New Experimental Research in Design

THIRD NERD Conference

November 1st and 2nd, 2019
Institute of Integrative Design
Academy of Art and Design Basel
German Version


With its particular consideration of the fact that all aspects of everyday life are designed, design research reveals an astounding ability to discuss current economic, social, environmental and media-related processes. This kind of design research, when intelligently implemented, also provides a fundamental critique of design as well as a variety of possible perspectives to better understand the present and prospects for the future.

This is precisely what defines the quality of "New Experimental Research in Design / NERD": there is no thematic limitation. Young and very dedicated researchers come together to present their latest fundamental and contemporary research in design. On the basis of their respective abstracts, ten design researchers from Japan, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Canada, London and other places have been invited to present their theses and analyses in the form of a 30 minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion with the audience. This is always a very exciting, stimulating and enlightening experience.

Participation in the conference is free. Presentations and discussions will be held in English. Please register by 23 October here: 
The university invites you to a reception drink on the evening of 31st October. The presentations will start on Friday, November 1st, and end in the afternoon of Saturday, November 2nd.





6:00 pm
Apéro/reception drink for speakers, participants and BIRD members; registration. 


Chair of the event: Ralf Michel
Moderation: Sandra Groll (speakers 1-3), Marc Pfaff (speakers 4-7), Michelle Christensen (speakers 7-10)

10:30 am

11:00 am
Welcome address (university and publisher, Ralf Michel)

11:30 am
Additive Matters
Merle Ibach, Institute of Integrative Design, Academy of Art and Design Basel, Switzerland

12:30 pm
The Design of Fruit and Vegetables
Johanna Kleinert, Technical University München, Germany

01:30 pm

02:30 pm
Generating laughter in sitcoms: Empirical research of designing laughter in U.S. and Chinese programmes
Yoshimatsu Takashi, Doctoral Program, Kyushu University, Japan

03:30 pm
ANTHROPONIX: Upcycling Urine as Collective Design Practice
Markus Wernli, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

04:30 pm
Design as Critical Inquiry – Performativity, Politics and Practice
Florian Conradi, Technische Universität Berlin / Berlin University of the Arts  

05:30 pm
Edible Speculations: Design Research Experiments in Everyday Food Contexts
Markéta Dolejšová, National University of Singapore 

07:00 pm
Dinner for the speakers of the conference and the members of BIRD in the soul kitchen
(Heinz Wagner and Ralf Michel cooking)

08:00 pm
Students of the Masterstudio Design organize a party for the visitors of the NERD conference


A Zoöp Aquatic - Diegetic embedding of a participatory workshop into a speculative narrative experience
Sjef van Gaalen, Design Researcher, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

11:30 am
Post Social: Towards design beyond the human
Jonas Voigt, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA

12:30 am

01:30 pm
The Offject : A Design Theory of Fiction
Enrique Encinas, Human Centered Computing Group, Aalborg University

02:30 pm
The Grouper Project: Patterns discovery through the exploration of a collection of items
Daniele Savasta, Yasar University, and Elif Kocabiyik, Izmir University of Economics, Izmir

03:30 pm
Summary and Farewell

04:00 pm
End of 3rd NERD




Hotel Recommendations near the University:

1. City Inn, Centralbahnplatz 14 (at the Central Railway Station SBB) 

2. Hotel Ibis Budget (the nearest Hotel to the University)

3. Hotel Birsighof, Birsig Street 30 (10 mins. walking distance form the Central Railway Station SBB)

4. Hotel Au Violon, Im Lohnhof 4 (great location above Barfüsserplatz in a former prison, nice rooms right in the city center) 

5. Ausbildungszentrum Basler Versicherungen (Training Center of “Basel Insurances”), Arlesheim near Basel (scroll down to see the hotel!)

Additionally, students will offer couch surfing.




Registration and further inquiries via:

Ralf Michel
Institut Integrative Gestaltung,
HGK Basel
+41 79 303 07 85