16th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices

  • 19-21 Jan 2022
  • University of Newcastle, Australia(Hybrid)


The 16th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices covers topics such as:

  • Design in Society
    • Health and Safety - public welfare in design practice
    • Design in Social Policy - planning and politics
    • Human Systems and Cultural Processes - globalization and the design professions
    • Design as Business - Markets for design and designing for markets
    • Design for Diversity - culture, gender, and sexual orientation
    • Design Without Designers - everyday, amateur, organic and living designs
    • The ends of Design - pragmatic, aesthetic, and emancipatory
    • Design Politics - making technologies, spaces and institutions more responsive to human needs
    • Values, Culture and Knowledge Systems - the role of perspective, subjectivity, and identity
    • The Humanistic and Technological -tensions and synergies
    • Niche Markets - working with diverse clients and users
    • Cross-cultural Encounters - working on diverse and global design teams
  • Design Education
    • Problem Solving - recognition procedures, hypothesis development, reasoning processes, solution testing
    • Design Thinking - cognitive modes and learning styles
    • Innovation and Creativity - meanings in theory and practice
    • Residues - learning from our historical and contemporary design experiences
    • Professional Stances - acquiring the designer`s skills, capacities and attitudes
    • Cases - empirical studies of design practices
    • High and Low Theory - every day and theorizing the empirical
    • Methods of Observation - frames of interpretation and criteria for assessment of design
    • Design Pedagogies - teaching and learning in the design professions
    • Conceiving Design - complexity, heterogeneity and holism
    • Points of Comparison - precedent, analogy and metaphor in the design process
    • Educational Designs -teacher as an instructional designer
  • Visual Design
    • Viewpoint, Perspective, Interest - designer as agent or advocate
    • Media and Mediation - singular and universal visual grammars
    • Forms for Communicating Design - photography, film, animation, graphic design, and typography
    • Negotiating Authenticity and Authority - power of continuity and change
    • Modeling and Representation - graphic, symbolic, logical, and mathematical
    • New Media and Digital Aesthetics - the evolving avant-garde
    • Fine Arts - illustration, photography, film and video
    • Synesthesia or Crossing Representational Modes - language, image, space, and medium
    • Information Systems and Architectures - interface design, digital, software, and social media design
    • Visual Economies - advertising, marketing and logos
    • Copyright, Patents, and Intellectual Property - proprietary and the commons, commercial and in the public domain
    • Public and Professional Understandings - the role of the designer as communicator
  • Designed Objects
    • Design Narratives - stories and sense making in the design process
    • People and Artifacts - exploring uses and usability
    • Embodied and Disembodied - ethnographies of design
    • Cultural Studies - difference, diversity, and multiculturalism in design
    • Function and From - the politics of Industrial design
    • Material and Immaterial - mediating ideas and materials
    • Science and Technology in Design - critical analysis of techno-determinism
    • Sociology of Design - decorative arts, folk movements, and communities of practice
    • Co-designed Process and Objects - designing with users and communities
    • Media Ecologies and Object Orientation - designed artifacts and processes as learning experiences
    • Universal Design and Access - measuring participatory design systems
    • Close to Customers - design as dialogue
  • Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
    • Life Cycles - designing products and services for the longer term
    • Common Spaces - ecological footprints, atmospheres, biospheres, eco-spheres
    • Standards and Regulations - implicit, explicit and social certifications
    • Relations of human and Ecological Value - static or dynamic
    • Nature Designed - parks, wilderness, and elementary ecologies
    • Planning the Urban - cross-disciplinary perspectives on cities of the future
    • On Sustainability and Eco-Design - design in an environmental, economic, social, and cultural setting
    • Understanding Human Impacts - natural resource use and environmental footprints
    • Scenario Planning - designing for alternative futures
    • Interdisciplinary Ecological Practices - working with scientists, social scientists, and economists
    • Documenting Sustainable Design Process - methodologies, heuristics, and routines
    • Making and Breaking Codes - regulation in the design industries
  • Design Management and Professional Practice
    • Common Knowledges - sharing insights, research, theories, and designs in communities of practice
    • Designing Design - from conceptualization to specification
    • Professionalism and its Trajectories - narrowing specialisms and/or multiskilling
    • Multidisciplinary and Cross-Professional - approaches to design
    • Business of Speed - the economics and pragmatics of rapid delivery and design alongside construction
    • Working with Research - design practitioners as researchers or users of research
    • Democratization of Design and Public Accountability - consultation and consensus building
    • Logics of Collaboration - interactivity, responsiveness, and reflexivity in communities of practice
    • Expertise as facilitation - designers who know what they might not know
    • Evolutionary Design - collaborations over time
    • User-Centered or Client-Centered Project Management - the changing role of the designer as advocate
    • Designing Projects - planning, management, and project afterlife

The 16th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices will be held in Newcastle, Australia as well as online on 19-21 Jan 2022.


  • University of Newcastle, University Dr, Callaghan, Newcastle, Australia

More Details

150-550 US Dollar (Estimated)
Early registration date: 19 Jul 2021
No exhibition
Common Ground Research Networks
Abstract submission deadline: 19 Dec 2021

Future Events

  • 16th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices - 19-21 Jan 2022, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia (52685)
  • 17th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices - 2023, (58176)

Past Events

  • Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices 2021 - 03-05 Mar 2021, University of Monterrey, San Pedro, Mexico (58177)


Please, check the official event website for possible changes, before making any traveling arrangements

Event Categories

Arts: Design, Visual arts
Science: Arts studies
Services: Architecture & Interior design
Technology: Imaging & Graphics, Multimedia

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