DCA 2018 Call for Abstracts


Virtual + Actual: Process and Product of Design


October 07 – 10, 2018, Ithaca, New York
Cornell University, Department of Design & Environmental Analysis

Conference CoChairs: So-Yeon Yoon, PhD. & Saleh Uddin, PhD.


Call for Abstracts | Submission Deadline: December 01, 2017

The Design Communication Association (USA) along with the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis at Cornell University will be hosting the 2018 Design Communication Association Conference in Ithaca, New York from October 07 – 10, 2018.

The venue is at one of the most beautiful college campuses in the US at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca New York. The campus features 4,800-acre with noteworthy architecture including the I.M. Pei-designed Johnson Museum of Art, Milstein Hall by Rem Koolhass, Weill-Hall by Richard Meier, Bill and Melinda Gates Hall by Morphosis group.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Virtual+Actual: Process and Product of Design”. The theme reflects recent emergence and inclusion of various digital, virtual, and manual tangents in both educational environment and professional practice that influences the way we link between process and product of design.

The DCA 2018 conference theme looks at current thoughts and relationships between virtual and actual in the process and product of design execution for both education and practice. Abstracts are double-blind reviewed by an international panel of DCA Reviewers who will recommend acceptance for presentation at the DCA 2018 Conference at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Papers and presentations that include but not limited to approaches and applications of current trends of design and its interrelationships between virtual and actual with allied disciplines are invited to foster and contribute to the discussion of the conference theme. These allied disciplines include architecture, digital media, environment, interior, landscape, media arts, urbanism, housing, etc. Specific topics may address following subjects. All submissions are expected to be original and have not been published previously at other scholarly venues.

Communication & de­sign education, Strategies & design teaching, Sustainability & built environment, Investigation & representation, Interactive environments & applications, Education & practice, Analysis & interpretation, Heritage & architecture, Analog & digital convergence, 3D & visualization, Parametric modeling & fabrication, Urban issues & built environment, Technology and environment, Moving images & time-based media, Design & societal context, Changing dynamics & challenges, Design issues & developing nations.
Visit the conference web site for additional details such as venue, schedule, keynotes, workshops, travel, hotels, New York architecture tour, etc. at: www.dcaconference2018.org

Please email 300 to 600 word abstract in Microsoft Word document with possible image/s (10 point Times Roman, single spaced, with name, affiliation, and email address) to both conference chairs (So-Yeon Yoon and M. Saleh Uddin) by Friday, December 01, 2017 at: dca2018cochairs@gmail.comsy492@cornell.edumuddin3@kennesaw.edu

We look forward to receiving your submission of abstract/paper and consequent participation. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, December 01, 2017.

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DCA LinkedIn Group Invitation

Join the DCA Community on LinkedIn to get news, updates, make new contacts and ask any questions you have regarding upcoming events. Thanks to Henry Sorenson for kick starting the group page.



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DCA 2016 Montana State University!

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Hosted by: Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Date: September 7 – 10 2016

How do we attempt to align the methods of representation with the methods of thinking AND the methods of thinking with the methods of representation?  …….

The 2016 conference theme expects to address the questions of the current sensibilities in representation and design communication with the emphasis on its ability to inquire, question and wonder. 

The topics may include but are not limited to: architecture, art, industrial design, graphic design, textile and fashion design, information and data visualization, writing, virtual reality, moving images and time-based media, interactive environments, history of representation and communication, education, practice, media and methods.


One-page abstracts that address the conference theme must be submitted by February 15, 2016.

Abstracts must be Microsoft Word documents using only Times, Times New Roman, Arial or Helvetica fonts.

Abstracts must be E-mailed as attachments to: zuzanna@montana.edu.

Preliminary paper acceptance by March 30, 2016.

Final papers with illustrations must be submitted by June 1, 2016

Final Paper acceptance by July 1, 2016.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings that will be for sale at the conference.


Zuzanna Karczewska, Steve Juroszek, and Henry Sorenson

Co-Conference Chairs — Design Communication Association

E-mail: zuzanna@montana.edu, stevej@montana.edu, henrys@montana.edu,

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Reminder: Full Paper Deadline is Approaching for DCA_Europe

Full PaperSubmission Guidelines

All paper submissions must be received by November 24, 2015


DCA 2016 European Conference Proceedings Inclusiveness in Design
ISBN: 978-605-5625-06-1

Four to eight-page Microsoft Word (Times Roman font in 9 point, single-spaced and maximum 8 images) full paper of the accepted abstract must be e-mailed to Dr. Saleh Uddin and Dr. Murat Sahin at: muddin3@ kennesaw.edu and murat.sahin@ozyegin.edu.tr by November 24, 2015. All accepted papers will be pub- lished in the conference proceedings (with ISBN number) that will be available at the conference. Paper submission guidelines will be posted in the conference web site.

