Include Asia 2013 Conference


KODW 2013 started off with the Include Asia Conference, a 2-day program focused on inclusive design. The biennial conference debuts in Hong Kong since its launch in 2001 in London, partnering The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU Design), the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) for the first time. This year’s theme ‘Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design’ spurs participants to explore and respond to concerns such as ageing population, climate change and rapid urbanisation for individuals and communities.

Held at Hotel ICON, the program welcomed keynote speaker, Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design at London Legacy Development Corporation. Also speaking at the conference was Paul Thompson of RCA, Keiji Kawahara of International Association for Universal Design, and Dan Formosa of Smart Design, who also held workshops.

As tradition, the Include Conference committee recognises members of the inclusive design field for their contributions to the community. This year’s recipients of the Champion of Inclusive Design were Yasuyuki Hirai (Kyushu University, Japan), Joseph Kwan (UDA Consultants Ltd.), and our very own, Michael Siu Kin Wai (PolyU Design). We would also like to congratulate Susan Barnwell and Jasmien Herssens on winning the Best Paper Awards.


“Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design”

2-3 July 2013, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China

Organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Hong Kong Design Centre and the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, London, is pleased to announce that Include 2013, the seventh international conference on inclusive design, will take place on 2-3 July 2013 in Hong Kong, China.

Include Asia 2013, organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, marks a major international departure for the Include series after six successful conferences in London.

Include Asia 2013 will form part of HKDC’s Knowledge of Design Week 2013 and draw in new design researchers and practitioners from south-east Asia to the Include network.

We are inviting paper proposals for Include Asia 2013 on the theme of Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design.

Researchers and practitioners are asked to consider the role of inclusive design within the context of emerging global challenges such as ageing populations, rising healthcare costs and climate change and the need for local tailored solutions for individuals and communities.

In effect we want to explore the paradigm shift from scaling up (the main driver of design over the past 50 years, through mass manufacturing, global branding and so on) to ‘scaling down’ to meet specific human needs.

We welcome paper proposals (abstracts) from researchers, designers, educators and policymakers that address the Include Asia 2013 theme. Authors of accepted paper proposals will be asked to develop their ideas into full (10 page) papers for oral presentation at the conference held in Hong Kong. Venue for the conference will be Hong Kong’s new Jockey Club Innovation Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Paper proposals can contribute to inclusive design theory, provide examples of empirical research or use case studies (design stories) to illustrate how, when and why an inclusive design approach can address wider challenges and/or local needs.

Include Asia 2013 will be a forum for the exchange of ideas, academic research projects and models of best practice from the global community of those engaged in inclusive design. Accepted papers will be published online in the Include Asia 2013 proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

Please make a submission by paper proposal (abstract) for a full paper. All proposals for full papers will be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers on the Include International Review Committee.

  • The template for submitting abstracts can be downloaded here
  • 1000 word abstracts should be submitted now through Kinetix Events
  • The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 February 2013
  • Selected Authors will be informed of review decisions on 15 March 2013
  • Full papers will need to be submitted by 1 May 2013

More details on the Include conferences can be found here.

For abstract and submission queries contact us here

MUSCON concluded with fruitful global network of museums and institutions

With full support from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government, Vitra Design Museum, the Hong Kong Design Centre and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design joined hands in organising this year’s Asian MUSCON in Hong Kong on 20 – 23 September.

The Asian Museum Network Conference (MUSCON) 2012, coincided with the city’s celebration of 2012 as “Hong Kong Design Year” and focused on design museums as well as museum design in the context of Asia and its people. The Network Conference on day one brought together members of the museum community from around the world to exchange ideas and thoughts on upcoming projects. The Public Conference on day two welcomed members of the public to learn about the local and overseas projects, opportunities and knowledge, and contributed to the contemporary development of new museum concepts, collections, and exhibitions beyond the classic model of modern art museums.

Keynote speakers included Deyan Sudjic from Design Museum London, Hang Jian from China Museum of Design, Linda Vlassenrood from International New Town Institute, and Susanna Pettersson from Alvar Aalto Foundation, just to name a few. These speakers and more made up an interesting program featuring lectures on their specialties and topical discussions on this year’s theme: Design Museum, Museum Design.

