At the recent International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) 2019 Conference, four members of Transformation North West, Jess and Laura from Lancaster and Gemma and Janett from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) ran a workshop to open up the TNW design charter to other PhD students around the UK and the world. The whole TNW cohort collectively wrote a charter in July 2018 that aimed to evolve doctoral design research and respond to current social, economic and environmental challenges. (Read the whole charter here)
The conference was held at MMU and took place between the 2nd and 5th September. The theme of the conference was “Design Revolutions”, in which the organisers wanted to “explore how design drives and responds to revolutionary thinking through questioning the norm, probing the now and embracing the new.” We felt that our Charter was the ideal place to start responding to the conference theme.