08 November 2018


Matters of Communication

HfG Karlsruhe

16 – 18 November 2018



Registration is open until 10 November 2018 for the 15th annual meeting of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF) which this year focuses on the relationship between design and communication.


How is communication designed today and how is design communicated? These are the central questions behind the conference title “Matters of Communication”, which the event will focus on and debate in 20 lectures. The aim is to find out what approaches and methods design research offers in order to better understand the communication of contemporary forms of expression, and what role designed communication plays in research projects. Working on the assumption that anything that is designed communicates with us on a certain level and has an effect, the lectures are divided into four tracks: “Language and Image”, “Space and Position”, “Object and Interaction” and “Society and System”, with some held in English and others in German.


Each track will begin with an introductory speech, followed by three lectures or a workshop. The track “Language and Image” deals, as it says, with the relationship between language and image as well as considering the contexts in which one or the other predominates in communication and the reasons for this. The track “Space and Position” takes a look at how and by what means spaces affect how communication is negotiated, and also considers virtual worlds in the workplace, among other aspects. “Objects and Interaction” in turn “raises the question of how the design, production, and aesthetic experience of material things can generate insights that can subsequently be used for the design of our object world”. The role of design in complex systems is discussed in the concluding track “Society and System”, asking questions such as how such systems are designed in the first place.

In line with its mission to promote young talent, the DGTF is also inviting doctoral students to the 20th “Design Promoviert” colloquium on 18 November 2018, where they can discuss their research topics.


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