Deutschland

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte GfDg
Jahrestagung "Social Design: Geschichte, Praxis, Perspektiven"
23.-24. Mai 2014
Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
Social Design hat in den letzten Jahren einen regelrechten Boom erfahren und erscheint omnipräsent. Aktuell wird Social Design geradezu inflationär als eine Art "greenwashing-Begriff" für einen Großteil unspezifischer designerischer Aktivitäten und Produktion disqualifiziert. Was aber macht die soziale Dimension im Design aus? Welches Potenzial besitzt Social Design? Hat Social Design eine Geschichte? Können wir von einer Theorie des sozialen Designs sprechen?

9. Baekelandtag
Faszination Chemie - 175 Jahre Gummi aus Kautschuk
14. 02. 2014
Bürgersaal des Rathauses Erkner
1 Kurzfilm und 2 Vorträge über Kautschuk und Phenolharz, Schaupressen im Technikum der Fa. Dynea.

TOCA ME design conference
22.02.2014
München

Forum Kunststoffgeschichte 2014
Plastics Heritage

22.–24.10.2014
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
The Forum provides an interdisciplinary platform for plastics history in all aspects, which are important for the origin and handling of our plastics heritage. The presentations will reflect the state of knowledge in different programme topics. The aim is to bring together people from different activities, dealing with plastics heritage, to deliver and to gain new insights in and from the different topics and intentionally to elucidate their significance also for possible modern developments or upcoming trends.

Kroatien

13th International Design Conference – design 2014
19.05. – 22.05.2014
Dubrovnik – Cavtat – Croatia
Plastics are playing an important role in modern design processes.

Schweiz

37th Conference on the History of Technology
14. - 15. 11. 2013
Schlatt, Schweiz
Product innovations have attracted hardly any attention in the history of technology. Yet products and product refinements provide an interesting angle of approach from which to focus on the aspects of demand and consumption. During the past decade, historical consumer research has developed into a discipline capable of combining the study of cultural, economic and technological issues through time. The concept of the product line, which grew out of ecological considerations, that is to say, the evaluation of products and their life cycle, is yet another angle of approach. The museum sector provides the concept of "boundary objects", objects that represent entire product epochs and product cycles and symbolize changes in the way of life. The list of approaches to this open-ended topic can and should be explored from a variety of historical, social scientific and related disciplines.