Nordcode 2022 – “Interactions and Collaborations through Design”

Welcome to the 20th Nordcode seminar at NTNU,
Trondheim, Norway

– 18 March. 2022
NTNU – DEpartment of Design
Submission deadline: 17th of january 

Topic: “Interactions and Collaborations through Design”

As the world is getting more complex, interactions more challenging, and resources more scarce, the concept of and need for “Collaboration” as quoted by Henry Dreyfuss, has significantly been expanded.  Socio-economically and politically, relational and proactive perspectives are taking more center stage when we are discussing, teaching and practicing design.

Moreover, designers, organizations and other actors need to adapt and innovate their products and services to survive and progress in the present commercial climate, which is characterized by an ever-changing business landscape. This implies that instead of competing with one another, organizations, designers, NGO´s, research institutions, people, etc. need to collaborate to create some sort of value.

With respect to design and development activities, processes, which are also highly collaborative, involving technical and non-technical teams in businesses of all sizes— from start-ups to multinational corporations—are critical for decision making. Therefore, considerable efforts need to be undertaken to understand how collaboration across these complex processes and supply chains should be managed and conducted and how innovation is facilitated in processes, where different stakeholders are involved in a multitude of interdependent tasks.

To gain a better understanding of how “Networks” and “Networking” impacts design, this year´s conference theme is about “Collaborating” and “Interacting” among people, organizations and other actors, across interdisciplinary fields. An emphasis will be placed on attitudes, philosophies, processes and methods from different design-related disciplines, their multifaceted interactions and forms of communication

Moreover, as most nations have successfully conquered the challenges of the COVID era and are now entering a Post-COVID one, this conference in itself aims to mark this transition by encouraging more in-person interactions. We are therefore encouraging contributions with the following thematic foci.

  • Knowledge creation and -integration between actors from different disciplines
  • Communication between actors about both the design content and the design process
  • Creation of shared understanding about subjects, issues and challenges communicated

More specifically, we are inviting contributions within the following areas related to “Collaboration + Design”:

  • Design tools and materials for collaboration
  • Participatory Design
  • Design-driven University-Industry Collaboration
  • Networking and Stakeholder Collaboration
  • Collaborative Value Creation
  • Collaborative Knowledge Sharing through Design
  • Collaborative sketching and visualization
  • Product-Service Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Computer-supported Collaborative Design
  • Creative Collaboration and Community Consultation through Design
  • Collaborative (Service) Design, Art and Architecture.
  • Micro-level Human-to-Human Interactions and Collaborations
  • Public Innovation through Collaboration, Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Theoretical Frameworks for Collaborative Design
  • Collaborative Design Teaching and Learning

However, ancillary and peripheral contributions to the topic of “Collaboration + Design” are also welcome and will be considered.

Call for Papers, Project Presentations, Workshops and Symposia

This year´s conference supports a wide variety of contributions: Paper and Project Presentations, Workshops, and Symposia


  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s)
  • Extended abstract not to exceed 500 words.

Design Workshops

  • Title of the workshop
  • Workshop Organizers (names, affiliation, and contact information)
  • Scope and topics of the workshop (max 1 page)
  • Rationale (max 250 words)
    • Why is the topic current and important?
    • How does the workshop differ from others, i.e., related workshops and conferences of similar topics?
  • Planned format of the workshop (max 250 words), including
    • Duration of the workshop: 1 hour, 2 hours, or Half-day
    • Tentative schedule and plan


  • Title of the Symposium
  • Symposium Organizers (names, affiliation, and contact information)
  • Scope and topics of the Symposium (max 1 page)
  • Draft Call for Papers (max 1 page)
  • Title and extended abstracts of the presentations (Max 2 pages)
  • Rationale (max 1 page)
    • Why is the topic current and important?
    • Why will the Symposium attract a significant number of submissions of good quality?
  • A short biography of the presenters (up to 100 words per presenter)

Remark: A symposium would last for +/- 1,5 hours and comprise of 5 – 7 paper presentations. It is chaired by the symposium organizers. The symposium organizers should recruit contributions pertaining the title of the symposium.
They can also present a paper.


Location: NTNU – Department of Design, Trondheim, Norway
Cost: The seminar is free of charge

If you are interested to participate, please send in: (1) an extended abstract of your paper, (2) workshop plan, or (3) Symposium Set up, before the 17th of January 2022 to


Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Organising team

André Liem, Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Nordcode
Martina Keitsch, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Anders Warell, Lund University & Nordcode
Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Aalto University BIZ & Nordcode
Mads Nygaard Folkmann, University of Southern Denmark & Nordcode
Monika Hestad, Brand Valley / Oslo School of Architecture and Design & Nordcode


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