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Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach. (2017)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S., IMHOF, B. and MOHANTY, S. 2017. Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach. The design journal [online], 20(Sup1): proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design conference: design for next, 12-14 April 2017, Sapienza, Italy, pages S1904-S1915. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352708

Water is ubiquitous and essential, yet we struggle to understand it from a systems perspective. Water is a terrestrial closed-loop system involving individuals, communities, cities and geographies, and as such, might it serve as a metaphor for sustai... Read More about Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach..

Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters. (2017)
Conference Proceeding
DOMINONI, A., QUAQUARO, B. and FAIRBURN, S. 2017. Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters. The design journal [online], 20(Sup1): proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design conference: design for next, 12-14 April 2017, Sapienza, Italy, pages S1927-S1937. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352710

The advances made for spaceflight have influenced almost every aspect of modern life on Earth through spin-off technologies. Looking at the Space environmental context and the crew dynamics we can gain insights and inspiration into how to manage stre... Read More about Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters..

In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
BUGALI, H., FAIRBURN, S. and HALSALL, R. 2016. In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse. In Golchehr, S. (ed.) Proceedings of Training art and design researchers for participation in public space (TRADERS): mediations; art and design agency and participation in public space, 21-22 Nov 2016, London, UK. London: TRADERS [online], pages 163-173. Available from: http://tr-aders.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/MEDIATIONS2016-Conference-Proceedings.pdf

Design has expanded its scope towards social change and innovation - this is observed to a great extent in the UK in parallel with the 'Big Society', but is happening globally as well. The existing literature concentrates on practices, approaches and... Read More about In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse..

Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S., HEELEY, R. and PENGELLY, J. 2016. Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities. In Proceedings of the 18th International conference on engineering and product design education (E&PDE16): design education; collaboration and cross-disciplinarity, 8-9 September 2016, Aalborg, Denmark. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 590-595. Available from: https://www.designsociety.org/publication/39129/crossing_over_into_and_back_design_disciplines_and_identities

Increasingly design education is taking place within a Krauss-ion 'expanded field' of cross disciplinary practice. This explorative nature of design, when set against notions of traditional disciplines, will ask graduates to participate with certaint... Read More about Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities..

Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
FREMANTLE, C., GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S., HEPBURN, L.-A., VALENTINE, G. and MEAGHER, L. 2016. Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme. In Proceedings of the 20th Design Management Institute(DMI): academic design management conference (DMI:ADMC): inflection point: design research meets design practice, 28-29 July 2016, Boston, USA. Boston: DMI [online], pages 405-430. Available from: https://www.dmi.org/page/ADMC2016Proceedings

This paper reports on the evaluation of knowledge exchange and impact generated through Design in Action (DIA), a design-led business support approach to answering the Arts and Humanities Research Council's call for knowledge exchange hubs. Can evalu... Read More about Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme..

Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes. (2015)
Conference Proceeding
STEED, J. and FAIRBURN, S. 2015. Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes. In Britt, H., Morgan, L. and Walton, K. (eds.) Proceedings of Futurescan 3: intersecting identities, 11-12 November 2015, Glasgow, UK. Loughborough: FTC [online], pages 231-239. Available from: http://www.ftc-online.org.uk/publications/conference/

As an emerging area of research, blending science, technology, design: product, textiles and fashion, this paper speculates on ways to use 3D realisation and embedded technologies to address and enhance our ability to live well. There is clearly a si... Read More about Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes..

Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies. (2015)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S. and DOMINONI, A. 2015. Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies. In Valentine, L., Borja de Mozota, B., Nelson, J., Merter, S. and Atkinson, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International European Academy of Design conference (EAD 11): the value of design research, 22-24 April 2015, Paris, France. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University [online], track 16, paper 3. Available from: https://ead.yasar.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EAD-11-How-Designing-for-Space-240315-1.pdf

We moderate our world and our interactions with objects and others through our behaviours, habitats, clothing and gadgetry. Designers seek new ways to innovate products but there is a limit to our experiences and observations of the everyday and ther... Read More about Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies..

Is specialist designer an oxymoron? (2013)
Conference Proceeding
GULARI, M.N. and FAIRBURN, S. 2013. Is specialist designer an oxymoron? The value of specialisation in the design field. In Bohemia, E., Ion, W., Kovacevic, A., Lawlor, J., McGrath, M., McMahon, C., Parkinson, B., Reilly, G., Ring, M., Simpson, R. and Tormey, D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International on engineering and product design education conference (E&PDE13): design education - growing our future, 5-6 September 2013, Dublin, Ireland. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 246-251. Available from: https://www.designsociety.org/publication/34720.

Jack-of-all-trades, master of none is a figure of speech that suits generalists well. Having special knowledge is usually confused with being an expert. Does it mean that a non-specialist or a generalist is not an expert? Curriculums of many design s... Read More about Is specialist designer an oxymoron?.

Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. (2013)
Conference Proceeding
GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S. and MALINS, J. 2013. Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. In Proceedings of the 10th European academy of design conference (EAD 10): crafting the future, 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lancaster: European Academy of Design [online]. Available from: http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/67134.pdf

This paper aims to understand the effectiveness of design-led methods and approaches to support small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with innovation, and how their needs are fulfilled by support instruments through investigating the activities of... Read More about Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs..

Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program. (2012)
Conference Proceeding
PENGELLY, J., FAIRBURN, S. and NEWLANDS, B. 2012. Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program. In Buck, L., Frateur, G., Ion, W., McMahon, C., Baelus, C., de Grande, G. and Vervulgen, S. (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th International engineering and product design education conference 2012 (E&PDE12): design education for future wellbeing, 6-7 September 2012, Antwerp, Belguim. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 654-658. Available from: https://www.designsociety.org/publication/33262/adopting_fablab_model_to_embed_creative_entrepreneurship_across_design_program

This paper sets out to describe and contextualize the impact a new FabLab workshop program has had on the direction and curriculum development at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University towards more clearly linking current developments in rapi... Read More about Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program..