Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY, USA
(located at 365 Fifth Ave at 34th St. across from the Empire State
Tuesday Nov. 28 - Friday Dec. 1, 2000
Theme: "Designing Digital Environments--Bringing in more voices"
Participatory Design (PD) is a set of diverse ways of thinking, planning,
and acting through which people make their work, technologies, and social
institutions more responsive to human needs. The Participatory Design conferences,
held every two years since 1990, have brought together a multidisciplinary
and international group of researchers, designers, practitioners, users,
and managers. The disconnection of the design of technology from the context
of its use is well documented, yet the gap between design and use seems
to be getting wider.
Many people claim that the wide-spread use of computers and the Internet
have opened up democratic possibilities previously undreamed of. However,
we believe that democracy and the quality of life is not a given in the
design and use of computer systems. The socio-technical design of digital
environments is a dynamic project, which requires the social inclusion
and active participation of the users rather than the more typical situation
in which the designers are far removed from the daily tasks and activities
of the people who use the environments. This is particularly important,
as systems grow more complex, intertwined and intransigent. The overall
theme of this conference, "Designing Digital Environments--Bringing in
more voices" grows out of the earlier papers, books and proceedings of
the PDC conferences. It is aimed at extending beyond Information System
design toward the participatory design of web-based, mobile and new media
environments that are linked through digital technology.
the Participatory Design Conference
The Participatory Design Conference attracts researchers, designers, practitioners,
workers, and managers. Participants share and learn about advances in practices,
methods, and theory throughout the cycle of design. PDC 2000 is an international
forum where diverse communities can meet, exchange ideas and experiences,
and collaboratively invent the future of participatory work.
PLEASE NOTE: August 1 submission deadline
The deadline for submission of proposals for posters/artifacts/demos and for works-in-progress is August 1.
Submission information: Please see the call for papers for general submission instructions and don't forget to include a cover sheet. For Work-in-progress presentations submit a 3-5 page proposal for presentations of current research, projects, practices and lab reports. For artifacts, posters, and interactive demonstrations, submit a 1-2 page proposal for presentations that will be held during an evening session where participants can get hands-on and discuss with presenters.
For more on Participatory Design and the conferences, see the CPSR
Design web site and the PD
resources created for PDC98.
Last updated: July 17, 2000