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Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD)
The Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD) conference will be hosted by the College of Architecture, Art and Design at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on February 15, 16 and 17, 2018. The congress will include presentations from international academicians from across the globe and a keynote presentation from Jordanian architect Rasem Jamal Badran.
Early Registration ends November 15, 2017.
With the generous support of Barjeel Art Foundation
Call for Abstracts
The evolution of representational methodologies in the visual arts as well as design education and practice has altered the means by which concepts are developed and presented. Advances in technology have facilitated novel approaches to representation that have influenced the design process and practice across a range of disciplines. The Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD) conference seeks submissions that explore a broad range of representational strategies, methods and media in contemporary art and design education and practice. The conference will consider the role that representation plays in reshaping and advancing ideas about graphic communication in both the academy and practice.
The conference organizers invite submissions of abstracts no longer than 500 words as well as full session proposals that include three to four papers topically related.
As of July 1, abstract submission for the Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD) conference is complete. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal. Additional abstracts will potentially be reviewed and possibly considered only if they demonstrate exceptional quality or fit an existing theme or session well. Authors will be notified of acceptance by September 15, 2017.
Potential Session Themes
- The role of representation in design
- Integrating digital and analogue processes to support design communication
- Pedagogical approaches to representation and communication
- Teaching design communication at the beginning of the curriculum
- Design communication across disciplines
- Visual communication and representation across cultures
- Integrating image and text
- Visual communication across languages
- The roles of representation in Universal Design
- Relations between illustration and design
- Developing independence and growth through drawing
- Ways designers promote seeing
- Drawing convention and drawing invention
- Challenging the traditions of drawing and drawing instruction in design and art schools
- Drawing as rhetoric
- Digital images and the liberation of drawing in design curricula
- The end of drawing
Abstract Submission and Review Process
Abstracts accepted for 20-minute presentations at the conference and full session proposals will be selected through a blind peer-review process.
Individual and Co-Authored Papers
Individual and co-authored submissions must include the following documents provided as separate PDFs that do not exceed 2 MB each:
1) a cover page with paper title, name(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es), email address(es) and telephone numbers of the author(s) (with the corresponding author identified) [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Paper_Cover.pdf]
2) a one-page abstract with the paper title, summary of the paper not to exceed 500 words, and images (if applicable) [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Paper_Abstract.pdf]. Abstracts must contain no information or references that would identify the author(s) in order to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process.
Full Session Proposals
Proposals for full sessions must include the following documents provided as separate PDFs that do not exceed 2 MB each:
1) a cover page with the proposed session title, paper titles, names, affiliations, mailing addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of the session organizer and all authors [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_Full_Session_Cover.pdf]; and
2) a proposal with the session title, session description, paper titles, summary of the session and abstracts for the papers not to exceed 500 words each, and images (if applicable) [file name: PPADD_2018_First and last name of first author_ Full_Session_Proposal.pdf].
Proposals must contain no information or references that would identify the author in order to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process. For full session proposals, the organizer will serve as the corresponding author.
Complete submissions must be submitted via email to [email protected] no later than July 01, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be provided by September 15.
All abstracts will be blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and distributed at the conference.
Due Date and Software
All paper submissions must be received by December 15, 2017.
Software: Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf). Unformatted text
Any other formats or media will not be accepted.
We reserve the right to edit text and illustrations in order to conform to the following limitations:
Text: Max. 4000 words. Illustrations: Max. of 8 total (may combine several images to create a single image)
Total Pages: Max. of 8 pages in publication (includes text, notes, references, illustrations)
You are responsible for the quality of your paper by providing text that is error free. Your paper will be published without further editing. Text files, including image captions, must be submitted in unformatted Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) using 9 point Time New Roman font. Text files should be named with the author's last name, _text and the extension: Example: FSmith_text.doc or FSmith_text.rtf
Final publication formatting such as line spacing, margins, columns, indents, etc. will be established by the design of the proceedings. Type should be entered in the following way:
Paper Title: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps
Author's Name: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps
Author's School: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps
No address or phone number
Head/Subhead: Upper/Lower Case, Initial Caps
Paragraphs: Upper/Lower Case
Assign the Normal style to ALL the above elements. Do not assign any tabs or indents. Set all text to flush left. All text must be set as single spaced with NO blank lines. Word emphasis within a paragraph is acceptable as bold or italic but NOT underlined. In addition to embedded images in text, provide all images in a separate folder.
You are responsible for the quality of your published images by providing high-quality digital files that have been prepared to read in grayscale. Please call if you have any questions. Image files may not exceed 6.5" high or 6" wide. Image files may not be less than 3" wide. All image files must be in Grayscale TIFF or JPEG format 300 dpi and be named with the author's last name,_fig# and the extension: Example: FSmith_fig1.tif or, FSmith_fig2.jpg
Notes and References
DO NOT use an endnote/footnote or header command in word processing. Indicate notes and references where applicable in the body of the text with numbers in parenthesis. All notes and references should be added at the end of the paper, following a major heading (e.g., Notes, References) as applicable. All notes, references, and bibliographies must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html. Representative examples follow.
