World University of Design in partnership with the School of Design at RIMT University (India)
The integration of the participant in the design of a tangible and intangible artefact is interpreted as the design of the interaction between humans with their environment. This theme engages with the trajectory of HCD to explore frontiers and boundaries and construct an integrated whole where the system and its “human” work together to create a holistic environment. The recent technological developments, such as AI or VR and AR, and their consequent impact on human-environment interaction is the key focus of this conference hub.
Human Centred Design enhances effectiveness and efficiency, improves human well-being, user satisfaction, accessibility, and sustainability, and counteracts possible adverse effects of use on human health, safety, and performance. To design an interactive system, an understanding and specification of the context of use are critical, along with the user’s requirements. Design solutions generated for both products & services, for individuals and community, need to be evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness. However, the processes and evidence adopted must be critically reviewed and enriched. Though the role of humans in the design processis intrinsic in traditional knowledge systems, today, this is interpreted as an explicit understanding of users, tasks, and environments where end-users are involved throughout design and development. The responseof design as a postcolonial construct is to mediate binaries and provide a space for peripheral groups to express their identities. As an iterative process, design is driven and refined by feedback loops such as human-centred evaluation. The design team includes multi-disciplinary skills and perspectives and addresses the full spectrumof human experience and beyond, such as technologies or non-human actors.
The design ethos engages with the community as a social construct that reacts to design as a collective entity which is more than a sum of its parts. Cultural contexts are manifested to preserve, revive, protect, and generate intangibles that have a bearing on the designed product. Exploring and proposing paradigms that aid in innovation and amalgamation of technology and design, resulting in solutions that bridge the chasm between physicality and the virtual realm in ways that are radical in their implementation and implications. Design thinking as a discipline integrated into ancillary domains is the hallmark of the professional ecosystem leading to ethical, sustainable development. As a response to ecological disruptions envisaged in Sustainable Development Goals, human-centred design hopes to mediate humanity and the earth. Papers may be structured around the following themes while addressing theoretical concerns and practical implications and may be interpreted based on individual research interests.
Submissions for the conference has closed.
The call for papers from the design doctoral research community including Ph.D. scholar, Ph.D., Postdoc and individual researcher is out from the World University of Design.
Additional information on the submissions for Sonipat’s can be found on their individual host website
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