Design Educators Community

(Deadline extended) 2018 Design Educators Conference / Call for Proposals

October 18, 2016 / By aigaeducators

The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) announces a Call for Proposals to members interested in producing the 2018 Design Educators Conference. This conference will take place in the spring of 2018. The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended until March 3, 2017. Please note there is a new address to submit proposals:

The AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee is seeking individuals or groups who are willing to produce a design educators conference in 2018. The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) is now midway through its current conference series, having successfully produced Nuts + Bolts at Bowling Green State University (Summer 2016) and Frontier at Montana State University (Fall 2016). We are looking forward to Converge at the University of Southern California (Spring 2017). These conferences provide an opportunity for design educators to:
— Present research and teaching methodologies to new and experienced educators and practitioners as well as to rising designers and students;
— Learn more about pedagogy, history, theory, studio practices, methodology
and technology;
— Gather as a community to share ideas and insights about advancing and
improving design education.

These conferences respond to design education issues such as criticism, sustainability and pedagogical models. We welcome insights about new areas of interest, connections or concerns that design educators must address in the future.

Please submit your proposal by March 3, 2017 to the Design Educators Community Steering Committee ( Proposals should be submitted in PDF format. Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Review Process
Submit a two-page proposal outlining your interest in producing a conference. The
submitted proposals will be reviewed by the DEC Steering Committee. The 2018
selection will be based on the quality and relevance of the conference content and the organization and leadership abilities of the proposed conference committee. The selection will be announced in May 2017.

What Your Proposal Should Address
01 Conceptual Statement
Outline your interest in producing an AIGA Design Educators Community conference. Your conference may be modeled after those previously produced (including Nuts + Bolts, Frontier, FutureHistory, Schools of Thoughts, Intent/Content, Blunt, Response_Ability and New Contexts / New Practices), or it may devise a new format. Please include specific concepts for the conference, their relevance to today’s educational environment and how these concepts might differ from other conferences.

02 Programming Structure
Conference organizers are given liberty to produce unique programming. In light of this, please articulate your ideas for conference programming. We actively seek innovative programming and formatting that allow conferences to be more inclusive and interactive.

03 Support
Describe the support (financial and in-kind) for a conference within the design educator community in your region. When possible, we encourage you to partner with your local AIGA chapter. Please describe any partnering opportunities, listing what other regional groups or members would be involved and in what capacities. Outline any experience your team may have with producing conferences or other large-scale events. Please include potential venue opportunities including ease of travel and reasonable accommodations for conference attendees.

04 Planning Team
Provide the names, contact information, and short bios for the individuals who will take leadership roles in the conference production. While a full committee may not be formed yet, it is essential to identify the point person(s) responsible for the production of the proposed conference. Your conference planning committees must contain a minimum of four members.

05 Potential Dates
This conference will take place in the spring of 2018. You may specify a particular month or a specific date. The Steering Committee will make every effort to accommodate the proposed event date(s). Please note that conferences held later in the week or over a weekend tend to garner higher attendance.

Operation and Budget
This conference committee will be responsible for establishing and managing the conference budget. AIGA and the DEC will generously provide $10,000 to support this event. Please be aware that this seed money does not typically cover all the expenses of a conference.

The conference must be branded as the “2018 AIGA Design Educators Conference.” This title must appear prominently on all event promotions. The DEC will offer advice and support during your planning.

The DEC Steering Committee will provide a conference handbook to the selected conference organizers. The handbook is not entirely prescriptive but it does offer recommendations based on best practices. If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to follow the guidelines outlined in the handbook and communicate regularly with the DEC to ensure a high quality experience.

For More Information
Contact the AIGA DEC Steering Committee ( We look forward to reviewing your proposals.

Download a PDF of the Call for Proposals: DEC_2018ConferenceProps.

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