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Announcement and call for submissions:
Nordic Design Research Conference

NORDES ´09 Engaging Artefacts
www.nordes.org

Oslo, Norway, 30 August -1 September 2009

Design research aims to provide new insights to the ways in which we 
understand – and do – design. The conference invites contributions from 
researchers in universities, design schools and industry who share an 
interest in understanding and developing design as a trans-disciplinary 
practice that is always in the making. The scope of the conference 
reaches beyond the traditional design disciplines and includes other 
research areas with mutual interest in design research and engaging 
artefacts. NORDES ‘09 directs its interest towards the diversity, 
challenges and emerging practices and understandings of design. The 
conference theme reflects a range of issues that characterize design and 
design research today.

Confronted with the increasingly complex problems of our times, design 
should engage in new ways of thinking. Design objects are characterized 
by their form, aesthetics, functionality, materials as well as social, 
political and cultural codings. How do and might designers, and 
educators and researchers of design respond to these different 
perspectives in design? How can designers respond to the life cycle of 
artefacts? How can designers be better at designing artefacts for 
performability and sustainability? How do designers and researchers 
develop ways of researching knowledges, skills, theories, methods, 
intuition and passion in design practices?
In addressing these many issues, the Engaging Artefacts conference 
includes the following themes:
- Consumption: critical perspectives on the increasing number and 
diversity of artefacts and their creative design but also use and abuse 
in global economy
- Production: critical perspectives on the complexity, interrelations 
and consequences of production
- Technology: new forms given by new materials – and new materials 
developed to enable new forms
- Interactivity: performance and system oriented thinking regarding the 
interaction between artefacts, material systems, environments and users
- Politics: the role of artefacts in shaping alternative futures 
especially addressing accessibility, sustainability, poverty and democracy

So as to fully take up the theme Engaging Artefacts, we invite a range 
of contributions:
- Research papers (full paper - maximum 10 pages)
- Exploratory papers (maximum 4 pages)
- Doctoral consortium (maximum 4 pages proposal)
- Design cases (maximum 2 pages proposals)
- Artefacts for exhibition (maximum 2 page proposals)
- Tutorials (maximum 2 page proposals)
- Workshops (maximum 2 page proposals)

Submitted contributions are subject to an anonymous peer-review process. 
Accepted contributions will be published electronically on the 
conference website prior to the conference and in the conference 
proceedings.

Important dates:
1 February 2009: Deadline for all papers (including design cases, 
artefacts, tutorials, workshops)
2 April 2009:  Feedback to authors and organisers with suggestions for 
revision
1 June 2009:  Final paper submissions uploaded to website
30 August  – 1 September 2009: Conference in Oslo

Nordic Design Research Conference is a biannual conference circulated in 
the Nordic countries. The NORDES ´09 conference will be hosted by The 
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO, in collaboration with 
University of Oslo.

General Conference Co-Chairs:
Tone Bratteteig, Dept. of Informatics, U. of Oslo (UiO), Norway
Birger Sevaldson, Inst. of Industrial Design, Oslo School of 
Architecture and design, Norway

Programme Co-chairs:
- papers
Eva Brandt, Danish Centre for Design Research, Danish School of Design, 
Denmark
Tuuli Mattelmäki, University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Finland
Andrew Morrison, InterMedia, U of Oslo / Oslo School of Architecture and 
design (AHO), Norway

Programme Co-chairs:
- exhibition
Ole Smørdal, InterMedia, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway
Maziar Raein, Oslo Art School, Norway

Programme Co-chairs
- design cases
Trond Are Øritsland, Interaction Design. NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Turkka Keinonen, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland

Programme Chair:
- tutorials and workshops
Christina Mörtberg, Dept of Informatics, U of Oslo (UiO), Norway

Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs:
Dag Svanæs, Dept of Computer and Information Science, Norwegian 
University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Ben Matthews, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark
Håkan Edeholt, School of Art, Culture and Communication, Malmö 
University, Sweden

Conference website:
www.nordes.org

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