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[MAKE] Call for Participation Announcement

October 24, 2017 / By AIGA DEC Steering Committee

We are happy to announce that the Call for Participation for the next AIGA DEC Conference, [MAKE], is now available. All the details about the call and how you can submit a proposal can be found on the conference website at:

[MAKE] will take place at the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI in Indianapolis from 7–9 June 2018. The conference organizers seek to establish a space for our design community to explore the full complexity of making and its applications within today’s contexts. The discussion will be divided into four themes: Make [community], Make [curriculum], Make [form], and Make [experience]. Details about each of these themes can be found in the call.

From the call:

For many designers, being labeled a ‘maker’ may be perceived as a slight. However, we know that designers sit at a unique intersection of the arts and social sciences where making serves as a distinct asset to our process. Whether organizing a community, planning new healthcare services, building a website, or speculating on the future, designers have an inherent drive to make as a way to facilitate solutions.

This discussion is especially relevant as the AIGA Designer 2025 Trends are disseminated through our community. The role of making inside many of these trends challenges our traditional notions of the activity and ask us to rethink the role of the designer in an evolving paradigm. Authors are encouraged to frame their work in context with the Designer 2025 Trends.

If you have any questions about the call or your submission, please send an email to We hope to see you all in Indy this June!

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