Call for Proposals: AIGA Conference, Pittsburgh 2020, Bridging Digital and Physical Experience
March 30-April 1, 2020 Pittsburg, USA
Proposals are due December 1, 2019.
For the Spring 2020 AIGA Conference in Pittsburgh (March 30–April 1), the Design Educators Community Steering Committee invites educators, industry professionals, and graduate students to submit proposals to the Design Education Symposium that address the topic of Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences, which is one of the trends defined in AIGA’s Design Futures.
Meredith Davis introduces the trend of *Bridging Digital and Physical
Experiences *by stating:
*People transition across devices, environments, and activities in
continuous communication and service activities. Users expect technology to
provide seamless, unified experiences, even when moving among messages and
services from different sources. New technological platforms amplify
experiences in the physical world but also create gaps among devices and
diversify the interactive behaviors required of users. (to read the full
document go to*
Generally speaking, user experiences are no longer just in the physical
world but in the digital world as well. People book flights, doctor’s
appointments, car services, and hotels (or AirBnBs) online. We order
household goods, groceries, and our morning coffee through apps and receive
them in person. How do emerging technologies (such as augmented, mixed, and
virtual reality systems) impact our experiences? Are there ways for digital
processes to enhance physical experience? What happens when there is a
disconnect between these online and offline environments? Do we think about
design on the continuum between the completely physical and the completely
virtual? How are we preparing our students for these scenarios? What
classroom projects, research projects, and examples do you have to share?
How does traditional design education integrate designing for experiences?
We are accepting proposals (500 words or less) for each of the following:
– Short Paper (10 minutes)
– Long Paper (20 minutes)
– Panel (with multiple presenters around a theme)
– Grad Student Research/Case Study Presentation (5–10 minutes)
– Graduate Research Posters/Visual Essays (upload abstract)
We welcome designers, educators, and graduate students from all areas to
address these questions. Please keep in mind that the audience for the
National Design Conference is a mixture of full and part time educators,
and designers from the professional community. Presentations should be
accessible, relevant and engaging for a broad audience.
Proposals are due December 1st, 2019.
Please click here to submit your proposal.
You will need an AIGA login to use the portal; if you don’t already have AIGA
login credentials, you can create them for free and do not have to be an
AIGA member in order to submit a proposal. A brief abstract (no more than
500 words) should be sufficient to communicate your topic. Questions may be
sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send questions to DEC board member Kareem Collie at: