21 January 2009
24 April 2009
The Icograda Education Network (IEN) Conference that will take place during the Icograda World Design Congress 2009 in Beijing, China.
Beijing (China) - Icograda is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Icograda Education Network (IEN) Conference that will take place during the Icograda World Design Congress 2009 in Beijing, China. The Congress is being planned in collaboration with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). CAFA is the only national art education institution in China directly under the Ministry of Education, exclusively dedicated to the education of the fine arts, including painting, sculpture, design, architecture and art history.

Xin-信:Icograda World Design Congress 2009 theme
Literally signifying human speaking and hence message/letter in Chinese, Xin-信 represents a primitive means of communication. Yet today Xin has come to encompass more dimensions than ever before:

Xin-xi (Information) - human communication
Xin-nian (Vision) - designing a better world
Xin-ren (Trust) - understanding and collaboration
Xin-yong (Creditability) - reliability and responsibility
Xin-xin (Faith) - believing in hope

Through the theme of Xin-信, Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Beijing seeks to explore the contemporary issues and challenges facing communication design.

IEN Conference format and theme
The Icograda Education Network (IEN) Conference brings together the worldwide community of communication design educational institutions during the Icograda World Design Congress 2009. This two-day event will include invited and refereed papers. All selected papers will be published in book form and on the Icograda website following the event.

Icograda is inviting papers from the international design education community adressing the following themes:
  1. Design Education and Innovation
  2. Design Education and Diversity
  3. Design Education and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
  4. Design Education and Regional Development
Papers should demonstrate one or more of the following aspects:
  1. Exemplary education practices
  2. Exemplary education institution and curricular framework
  3. Research in Design Education development
  4. Reflections on the status-quo and future of Design Education
Critical dates
  • Call for papers: 21 January 2009
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 24 April 2009
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 1 June 2009
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 3 August 2009
  • Conference: 29-30 October 2009
Peer review committee
  • Russell Kennedy (Australia) - chair
  • Omar Vulpinari (Italy)
  • Halim Choueiry (Qatar)
  • Xiao Yong (China)
  • Xu Ping (China)
  • Lü Pintian (China)
  • Amy Gendler (AIGA China)
Submission process
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should be accompanied by a brief biography of the presenter. All abstracts received by 24 April 2009 will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 1 June 2009 and full papers are due by 3 August 2009. A total of 16 papers will be selected for presentation at the Icograda Education Network (IEN) Conference.

Abstracts and papers may be submitted in either English or Chinese. Selected papers in Chinese will not exceed 30% of the total number of selected papers. The final publication will include the original paper and an abstract in both languages

Selected presenters will not be compensated for travel to Beijing, China. However, all selected presenters will receive free registration for all Congress events and four days accommodation in Beijing.  

Submissions should be sent to:

English abstracts 
Diala Lada
Education Projects Officer
Icograda Secretariat 

Chinese abstracts
Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Secretariat
Beijing, China

Download the Call for Abstracts.

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