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Welcome to the Research Through Design (RTD) Conference series website. RTD is a new, experimental conference that supports the dissemination of practice-based design research. RTD welcomes submissions from all areas of design and comprises a curated exhibition of design research artefacts accompanied by round-table discussions in ‘Rooms of Interest’. With this format, RTD aims to present an alternative to the traditional conference presentation of papers in darkened auditoriums, and supports a more discursive, synergistic setting that places the presentation of designed artefacts at the heart of proceedings.
This website is the online home for the conference series, providing information about past and future RTD conferences, and documentation of the previous conference programmes and experiences. The website also provides news about forthcoming events and publications that may be of interest to previous RTD conference attendees and design practitioner-researchers more broadly. The main aim of this site is to support and connect a burgeoning community of those practicing ‘research through design’, creating opportunities for continuing and extending the interesting conversations and provocations that took place at the RTD conference events. We would be interested to hear your comments and ideas about how the site could be developed.

RTD Steering Committee

Sir Christopher Frayling’s Provocation for RTD 2015

We have recently made available the provocation that Christopher Frayling offered up at the RTD 2015 closing session:   

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RTD 2017 @ National Museum of Scotland

We are very excited to announce that RTD 2017 will be hosted at the prestigious National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. This promises to be an exciting venue for exploring new and emerging making disciplines, in a sustainably minded and socially…

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RTD 2013 conference

RTD 2015 conference

RTD 2017 conference

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