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Abstract deadline: June 1, 2018
Workshop proposal deadline: October 5, 2018

The fourth biennial Research through Design Conference (RTD 2019)
"Method & Critique – Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design"

19-22 March 2019 | Science Center, Delft & Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Participation
We are excited to invite submissions for the fourth biennial Research Through Design (RTD) conference to be held in Delft and Rotterdam, Netherlands between the 19th and 22nd of March 2019. By bringing RTD to the Netherlands, we aim to open up the conference to new audiences and conversations, and to help it grow into an international space for design research. The conference will revolve around the theme ‘Method and Critique’. The aim is to problematize the assumed incompatibility of different RTD genealogies and stances through an exploration of the contemporary material, social, economic and technological shifts in design research and practice that call for both new enabling methodologies and criticality. ‘Rooms of Interest’ and ‘Exhibition’ will remain the heart of the conference, where we will critically explore the frictions and correspondences among different RTD traditions.
The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate on the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of the previous conferences, RTD 2019 will be hosted at two locations, the Science Centre in Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in Rotterdam.
We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from design inquiry. It is anticipated that this will offer a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the author’s presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) and should be central to their submission. Artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference. Previous conference proceedings are publicly available via Figshare (
A vocabulary and a rich set of conceptual resources and perspectives for our growing international community is provided in the chapter ‘Research through Design’ recently published in The Encyclopaedia of Human-Computer Interaction (2nd Ed.) for the Interaction Design Foundation. <>
We strongly encourage participation from a wide range of design disciplines including, but not limited to: product, industrial, interaction, service, fashion, architecture, interior, textile, ceramics, jewellery, film, and those working at the intersection of disciplines such as human-computer interaction (HCI) or in more emergent fields and practices such as growing design.
• Abstract submission: 1 June 2018
• First notification of acceptance: 16 July 2018
• Full papers and workshops submission: 5 October 2018
• Second and final notification of acceptance: 30 November 2018
• Camera ready versions: 15 January 2019

Looking forward to having you in the Netherlands!
The RTD 2019 Team

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