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About the conference

As the cradle of the industrial revolution, Manchester is known for its radical thinking. Through heritage, culture and innovations, it is a city that embraces revolution. As Tony Wilson famously claimed, “This is Manchester, we do things differently here”...

DESIGN REVOLUTIONS will explore how design drives and responds to revolutionary thinking through questioning the norm, probing the now and embracing the new. For the first time IASDR will be held in the UK and will foster new thinking towards a compelling, meaningful and radical dialogue regarding the role that design plays in addressing societal and organisational issues.

The biannual conference enables academics, practitioners and students join together to explore contemporary agendas, emerging directions and future challenges that are at the forefront of design research. IASDR 2019 will provide opportunities for the presentation and publication of a collection of high-quality peer reviewed research papers alongside the space to discuss and debate the evolution and revolution of design.

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The International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit-making, charitable organisation, and is comprised of member societies of design research from around the world.

IASDR members are the Chinese Institute of Design (CID), the Design Research Society (DRS), the Design Society (DS), the Japanese Society for the Science of Design (JSSD) and the Korean Society for Design Science (KSDS).

Established on 01 November 2005, its purpose is to promote research or study into or about the activity of design in all its many fields of application, through encouraging collaboration on an international level between independent societies of design research.

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Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art believes an art school is more than just a place.

Based in Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Art was established in 1838 and is the second oldest Art School in the UK. As the one of the largest providers of art and design, it encompasses department of Architecture, Art, Design and Media.

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