“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

Doctoral thesis “SizeChina – A 3D Anthropometric Survey of the Chinese Head”, Roger Ball

Associate Professor Roger Ball successfully defended his Doctoral thesis “SizeChina – A 3D Anthropometric Survey of the Chinese Head” at TUDelft in the Netherlands on May 17 2011. His doctoral manuscript examines head shape differences between Western and Chinese populations. The main research questions are; What is the 3D shape of the Chinese head? What are the differences between Chinese and Western head shapes? and What tools do designers need to create China-fit products for the head and face?

The examination committee from TUDelft included; Dean of Design Dr. Cees de Bont, Prof. Daan van Eijk, Dr. J. Molenbroek, Prof. B. Ninaber, and Prof. E. Jansen. External examiners included; Dean of School of Design Hong Kong Polytechnic University Dr. Lorraine Justice, Prof. Dr. G. Kleinrensink, Erasmus University and Prof. Dr. Hein Dannen, Vrije University.

Dr. Ball’s thesis manuscript is available for download from

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

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