Example - Notes:
1. Emery Blackfoot, Chance Encounters (Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987).
Example - References/Bibliography:
Blackfoot, Emery. Chance Encounters. Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987
Example - Notes:
1. John J. Benjoseph, "On the Anticipation of the New Metaphors," Cuyahoga Review 24
Example - References/Bibliography:
Benjoseph, John J. "On the Anticipation of New Metaphors," Cuyahoga Review 24 (1988):
Direct quotes of more than three lines should be typed as a separate paragraph. Quotes will be indented during publication production.
Please include only those illustrations necessary for a complete understanding of the paper. The author must obtain permission for use of non-original drawings and photo work in advance. Reference all illustrations within the text file with a figure number in parentheses and a caption to indicate your preferred image locations:
Example: (insert Figure 2 here)
Fig 2. Illustration Caption.
Please make every effort to ensure the integrity of your files before sending, as this will help us to avoid publishing delays.
For questions, please email:
The conference will be held at the College of Architecture, Art and Design of American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Located a short drive from the center of Sharjah City and from the city of Dubai, the university is home to more than 100 nationalities. Sharjah is known as a city of learning and the arts, as confirmed by its 1998 UNESCO designation as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World. For more about Sharjah, see http://sharjahtourism.ae/.
The College of Architecture, Art and Design has an esteemed reputation for the creative disciplines, offering bachelor's degree programs in architecture, design management, interior design, multimedia design and visual communication, as well as a master's degree program in urban planning. Its Bachelor of Architecture program was the first of its kind outside North America to be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board of the United States.
Centro Sharjah is located adjacent to Sharjah international Airport. It is 25 minutes' drive from Dubai International Airport, and 5 minutes away from Sharjah University City.
Special Room Rates
- 10% discount on our best available rate on all room categories
- Inclusive of the complimentary buffet breakfast.
- With complementary Internet access in the room and lobby
Note: To avail the 10% discount on our best available rates, booking should be done through email mentioning the conference you are attending.
Complimentary transfer for groups only (10 and above) to and from the AUS conference venue. Timing to be informed in advance and is subject to availability.
Cancellation and No-Show Policy
Reservations or bookings require a valid credit card (guest's credit card number and expiry date) to guarantee the booking and to keep the reservation in the system for guests arriving at a later time. Non-guaranteed reservations/bookings may only be kept in the hotel's system. Any cancellation received three days before arrival will attract no cancellation fees. Any no-show rooms will attract the full stay accommodation fee.
All the above rates are subject to availability and previous reservation is required with enough notice period.
PO Box 3677, Sharjah, UAE
Tel: + 971 6 508 8155 or + 971 6 508 8000
Fax: + 971 6 508 8111
Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah
This stunning resort hotel in Sharjah is the perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers with its proximity to prime shopping and business areas, the Arabian Gulf's spectacular beaches and the city of Dubai. Other features, such as private beach and a lagoon, ensure a memorable and unique stay.
AED 630.00 net bed and breakfast per room per night
AED 690.00 net bed and breakfast per room per night
Terms and Conditions
- Above rate are inclusive of 10 percent municipal taxes and 10 percent service charges.
- Above rates are net and non-commissionable.
- Above rates are inclusive of one buffet breakfast for single and two for double.
- Above rates are inclusive of 24 hour-Internet access.
- Free group transfer to AUS and back for minimum of 10 rooms booked in house.
The Urban Thread • Not the Urban Threat
Reflections on the Narrative of Place and People
Keynote Address by Rasem Jamal Badran
February 15, 2018
AUS Main Building Auditorium
Rasem Jamal Badran, a Jordanian architect of Palestinian descent, employs a methodological approach that deﬁnes architecture as a continuous dialogue between contemporary needs and historical inherited cultural values. https://www.rasembadran.com
About the Keynote Address (PDF)
Trip to Louvre Abu Dhabi
Saturday, February 17
The entire world is excited about the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and we are happy to have the opportunity to use the second day of the Representation: Processes and Practices Across Design Disciplines conference to share the excitement with PPADD participants.
Bring your sketchbooks, cameras, and appetite for quality. See the posted schedule for transport details.
Thursday, February 15
Please click below to see details for workshops by:
As part of the international conference Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines to be held February 15-17 at American University of Sharjah (AUS), the AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) is hosting a juried exhibition of work by current CAAD faculty, students and alumni.
CAAD alumni are invited to submit up to two pieces of work for consideration. We seek work that employs a broad range of representational techniques from within and outside of the disciplines represented by the degree programs in CAAD. We are interested in seeing what you have been doing since graduation.
Please submit TIFF files as described below to [email protected] no later than January 18, 2018. Each submission must include the piece as it is to be printed (up to A2 at 300 dpi) and a second file for review (20 cm in the longest dimension at 72dpi).
Files should be prepared as follows:
First Name_Family Name_PPADD_2018_Alumni_1_300.tiff
First Name_Family Name_PPADD_2018_Alumni_1_72.tiff
First Name_Family Name_PPADD_2018_Alumni_2_300.tiff
First Name_Family Name_PPADD_2018_Alumni_2_72.tiff
Also, please include a Word document with your name, the title of the work, degree program, year of graduation and brief narrative about the work (if applicable). Label the file as follows:
First Name_Family Name_PPADD_2018_Alumni_Details.doc
We invite all CAAD alumni to register for and join us at the conference.
Thank You for Registering