Norddesign 2018 Linköping Design in the era of digitalization August 14-17

Norddesign 2018

Linköping University is proud to invite participation in the 2018 Norddesign conference august 14-17. The conference will take place at Linköping University and is organized by the Division of Machine Design at the Department of Management and Engineering in collaboration with the Design Society and The Product Development Academy in Sweden. Norddesign is a bi-annual Nordic conference, covering design, design engineering and design education in its full width. Topics include engineering, manufacturing, aesthetics, emotions, ergonomics, sustainability, and business. Norddesign is known for its friendly and informal atmosphere.


Linköping University has a lively academic design community, ranging from design and product development, to service design, interaction design, and arts and crafts.


Linköping has an airport with an excellent connection to Amsterdam. By train, it is 2h 20 from Stockholm Arlanda, 1h 30 from Stockholm Skavsta, and 3h 20 from Copenhagen airport,




Special Issue

The Journal of Design Research is publishing a special issue with papers presented at Norddesign 2018. The call for papers is open for papers which: where presented at Norddesign 2018, fit within the theme Digitalization & Design and have been reworked for journal publication.


conference schedule

CONFerence registration

Registrations for the conference is done via Trippus. Click the button below to go to the registration website.










Finding your way

We have reserved rooms in Linköping city centre at special Norddesign rate


Best Western Hotel Linköping, 1.095:-/night incl VAT, incl breakfast

Booking ref “Norddesign"
Address: Hantverkaregatan 1, Linköping

+46 13 129000

Best Western Plus Priceless hotel, SEK 1.095:-/night incl VAT, incl breakfast

Booking ref “Norddesign"
Address: Storgatan 70-76, Linköping

tel. +46 13 130200


If you have any questions please email Conference Administrator



Useful links



How to go by bus in Linköping


To/from the University:

By bus from city centre, bus number 3 and 12.

(Cash or card payment is not possible on the bus, you need the app or a special preloaded travel card)


Visit Linköping University


Visualiseringscenter C in Norrköping


Göta Canal and the locks




Simon Schütte Head of the organizing committee (

Philip Ekströmer Master of all trades (Web master, Art Director, Review coordinator)

Rita Enquist Conference Administrator (

Lisbeth Hägg Administrative coordinator

Johan Persson Scientific coordinator

Scientific advisory board

Johan Ölvander, Linköping University, Sweden

Renee Wever, Linköping University, Sweden

Glenn Johansson, Jönköping University, Sweden

Anders Warell, Lund University, Sweden

Fredrik Elgh, Jönköping University, Sweden

Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Luleå Technical University, Sweden

Ola Isaksson, Chalmers University, Sweden

Tobias Larsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Sofia Ritzén, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Johan Malmqvist, Chalmers University, Sweden

Martin Steinert, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Kalevi Ekman, Aalto University, Finland

Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark

Casper Boks, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Claus Thorp Hansen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Rögnvaldur Jóhann Sæmundsson, University of Iceland, Iceland.

Tero Juuti, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Call for papers

The main theme of the 2018 conference is ‘design in the era of digitalization’, which covers a wide range of potential topics, ranging from the use of big data in the early phases of the design process, to the use of virtual reality in the design process, and from the use of physical computing in design, to design automation. Topics include, but are not limited to:


• Big data in design

• Physical computing prototypes

• Design of cyber-physical systems

• Design automation

• Distributed design teams



We aim to make the publication of your paper as easy and free from errors as possible. In the first step, you submit you abstract with maximum of 500 words via EasyChair (button below). If accepted, you will be notified on 21 January 2018. Next, you submit your full paper for peer reviewing (deadline 31 March 2018). Please leave out names and affiliations of the authors as well as the contact details in this version. You will be notified of acceptance of your full paper and any changes required by the reviewers on or shortly after 29 April 2018.

When submitting your final paper and paper summary (deadline 25 May 2018) we will ask you to provide a full paper version (for publication) along with a separate paper summary (for publication in print) via EasyChair. This version will address and changes required by the reviewers and will include author names and affiliations.


Special tracks

Next to the main theme, we intend to host a number of special tract, for which we are inviting submissions:


Human-robot interaction ( )


Visualization and prototyping in design and engineering ( )


Affective Engineering ( )


Material Driven Design, in particular wood ( )


Circular product design ( )


Product platform design (


User centered design (






The papers for Norddesign2018 will undergo a full peer review. They will be published in the conference proceedings, in collaboration with the Design Society. The papers will also be indexed in Scopus.

SVID’s Swedish Design Research Journal is offering to publish the best design paper of the conference.

Inderscience’s Journal of Design Research will publish a special issue based on selected papers fitting within the theme of ‘design in the era of digitalization’.

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