Welcome to Research Through Design

3rd – 5th September 2013

The Mighty Bolt ManThe first international biannual Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art UK.

Thank you to all of our conference organiser committee members, reviewers, session chairs, student volunteers, colleagues in the DPPI organisation committee, sponsors, supporters and delegates for making a fantastic few days possible!

You can see photos from the conference on the Image Gallery page and in addition here are some really great blogs and write ups by the DPPI and RTD community.

Vicky Teinaki’s fantastic summary of the RTD conference
Carolina Figueroa’s summary on some of the participants works
Richard Banks’ notes on Rachel Wingfield’s keynote
Richard Banks’ notes on Session 1, Day 1
Jon Rogers’ storify piece

Jayne, Joyce and Abi


The conference aims to explore multi-textural opportunities for presenting and discussing non discipline specific research through design. We are resisting the temptation to adopt a traditional format for both paper submission and presentation in favour of an exhibition of design research accompanied by roundtable presentations and discussions in ‘rooms of interest’.

The exhibition and artefacts will be central to the conference and used as a platform to present or express outcomes of research, demonstrate examples of research enquiries and generate debate about the role of making in design research. The conference theme of Praxis and Poetics represents the different modes and approaches to practice as well as a larger ethos around content related to poetics, beauty and grace.

Submissions are taking the form of an artefact (exhibited at the conference) accompanied by a commentary paper (max 4 pages). We have also created a Poster track due to the high quality and quantity of submissions. We have welcomed submissions of both final and developmental research. All submissions have been double peer reviewed and the exhibition will be curated. All papers and images of the artefacts will be published in ISBN digital conference proceedings.

For general conference enquiries please email: ad.RTDconference@northumbria.ac.uk.

We’re collocated with Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces conference meaning that by registering for one conference you are automatically eligible to attend the other. This offers delegates a unique opportunity to attend DPPI’s traditional talks of design focused research outcomes alongside Research Through Design’s exhibitions and round-table discussions on the practice of design.

We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead in September 2013!