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The A' Advanced Design and Design Research Competition is an academic / semi-academic design conference and competition open to submissions of academic papers, poster presentations and research findings and visualization of research results by design professionals, academics, researchers, and prospective researches in design industry worldwide.

The A' Design Award for Advanced Design & Design Research is not just an award, it is the indicator of quality and perfection in design research, the award is recognized worldwide and takes the attention of design oriented companies, professionals and interest groups. Winning the A' Award is a certificate of excellence for designers and researchers, an important milestone in your career. Having the A' Award attracts the eyes of design oriented companies and other academics worldwide, winners will be able to find better and higher profile offers, get a step ahead in their life.

The winners of the A' Advanced Design & Design Research Award are provided extensive and exclusive marketing and communication services to promote the success of winning the A' Award. Proceedingswill be published and the winning submissions' poster presentations appear on the A' best designs book which is available worldwide, this book is furthermore distributed to the high-profile magazine editors, design oriented companies and relevant parties. Furthermore, winning papers will also be published at Advanced Design Research Annual, which includes not the posters, but the full papers of accepted entries.

The winning submissions are also exhibited at our museum in the form of a poster, and the best designs will be picked for the permanent exhibition. The winners appear on magazines, newspapers, webzines and many other publishing mediums.

The Advanced Design & Design Research Award is for people who research, conceive in the mind, form, model, organize, prepare the structure and list the processes of a work to be executed in an interdisciplinary way. Advanced Design & Design Research Award is for people who are passionate practitioners and pioneers of design that create guidelines, make experiments and research about design.

The Award was founded by an international advisory board experienced in advanced design studies, and dedicated to the proposition that the designers of design, metadesigners and artifact creators deserve a great honoring experience and award to highlight them. The A' Advanced Design & Design Research Award also works as platform for Advanced Design Conference to collect and filter submissions.

What should I Write?
You should write a paper that fits one of the sub-category tracks. In summary, you might submit a paper in three diverse themes. 1. The Core Stream; discusses Design and Advanced Design itself with the aim to develop the advanced design literature and fundamental definitions. 2. Applied Advanced Design which focuses on the application of Advanced Design in the form of Design Management, Design Strategy, and Research, the aim is to discover thinking patterns and to collect base principles in design. 3. Advanced Design Multidisciplinary Stream which discusses design's role and vision in other fields and how design processes or tools are created, developed or integrated in such fields, the aim is to focus on the multidisciplinary role of design.

Proceedings & Publication
Proceedings of the competition / conference will be published and printed as a hardcopy by designer press in the form of an annual book: Advanced Design Research Annual. While the book itself will be available for sale, individual papers will be free/open-access to worldwide researchers to help ease of access and citations.

Conference Venue
The Conference will be held one day before the A' Design Award Gala-Night, at Como / Italy at late August at a Villa near the Lake Como.

Review and Acceptance
Entries in this competition will be peer-reviewed and proceedings will be published separately, furthermore winners will also be eligible to join Advanced Design Conference with discount. Reviews will be anonymous and conference participants agree to review 2 papers in the next edition of the event.

Conference Programme
The conference programme will be sent to accepted entrants one month prior to conference. Each accepted paper will be given 15 minutes time + 5 minutes of questions and answers session.

Poster Session
Each entry must accompany a poster presentation, using a 3600x3600 pixel image 72dpi jpeg. The research posters will be presented in various exhibitions around the world. The posters should be a visualization of what you present in the paper, Additional smaller images could very well data-visualizations of findings, further visuals and complementary photographs.

Entrants could choose to join in person, or attend virtually. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English.

Application Fees
Each paper submission is subject to an application fee that changes based on the period (early / standard / late). Each paper can have unlimited authors, and the payment is required per paper.

Conference Fees
For authors with accepted publications, the conference costs a further 50 € fee to join (per author, in person presentations only, virtual presentations will be free), that includes the printed copy of proceedings and other materials, conference program, badges, and lunch served during the sessions. Lodging, accomodation and travel fees are not included.

