Has it been a hectic year for you too? Phew. And we’re not sure how this autumn will go. But we do know that there has been some very fascinating work produced recently. Great published works, creative and experimental projects, innovative teaching methods, and important designed service initiatives.
We’ve decided we’re going to break some rules and extend our own deadlines. The annual international Design Incubation Communication Design Awards 2021 have extended their nomination and entry period to Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
We hope you will enter your work, or nominate the work of a colleague or graduate student. There’s lots of really great stuff out there, and our friends want to see it! Help us shine the light on these and offer you some recognition.
What is the $20 entry fee for? There are lots of hidden costs when running an all-volunteer organization. Even though most of them are relatively small, they add up to more than you would think. However, if this is the only thing stopping you from entering your work, please don’t let it be. Submit anyway. It’s on us. We are not motivated by profits at Design Incubation, we are motivated by seeing you succeed 🙂
Making Justice Together is a refereed cross-journal special issue edited by Audrey G. Bennett (University of Michigan, USA) that aims to face down injustice and inequity with the dissemination of criticism, history, research, and theory on the use of design resources collaboratively and cross-culturally to yield social justice. We intend the expression making justice together to be read in two ways. First, how can the collaborative processes of designing (making, fabricating, producing, prototyping, speculating, visualizing) integrate concepts of justice (inclusion, equity, diversity, access, freedom, democracy)? Second, how can the social process of justice (in institutions, civic spaces, legal systems, ecosystems, industry) benefit from design knowledge and resources?
Generative Justice in Design
co-edited by Ron Eglash, Ph.D., University of Michigan, USA
Extractive economies, whether capitalist or communist, have similar failures. They extract value from ecological systems in the destruction of nature; from workers in the alienation of labor, and from civic life in the colonization of our social networks. The opposite is a generative economy: one in which value is not extracted, but rather circulated in unalienated form. For all three categories (ecological value, labor value, and social value) generative justice is defined as follows: The universal right to generate unalienated value and directly participate in its benefits; the rights of value generators to create their own conditions of production; and the rights of communities of value generation to nurture self-sustaining paths for its circulation. New opportunities for design in generative justice include agroecology, where forms of organic value circulate from plants to people and back again; commons-based peer production, which ranges from feminist makerspaces to localized currencies; and in platform cooperatives, where worker ownership is creating alternatives for everything from Uber to Facebook. By decolonizing the circular economy, design in generative justice exposes greenwashing and empowers Indigenous, anti-racist and queer theory critiques. How are designers facilitating generative justice, creating new innovations for unalienated value circulation that address grassroots empowerment, egalitarian futures, and ecological collaboration with our nonhuman allies? We seek original papers on this topic to be refereed for free publication in the New Design Ideas
Journal which is indexed in Scopus. Authors should follow the journal’s submission guidelines here and submit papers in APA style to Audrey Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ron Eglash (email@example.com)
Papers may take one of the following formats:
original articles (5000 words)
state-of-the-art reviews (2500 words)
short communications (1500 words)
Marginalized Identities in the Design of Aesthetics for Resistance
co-edited by Neeta Verma, University of Notre Dame, USA
From the Civil Rights era to present-day movements in the West like Me too and Black Lives Matter, it has been proven that organized resistance can make an impact on policy and bring about social change. Whereas historical protests typically have been centralized around leaders–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, Nelson Mandella and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Mahatma Gandhi and the Quit India Movement through satyagraha (true principle and Ahimsa (non-violence)) for India’s Independence from Britain–today’s protests are more centralized around communication technology and media (e.g., #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, etc…). Movements no longer brand the leaders’ identities, instead they brand and operate around the core principles of the movements. What does it mean today to design for resistance particularly in the wake of the “lynching” of George Floyd by Minneapolis police? What are the affordances and constraints of marginalizing human identities and promoting mantras and slogans in the design of aesthetics for resistance? We seek original papers that address these questions and others to be refereed for publication in Image & Text. We invite original articles (5000 words) for peer review. Authors should follow the journal’s submission guidelines here and submit papers using Harvard Reference style to Audrey Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Neeta Verma (email@example.com).
Interconnected Apart: Design Research(ers) in the Periphery, in Isolation
Social distancing has created unprecedented challenges for underrepresented communities and the designers who work with them. The question is: When proximity and collaboration are constrained, what is the impact? This session will bring together designers who conduct research for and with underrepresented communities that are underserved, economically-disadvantaged, or marginalized. We seek papers that speak to the future of design research for and with communities within the periphery of society in terms of equity and access during this current period of social distancing. We also seek panelists who represent minority groups and can speak on related topics. We are particularly interested in design research and designers that “intersect” two or more underrepresented social and political identities and disciplines of design. We seek original papers on this topic to be refereed for publication in the new Wicked Solutions Research Annual of the CAA Committee on Design and Design Incubation. Papers should take the following format:
original articles (2500 words excluding bibliography) as Microsoft Word documents using Chicago Manual of Style, footnotes, and bibliography format for citations. The paper should include 1) Research question / Problem definition, 2) Methodology / Methods of data collection and analysis, 3) Data analysis and findings, 4) Conclusion, and 5) Bibliography. The content of your paper should include a statement of its original contribution to the discipline supported by an appropriate literature review. Please include four to six keywords with your paper.
Thursday, June 4 – Saturday June 6, 2020.
A three-day virtual workshop facilitating academic writing and publishing for designers.
The 2020 Design Incubation Fellowship Workshop will include sessions by Maggie Taft, Founding Director of the Haddon Avenue Writing Institute; Jilly Traganou, PhD, Editor of Design and Culture; Louise Baird-Smith, Commissioning Editor – Design and Photography Bloomsbury Visual Arts; Robin Landa, Distinguished Professor, Kean University; and Andrew Shea, author of Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Design. Aaris Sherin is director of the Design Incubation Fellowship program.
Erin Beckloff Assistant Professor Miami University Ohio
Diana Duque Independent researcher, Writer, Designer MA Design Studies
Xinyi Li Assistant Professor Pratt Institute
Andrea Marks Professor Oregon State University
Sarah Martin Assistant Professor Indiana University
Kimmie Parker Assistant Professor Oakland University
Ali Place Assistant Professor University of Arkansas
Sarah Rutherford Assistant Professor Cleveland State University
Ruth Schmidt Associate Professor Institute of Design Illinois Institute Technology
Johnathon Strube Assistant Professor University of Nebraska Omaha
Augusta Toppins Associate Professor The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Kelly Walters Assistant Professor Parsons School of Design, The New School
Derek Witucki Lecturer University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Day 1 Thursday, June 4, 2020
Introductions + icebreaker
Exercise: What, why and how we write
Presentation: Where writing meets publishing
Lunch on your own
Workshop: Editing and providing feedback
Day 2 Friday June 5, 2020
Live Q&A: Submitting a Book Proposal/Manuscript
Commissioning Editor – Design and Photography Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Group Exercise: Review and Feedback: Working drafts
Lunch and Learn: (optional) Tenure and promotion discussion
Presentation: The writing process, feedback and being a creative maker Andrew Shea
Live Q&A: Submitting a Journal Article
Jilly Traganou, PhD Editors of Design and Culture
Group Exercise: Review and Feedback: Working drafts
Day 3 Saturday, June 6, 2020
Presentation: A Life in Writing: Contracts, Agents and monetary consideration
Author over twenty books
Group Exercise: Timelines and next steps
Lunch on your own
Live Q&A with past DI Fellows
Group Exercise: Creating a plan for peer support
Sharing Session / Wrap Up
Please note: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change