DDC’18 – Doctoral Design Conference

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them”

Jack Kerouac


In 2018 the DDC, Design Doctoral Conference comes back to IADE, Universidade Europeia for its 5th edition. The conference will take place the days 20th, 21st  and 22nd of June, in IADE’s Campus in Santos, Lisbon.

The conference, promoted by UNIDCOM IADE (Research Unit in Design and Communication) and organized by the Ph.D. students of the doctoral program in design, intends to invite national and international Ph.D. Students in the field of design to share their research studies. All the proposals have to follow the submission guidelines. The proposed articles will be object of a double-blind review.

Transgression [/transˈɡrɛʃn/] n.

late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) “a transgression of the law,” in classical Latin, “a going over,” from transgressus, past participle oftransgredi “go beyond,” from trans- “across” (see trans-) + gradi (pastparticiple gressus) “to walk, go” (see grade ).

From Oxford Dictionary: “an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct”


The IADE, Universidade Europeia, together with UNIDCOM, Research Unit in Design and Communication, are pleased to announce the DDC’18, 5th Design Doctoral Conference. This edition intends to provide reflections about the theme of Transgression.

Several designers and artists have chosen transgression as a strategy to create provocative works. Avant-guards and radical movements had a central role, promoting disruptive approaches with the aim to overcome pre-established elements, with the idea of renewing, overstepping, going beyond.

Nevertheless, the theme transgression encompasses nowadays a more complex concept:  it means disobedience, subtending the idea to break the limits imposed by the society, market, and industry. We may today identify transgression as a promoter of cultural changes, as an endorser of new behaviors, as a catalyst for innovation.

Transgression is a part of the evolutionary change of individuals, away to go out from what we consider usual and comfortable and challenging the others and ourselves. It is a way to see the world from another perspective. Geography, culture, gender, and age may define different social and cultural boundaries; transgression is a way to overcome these limits, claim our rights, be part of a cultural change, promote equality and redefine a better future.

A transgressor can be considered as a disruptive and dangerous individual, as well as a visionary and an innovator: someone who is able to read the change and be part of it.  In design culture transgress means to disobey the established rules of the project, to promote radical innovation, to propose unconventional design approaches, to include in the design process themes like sustainability, social innovation, artificial intelligence and so on.

This year’s DDC ‘18 with the “Transgression” as a motto, provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to explore and develop their research interests at the crossroad between Design and other scientific areas. The organization of the conference invites Ph.D. students to submit their research papers within the following categories and challenges them and present out-of-the-box solutions and ideas on design for today and for the future:

  1. Interaction design and User-centered design
  2. Design for social innovation and sustainability
  3. Design principles and practices
  4. Envision Future
  5. Mapping Design
  6. Art and visual production
  7. Communication, culture and consumption


Break the rules and join us for three days of keynote speakers, presentations and networking advancing the state of design research.

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