Who should Join?
Everyone interested in Advanced Design and Design Research can and should join. The award especially targets an audience with a solid academic background. Design researchers, design lecturers, design professors, designers, inspiring designers and students are welcome. The award is also open to people from different non-design fields in order to strengthen the multidisciplinary nature of the competition. If you use design to improve and advance, and if you could write a formal paper (or create a poster) about it, you are most welcome.

Aims and Visions
The primary aim of the Advanced Design & Design Research Award is to develop the advanced design literature, taxonomy and fundamental definitions and to award leading researchers. The conference further focuses on the application of Advanced Design in the form of Design Management, Design Strategy, and Research, to discover thinking patterns and principles in advanced design. The final aim is to discuss the design's role and vision in other fields and how design processes or tools are integrated in such fields, with the aim to focus on the multidisciplinary role of design.

Papers will be Public
Please note that your papers will be freely accessible to everyone without any charges (if accepted, after conference) and you will not be able to modify them later. Thus it is of uttermost importance that you provide the required research and scientific due diligence in your publications. Please note that a compiled version of all papers will be available for purchase to outsiders in form of a book, and this book will be also be provided free to participants: the full name of the publication is "Advanced Design Research Annual - Proceedings of the Xth Conference on Advanced Design Studies".

Submission Period
You may submit your article for publication to the conference at any time, however to catch the next edition of the conference, you should submit as soon as possible. Because each time a conference proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed and will be either "fully accepted", "accepted with major changes", "accepted with minor changes" or rejected. Your submission must be "fully accepted" before it could be published, thus it is important that you start the procedure now, and follow the suggestions of the reviewers to fix or edit your papers.

Next Edition Publication Details
Advanced Design Research Annual 2014, ISBN 9788897977056, Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Advanced Design Studies, 15-16 April, Como, Italy


Submission Procedure
Submissions are made over the A' Design Award platform, please scroll down the bottom of the page to see requirements and the template. To make a submission, simply fill your paper using the template and guidelines and submit it as a PDF to the system (to start click register now botton on the bottom of this section, and login with your credentials. Upload papers as if you are uploading designs, and nominate papers (send papers for review) using the nominate design section).

To submit your conference proposal for review, you will log-in to A' Design Award and make your submission in form of an entry.  Here is the information you will need to complete and submit the form:

  1. Login or Register to A' Design Award
  2. Please download the publication template here.
  3. Click Upload Design from your Control Panel. Once you do this, a new page will appear. At this page you will need to fill several details:
  4. DESIGN/PROJECT NAME: Enter the Title of Your Proposal heere
  5. PRIMARY FUNCTION: Enter the Subtitle of Your Proposal here, if you do not have a subtitle, type in "Design Research".
  6. UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT EXPLANATION: For this section, please indicate the track/theme of your research.
  7. COMPETITION & CATEGORY : Choose "A' Advanced Design and Design Research Award".
  8. INSPIRATION: Type in why you decided to make this study.
  9. PRODUCTION OR REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY (AND MATERIALS)*: For this section type in the type of scholarly work: Research, Practice, or Theory orientation.
  11. TEAM MEMBERS*: Type in co-authors for this publication.
  12. TAGS / KEYWORDS*: Type in some keywords to mark your paper.
  13. OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION**: Type in the citations of your paper.
  14. RESEARCH ABSTRACT: Provide your abstract to this section. (Without citations)
  15. PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION**: Type in your affiliation and University.
  16. THE CREATIVE / RESEARCH CHALLENGE**: Type in what was the most difficult issue for this research.
  17. Remaining fields are optional, and no need to be filled. Click Save and Continue, and a new page will appear.
  18. In this page, you can upload the poster (main image 3600x3600 pixels). You can also upload four additional images and tables. If you do not have the poster or images ready, it is okay (you can upload them later). Proceed to next step by clicking on Save and Continue.
  19. On this page, you will be seeing a preview of your submission. To upload your paper presentation, please click "Update Documentation" button.
  20. Choose your PDF File to upload your paper (you can download the template below, and save it as PDF). Upon upload, you will be redirected back to your submission preview. From this page you can edit or modify your submission as many times as required.
  21. Once you think your submission looks good, and information is correct, scroll down the bottom of the page to Nomination Section.
  22. Follow the steps to complete the payment. Payments can be made via credit-card, wiretransfer or other methods.
  23. Once the payment is made, your paper will be send to two independent reviewers who would comment on your paper. You might be required to make changes to your paper before it could be published.
  24. All accepted papers will be published. You will also be notified for the conference dates, but virtual attendence will be possible.

