Call for Papers

Paper Proceedings **The review process is now complete**

DRS2018: Catalyst

Designing is increasingly taking place in shifting territorial, economic, and policy contexts. DRS2018 will explore emergent themes at the intersections of design research, design practice, design education and design policy. We ask what are the ways in which design research can Catalyse progressive change in this emerging world?

DRS2018 takes place in Limerick, Ireland in an exciting four-day conference from 25th to 28th June 2018. As well as DRS2018 Call for Papers, we also seek submissions for the PhD by Design event, Workshop sessions and Conversation sessions. Please see the website for the Call for Conversations, Call for Workshops, and PhD by Design.

We embrace research looking at, and using, design in the widest possible sense with interdisciplinary work and work responding to the conference theme.

The Peer Review Process

We had a big response to the paper call. More than 470 papers were submitted which required 940 individual paper reviews to take place. All papers received at least two reviews. We have accepted 153 papers (32%), asked 65 papers (14%) for revisions, and rejected 253 papers (54%). 

All papers submitted to an Additional Theme or Special Interest Group were managed and looked at by Track Chairs who, following the review process, made recommendations to the Programme Committee about which papers should be accepted. The Programme Committee retained oversight throughout.

Timetable For DRS2018 Papers

6th of March: Final paper deadline
27th of March: Notification of final paper acceptance
17th of April: Author registration deadline (Early Bird registration closes)
25th - 28th of June: Conference dates (25th PhD by Desgn & DRS2018 Workshops)

Submitting the final version of your paper

We have a new DRS template for camera ready papers, so you will need to transfer content from your previously uploaded file to the new template. You can add author details to your paper and identify any previously anonymised material. Please ensure that you meet all paper formatting requirements given in the paper template. This includes figure, table, and reference styles. We believe the reviewers have valid suggestions to improve your paper, so we would appreciate if the final version would address the minor changes suggested by the reviewers. In this case, you should submit details of the revisions you have made, following the review comments, using the template document:

For all fully Accepted Papers:

DRS2018 Accepted Paper Template_ Camera Ready (Fully accepted papers)
DRS2018 Accepted Paper Revision Statement (Fully accepted papers)

Paper revision document for revised papers:


For all Revised Papers:

DRS2018 Revised Paper Template (Revised papers)

DRS2018 Revised Paper_Revision Document (Revised papers)


For all Final Accepted Papers:

You will need to make 3 final uploads: 

1. A Word version of your paper; 

2. A PDF version of your paper; 

3. A brief statement of revision (Word or PDF).  

DRS2018 Themes

Data, Technology and Society

Designing with Data, Democratisation through Data
Design, Technology and Society

Ethics and Values

Ethics, Values and Designer Responsibility
Philosophical tools in Design Research: From empirical turn to practical turn

Multiple Voices

Design, Research and Feminism(s)
Not just from the centre - multiple voices in design
Designing social innovation in cultural diversity and sensitivity

Design for Change

Designing for Transitions
Deepening Systemics and Complexity in Design Research

Tools and Practices in Design

Tools of Design
Physical and Digital Materials in Creative Design Practice
The (Act of) Drawing in Design (Research)

DRS Special Interest Groups

Experiential Knowledge (EKSig)
Objects, Practices, Experiences and Networks (OPEN Sig): Material-Enabled Changes in Design Research and Practice​
Inclusive Design (Inclusive Sig)
Sustainable Design (Sustainability Sig)
Design for Behaviour Change (Behaviour Change Sig)
Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies (TENTSig)

Design Research for Wellbeing, Health and Happiness (SIGWELL)

Design for Subjective Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing by Design

Design Pedagogy (PedSIG)

Design Education for the General Public
Design Education: Catalysing Design Capability

Design Innovation Management (DIMSIG)

How Organisations Employ Design as Vehicle for Change
The Role of Design in Open Innovation

Conference Presentation And Proceedings

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend and present their work at the DRS2018 conference. Individuals will only be given one paper presentation slot for accepted papers. In the case of multiple accepted paper submissions co-authors will need to be registered in order to present.

All accepted papers will be published in the online conference proceedings and be available before the beginning of the conference.

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