A little late notice here, but in a few weeks, Arizona State University is hosting a weekend symposium (April 11-13, 2008) on the state-of-the-art in design research:
"This event is initiated and organized by students from the Master of Science in Design and PhD in Environmental Design and Planning programs in an effort to facilitate learning about design research in the context of academic and professional practice. Crafted to maximize interaction, the symposium will include plenary sessions with ample time for conversation, as well as afternoon workshops to deepen understanding of specific methods and topics. The intended audience is anyone who is curious about the practice of research within the context of design."
Some of the more interesting sounding topics include:
- "Design Research Career Development" (Matthew Jordan)
- "A Day in the Life of a Design Researcher: Introspective Ethnography" (Matt Zabel)
- "Statistics, Sex, Dogs, v. Cats, and the Role of Design" (Dan Formosa).
The schedule and list of speakers from academia and industry is provided in the conference flier PDF.