Forums

Introduction  Online discussion forums allow discourse between researchers across institutional and national boundaries. They are a powerful way of staying in touch with current thinking, and may be used by to test emerging ideas in a public space or to get expert advice.


JISCMAIL in the UK hosts many discussion forums, on a very wide range of design related topics, some of which may be relevant to your studies. Specific design related forums are mentioned below, but a general search may turn up several more.
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PHD-DESIGN is an email discussion forum for all topics related to doctoral education in design, and design research generally.  The level of debate is often high, with participation by many of the world’s leading scholars.  It is a good place for students to ask well prepared questions and seek advice about their research.
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CEPHAD (Centre for Philosophy and Design) has the purpose of philosophical inquiry into design; advancing and supplementing Design Research through the application of Philosophy of Design.
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DESIGNPEDSIG is the Design Research Society’s Special Interest Group on design pedagogy. It brings together design researchers, teachers, practitioners and others responsible for design education delivery, to clarify and develop the role of design research in providing the theoretical underpinning for design education.
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EKSIG (Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group) is a DRS SIG concerned with understanding the nature and role of knowledge in research and practice in order to clarify fundamental principles and practices of using practice in research.
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CADE (Computers in Art and design Education) is an open discussion list on the role of Computers in Art & Design Education (CADE). A forum for the leading developments around the teaching of creative practices and the role of computer and communications technologies in traditional fields of art & design, the new media & performing arts.
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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES is a forum for debate and discussion of research and knowledge transfer issues and ideas concerned with the creative industries.
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INCLUSIVE-DESIGN is for those interested in the process of inclusive design and its application across all design disciplines
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