6th Doctoral Design Conference (DDC'19)

IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal 


Proceedings of the DDC’19 – 6th Design Doctoral Conference 

are now available for download!

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22 to 24 May 2019

In 2019 the Doctoral Design Conference (DDC) comes back to IADE, Universidade Europeia for its 6th edition. It will take place on the 22 to 24 May 2019 in IADE’s Campus in Santos, Lisbon.

The conference, promoted by UNIDCOM/IADE - Research Unit in Design and Communication, and organised by the PhD students of the doctoral program in design, invites national and international PhD candidates in the field of design to participate in three days of workshops, research presentations, and keynotes from inspiring designers and researchers.

 TransFormation [transfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n] n

A marked change in form, nature or appearance

The IADE, Universidade Europeia and UNIDCOM Research Unit in Design and Communication are pleased to announce the 6th Doctoral Design Conference, DDC’19.

IADE was founded in 1969, and so celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. This anniversary year gives the opportunity to reflect on the transformations—in design research and education, in the city of Lisbon, and the wider world—that have happened in the last half century, and on the power of design schools such as IADE to transform people and society for the better. Therefore, this edition of the conference intends to provide reflections on the theme of TransFormation.

The world has always been in a state of transformation and change, but our current anthropocene era seems characterised by transformations that are ever increasing in complexity, scale and impact. At the same time, we seem to be stuck in a present that never quite passes, waiting for a future that seems never quite to arrive.

The last few years have seen great global upheavals, related to migration, climate change and political extremism, which are likely to intensify in the coming years. Yet the 2010s have also seen significant developments in progressive social change, and in techno-scientific achievements, particularly in space exploration, energy generation and in healthcare.

Design, too, continually transforms, expanding its sphere of competency beyond its roots in product design and graphic arts to involve itself in the design of services, businesses and governance, and becoming more established as an academic and research practice in its own right.

As a discipline that exists to take ideas and materialise them into new futures, design possesses a great power (and, as the comic book saying goes, a great responsibility) to engage with our changing world, and transform it, for better or worse.

Please join us in Lisbon, a city that has itself undergone intense transformations in the past few years, to explore the transformative potential of design research over three days of workshops and seminars.


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