Call for Research through Design Workshops, RTD 2019

We are calling for proposals for one-day research workshops that will immerse participants in particular research-through-design processes and practices. The RTD workshops track aims at instantiating a breadth of research through design practices and demonstrating how these support the generation and sharing of knowledge and insights.

With the narrative of process increasingly gaining recognition as a kind of research artefact in its own right, we want to put into play the opportunity for delegates to come together as co-researchers in mini projects and confer on the shared action of practice–based research methodologies. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on design research as it happens and end the workshops with a research finding of some kind or another, which might give rise to some form of new knowledge or insight.

Previous workshops have used explorations into printmaking, place–making, and aluminium sandcasting, and one was even undertaken without speaking for the entire time. We are encouraging innovative and provocative research activities across the wide spectrum of design research and its associated disciplines, that explore various elements of research through design.

All workshops should follow a predefined method or approach aligned to a research-through-design process. Ideally, each workshop should aim to deliver three types of results. First, the workshop should lead to one or more design research outcomes. Second, the process performed during the workshop should be well documented (through various means). Third, the knowledge generated during the workshop should be articulated at the end of the workshop. The results of all the workshops will be presented at the conference that immediately follows.

Workshop proposals should include details of required technical resources in terms of space, materials and equipment, including that which will be provided by the workshop facilitators, as well as that which participants are required to bring. Workshops would normally have 8 to 12 participants. Rooms and spaces will be arranged in direct communication with workshop leaders. Please note that workshop results need to be quickly collated for exhibition at the conference the next day.

The (extended!) deadline for workshop submissions was Friday, 19 October, midnight (HST). Questions can be sent directly to Ian Lambert and Tomasz Jaskiewicz at RTD2019-workshops@researchthroughdesign.org .


Interrogating the Unspoken (2015). Tom Sowden (Bath Spa University), Matthew Partington and Dawn Mason (UWE).