Design Research Conference 2008: Truly a student produced conference

by New Idiom


The further we get into the planning of this year’s Design Research Conference, the more we see how much of it is carried on the able shoulders of students. We have several teams who contribute to the content development, publicity, print and web communications, and to the day-of support of the event. And we couldn’t ask for better abilities and talents.

A shout-out goes to our planning teams: Content: Amy Batchu, Ash Bhoopathy, Seth Kutnick, Jennifer Lee, Scott Mioduszewski, Preethi Narayanan, and Alex Troitzsch; Publicity: Ulrike Anders, Stephanie Krieger, Kate Pemberton, and Beth Santos (Team lead); Print communication: Lin Lin (Team lead), Soo Yeon Paik, and Shilpa Rao; and Web communication: Fei Gao, Amy Palit, Amy Seng, and Van Vuong (Team lead). We are so glad to have you all on board!

But beyond this core group of planners we are so fortunate to have (we also rely on you) the general student body at ID. Many of you have already contributed through suggestions about possible speakers. We continue to look for help in spreading the word about the conference. Tell your friends or colleagues and give us a nod in your blogs. And if you come across ideas for engaging speakers and content, we (Amber Lindholm and Matt Gardner) would love to hear from you. If you think of other ways to enhance the conference, contact someone from one of our conference teams (see above). We’ll keep you updated over the coming weeks about confirmed speakers and exciting news.

And of course, we have to recognize the work of past students. The success of previous year’s conferences leave us in a prime position to attract top-notch speakers and to focus on building visibility within the design community. For a great historical overview of the conference, see Jordan Fischer’s article. []

In brief, the Design Research Conference provides a forum to explore emerging applications and methods of design research across a wide spectrum of design disciplines. Attendees will leave the conference with a greater understanding of the design research space, as well as practical knowledge applicable in their work.

Pass the word and save the date!

September 19-20, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Matt Gardner and Amber Lindholm
DRC 2008 Co-chairs