Paper Submission Instructions

Due Date & Software

All paper submissions must be received by November 24, 2015
Software: Microsoft Word (.doc). Unformatted text
Images: Grayscale JPEG, 300 dpi, not to exceed 6” in width. Not less than 3” in width Any other formats or media will not be accepted.
Charts, tables, graphs, etc. need to be in JPEG image format

Page Limits

We reserve the right to edit text and illustrations in order to conform to the following limitations:
Text: Max. 4000 words. Illustrations: Max.of 8 total (may combine several images to create a single image) Total Pages: Maximum of 8 pages in publication (includes text, notes, references, illustrations)

Text Files

You are responsible for the quality of your paper by providing text that is error free. Your paper may be published without further editing after approval by the Review Committee. Text files including image cap- tions must be submitted in unformatted Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) using 9 point Time New Roman font. Text files should be named with the author’s last name, _First two words of paper title and the extension: Example: TJones_TeachingMethods.doc

Final publication formatting such as line spacing, margins, columns, indents, etc. will be established by the design of the proceedings. Type should be entered in the following way:

Paper Title: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps (Do not do all caps) Author’s Name: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps (Do not do all caps) E-mail:
Author’s School: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps (Do not do all caps) Head/Subhead: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps (Do not do all caps) Paragraphs: Upper/Lower Case

Assign the Normal style to ALL the above elements. Do not assign any tabs or indents. Set all text to align/ flush left. All text must be set as single spaced. Word emphasis within a paragraph is acceptable as bold or italic but NOT underlined. In addition to embedded images in text provide all images in a separate folder. Paragraphs should be separated by only one line space, no indentation or tab.

Illustrations captions need to be within the text file with a figure number in parentheses and a caption to indicate your preferred image locations:
Example: (insert Figure 2 here)
Fig 2. Illustration Caption.

Image Files

You are responsible for the quality of your published images by providing high quality digital files that have been prepared to read in grayscale. Please email if you have any questions. Image files may not exceed 6” high or 6” wide. Image files may not be less than 3” wide. All image files must be in Grayscale TIFF
or JPEG format 300 dpi and be named with the author’s last name, _fig# and the extension: Example: TJones_fi g2.jpg

Eight images maximum. You may combine several images in to one and have caption and sub-captions to meet maximum eight.


All charts, diagrams, graphs, etc. need to be in JPEG image format. Please include only those illustra- tions necessary for a complete understanding of the paper. The author must obtain permission for use of non-original drawings and photo work in advance. Reference all illustrations within the text file with a figure number in parentheses and a caption to indicate your preferred image locations:
Example: (insert Figure 2 here)
Fig 2. Illustration Caption.

Notes and References

DO NOT use an endnote/footnote or header command in word processing. Indicate notes and references where applicable in the body of the text with numbers in parenthesis. All notes and references should be added at the end of the paper, following a major heading (e.g., Notes, References) as applicable. All notes, references, and bibliographies must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines for “documentary- note” or “humanities” documentation style. Representative examples follow.

Example – Notes:
1. Emery Blackfoot, Chance Encounters (Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987).

Example – References/Bibliography:
Blackfoot, Emery. Chance Encounters . Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987.

Example – Notes:
1. John J. Benjoseph, “On the Anticipation of the New Metaphors,” Cuyahoga Review 24 (1988): 6-10.

Example – References/Bibliography:
Benjoseph, John J. “On the Anticipation of New Metaphors,” Cuyahoga Review 24 (1988): 6-10

Direct quotes of more than three lines should be typed as a separate paragraph. Quotes will be indented during publication production.


Please make every effort to ensure the integrity of your files before sending, as this will help us to avoid publishing delays.

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DCA – E Conference: Call for Abstracts

The Design Communication Association (USA) along with the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey, will host the 2016 European Design Communication Conference in Istanbul, May 11-14, 2016.


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Call for Submissions: Think Fast Exhibit

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CALLING: artists, makers, visual thinkers, students and practitioners of design, urbanism, architecture, landscape, planning and other allied disciplines. Images and techniques that portray the process of revealing design in all its forms are invited for a peer-reviewed exhibition and publication. Think Fast explores the role of ambiguity and deconstruction in design imagination, intent and contemporary representation. The interdisciplinary collection of work selected for exhibition will travel to at least three academic venues in Indiana, Kansas and New York City.

The exhibition and subsequent publication will collect unfinished, deconstructed or otherwise ambiguous design images and products to bridge creative disciplines, and to reveal meaning in the often-accidental discoveries that grow out of fast, gestural, conceptual visual thinking. The rough, imperfect sketch or study model does not simply hint at an idea, it inspires the maker and viewer alike to take imagined artistic liberties—connecting a scarcely deliberate concatenation of dots—and filling in the voids with their own creative visions.

Please send high quality pdf files along with a 50-500-word statement through http://www.wetransfer.com/ or other service to sbussiere@bsu.edu by February 1st 2015.

Entries may include between 1-5 digital images. Submit the images and statement in your entry and include the following in the message:

• Your name(s) as you would like it presented
• The title of your work(s)
• Media
• Measurements/dimensions for plotting
• Contact information, email, phone & address
• Format saved files: Name_Title

THINK FAST / is Co-Curated by:

Simon M. Bussiere, Ball State University, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Quilian Riano, DSGN AGNC & Parsons The New School of Design
Dustin Headley, Kansas State University, Interior Architecture and Product Design




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Keep the design drawing and communication conversations going here!

A variety of topics are being presented and discussed at the DCA conference! The range varies from the value of study abroad experience in design, object drawing, discovering places through embodied representation, communicating knowledge through animations, 3-D simulations, free-hand drawing, and the images and story of Tecolutla.
See: http://www.dcaconference2014.org/Buttons/List%20of%20Accepted%20Papers%20by%20Author.pdf

Don’t let it stop there when the conference ends.  Keep the conversations going with additional posts on our shared DCA blog.

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