2017 Nybro & Kalmar

Sketch Molntapet made by Hans Krondahl

Nordcode together with Designarkivet in Nybro, are hosting the 16th Nordcode seminar 7-9 November 2017.

Please download (updated 08.11.2017) NORDCODE 2017 SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Topic: Traces of the Design Process

Nordcode 2017 Seminar programme (preliminary)

Tuesday, november 7th,  Location: Kalmar konstmuseum

09:30– 10:15 Registration and coffee
10:15 – 10:30 Eva Wängelin: Seminar welcome
10:30 – 12:00 Paper session 1

Anders Warell, Jasjit Singh, Jörgen Normark: Sketching Interactions: A Semantic Approach to Designing Products Through Action Layers
Philip Ekströmer: Sketching in a new dimension; A pilot study on Virtual Reality sketching for computer aided ideation
Nenad Pawel: Trajectories of objects of reification from sketch to an object

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote: Ken Friedman, Chair Professor of Design Innovation Studies at Tongji University
14:00 – 14:45 Exhibition tour: ”Designarkivet A-Ö”
14:00 – 14:45 Coffee break
15:00– 16:30 Paper Session 2

J.D. Öhrling: Visual communication in design: Why we pick our weapons of choice
Halldór Björn Haldórsson: Designing by hand – necessity or nostalgia?
Kirsi Manninen: Building Bridges with Costume Sketching – Thinking and Communication through Analogue and Digital Means

16:30 Break – time to check in at hotels
18:00 Evening Informal get-together, place to be announced

Wednesday, november 8th,  Location: Designarkivet, Nybro

09:00 – 09:45 Bus trip from Kalmar to Pukeberg, Nybro
09:45 – 10:45 Keynote: Pia Sandström, artist
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Paper session 3

Arild Berg: Materializing the digital sketch
Anders Warell: Forms of Interaction: A Semantic Approach to Designing Products Through Action Layers
Line Hjorth Christensen: Knud V. Engelhardt’s sketches in Designmuseum Denmark – a contextual draft for at research project on the work of architect and designer Knud V. Engelhardt

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Keynote: Nina Beckmann, Director of Grafikens hus, Södertälje
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 16:30 Paper session 4

Thomas Hellquist: Retro-thinking concerning Composition
Torbjörn Andersson: Aesthetic Flexibility – Modularity of Visual Form in Product Portfolios and Branded Products
Anthony Clair Wagner: Lost sketches of subversive design

16:30 – 17:00 A quick look at the Design archive

17:00 Evening Venue – Hyttsill, with culinary food which are traditional to glass production and Småland. Demonstration of glass blowing, possibilities to try out both engraving on the glass which comes with your welcome drink (the glass you can keep) and glass blowing in the glass work

Bus trip back to Kalmar around 20:00

Thursday, november 9th,  Location: Kalmar konstmuseum

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote: Petra Lilja, industrial designer
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Paper Session 5

Charlotte Sjödell: Overcoming the fear of making a “crappy” sketch
Katinka Schartau: To sketch or not to sketch – has the use of CAD and other drawing program an impact on the sketching process?
Elin Olander: In the mind of a designer; Summing up an observation of a classic Grounded Theory troubleshooting seminar

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Discussion

Travel information

From Stockholm: It is possible to fly from Stockholm to Kalmar.

If you travel by train from Stockholm you change train in Alvesta. Almost 1 departure every hour. First train of the day depart 05:21, arriving in Kalmar 10:01. Last train of the day departure at 18:21- arriving at 22:59

From Copenhagen, there is train directly to Kalmar every second hour. Earliest departure 05:07 arriving 08:59. Last departure of the day 19:07 arriving at 22:59

From Gothenburg, there is a direct morning train. 06:05, arriving at 10:01 Two evening departures 16:05 – 20:09 and 18:05 arriving 22:03


Slottshotellet www.slottshotellet.se
A special offer is provided at Slottshotellet which is situated across the street from Kalmar konstmuseum. The code for the special offer on the 7 or 8 November is Nordcode. Prices are 895:-/single room, 1095:-/double room. A light evening meal is included in the price. They also have a budget accommodation to 695:-/single or 895:-/double Skr. The number of rooms are limited.

Kalmar has a small city centre. There are a number of other hotels within walking distance from Kalmar konstmuseum. See map.

NOTE: Long time parking on Järnvägsgatan and at the hotel (for residents).

Evening venue 8/11

Evening Venue is voluntary and will be available at 275 Skr / 29 Euro. Please confirm if you want to attend the venue no later than 31th of October.

