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20/20 Design Vision

Date posted: 11/03/2011

Sixth International Design Education Conference
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture & Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
7 - 8 September 2011

Announcement and Call for Abstracts and/or Papers - deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 April 2011

In 2011, the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary and in so doing, marks an important milestone in its reflection on design education from the past, present as well as visions for the future. The conference theme - 20/20 Design Vision, offers participants the opportunity to focus on many interesting and engaging debates that range from an overview of the state of Design Education in the last 20 years to more importantly to offer visions beyond the present.

DEFSA encourages cross- and multidisciplinary or peripheral design education debates presented by academics, researchers and practitioners that incorporate a wide spectrum of research methods and approaches associated with design teaching, learning and research.

Potential conference participants are required to present original research that addresses the conference theme; 20/20 Design Vision, and the conference sub-themes as presented below. Presentations should aim to stimulate new thinking, present insights and/or reflect on different perspectives and viewpoints, communicate innovative conceptual frameworks and propose alternative solutions or new opportunities for design education. Papers can present either a critical analysis of detailed case studies, as lessons learnt, or explore and embrace the panoramic and peripheral aspects that contribute to discussions around the conference theme.

1.    Reflective vision - "Hindsight is always 20/20" Billy Wilder
•    Undergraduate teaching and learning practices
•    Engaging with the design profession/industry
•    Design research projects or focus areas

2.    Three dimensional vision: exploring the multi-dimensional design education landscape
•    Design and identity
•    Design and culture
•    Design and the human body
•    Cross- and multidisciplinary design collaborations
•    Interdisciplinary research and research focus areas

3.    Peripheral vision: Exploring the outer boundaries that inform/overlap with design education
•    National and international collaborations
•    Cross- and/or multidisciplinary collaboration with “the other” disciplines
•    Synergies with peripheral disciplines or activities

4.    Future vision: Future projections and strategies for design education
•    New approaches/perspectives for design education teaching and learning
•    Research methods and methodology for design education research
•    Evolving or emerging design education disciplines
•    New design education paradigms

The conference is a 2-day event with parallel sessions. The conference will comprise plenary sessions and presentations around the conference theme and sub-themes.

Submission of Abstracts and Papers
The conference organising committee will identify an evaluation panel to evaluate the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must reach the evaluation panel by 14 April 2011. Submission date for the full paper is 20 July 2011.

Please go to the DEFSA website for further information: