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Thank you to all our authors!

"What stood out for me a was the diverse range of topics and interconnected themes was evident in many of the presentations.. That is why the DEFSA is valuable for its educational relevance and academic resonance; a sounding board if you will, that shows the state of the practice and signifies the emerging trends."

Conference Sub-themes


  • Local vs global
  • Representation, communication and sharing of design knowledge
  • Experiential knowledge
  • The intersections between texts and objects as the material of design
  • Design fictions
  • Storying the intersection of design, research and collaborative humans


  • Lessons from industry
  • Studio based design research
  • Applied design research
  • Design-based research
  • Blue skies research in design
  • Collaborative design research
  • Design ethics and research
  • Design philosophy as research


  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Postgraduate studies, formats and assessment
  • Postgraduate supervision
  • The young researcher