 Hyttsill, with culinary food which are traditional to glass production and Småland. “Isterband” = local smoked sausage, fried pork, “hyttsill” = salted herring cooked in the oven with cream and onion (Was originally cooked in the glass oven). Dessert, Swedish cheese cake with whipped cream, strawberry jam coffeeor tea. A glass of wine or a decent beer is included in the price. Light beer and water is also on the table. Demonstration of glass blowing, all guests also have possibility to try to blow glass in the glass work. You will furthermore be able to try engraving on the glass which came with your welcome drink (the glass you can keep).



Nordcode together with Designarkivet in Nybro, are hosting the 16th Nordcode seminar 7-9 November 2017. We hereby invite you to participate by submitting work on the role of sketching in design.

Topic: Traces of the Design Process

The purpose of Nordcode is to stimulate scholarly discussion and act as a platform to support growing a design research community by encouraging established as well as emerging researchers in the field. Scholars, doctoral students, practitioners and others from the fields of design studies, design history and culture, media, communication and branding studies, interaction design and related fields, are welcome to take part in the seminar with working papers. The papers may present finished research, work-in-progress or initial ideas, as we believe in the value of discussion and co-development of proposed ideas.

Sketches are material remains of individual and collective design processes. Designarkivet in Nybro, which is a detached department of Kalmar konstmuseum, gathers design sketches, drawings and reference materials from different design fields. The archive contains approximately 120,000 sketches from more than 700 Swedish designers. Some material is donated in connection with retiring or the closure of a design firm; some designers donate materials continuously. It is clear that the designers themselves put value on their material and sees the importance of saving the material for posterity. A large amount of the donated material also have a high artistic quality.

The importance of having sketching skill in the design profession cannot be overlooked, but sketching is not a uniform activity. The sketches may have various shapes and purposes. They differ between individuals, between different design fields, between different production methods and products.

Despite the significance of sketching for the design profession, historically and still, the sketches themselves are in many ways taken for granted. Sketches have not received the attention they deserve, neither in design research nor in other literature about design processes and design methods. An illustrative example is when words related to sketch and sketching are missing from the registry list in methodological books.

The ways of working in design are also rapidly changing in the digital era. Is there a future for traditional sketch work or are sketches obsolete? What comes instead? What will we save for posterity tomorrow?

The topic of the 2017 Nordcode seminar: “Traces of the Design Process” takes its starting point in the role of sketching in the design process, and in the significance of the sketch for designers, today and tomorrow. Here are some proposed topics:

  • Sketches as a way to increase our understanding of creative processes. What purposes can be linked to the sketch and sketching? Who is the sketch for? What is its purpose? What is the role of the sketch when designing?
  • The sketch and its value. What is the significance of the sketch? What should be saved for posterity? How can the material be used in research?
  • The role of sketching. Sketching can be done using pen, paper, digital media, prototyping material, etc.; tools which are used for different purposes. What happens if sketching is removed from the process? How does it impact the result of the act of designing?
  • Physical traces of design processes in products. The effect of different forms of production on the relationship between process and product. What traces of the process are preserved with new ways to produce, such as the 3-D printer?
  • Digital consequences. More and more designers are using computers to do sketch work. The security in traditional physical archives are usually very high, but the issue of security becomes more complicated when design work and processes are saved in a digital format. How can we secure digital content for future research?

Several areas adjacent to the questions above can be included in the seminar topic. In addition to the special topic of the seminar, we also welcome submissions that fall under the various other traditional Nordcode themes within communicative design.

Abstracts for working papers (max 400 words + 5 keywords) should be emailed before March 31st to Nordcode@designarkivet.se

Working papers are expected to have a final length of 2500 words. Although we recommend APA references, the structure and format of paper submissions is free as we encourage discussion across disciplinary borders. In the informal spirit of Nordcode, we emphasise and encourage the following:

  • the focus on working papers rather than finished work (although such work is not excluded)
  • the opportunity to discuss and develop emerging concepts and question established ones
  • the focus on assessing contributions based on potential and providing constructive, forward looking rather than normative advice in reviews, in order to create an including and encouraging community.

In order to support the above, innovative formats are encouraged apart from the written text, which allow for creative, critical and constructive discussions to stimulate the development of emergent ideas and researchers.

In case the abstract is accepted the working paper will also be accepted, as long as the working paper is in line with the content of the abstract, properly completed and meets sufficient quality standards. The reviewers can/will comment and advice for alterations.

Accepted final papers will be published on the seminar webpage.

Participation in the seminar is free of charge.

Time line

Abstract deadline: March 31st
Accept/rejection message: April 30th
Working paper deadline: August 30th
Final acceptance/comments: September 15th
Deadline for the finished paper: October 15th

Seminar: November 7-9th 2017