The 50th Anniversary DRS Conference

Brighton, 27-30 June 2016

Thank You DRS2016 Delegates!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to the conference and made it such a success. We hope you all had an enjoyable time in Brighton and an easy trip home.

The official conference proceedings of DRS2016 are now available on the website and we will be adding other content over the following weeks including official photos of the conference, details of Workshops and Conversations that took place, as well as other materials that were generated as part of the conference.

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We are interested in your experiences at the conference, and of Brighton, so please let us know what you enjoyed, and what things we might improve or change for future conferences. Please send your feedback to


June 25: Official drs2016 proceedings now available

The proceedings of DRS2016 are now published in ten volumes.
View and download the official DRS2016 proceedings

June 18: Full Delegate List now available

See the details of who else will be at DRS2016.
Download the full Delegate List (pdf)

June 17: Conference Guide and Maps now available

Hard copies of the following two items will be available to delegates as part of their delegate pack.

Download your complete DRS2016 Conference Guide (pdf)
Download your map of DRS2016 with Brighton Mini-guide (pdf)

June 16: 50th Anniversary event Tickets

If you have had problems with registration links in the email, try the link below. 
Purchase a ticket for the 50th Anniversary event
Purchase a partner ticket for the Conference Dinner
(Note: the conference dinner is included in the registration fee for all delegates)

June 15: Email to All Registered delegates

See the email outlining final preparations and joining instructions for the conference

June 10: keynote debates now online

See further information about the Keynote Debates

May 27: Workshop registration now available

See the DRS2016 Workshop information and register online (Deadline 20th June) 

May 24: Email to All Registered delegates

See the email outlining general guidelines and upcoming deadlines for the conference

may 6: DRS2016 is Sold out!

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Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. For DRS2016 we consider how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead.  We ask three questions:

How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us?
How can design research be a creative and active force for rethinking ideas about Design?
How can design research shape our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?

DRS2016 is hosted by the University of Brighton in the UK, in association with the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London

Watch the Presentation for DRS2016 from the Conference Chair