Scope and Focus

The scope of the conference is the design of products, systems and services with a focus on the meanings conveyed by the products and how they behave. If design is making sense of things, as Krippendorff puts it, then design semantics is in the heart of the design discipline. Moreover, if we accept that humans do not just respond to the physical properties of things but to their individual and cultural meanings as well, it becomes clear how huge a challenge it is to develop design semantics in a systematic and scientific way. The first DeSForM conference demonstrated how useful, even exciting it was to meet and document the ongoing work related to this challenge. During DeSForM some poles were put around this vast and mostly unexplored territory. DeSForM 2006 aims at a further exploration and exploitation of the field.

Sponsors and Partners

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven - Faculty of Industrial Design Evoluon Dutch Design Week J.F. Schouten School for User-System Interaction Research Royal Philips ELectronics Northumbria University Design Research Society IFIP We use ABCpdf for creating PDF files on the fly

Organizing Committee

Helen Maas
Liesbeth Vonk
Michel Peeters
Jan Hoefnagels

Proceedings Desform 2005

You can download last year's proceedings in PDF format here.


* Demonstrations
* Keynote lectures
* Long paper presentations
* Short paper presentations

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers for this year conference are:

More information about the keynote speakers can be found under "Keynotes".

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