Decipher 2018: Design Educators Research Conference by AIGA
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan USA
September 27–29 2018
We are excited to announce Decipher, a hands-on design research conference brought to you by the AIGA Design Educators Community in partnership with the new DARIA Network (Design as Research in the Americas). The event will address crucial themes of defining, doing, disseminating, supporting, and teaching design research.
Defining design research is concerned with the nature of and knowledge produced by design research: what is design research? What is not design research? What are the types of knowledge design research generates? What is the nature of this knowledge?
Doing design research involves exploring the theories, methods, processes and creative outcomes that support design as a form of inquiry, and how we “do” design research.
Disseminating design research includes the ways we share this work, such as writing about projects or ideas for publication, and how we communicate the value of design research to other disciplines.
Supporting design research is concerned with the resources and procedures to sustain financial support for design research projects and initiatives, including writing successful grant proposals.
Teaching design research cultivates an inquisitive mindset in students at k–12, undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, and includes sharing methodologies, theories and processes that engage making as a form of knowledge production and understanding.
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AIGA is a long-term partner of Cumulus.