IASDR 2021 Workshops are a great opportunity for building connections and crossovers between disciplines, communities, education, research and practice to probe key issues, topics and prospects in the eclectic field of design. Within the conference’s eight outlined themes, we solicit proposals to reflect on critical positions in design, revisit historical trajectories of design, reimagine design impacts, and help shape the ‘new normal’ in and beyond pandemic times.

Foremost, you are encouraged to approach IASDR Workshops as a SAFE PLACE to question ANY of the outlined themes. Express your confusions and concerns, and further explore alternative, emerging, yet-to-articulate modes. To provoke the debate, we would like to start with asking what are modes of design for and why we need them in the first place? Can we ‘unmode’ design research? Can we reinvent design research as ‘mode-less’?   

Important Dates

Preparing and Submitting Your Workshop Proposals

The call for proposals will require submissions in a max 2500 words short paper, which include (i) background of the topic, (ii) thematic link, (iii) aim of the workshop, (iv) methods employed, (v) expected outcome, and (vi) prior experience of each workshop organizer with short bio. Please also include a brief workshop schedule and expected participant profile. The duration of your engagement programme is expected to be either half a day (3 hours) or one full day (6 hours). 

For workshop proposal submission, please simply download and use the IASDR Short Paper template here and disregard the specifics for short paper submissions in the template. 

Submit your proposal here

After holding the workshops, we require each workshop organiser(s) to provide a report of the workshop result, accompanied by visual material. The report will be published on the IASDR website, as an open-access record in the public domain.

Selection Process and Criteria

Workshop proposals of IASDR 2021 will not be part of conference proceedings, but they will be made available on conference website before the conference starts. The review and selection process will be administered by workshop chairs and invited experts. We especially encourage the proposals with the following features:

  1. Your proposal shall question established modes and ways of designing. Also, we encourage new ways of designing and evaluating existing design modes. Who is evaluating, and who else should be involved? What is currently being evaluated, and what else should be included?
  2. Your proposal includes interactive, experimental and playful approaches of engagement. Also, you will need to rethink who shall be your participants and how to invite them. 
  3. Your proposal can attract people across different backgrounds, industries, arenas and cultures. Thus, we particularly invite the conversation and collaboration among representatives from local activism, creative industries, academia, public sector, business, and NGOs.
  4. We particularly encourage the engagement of underrepresented groups as well as civic participation in the workshops; including topics such as democratisation of data curation, access to big data, and data for the public good.


Markus Wernli, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Bow Yiying WU, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Shun-Ling Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan