DottArch PhD
School of Industrial Design
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Design Principles and Practices and Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal

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