Call for Papers

The 5th International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2018) will take place in Bath, UK 31st Jan-2nd February 2018. The conference series is founded on shared international interest in studying the nature of design creativity. The conference’s core topics include: cognitive processes underlying design creativity, computational models of design creativity, and practical processes to incorporate the human and social dimensions.

Conscious Creativity is the special theme for ICDC2018. The conference will continue to offer a specialised forum for those consciously studying the topic of creativity within design. However, we also welcome submissions on the use of design creativity methods and theory that consciously address the global design problems of the 21st century such as effective remote collaboration, enabling cross-cultural perspectives, approaches to sustainable resource and environmental management, and the role of technology in creative working.

The 5th ICDC conference is an official conference of the Design Society promoted by its Special Interest Group (SIG) on Design Creativity. The SIG was established in 2007; since then, its remit has expanded to include researchers and practitioners in the areas of: design, engineering, computer science, education, management, linguistics, and cognitive science.


The paper template is now available for download and submission is now open. Papers should be submitted electronically through the conference CMS system and must not exceed 8 pages. Please adhere to the Instructions for Authors.

The topics and themes of the conference include — but are not limited to:

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Papers accepted and presented at the podium sessions will be published through the Design Society. The most significant papers, after revision and extension, will be recommended for submission to a special issue of the Scopus-listed International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation (also listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index), which will be published in collaboration with this conference.

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Conference chair:
Elies Dekoninck, University of Bath, UK
Chris Snider, University of Bristol, UK (Co-chair)

Vice Chair (SIG Leader):
Yukari Nagai, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Advisory Board:
Toshi Taura, Kobe University, Japan
Alex Duffy, University of Strathclyde, UK
Amaresh Chakrabarti, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
Julie Linsey, Georgia Tech, USA
Yan Jin, University of Southern California, USA
Andy Dong, University of Sydney, Australia

International Program Committee Chair:
Andrew Wodehouse, University of Strathclyde, UK

Programme Co-chairs:
Gaetano Cascini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Georgi Georgiev, University of Oulu, Finland
Chris Snider, University of Bristol, UK

Local Organizing Committee:
Gillian Elsworth
Alison Parker
Jamie O’Hare
Lorenzo Giunta
James Gopsill

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Design SocietySpecial Interest Group - Design CreativityUniversity of Bath