Calling designers, writers, bloggers,
publishers, researchers, collectors and design lovers. Object Subject will
explore the way design speaks to us, and the way we speak about design.
It begins with a premise that writing
is essential to the future of design – promoting understanding, providing
reflections, interpreting the past and imagining the future – but extends to a
broader consideration of design practice as cultural and artistic language.
Object Subject is a new platform to explore and respond to emerging changes,
current issues and promised opportunities within the sector, to develop new
audiences and bridge scholarly and popular writing in a digital age.
We welcome proposals
for presentations in a range of accessible and more formal formats. The below
are suggestions only, if you have other ideas we would love to hear from you.
each speaker introducing themselves and their views on a topic for 3 minutes
followed by 25 minutes of discussion amongst the panel.Proposed
panel discussion topics:
rise of digital – the changing role of the design critic and design
writing in a digital age
design communication – exploring alternatives to the written word and letting
design speak for itself
storytelling and object narratives – sharing personal, local, cultural and
identity – narratives of the subject and how the written word shapes the
identity of a designer
please suggest a panel discussion topic
This is a 12
minute speaker presentation followed by 3 minutes of questions and answers.
We recommend against reading entire papers, and suggest you
use visual supports such as Powerpoint. Multiple-authored presentations are
Visual presentation/show and tell
Participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate their
most recent work, and interact with the conference attendees in an informal
way, such as a demonstration or any adapted format of their own choice. Maximum
duration of presentations is 5-6 minutes.
Professor Craig Bremner, jointly Professor of Design at Charles Sturt University and the University of Southern Denmark.
Rachael Coghlan, Artistic Director DESIGN Canberra and CEO, Craft ACT
Penny Craswell, Founder, The Design Writer and Creative
Strategy Associate, Australian Design Centre
Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe, Senior Lecturer, Design, School of Art & Design, Australian National University
Sarah Mason, Director ACT Writers Centre
Dr Carlos Montana Hoyos, Associate Professor, Industrial Design – Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra
Dr Lisa Scharoun, Associate Professor of Graphic Design – Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra
Gilbert Riedelbauch, Head of Foundation Studies and Graduate Coursework
Convenor – School of Art & Design, Australian National University
All proposals must be submitted through the Craft ACT submittable page, and must include:
- Abstract/outline which clearly and concisely describes the subject and nature of the presentation eg. panel, paper, visual presentation (max 400 words)
- Presenter's name, affiliation, contact information, and brief biography (max 200 words)
- Additional presenters, if any
Presenters must obtain all necessary authorisations and clearances from their organisation(s), prior to the start of the conference. Presentations shall be unclassified and cleared for release to the public. Presenters and panel chairs must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fee.
Full papers will be submitted after abstracts have been accepted.
3 August: Deadline for speaker proposals
(including papers, panels and presentations)
17 August: Notification of accepted proposals
31 August: Early bird registration
29 September: Deadline for full papers
3 November: Registration closes
9-11 November: Conference
Registration & Fees
Early bird: $190.00 (save $100 off full
price registration until Thursday 31 August 2017)
Full registration: $290.00
The registration fee includes:
- Welcome reception
- Admission to Object Subject conference sessions
(Friday 10 November)
- Lunch, morning and afternoon tea (Friday 10
- Research Forum (Saturday 11 November; includes
Registration now open
All papers submitted to Object Subject
will undergo a peer-review process. Selected papers from the conference will be
published in an online edition of Fusion journal (established by Charles Sturt
University and the University of Lincoln, UK). This publication will investigate
the contribution that contemporary craft and design makes to society, and
establish a dialogue between craft and design practice and cultural, social and
All questions about submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org