AIS/Design. Storia e Ricerche” – n. 7 (December 2015)
edited by Fiorella Bulegato and Dario Scodeller
* abstract submission deadline 8 June *
CALL FOR PAPERS
The economic, social, technological and cultural transformations underway, especially since the end of the short twentieth century as a result of the so-called third industrial revolution, are modifying consolidated production models – considering, for example, the impact of digital fabrication on the process of ideation, design and production, or the perspectives of open design. In this scenario it becomes increasingly urgent to reflect upon the role of the designer in the process of producing artefacts and on the transformations that the profession has always undergone.
Apart from the cultural context, the designer has always worked in a specific operative milieu
On the other hand the designer, whether an independent professional or employed by a manufacturing company, has always had to deal with many different professional figures and the results, in the light of historic research, appear to be the result of a system of relations with technical, commercial and strategic and other figures, rather than a two-way relationship between a designer and an entrepreneur.
This issue of “AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche” intends to shed a light on the many roles and responsibilities that designers have shouldered since the 1930s, and that their work has generated within manufacturing companies or working for manufacturing companies as a consultant and professional; the goal is in particular to collect original research studies that rely on the analysis of literature and primary sources to address one or more of the following aspects:
> the designer within a manufacturing company: the relationship of the designer with different professional figures (the entrepreneur, management, technical figures, marketing and strategy, etc.) has led to experiences channelled within consolidated design processes, sometimes changing or reinventing their form, with roles and contributions that have yet to be explored by design histories;> the designer as art director: the role of this figure in the processes of strategic planning, ideation, development and innovation, in the construction of new company identities and in the strategic positioning of manufacturing companies;> the designer and industrial know-how: the relation between the designer’s autonomous experimentation and control over the final outcome in the relationship between the designer and the roles of the technician and director of production;> the experience of working in a team or as a collective; the design project and group dynamics;> the dialogue with the entrepreneur: case studies of fertile relationships between professional designers and entrepreneurs, with a preference for little-explored themes that can open new critical perspectives based on original documentary sources or on new understandings of known sources;> the relationship, during the process of developing products and communication artefacts, between the designer and “intermediary” professional roles (that may no longer exist) such as the model-maker, the prototype developer, the photo-lithographer, the colour corrector, the layout artist, the typesetter and the new professional roles that have grown out of digital prototyping since the 1980s;> the designer in the firm: the practice, organization and management of the creative process and the development of the working drawing within a professional firm and the relationship between the designer and his staff;> the designer-entrepreneur: when the designer produces his own products.
All papers are subject to blind peer-review.
The deadlines are as follows:
• June 22, 2015: authors will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract;
• September 14, 2015: full paper submission; papers should be prepared according to the given style guidelines; submission will include an abstract, 5 keywords, a biographical note about the author/s, a set of images and captions (see below, under “Types of contributions and manuscript preparation”);
• October 16, 2015: authors will be notified of the final acceptance of their papers;
• November 13, 2015: final paper submission for publication.
TYPES of CONTRIBUTIONS and MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
All submitted contributions must be original texts. Papers that are beyond the scope of the journal, that have previously been submitted to other journals or have already been published in magazines or books in Italian or in any other language, or that replicate, in words or meaning, texts published elsewhere, will be rejected without peer review.
The contributions will be divided into the following categories:
1. essays (contributions
2. research studies (original papers on specific historical-analytical issues, based on studies conducted on primary sources and offering original historical insight into specific topics or stories) (max. 50,000 characters, including notes, bibliographical references and captions);
3. micro-histories (papers distinguished by the peculiar or innovative nature of the theme, with an analytical approach to original or circumscribed stories, or stories that have been neglected to date or refer to the border areas of the discipline) (max. 30,000 characters, including notes, bibliographical references and captions).
Final papers for publication must be accompanied by a short abstract (max. 150 words or 1000 characters) in Italian or in English, a list of 5 keywords referring to the themes and the authors of the paper, and a short biographical note (max. 150 words or 1000 characters), in Italian or in English.