Call for Papers: April 2019 edition of JTATM is Empathy in Design

Theme
The theme of the April 2019 edition of JTATM is Empathy in Design. The Design Thinking model teaches that empathy is the starting point in design, but there are many ways of establishing empathy, and many ways in which empathy influences subsequent steps in designing a product.
We invite design scholars to submit papers around the theme of Empathy in the design process. For this special, design-themed edition of JTATM we will accept:
• Papers addressing a research question/questions relating to empathy in design.
• Papers that address a research question/questions in parallel with or through creation of designed objects.
• Designed objects documented through writing and photography. (these will become part of a digital gallery on the JTATM website)
We encourage submissions using methodologies that are related to the design process, such as ethnography, storytelling, observational research, and case study, as well as designed objects that are documented photographically or through video as well as in writing.
Submission Process

Abstracts for all submissions will be accepted beginning immediately and ending October 1, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed and provisional acceptance of all submissions will be made on the basis of abstracts. Final acceptance is contingent upon receipt of completed paper or design submission.

Abstract format
• Paper submissions: Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should address contents and contributions of the paper, including purpose, research questions, methodology, and key findings.
• Combined research/designed object submissions: Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should address contents and contributions of the paper, including purpose, research questions, methodology, and key findings.These abstracts should also include photographic documentation of designed objects related to the project (one page max).

Designed object submissions: Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should address how the designed object relates to the theme of Empathy in Design, and should include indication of how the final submission will be documented (i.e. process evaluation, design statement, etc.). Visual documentation of the designed object at this stage can include photographs of finished objects, but also may be represented by design renderings, technique samples, and prototype photographs that, together, present an effective and compelling story of the planned object.


ISSN: 1533-0915