RS2 - Design in Use

RS Coordinators:

Grzegorz Gawron, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland


Paulina Rojek-Adamek, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow, Poland



General call for papers:

The modern world is an ever more "designed". It is not only about everyday objects, packages or brand newcar. It turns out that the design starts to be present also in the planning of different areas of everyday life ofmodern societies. It is because in the speed of the modern world almost every area of human activity needsre-designing and re-defining, re-forming and adjusting it to the changing human needs.When Charles Eams was asked about the boundaries of design. He answered shrewdly: And what are theboundaries of problems? Because good design is a verb and not only a noun. It is a series of steps whichhelps to define a challenge, look for solutions and render them possible.Contemporary design proves that it does not avoid responsibility for the important challenges of the future(sustainable design, social design, environmental design, universal design), but also looking for innovativeand creative solutions.Speaking about the contemporary design could start by saying that this is one of the most creative sectors.Design directly and indirectly contributes to improving the quality of life. Because philosophy of todaydesign is universal. However, its application should be regional or even local. The best design concepts aretargeted at specific community, specific street, institution or a group of people.We can observe the transfer of design mechanisms for the social area. It is therefore appropriate to takediscussions on the social use of design, especially in the context of post-crisis realities and global processesof social and cultural change . We would like to explore the area associated with the use and perception ofdesign in a broader social context. And try to find the answers for few questions:

• What is the role or roles for design in modern society?

• How design can be use in solving problems connected with social and cultural changes?

• What are the examples of the application of design in processes of social and cultural change?

• What are the boundaries of socially responsible design?

• What role can design play in the process of social intervention?

• What is currently being done in this area and what can be done?

• How to involve society in the process of socially responsible design?


Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transferpapers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours.Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by emailcannot be accepted. The Research Stream coordinator will organize the peer-reviewing of the abstracts;the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended): 15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:

If you have further questions regarding the conference, please visit the conference website. For furtherinformation on the Research Stream, please contact the RS coordinator.