Thirteenth International European Academy of Design Conference
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10-12 April 2019
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
Running with Scissors: risky design research
Design has a naturally entrepreneurial ethos; it takes risks, sometimes running before it can walk to reach for the extraordinary. This is also evident in design research. Across the full range of design research from new products, services and systems, to futures, to historical investigation to business strategy and beyond, design research can be edgy, unexpected, a little dangerous, with the potential to change the world. This approach is used to help businesses, governments and societies transform and grow, often in new ways.
With confidence, and sometimes humility, design and design researchers mindfully seek to disrupt the status quo in an effort to face the problems of our time, which are increasingly ones of extreme complexity. In doing so, design is itself, evolving while running.
The European Academy of Design (EAD) is a voluntary community of academics and practitioners committed to fostering new and existing relationships, in an effort to increase knowledge of the discipline and deepen understanding of how design contributes to improving the quality of life.
Established in 1995, its core principles are to grow an appreciation of the complexity of design and design research, its human centred nature, and its rich diversity of subject, form and context. It is to be of value and service to local and international communities of practice, within design and across other fields of endeavour, such as health, ecology, science, humanities, and medicine.
EAD is a friendly, inclusive, tolerant, inquisitive challenging and dynamic community. It seeks to:
- support the development and growth of design research in a collegiate manner
- nurture new talent both within design research and across disciplines, acting as a critical friend to help expand the possibilities of self and community
- energise scholars, professionals and friends in a European location every two years
- facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration, innovation and invention
- present world leading research for peer review, challenge and discussion
To date, its geographical journey (in chronological order) has taken the conference to: Salford, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Sheffield, England; Aveiro, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Bremen, Germany; Izmir, Turkey; Aberdeen, Scotland; Porto, Portugal; Gothenburg, Sweden; Paris, France; Rome, Italy.
We continue this chain with the 2019 conference in Dundee, Scotland.