Temes de Disseny #36: Design Futures Now - Call for authors

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'5 Tools for Digital Detox', by Ferran Bretcha.

Temes de Disseny is a scientific publication born from the research anxiety and vocation of Elisava. Since 1986 the school makes the journal available for the readers. The publication addresses from an analytical perspective a great variety of subjects related to design’s connection with fields such as culture, communication, technology or economy from an analytical perspective.

The 36th issue of Temes de Disseny (TdD) will focus on Design Futures Now: Literacies and Making, and aims to bring experts from different disciplines to share their knowledge. This issue of Temes de Disseny addresses a mix of topics concerning how design literacies and design making may be understood as ‘future facing’. By doing so, we convey the ways and means design practice and design education may be positioned and activated to work prospectively and be ahead of current concerns with environmental, social and ethical challenges.

This new issue will be published with open access, peer reviewed and indexed content. TdD is a journal that locals and foreign designers can use to share their knowledge internationally. We call for papers (original journal articles, state-of-art reviews, design case studies or pictorials) to gather knowledge regarding the following generic topics:

  • Unpacking Futures Design Literacies 
  • Futures Making Design Methodologies
  • Design Futures Skills and Activities
  • Emergent Futures Scouting in Design Knowing
  • Designing Futures Pedagogies Collectively
  • Challenges to Prospective Design
  • Speculating and Imagining Design Futures Learning
  • Tools, mediation and materialities in Design Futures Education
  • Scenarios, personas and procedures in futurescaping Design
  • Sustainability, Policy and Prospects in Design Literacies
  • Future challenges from AI and post-industrial work and society

Guest Editors: Andrew Morrison, Laura Clèries.

Editors in Chief: Laura Clèries, Oscar Tomico.

Editorial Board: Pau Alsina, Miquel Bruns, Tomas Diez, Delia Dumitrescu, Danae Esparza, Jéssica Fernández, Albert Fuster, Ariel Guersenzvaig, Pere Llorach-Massana, Ezio Manzini, Sonia Massari, Viviana Narotzky, Javier Peña, Anna Petit-Boix, Valentina Rognoli, Ramon Sangüesa, Ron Wakkary.

Do you want to participate with an article?

Authors who aim to submit their manuscript should select a generic topic of this TdD special issue and send an extended abstract proposal (800-1200 words) to before November 14th 2019. [Extended deadline] November 21st 2019. On November 28th, authors will be confirmed. They must submit their manuscript before January 16th, 2020.

Please find in the link below all the information about the special issue, calendar and call for authors, and the template for the extended abstract submission.

If you have a proposal but it doesn't fit the dates or formats proposed, please contact us at with the details.

Elisava guarantees a wide diffusion of the content and the possibility of reaching academic agreements between the researcher and the center. If researchers want to receive more information or have any doubt about the publication, please contact with us sending an email to

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