2015 Theme:

The inaugural  Irish Design Research Conference is an initiative of designCORE located at the Dargan Reseach Centre of Institute of Technology Carlow. This is an exciting new event on the design landscape, supported by ID2015 and the Year of Irish Design. In recognition of the breadth & depth across the design disciplinary bandwidth in both research & practice, FAULTLINES – Bridging Knowledge Spaces has been adopted as the 2015 conference theme.

Through interaction and collaboration across disciplines, gaps in knowledge and practice will offer new opportunity, to inform future theory & practice for mutual benefit.

ID2015 bandwidth

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The Irish Design Research Conference seeks to draw stakeholders from across the design related community together into a common dialogue.

The aim is to offer a forum to disseminate the most current knowledge, share ongoing  practice-led insight,  and discuss emergent issues relevant to those working in the field of design, design thinking & practice.


This biennial event seeks to bring participants from the design community together, and it is envisioned that new insight & opportunity for collaboration will emerge.

This will identify further research, understanding & engagement, which build on current thinking, to inform development in theory, design thinking & practice.


The conference structure has aimed to facilitate flexible participation from academia, design industry & agency, from across the design disciplinary bandwidth:

  1. Oral/Visual Panel Presentation  (research, practice, case study etc. – 15mins)
  2. Workshop/Demonstration  (method, process etc. – 40min)
  3. Poster  (visual representation/narrative)


  • POLICY (research & regulation that informs strategy which drives decision making)
  • SOCIETY (research or intervention which enhance social development & community)
  • INDUSTRY (research, practice or thinking with impact in job creation)

Target Delegate Participants:

Calls were invited from:

  • design academics
  • design researchers
  • design professionals
  • associated design industry partners
  • agencies engaged in supporting & promoting design

Submission :

Participation at the Inaugural Irish Design Research Conference was simple. The call required the submission of a short ‘300 word Abstract’ on the downloadable Conference ‘Abstract Submission Form’ and possible attachment of images or associated materials if appropriate.

Review Process:

Each  submission has been evaluated by a Peer Review Panel and feedback provided by 17th April 2015 to advise suitability and/or engagement.


All accepted submitted abstracts  for conference are being published in a ‘Book of Abstracts’ which will be available the week prior to the conference.

Abstracts were also considered for full paper submission to ITERATIONS®, Ireland’s first Design Research Practice Review, which will be launched at the Conference Launch night & Launch Dinner at VISUAL Arts Centre for the visual arts.

Key Dates for the 2015 Conference:

06th Feb  – Call for Conference Abstracts
20th Mar  – Submission of Abstracts Close
17th Apr  – Conference Abstract Feedback
04th May – Final Conference Programme
04th Jun  – Conference Launch Evening
05th Jun  – Conference
06th Jun  – Associated Events