Posted to the Ethnos Project by on May 7th, 2011

Inaugural Conference on Design, Development and Research 2011
Bellville, Cape Town
September 23, 2011 – September 27, 2011

Design is integral to the IT discipline, e.g. it is an important component of the software development process. There is also much activity in ICT4D; health & community informatics; business; and other fields that could justify the consideration and reporting of design aspects. Positioning and researching design aspects in the different IT domains need to be better understood. Papers addressing these issues are invited in order for IT scholars to interact with scholars from other design areas.

Underlying any form of creative activity is the concept of design. This is underscored by the current emphasis on design research and design thinking. Yet, whenever one asks a designer to explain design, they reply with some version of the “Addie” (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) model. And while everybody is happy with describing the whole Addie process, very few people stop to think what actually happens in that “black box” called “Design”.

Similarly when people talk about design research, they often concentrate too much on the process or the product, and too little on the underlying concepts and theories. The dilemma is to discover what actually makes it research. This conference runs on four tracks namely Design, Development, Research and Dilemma. Papers, posters and proposals for workshops and media conference are invited for the first Design, Development and Research conference to be held on the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.

All the accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings; published online as well on CD-ROM. Papers are peer-reviewed and published for accreditation according to the requirements of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Papers of high quality will be submitted in a modified version to be published in special issues of certain peer-reviewed journals

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