Selection Criteria
Selection is based on Seven (7) Criteria: 1. Coherence : Your research should cover purely design or implementation of design in other fields. 2. Methodology: Your submission should clearly explain the methodology used (either new or pre-existing) and must also support your decision of the used methodology based on evidence that it is coherent and related with the aims of your research. 3. Data Consistency: You should indicate how the data was collected and if this data are well selected and related to your topic and whether if your data are consistent. 4. Original Contribution and Critical Qualities: Your research topic should either cover a contemporary and fashionable topic, or should re-cover an old topic in a new way. It must be interesting and should provide new, uncovered knowledge in the field; it should fill a gap of knowledge. Finally, it should also critically demonstrate self-awareness of your own perspectives and interests. 5. Bibliographic Richness and Use of Existing Knowledge: Literature Review: Your submission should demonstrate an adequate understanding of the current literature. Your references should be relevant and good. 6. Clarity: Your submission should be clearly demonstrating a point; with conclusions etc. 7. Design of the Poster. You should be able to make a visual demonstration of your research in the form of a poster, this is especially relevant as one of the aims of this conference is to make design research accessible; we will forward your posters to a design-oriented media for publication possibilities in common media as well.

Papers can be between 2 to 8 pages long. This conference requires final paper submission both short and long papers are accepted however just abstract submissions are not accepted, yet for each submission abstracts are still required. Papers must present original material and will be reviewed rigorously by at least two reviewers in a double-blind process. Papers will be assessed for their contribution to the design field in all areas.

Difference from Other Design Conferences
The Advanced Design Conference is a semi-academic / academic conference organized by OMC Design Studios SRL which incorporates the academic criteria of conferences (blind review, publishing, scientific committee and others) meanwhile incorporating the merits of further publicity and spread possibilities. This conference is aimed to maximize the dissemination of research findings and advancement of advanced design studies, thus unlike other conferences, your individual research papers will not be for sale and every published article will be always freely accessible from the platform to other researchers. This conference starts one day before the A' Design Award Gala Night & Exhibition, later converging with it, allows you to meet the A' Design Award Winners, press members, manufacturers, and other partakers. From this perspective, it is a one of a kind conference that while having academic rigor in its organization also provides networking and much wider dissemination for the publications. We challenge you to participate in an exhilarating conference for listening, doing, research, designing, discussing, learning and having fun meanwhile meeting with prolific academics and designers from all-over the world that are eager to share their knowledge and perspectives on design and advanced design studies. Please contact us for further questions and comments regarding the conference and any feedback you would want to provide.

Conference Dates
The next edition of the Advanced Design Conference will be held in Como, Italy, between 27 and 28 August, 2013.

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Submission Requirements:

  Dimensions Format Notes
Main Image* 3600 x 3600 pixels JPEG Poster: Very well made, visual presentation of your design research.
Optional Image #1 1800 x 1800 pixels JPEG Additonal Poster Page: A focused presentation of results in your research.
Optional Image #2 1800 x 1800 pixels JPEG Additonal Poster Page: A focused presentation of results in your research.
Optional Image #3 1800 x 1800 pixels JPEG Additonal Poster Page: A focused presentation of results in your research.
Optional Image #4 1800 x 1800 pixels JPEG Additonal Poster Page: A focused presentation of results in your research.
Documentation* Max. 40 x A4 Pages PDF Your Paper Submission (The Full Article). Should use the submission template.
Video File Max. 10 MB. 45 Sec. AVI A movie of your research presentation or other relevant material.
* Required.

Templates and Guidelines:

  Dimensions Format Download
Documentation Max. 40 x A4 Pages PDF Click to download the Submission Template in MS Word Format that should be used to prepare the Documentation PDF for Advanced Design and Design Research Category.
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