University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, USA
13-15 February 2010

The Design Conference explores the meaning, purpose and future of ‘design’, including design processes and the use of objects produced. The conference is an inclusive forum that welcomes a breadth of perspectives on design from practitioners, teachers and researchers from many professions and academic disciplines. This inclusive approach provides opportunities for conversations that interrogate ossified assumptions and suggest new possibilities informed by a multiplicity of theoretical, pedagogical and practical concerns.

The conference was inaugurated in 2007 at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, UK. It was held at the University of Miami, USA in 2008, and at the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2009. We are pleased to hold this year’s conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

This year’s conference features the following plenary speakers:
* Richard Buchanan, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
* Dennis Doordan, Notre Dame University, South Bend, USA
* Marcia Lausen, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
* Bill Lucas, MAYA Design, Pittsburgh, USA
* Victor Margolin, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
* Kathryn Moore, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham, UK
* Sol Sender (creative development, ‘Obama 08’ campaign logo), VSA Partners and Sender LLC, Chicago, USA
* Bruce M. Tharp, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
* Stephanie Munson Tharp, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
* Patrick Whitney, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA

For more information about these speakers, please visit the conference website:

In addition to plenary presentations, the Design Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters submit their written papers for publication in the refereed ‘Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal’. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available, which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 14 January 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website:

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Chicago in February.