The Call for Papers for the third issue of Cubic Journal seeks diverse contributions from a wide range of design sectors.

As the 21st Century moves into its third decade, technological and societal changes re-propose the act of making, the actualization of design agency and desire, in wholly different contexts. Digital craft, legitimized both physically and a-physically as work “practiced to achieve consistent outcomes,” (Diderot, 1969), redefines the movement from desire to reality as continuous, defuse in character, and decentralized in assignation of value. In this space, the designer is simultaneously more and less agent than ever before: he or she is able to capably make, craft, or manufacture without extravagant privileges of capitalization, but also positioned in questionable relevance as his or her extravagant privileges of taste and access are jeopardized by consumer model 3D printers and free digital modeling software (“Model 1 3D Printer,” 2018). The “continuous, visual [production] of singular form,” (McCullough, 1998), a competency once central to design’s relationship with the physical, is borrowed by other disciplines, while new competencies essentialise themselves to surpass design’s self-evident shortcomings in achieving its own goals (Fuad-Luke 2017). Outside instrumental teleology, the margin of added value the designer could provide in aesthetic sophistication (Earls 2013), is tested as internet connectivity drives the designer imperatively to project that sophistication into the sum total of human knowledge and sign systems. The Call for Papers for the third issue of Cubic Journal seeks diverse contributions from a wide range of design sectors including: Spatial Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Ceramic, Fibre, Metal, Sculptural, and Photographic Art and Design, Advertising Design, Digital and Interactive Design, Archival and Curatorial Practices, and many other sectors that encompass Fabrication, Manufacturing, Industry, Craft, Engineering, Shop and Plant Application, Theories of Labour, Structures of Design Practice, Design Pedagogy, and Disciplinary and Professional Policy. The Design Making call encourages contributions that reposition design and design research to highlight the Design through Making construct and community as a significant design outcome from the processes employed. Two forms of contribution are possible: [a] Made, built, and experimental fabrication design work, and process driven exemplifications of emergent Design Making practices, submitted in pictorials and video and, [b] academically positioned papers up to 5000 words that exemplify research-based explorations into Design Making. All contributions will be double blind peer reviewed. Authors are to follow submission criteria for each contribution type as described on the website (link below). Final submissions must be made by January 1, 2019 at 12 noon, Hong Kong Time to [email protected] and [email protected]. Editors: Daniel Elkin, James Stevens, Clifford Choy Submission deadline: 1 January 2019.

Published: 24 Sep 2018

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