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Important dates 2010

2 May
9 May
2 June
18 July
15 August

30 September

28 October
  Deadline for Abstracts
Ext. Deadline for Abstracts
Notification of Acceptance
Deadline for Final Papers
Ext. Deadline WS Proposals
Papers Accepted / Revised

Deadline Registration 
Conference Dinner
 Conference opens

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Online conference proceedings now available!

Feel free to download the conference proceedings of the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference 2010.

 Conference Proceedings Swiss Design Network Conference 2010.pdf

If you are interested in a hardcopy of the proceeding, please contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by email.
The publication is available for CHF 55.- excluding shipping costs.


Negotiating Futures - Design Fiction

Designers see the world not simply as it is, but rather as it could be. In this perspective, the world is a laboratory to explore the contingency of the existing and the thinking in options. Imaginations of the contra factual are a key source for the creation of alternative political, technological, social, or economic constellations of artefacts, interfaces, signs, actors, and spaces. At the same time, strategies of materialization are pivotal to shift the boundary between the fictional and the real and to finally bring possible new realities into being. The conference addresses the questions of how fictions are designed and how the multiplicity of possible new futures is negotiated and realized.

All keynote and paper presentations of the 6th Swissdesign Network Conference 2010 are now online.

The keynote and paper presentations are available on
All presentations can be downloaded as zip-files.

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Impressions of the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference 2010.

We posted a few impressions of the SDN Conference 2010 in Basel.
Within the next 2 weeks we will be able to provide the whole keynote presentations an paper sessions as video streams.

View pictures on Flickr

Nicolas Nova, preconference keynote speaker.

Keynote speech at the Swiss Design Network about Science-Fiction and Design.
View his slides on Pasta & Vinegar blog.

Fiction in design research

Report on the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference in Basle, 2010
By Evert Ypma, Design researcher and creative strategist December 2, 2010
Evert Ypma is member of the advisory panel of the Iridescent, the Icograda Journal of Design Research.
 Fiction in design research.pdf 

Julian Bleecker's review of the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference 2010.

Julian Bleecker was a keynote speaker at the Swiss Design Network Conference 2010 in Basel.
Read more on the website of the Near Future Laboratory

Marc Dusseiller's presentation slides on the dusjagr labs blog.

Marc Dusseiller was a keynote speaker at the Swiss Design Network Conference 2010 in Basel.
Read more on the dusjagr lab blog