EAD 01 (UK, 1995)

The University of Salford, UK hosted the 1st International Conference of the European Academy of Design in April 1995.


This conference was one of the first in the UK to emphasise design research and be based on paper contributions rather than guest speakers. Over 50 papers were presented, from most European countries in addition to papers from Australia, covering all the design disciplines, hence the title of the conference – ‘Design Interfaces’.

This conference was an opportunity to discover the wealth of design research being undertaken in the UK and Europe, and to experience the real interfaces between the design disciplines.

It was, of course, of value to design academics, but it was also an opportunity to influence the type of research which can be untertaken throughout Europe. The topics were presented in parallel sesssions and covered:

  • product design
  • design theory
  • fashion design
  • interior design
  • design education
  • international issues
  • design management
  • eco/environmental design
  • gender issues