The Design Journal Special Issue: Inclusive Design 2013
Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design Research Fellow Jo-Anne Bichard and Deputy Director Rama Gheerawo are to guest edit a special edition of The Design Journal to focus on inclusive design. Published by Berg, the Design Journal has been rated an 'INT1' in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH).
The Call for Papers asks authors to consider how the twin issues of global ageing demographics and climate change can demand that people are more active in the design process; to limit poor design outputs (and therefore more waste of both energy and materials), as well as develop non artifact based solutions such as service-based designs. This can address the many challenges of physical ageing as well as the myriad of (dis)abilities found in populations.
Inclusive Design with its people-centred practice offers a democratic form of design in which the voices and experiences of people, inspire, interpret and interact with the education, training and experience of designers. Yet what are the barriers to such partnerships? What are the conflicts and where are the convergences?
Papers are invited from a broad range of approaches in the areas of inclusive design theory, methodology and practice. Examples might include, but are not limited to, the following:
Authors are requested to submit electronically, in MS Word, an abstract (1,000 words maximum) to the editorial assistant, Laura Marinello by 7 March 2012. Abstracts should have appropriate subheadings and make clear linkages with the theme of the special issue. Based on these abstracts, selected authors will be invited to submit a full version of a manuscript by the 12 June 2012. All papers will then undergo the standard double-blind review process.
Publication of the issue is expected in Spring 2013. Manuscripts should follow the guidelines for contributors available here.