In order to promote the exchange between European, American and Asian cultural institutions and respond to the museum boom in China and elsewhere in Asia, Asian MUSCON was launched in 2008 and has since become an increasingly significant event for Asian cultural institutes.

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The Network Conference was held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where members of the museum community engaged in closed-door presentations.

A photo op with Mr Edmond Lee (Executive Director of HKDC), Ms Lesley Lau (Chief Curator of Art Promotion Office), Dr Louis Ng (Assistant Director of LCSD),Alexander von Vegesack (Vitra Design Museum), Mr Marc Zehntner (Director of Vitra Design Museum), and Mr Alvin Yip (Director of JCDISI) at the Welcome Reception.

MUSCON participants enjoyed a personal tour from Dr Kan Tai-Keung at his exhibition Hong Kong Design Legacy and Beyond: The 70 Fruitful Years of Kan Tai-Kung at HK Central Library.

ATypI Call for Programme Proposals

ATypI invites proposals for workshops and presentations for its 2012 conference Hong Kong, China, from 10 to 14 October 2012.

ATypI 2012 welcomes proposals from around the world that addresses typographic communication from various perspectives including usability, aesthetic, technological, historical, political, cultural, social, linguistic and other uncharted areas.

Details at

Highlights of this year’s BODW, a must-go mega event in Hong Kong!

Business of Design Week (BODW) featuring well-renowned Brands
High class fashion brand Hugo Boss’ CEO Gerrit Ruetzel, Jil Sander Group’s Alessandro Cremonesi, Taiwan Eslite Wu Ching Yu, Founder of Classicon, and Hugo Boss’ great grandson Oliver Holy are only a few of the exclusive designers attending this year’s 2011 Business of Design Week Hong Kong. With an additional focus on automobiles, BODW has invited Audi’s Stefan Sielaff, BMW’s Adrian Van Hooydonk, Mercedes-Benz’ Olivier Boulay and Hong Kong-born Anthony Lo of Renault as part of BODW’s amazing automobile track.

Influential Designers attend Business of Design Week
Architecture, interior design and urban development play an important role in today’s society. Some of the world’s most beautiful buildings and structures are created by very people who will be traveling to Hong Kong in December. Among some of them are Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, Jurgen Mayer H. who built the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Antonio Citterio who has furnished the Bulgari Hotels and Italian designer Piero Lissoni, who has previously designed forAlessi.

Chinese designers feature their innovative works at BODW
China is the fastest growing economy in the world – and so are the Chinese designers. China has so much to offer – from traditional classic Chinese influences, to modern day, contemporary work, Chinese design is truly rising. Among some of the most successful and influential Chinese designers is Jiang Qiong Er, founder of fashion brand Shang Xia of Hermes, Wu Ching Yu, founder of Eslite Culture in Taiwan, Freeman Lau, co-founder of Kan & Lau who was responsible for the brilliant creation of the Watson’s water bottle.

Business of Design Week will cover various tracks such as Brands, Space, Communications, Automotive, Heritage, Culture & the City, Fashion & Apparel, and Products & Design.

International Conference on Interaction Design 9-11 November: Register now!

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Call for Papers: International Conference on Interaction Design 9 – 12 November, 2011

Delight & Responsibility

Organized by
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tsinghua University
Carnegie Mellon University

Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design


The second ICID is looking at how interaction design is moving beyond human-computer interaction to creating delightful and responsible individual, social, and organizational experiences.

As innovators, we have the power to craft experiences that are not just delightful when navigating human lives in various contexts from digital navigation to organizational decision making, and social lives, but being sustainable, moral and ethical, or otherwise “responsible”. Despite its popularity, interaction design is either confined to digital culture or remains ambiguous when applied to a broader social and business context. ICID 2011 revisits its definition, language, approaches, and principles with respect to both rigour and intuition on how understanding the very fundamentals of interaction provides new opportunities for applying interaction design as a new approach to rather than a sub-discipline of design.

We would like to invite researchers, practitioners, educators and students to submit papers and case studies on delightful experiences and responsible design in interaction design. We believe that your contribution will not only enrich the knowledge on interaction design, but also include you in the shaping and developing interaction design in China and Asia as it is gaining its recognition in the region.

