Re-public , an online journal published in
Greece, focuses on theoretical and practical innovations that might renew
the field of democracy. The journal is bilingual (Greek-English) and it is
funded by the Papandreou Foundation, Athens.
Re-public invites contributions for an upcoming special issue (or issues,
depending on the number and quality of submissions) entitled "Distributed
Creativity and Design".
Design practice has been dominated in the past by the mythology of the lone
creator or star designer. However, this view has been challenged in recent
discourse informed by history, biology, anthropology, linguistics, and other
fields. Design is increasingly regarded as an interdisciplinary,
collaborative activity, established on a collective process of creation.
The term "distributed creativity" is used to describe networked cultural
production that allows for the creative interplay of geographically
dispersed participants. Internet-based tools greatly contribute to our new
understanding of design by providing novel platforms for communication,
co-creation, and dissemination. The obsession with objects and individual
designers-heroes is replaced with an enthusiasm for the process and the
dynamics of social interaction.
Papers submitted may be about, but not restricted to, the following:
. Critically assessing the conditions of interaction between design
professionals and academics with society at large
. Identifying and exploring challenges to the design community by the new
technologies of communication
. Exploring alternative, network-based practices that question existing
models of the design profession
. Re-assessing design education by considering new tools and methodologies
. Conceptualising desirable futures stemming from a new participatory design
. Analysing the political character of design practice and discourse
Essays should be approximately 1,500 words long.
Please submit contributions in any electronic format to:
artemis AT yagou.gr
Issue editor: Artemis Yagou
Deadline for submissions: Friday 30 May 2008