Design as a Catalyst for Change

DRS2018 Limerick invited design researchers to explore design as a powerful catalyst for change in one or more of the three areas of Design Research, Practice, and Policy.

During DRS2018: Catalyst we will critically engage with our key research questions:

  • How can design research help explore the changing territorial contexts of design practice and/or policy?
  • How can design, as a catalyst, shape the relationship between research and practice?
  • How can design, and social, economic and political change, shape each other?

The aim of the Workshops sessions is to advance existing and emerging areas of design research as a complement to the formats of the main conference program. They allow workshop organisers more freedom, space and time to stage structured interactions and collaborative processes, and to use more unconventional and experimental session formats. Accepted DRS2018 Workshop topics include: sustainability and the circular economy, data physicalization, branding and service strategy, ethics, health, social innovation, co-creative and trans-disciplinary design processes amongst others.

The Workshops chosen represent diverse perspectives, that are experimental in nature and that productively challenge our assumptions of what the topics and forms of design research are, or could be. Workshops will take place primarily on Monday 25th June, on the day prior to the Conference, though some will take place during the days of the conference itself.

Below are the details of each workshop, together with presentation time, a download of the full workshop description, and chair information should you need further details.

Monday 25th

09:00-18:00 WS01: Drawing Water: (a)drift on the Shannon
Location: LSAD Foyer (start), UL Kemmy Business School Atrium (end). Capacity: 15 participants
Facilitator: George Steve Jaramillo, The Glasgow School of Art

09:00-18:00 WS02: Mapping Designers' Ethical Responsibility and Value Discovery
Location: FB003a. Capacity: 15 participants
Facilitators: Colin Gray, Purdue University& Shruthi Sai Chivukula, Purdue University

09:00-12:00 WS03: Victories and Defeats: Current Practices in Design for Wellbeing
Location: SG21. Capacity: 20 participants
Facilitators: Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Liverpool, Ann Petermans, Hasselt University & Anna Pohlmeyer, Delft University of Technology

09:00-13:00 WS04: Co-designing social innovation: A culturally grounded practice
Location: CO067. Capacity: 20 participants
Facilitators: Joyce S R Yee, Northumbria University, Yoko Akama, RMIT University, Rachel Clarke, Northumbria University & Joon Sang Baek, UNIST

09:00-13:00 WS05: Developing a methodology for visualising Human Factors in healthcare
Location: CG042. Capacity: 30 participants
Facilitator: Donal Healion, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

09:00-13:00 WS06: LEAP Dialogues
Location: SG16. Capacity: 30 participants
Facilitator: Andrew Shea, The New School

09:00-13:00 WS07: Valuable Endings: exploring and designing the aftermath of our consumption experience
Location: FB009. Capacity: 15 participants
Facilitators: Flora Astrid Poppelaars, Delft University of Technology & Conny Bakker, TU Delft 

14:00-16:00  WS08: Creative Space as a Catalyst for Organizational Change
Location: SG20. Capacity: 30 participants
Facilitators: Katja Thoring, Delft University of Technology, Alejandro Lecuna, HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences, Avo Schönbohm, Berlin School of Economics and Law & Erik Bohemia, Loughborough Design School London.

14:00-17:00 WS09: The poetics of invention: what if design was humanities in action?
Location: CO067. Capacity: 20 participants
Facilitators: ANNIE GENTES, Telecom Paristech, Ilpo Koskinen, Pierre Levy, Eindhoven University of Technology & Pieter Ernst Vermaas, Deflt University of Technology

14:00-17:30 WS10: Tangible Tools for Understanding Distributed Systems
Location: CG042. Capacity: 20 participants
Facilitators: Bettina Nissen, University of Edinburgh, Larissa Pschetz, University of Edinburgh & Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh

​14:00-17:00 WS11: Design strategies for holistic outcome-driven healthcare service development
Location: SG16. Capacity: 25 participants
Facilitators: Irma Cecilia Landa-Avila, Loughborough University, Carolina Escobar-Tello, Loughborough University, Gyuchan Thomas Jun, Loughborough University& Rebecca Cain, Loughborough University

14:00-17:00 WS12: How can we celebrate risk-taking in co-creative and transdisciplinary design processes for change?
Location: FB009. Capacity: 30 participants
Facilitators: Mathilda Tham, Linnaeus University/ Goldsmiths, University of London, Julia Lockheart, University of Wales Trinity Saint David/Goldsmiths, University of London, Sara Hyltén-Cavallius, Linnaeus University & Anette Lundebye, Regents University London

Tuesday 26th

11:15-12:45 WS13: Co-production Teatime
Location: Kemmy Business School Atrium. Capacity: 10 participants
Facilitator: Laura Gottlieb, Mälardalen University

14:00-18:00 WS14: Bridging Brand Strategy and Service Experience Design via a Relationship Metaphor
Location: FB009. Capacity: 12 participants
Facilitators: Ksenija Kuzmina, Loughborough University London & Virpi Roto, Aalto University


Wednesday 27th 

11:00-16:00 WS15: Considering Physical Variables for Data Physicalization
Location: CO067. Capacity: 20 participants
Facilitators: Trevor Hogan, Cork Institute of Technology & Bettina Nissen, University of Edinburgh

14:00-17:30 WS16: Exploring Alternatives to Food Waste with Never-ending Stories for Circular Economy
Location: FB009. Capacity: 15 participants
Facilitators: Yekta Bakırlıoğlu, University of Limerick & Aykut Coskun, Koc University

Information for Participants

All workshops will take place at the University of Limerick. A detailed programme of the conference is available here though schedules are subject to change.

The DRS2018 conference committee will invite registered conference delegates to pre-register for workshops via email in the coming weeks.

When registering please make sure you note the date and time of the workshop you book and avoid booking any other workshop that runs at the same time. Registration for all workshops is free, but places are limited, and you will need to be a registered DRS2018 delegate to be eligible as a workshop participant. 

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