Areas of interest include:
1. Methodologies
2. Education & Curriculum Development
3. Industry & Business
4. Usability
5. Information Design
6. Social Innovation
7. Service Design

Paper Submission Dates*:
Wed 27 Apr Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
Wed 15 Jun Notification of Acceptance
Wed 31 Aug Full Papers Submission Deadline
Wed 9 Nov ICID 2011 Conference Begins
*Dates are subject to change

Please submit your extended abstract or full paper online. All extended abstract submissions must be made by Wednesday 27 April 2011, together with author names, affiliations and contact details. Detailed guidelines for submitting papers are available on the conference website

We look forward to your participation in ICID 2011: Delight and Responsibility and hope to see you here in Hong Kong in November.

Best regards,

ICID 2011 Organizing Committee

Contact us:


Lorraine Justice
Dean, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Xin Xiangyang
Associate Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dan Boyarski
Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Lu Xiaobo
Professor, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University

Catherine Hu
Rennie Kan
Michael Lai
Xin Xiangyang
Wilson Yuen
Zhiyong Fu

2nd Call for Papers: Doctoral Education in Design Conference — Practice, Knowledge, Vision (Hong Kong 22 May to 25 May, 2011)

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Join us in Hong Kong for a conference organized by the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Faculty of Design of Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne).

It has been several years since the last comprehensive conference on doctoral education in design and the time has come to survey progress in the field. We invite the world design research community and leaders interested in doctoral education in design to gather for intense discussions on particular themes and workshops on moving the field forward.

Those who wish to participate may submit EITHER extended abstracts with references OR full papers. We will review and accept either form of submission. The deadline for submissions is 7 February, 2011.

There will be two conference publications, a pre-conference proceedings and a post-conference book. We will publish a pre-conference proceedings in May, circulating it as a PDF to allow participants time to read and reflect on papers for richer conversation in Hong Kong. The pre-conference proceedings will contain all accepted submissions as extended abstracts or full papers. Following the conference, we will publish a book of invited papers. Participants will have three months to expand extended abstracts or transform full papers into book chapters that reflect ideas and issues emerging from the conference. Final chapters will be due by 22 August, 2011.

Areas of interest include:
1. Rigor in Research Training
2. Interdisciplinary Research and Working with other Fields
3. Producing Design Theory
4. Methods and Methodology
5. Relating Practice to Research
6. Supervising the PhD

If there is a “burning issue” that is not on the list, we welcome suggestions and we invite papers on these topics.

Important Dates:
7 Feb 2011 — Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts with references
1 Mar — Notification of Acceptance
15 Mar — Early bird offer deadline
15 Apr — Full Paper Due for Pre-conference Proceedings for those who wish to publish full papers in advance
20 Apr — Registration closes
1 May — Pre-conference Proceedings to all Participants
22-25 May — Conference
22 Aug — Deadline for Camera-Ready Version (CRV) of Full Papers Accepted for Publication

The CMW Nationwide Design-Style Interflow Symposium, Wuxi, China (12th -14th May)

This event has been initiated by a coating technology company named CMW (Cashew, Japan/ Manfield, H.K./ Weilburger, Germany), and co-organized by the Asian Lifestyle Design Research Lab, School of Design, HK PolyU.
This is the first national design symposium organized specifically for CMF (color, material and finishing) trend.
The Lab Leader, Mr. Benny Leong was invited to facilitate the core activity of the event where 4 renowned design experts were invited to present their ideas about the latest global and native design trends. They are Mr. Gary Chang (Edge Design Institute Ltd.), Mr. Silvio Chan (Alternatif Fashion Workshop), Mr. Leo Liu (Design Strategy Director, CBI), China and Mr. Yannick Lenormand (VTA consultant, Philips Design).

The Greenness to be Clarified: 2010 International Conference on Green Design Zhuzhou, Hunan, China (21st -23rd May)

This conference was co-organized by the renowned academic journals “Zhuangshi” of Tsinghua University and Hunan University of Technology in China. It is the first biggest design conference ever organized specifically for the issue of “Green Design”. Various well-known scholars and advocates from France, Holland, Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China were invited to discuss and re-examine the concept, practice and methods of Green Design especially related to the development of China. Mr. Benny Leong has been invited to present a paper entitled “Strategic Green Design: What could we Learn from Our Ways of Living?”

A brief review of the conference has been done by one of the conference participants Prof. François Jégou HERE.

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