International Conference on Design Principles and Practices



Thursday, January 16, 2014, 9:00 to Saturday, January 18, 2014, 17:00


University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Design is our collective intelligence. It shapes the world we live in. We can recognize design in the materiality of our objects, the environments we dwell in, and the visual communication that we share. Design is the common ground of everyday life, and becomes the layer connecting the way we perceive our world, cultures and societies.

The conference will try to address the following questions with an interdisciplinary approach, through keynote speakers, workshops, and parallel sessions:

How does design contribute to the future of our societies?
What tools and approaches can we develop to share creativity and design?
What projects and creative solutions are designers producing for our collective future?
What is the relationship between individual action and collective sharing in design?
What is the relationship between ecological knowledge and cultural adaptation?

The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, held in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Carleton University School of Industrial Design, is now accepting proposals for presentations at our eighth annual conference. Proposals are reviewed in monthly phases, and the final submission deadline is 7 November 2013.

For more information on the conference themes, submission process and deadlines, registration, Graduate Scholar Applications and more, please visit our website: